Eelboor Man of War
|Eelboor Man of War|
|Official Name||Eelboor Man of War|
|Common Nicknames||Giant Drifting Seastingers, Seastingers|
Mystery and intrigue surround the Eelboor Man of War as it glides in the wake of ships in the night and into the history texts of studious scholars intent on understanding this peculiar jellyfish. The Eelboor Man of War attracts the eyes of curious onlookers, educated or not, due to its immense size and odd appearance when compared to other oceanic creatures. While the exact date of its discovery is unknown, the Eelboor Man of War has reached its venomous tentacles through history upon its discovery off the coast of Farah’deen in the Great Middle Sea. Despite its large size, the Eelboor Man of War is quite fragile and prefers the Great Middle Sea due to its general lack of storms. Upon its initial discovery, fishermen were quick to spread tales of this gigantic creature haunting the depths of the ocean waiting for the inattentive sailor to slip from his perch.
The Eelboor Man of War has an ancient history going back to the dawn of the Sariyd Empire as their first exploration vessels set out to discover the wider world. One of the first creatures they identified was the Eelboor, floating on the waves. In the following centuries, other races grew aware of the invertebrate’s existence, but due to a lack of any uses, it has had no part in Alorian world history. This has not prevented sailors from speaking ill of the creature due to its stinging tendrils that were encountered by swimming sailors and scholars. These sailors spread myths claiming that the creatures follow ships to seek whole sailors for a bountiful meal. In recent decades, the Eelboor Man of War has been observed moving into warmer, shallow waters, and even rarely venturing near the shorelines of islands and continents, often causing the local civilians to panic at the sight of the jellyfishes’ large size, intimidating appearance, and dangerous tentacles. Until these urban legends of carnivorous intent, and them hunting people actively are proven true however, the animal will continue to serve as an occasionally noted natural backdrop to ship passengers in the Great Middle Sea and no nation will specifically target them.
The Eelboor Man of War receives its name precisely because of its appearance. The head of the jellyfish, also known as the bell, can reach one meter across in diameter, though jellyfish found in colder waters will be much smaller. The tentacle length of a fully mature Eelboor Man of War can reach the length of eight meters (26 feet) and contains painful stinging cells. The color of the Eelboor Man of War varies depending on the amount of sunlight it is exposed to in its youth. The jellyfish that are more exposed to direct sunlight will have a bell color of pale blue, while the Eelboor who are not exposed to the rays of the sun will be a pale pink in color. The tentacles, no matter how much sunlight the Eelboor received, are a ghostly white that faintly glows in the far depths.
The Eelboor Man of War’s tentacles are its primary defense against predators such as sea turtles, and how it catches its prey. The tentacles have enough venom to paralyze any mid-sized creature, and it then uses its tentacles to pull it in to eat. Those who have had the unfortunate experience to have been stung by the Eelboor Man Of War recount the excruciating sensation, the moment a tentacle brushed against them. The general rule of thumb is that the larger the creature being stung is, the less affected by the tentacle venom they will be. An Ailor who was stung would experience intense pain for two to three days after the sting, while an Eronidas would only feel intense pain for four to five hours upon being stung. The tentacles of the Eelboor remain dangerous even after it has died. The danger of their sting will decrease over a course of a day until losing its stinging capabilities entirely. However, for the first hour, the tentacles will be just as potent as when it was alive.
The male and female Eelboor Man of War differ very little in physical appearance. The female Eelboor’s venom is more powerful than her male counterpart and she eats more than the male in order to keep up production of venom. Scholars have also noticed that both the male and female Eelboor are capable of laying eggs and will start to eat more food, particularly fish, in a week or so before laying their eggs. Scholars are unsure why they do this, but theorize that it has something to do with the durability of the jellyfish egg.
Lifespan and Development
The lifespan of the Eelboor Man Of War is unknown but estimates in age range from three to sixty years. What is know is that the Eelboor matures quickly upon hatching from its egg and is considered to be fully matured by a year. Unlike many other creatures, the Eelboor Man Of War does not have specific periods of mating but are consistently laying eggs. A single Eelboor is capable of laying up to 30,000 eggs a day, but few will survive since eggs are left to fend for themselves after being laid.
The Eelboor Man of War is considered to be quite peaceful, and only stings creatures in defense, or when feeding. The Eelboor exists entirely in the wild and is not capable of being tamed in any manner. It primarily feeds on small to midsize fish, crabs, and other smaller creatures. With the overall size of the bloom, the Eelboors can feel relatively safe from lone attackers, as their size alone is enough to deter sea turtles, sharks, and other attackers that wish to eat them.
Territory and Groupings
The Eelboor is seldom found alone, as they have a pack mentality and travel in large colonies called blooms. With that said, they only follow the ocean currents, and quite literally go with the flow. The size of the Eelboor blooms can vary greatly but tend to be quite large. A small bloom can consist of 150 Eelboor while a large bloom can contain upwards of 500 Eelboors. An Eelboor jellyfish tend to remain in the same bloom for the entirety of its life. If by some means one of the jellyfish gets separated from its bloom and finds another bloom, the new bloom will accept it seamlessly as one of their own.
- Most scholars believe that the myths of the jellyfish following ships is due to the vessels leaving wakes that drag the aimlessly drifting animal along with them until the sea currents or ship adjusts enough to release the jellyfish.
- If a storm has recently passed through, a few Eelboor Man of Wars may be found washed up on beaches, as they are susceptible to large currents and can get beached, where they become stranded and dry out.
- Some believe that the Eelboor are as old as the Seraph people due to a small carving called “The Jellyfish Mural”. In it, what seems to be two half circles with lines trailing out behind them circle a partially obscured animal. Most believe they are actually falling stars, but some still think that they are Eelboors.