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|nicknames = [[Iron]] Fish, Skandale-svømmer, Tonnamac
|classification = [[Fish]]
|classification = [[Fish]]
|habitat = Various waters
|habitat = Various bodies of the [[Oceans]]
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The Findt is a species of silver-grey fish that heavily populate several of [[Aloria’s]] most well-traveled oceans. Key to the lifestyle of both [[Velheim]] fishermen and the [[Ériunin]] people who believe the fish to be a gift from [[The Uilemáthair]] (the upper deity of the local religion and one associated with nature), the fish exists in a nearly ceaseless series of migration patterns across the many Alorian bodies of water. The fish are also well known for their extreme differences in size, seemingly at random for no particular reason.
The Findt is a species of silver-gray fish that heavily populate several of [[Aloria]]’s most well-traveled seas and oceans. It is key to the lifestyle of many fishing communities across the world but is most tied to the [[Velheim]] and [[Aontaithe]] [[Ailor]], who believe it’s tied to the [[Old Gods]]. It exists in a nearly ceaseless series of migration patterns across the many Alorian bodies of water it inhabits with no particular or consistent reason.


==History==
==History==
Findt are one of the most common fish in all of Aloria, heavily populating the [[Altar Sea]], [[Great Middle Sea]] and [[Daen Sea]] since time immemorial. The [[Altalar]] have been aware of the fish since they sailed through the region, and their plentiful presence was a major source of food for expeditions in these areas. When [[Ailor]] passed through the region in the centuries leading up to the [[Cataclysm]], they also benefited from the fish, in particular the seaborn Velheim. But no single [[Culture]] has benefited more from the Findt than the Ériunin. Their island region is small, and fairly insignificant for much of its history. Indeed, it went undiscovered for four centuries after the original inhabitants were stranded there. While the terrain did offer resources and food, the population largely survived thanks to the plentiful waters awash with Findt, whose most widely accepted name is taken from [[Ériunnach]], the Culture’s language. It sits right at the crossroads of the great Findt migration patterns, and so each and every spring perhaps a million Findt stream past Ériu-Innis. For this yearly and continuous bounty, the regional Ailor came to see the fish as a gift from their central goddess, a corruption of [[Estel]] known as The Uilemháthair. As the goddess of nature and spring, naturally she must be the source of these fish. Beyond the shores of this isolated isle though, many Ailor have come to rely on the fish as a basic source of food and work in life. Their schools are so vast that it is heavily unlikely any Alorian fishing efforts will damage this species of fish for a long time to come.
Findt are one of the most common fish in all of Aloria, populating [[The Windward Seas]], [[The Inner Essa Sea]], [[The Vultarrin Sea]], [[The Essalonian Sea]], [[The Corontium Sea]], and [[The West Allorn Sea]] as they have for millennia. The [[Fin’ullen]] and [[Teledden]] were aware of the fish from their earliest years due to the animal’s migrations which brushed over the eastern coastline of [[Teled Methen]] and other lands of [[Daen]]. As a result, it became a staple of the Fin’ullen diet that faded with time as more exotic or interesting species came to the forefront. The Ailor of [[Old Ceardia]] also forged a connection with the fish, albeit much later than the [[Nelfin]]. While Findt migration patterns have never reached Old Ceardia, they were instead encountered by the early sailors of the [[Proto-Velheim]] and later [[Ceardian]]s who migrated and settled along the eastern and northern coastline of [[Carrhen]]. Centuries later, it is likely the Aontaithe were already aware of the fish when their ancestors were seized and ended up being trapped on [[The Emerald Isles]] with their captors. However, what few in such a group could have likely guessed was that The Emerald Isles served as a major spawning ground for the species and thus an epicenter of their numbers. This was ultimately revealed during the [[Cataclysm]] when the god-wave of water washed over the Isles, causing no harm.
 
Amidst this vast surge of the surf, many species were observed and among them was the Findt. Following this event, either due to some shifts underwater granting them greater access or a lull in the migration activity of the species, they became highly populous in the waters of the area and a staple to the Ailor diet. Fishing became a common line of work and when the barrier finally subsided in the year 120 AC, these fisherpeople became some of the first to pierce beyond the shores of The Emerald Isles. The Findt accompanied them, and it is commonly held that the earliest Aontiathe followed the migrations of the animal to find waters off other shores of Aloria. As for wider Aloria, they continued to fish and harvest the Findt across the waters of the world before and after the Cataclysm. Despite this increased reliance from the world, the fish’s population continues to remain high, helped by serious disruptions to normal life in lands like Teled Methen and the northern lands of Aloria due to conflicts with both mundane and arcane threats. The Findt has evolved into a common symbol of the sea, seen on many a hanging sign, minor noblility’s crest, and decorative element in the artwork of the world. This ubiquity is likely to remain true for decades if not centuries to come.


