Denizens: Shore/Beach Creatures

(smma) #1

I am creating a settlement in the northwestern point just east of the entrance to Darkheather. I’m calling it Brinestone. I have been doing some research on animals that might pose a threat to a mouse that don’t immediately come to mind when thinking of conflict animals. As humans we hardly notice but these might become really problematic for mice, especially in swarms or large groups. I have a list below and I’d like input from anyone on giving them stats.

Mole Crab/Sand Flea
Bubble Crab
Horseshoe Crab - juvenile stage

I thought about adding stats for a spider, since they are similar and related biologically but cannot find any stats for spiders either.

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(Prevail) #2

I think the sand fleas / mole crabs should be livestock critters or a non-issue. Those are probably a great critter to roast and eat once large enough, but I doubt those create a confrontation with mice or cause a competition for resources. Regardless, an interesting critter to describe.

For bubble crabs, I might treat that in the same way. It’s great to hunt and roast for meals, but they don’t really compete or confront mice. The method of gathering food just does not create a strong sense of being a threat to mice. As far as I understand the bubble crab anyway.

Horseshoe crab maybe a little different, but my understanding of them does not present a threat to mice as a predation threat. I imagine the large size would make them seem much more imposing, and I’d use that as a format for frightening those who are unwilling to pause and think it through calmly. So, if there is a trait that fits, and a proper space for a Twist, maybe present the horseshoe crab or two, and explain that the trait creates a frightened impression–not the Angry condition, just an impression of fright–and see what the patrol does. maybe they ignore it and wander away.

I treat spiders as livestock critters. I actually just published a livestock critter pack on Prevail which includes the orbweaver spider. I imagine that spiders are useful and could be eaten. A bit of Insectrist training could garner a garden or field defender or other possible supporter.

(smma) #3

Sand fleas are actually about 2 inches in size and aggressive. To a 4 inch mouse that would probably be a 50lb-75lb dog if we were scaling to human sizes. They also swarm and are dangerous to humans (you can google it but its nasty). I’d imagine if they have no problem attacking humans when hungry a mouse would not be a second thought.

I could see bubble crabs running for cover but they are still crabs and in numbers would be problematic. In both cases it would be like a pack of dogs to a human. I did find some additional stats for a wolf spider in another thread, I may use that as a basis for scale or maybe just halve the stats for a full sized crab.