==Physical Appearance==
==Physical Appearance==
The Findt is an usual creature, as it can vary in size significantly for seemingly no reason, reaching barely a foot long to up to eight feet, weighing according to this size. Their heads are triangular, with shiny grey scaling forming their faces while their large, downward-facing mouths are colored dark grey like the rest of their scaled bodies. Behind the head and its pale grey eyes are the fish’s gills, with two slits, before a few inches behind that sit the small pectoral fins of the fish, which point up. These pale in comparison to the large and backwards curved pectoral fins, who are pale grey like much of the animal’s face. Behind this is a generally slim body, with only a small, similarly pale grey dorsal fin reaching back until the animal’s tail fin. This fin is very long, and largely membranous with a clear forking effect and the same general color as the creature’s shiny face. However, the fin’s effectiveness stops after the first several inches, with the remaining several feet lacking any muscle or function, but also weight, meaning that they are just shimmering thin endings to the creature’s body.  
The Findt is an interesting creature, as it can vary in size significantly for seemingly no reason, reaching barely a foot long to up to eight feet, weighing according to this size. Their heads are triangular, with shiny gray scales forming their faces while their large, downward-facing mouths are colored dark gray like the rest of their scaled bodies. Behind the head and its gray eyes are the fish’s gills–two pale slits–before a few inches behind that sit the small pectoral fins of the fish, which point up. These pale in comparison to the large and backwards curved pectoral fins, who are pale gray like much of the animal’s face. Behind this is a generally slim body with only a small, similar gray dorsal fin reaching back until the animal’s tail fin. Their tail is very long, and largely membranous with a clear forking effect and the same general color as the creature’s shiny face. However, the fin’s effectiveness stops after the first several inches, with the remaining length lacking any muscle or function, but also weight, meaning that they are just shimmering thin endings to the creature’s body.  
===Diversity===
===Diversity===
Findt lack external identifiers between the sexes, while the coloration is wholly uniform and unchanging between members of the species. The only difference between different Findt is their size, and it is generally determined that those fish from the north generally grow larger while those from the south grow smaller. However, these ideas are vague and most assume that the animal’s growth is tied to their diet and traits from their parents.
Findt lack external identifiers between the sexes, as the coloration is wholly uniform and unchanging between members of the species. The only difference between different Findt is their size and it is generally determined that those fish from the north generally grow larger while those from the south grow smaller. Most assume that the animal’s size is tied to their diet.
===Life Span and Development===
===Life Span and Development===
Findt are born in tiny dark blue roe that are laid in coastal spawning areas at least once a year by Findt females, where Findt males will then fertilize the eggs. These roe hatch within just a few weeks, and spend only a few more eating and quickly growing in size. By the time they are three months old, their bodies will have enough mass to allow them to join into a school, which they do and then follow instinctual paths in their travels across Aloria. They can live an astonishing sixteen years.
Findt are born in tiny, dark blue roe that are laid in coastal spawning areas at least once a year by Findt females, whereafter Findt males will fertilize the eggs. These roe hatch within just a few weeks and spend only a few more eating and quickly growing in size. By the time they are three months old, their bodies will have enough mass to allow them to join a school, which they do and then follow instinctual paths in their travels across Aloria. They can live an astonishing sixteen years.


==Mental Overview==
==Mental Overview==
Findt are generally mindless fish, who react to events with pure instinct, such as trying to avoid predators or blockages by moving around them in unison with those members of the school around them. Indeed, the Findt has an almost pack mentality, as they swim with their fellows in whatever direction is dictated. When isolated though, the animal has both poor eyesight and low brain functions, meaning they often make an easy meal for whatever predators spy such isolated specimens.  
Findt are generally mindless fish which react to events with pure instinct, such as trying to avoid predators or blockages by moving around them in unison with those members of the school around them. The Findt has an almost pack mentality, as they swim with their fellows in whatever direction is dictated. When isolated, the animal has both poor eyesight and low brain functions, meaning they often make an easy meal for whatever predators spy such isolated specimens.  
===Territory and Groupings===
===Territory and Groupings===
Findt form into vast schools after reaching an appropriate size, the largest of these reaching into the thousands with the largest ever supposedly being observed by the Altalar in 1300 BC at some 10,000 individuals in a single group united and moving together. They move across Aloria in massive cyclical patterns, spending months at a time following ocean currents to reach more shallow seas or coastal waters where they might spawn or gain respite.
Findt form into vast schools after reaching maturity, the largest of these schools reaching into the thousands with the largest ever supposedly being observed by the Fin’ullen in 1300 BC at some 10,000 individuals in a single group united and moving together. Findt move across Aloria in a massive cyclical pattern, spending months at a time following ocean currents to reach more shallow seas or coastal waters where they might spawn or gain respite.


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*Fishmongers are sometimes called Findtmongers in certain communities across Aloria due to their heavy, almost exclusive catches of just this type of fish.
*Fishmongers are sometimes called Findtmongers in certain communities across Aloria due to their heavy, almost exclusive catches of just this type of fish.
*Findt tails are occasionally used in bridal ceremonies for those Velheim who live close to the sea and are dried before being used to veil a woman’s face to then be revealed by her husband when she reaches his arms.
*The Old Gods faith has many myths on the origin of the Findt, but also roles it has played in many a saga. Findt’s most common origin in such fables is cited as a dalliance by [[Hel, Dancer of Death]] with [[Toke, Lirh of Wilde]], in an effort to gain the attention of [[Bev, Mirror of Life]]. This effort failed and the offspring of this union now ceaselessly flee their anguished mother.
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Latest revision as of 18:16, 31 July 2022

Findt
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Fauna
Official Name Findt
Common Nicknames Iron Fish, Skandale-svømmer, Tonnamac
Classification Fish
Habitat Various bodies of the Oceans
Domesticated No
Current Status Common

The Findt is a species of silver-gray fish that heavily populate several of Aloria’s most well-traveled seas and oceans. It is key to the lifestyle of many fishing communities across the world but is most tied to the Velheim and Aontaithe Ailor, who believe it’s tied to the Old Gods. It exists in a nearly ceaseless series of migration patterns across the many Alorian bodies of water it inhabits with no particular or consistent reason.

History

Findt are one of the most common fish in all of Aloria, populating The Windward Seas, The Inner Essa Sea, The Vultarrin Sea, The Essalonian Sea, The Corontium Sea, and The West Allorn Sea as they have for millennia. The Fin’ullen and Teledden were aware of the fish from their earliest years due to the animal’s migrations which brushed over the eastern coastline of Teled Methen and other lands of Daen. As a result, it became a staple of the Fin’ullen diet that faded with time as more exotic or interesting species came to the forefront. The Ailor of Old Ceardia also forged a connection with the fish, albeit much later than the Nelfin. While Findt migration patterns have never reached Old Ceardia, they were instead encountered by the early sailors of the Proto-Velheim and later Ceardians who migrated and settled along the eastern and northern coastline of Carrhen. Centuries later, it is likely the Aontaithe were already aware of the fish when their ancestors were seized and ended up being trapped on The Emerald Isles with their captors. However, what few in such a group could have likely guessed was that The Emerald Isles served as a major spawning ground for the species and thus an epicenter of their numbers. This was ultimately revealed during the Cataclysm when the god-wave of water washed over the Isles, causing no harm.

Amidst this vast surge of the surf, many species were observed and among them was the Findt. Following this event, either due to some shifts underwater granting them greater access or a lull in the migration activity of the species, they became highly populous in the waters of the area and a staple to the Ailor diet. Fishing became a common line of work and when the barrier finally subsided in the year 120 AC, these fisherpeople became some of the first to pierce beyond the shores of The Emerald Isles. The Findt accompanied them, and it is commonly held that the earliest Aontiathe followed the migrations of the animal to find waters off other shores of Aloria. As for wider Aloria, they continued to fish and harvest the Findt across the waters of the world before and after the Cataclysm. Despite this increased reliance from the world, the fish’s population continues to remain high, helped by serious disruptions to normal life in lands like Teled Methen and the northern lands of Aloria due to conflicts with both mundane and arcane threats. The Findt has evolved into a common symbol of the sea, seen on many a hanging sign, minor noblility’s crest, and decorative element in the artwork of the world. This ubiquity is likely to remain true for decades if not centuries to come.

Physical Appearance

The Findt is an interesting creature, as it can vary in size significantly for seemingly no reason, reaching barely a foot long to up to eight feet, weighing according to this size. Their heads are triangular, with shiny gray scales forming their faces while their large, downward-facing mouths are colored dark gray like the rest of their scaled bodies. Behind the head and its gray eyes are the fish’s gills–two pale slits–before a few inches behind that sit the small pectoral fins of the fish, which point up. These pale in comparison to the large and backwards curved pectoral fins, who are pale gray like much of the animal’s face. Behind this is a generally slim body with only a small, similar gray dorsal fin reaching back until the animal’s tail fin. Their tail is very long, and largely membranous with a clear forking effect and the same general color as the creature’s shiny face. However, the fin’s effectiveness stops after the first several inches, with the remaining length lacking any muscle or function, but also weight, meaning that they are just shimmering thin endings to the creature’s body.

Diversity

Findt lack external identifiers between the sexes, as the coloration is wholly uniform and unchanging between members of the species. The only difference between different Findt is their size and it is generally determined that those fish from the north generally grow larger while those from the south grow smaller. Most assume that the animal’s size is tied to their diet.

Life Span and Development

Findt are born in tiny, dark blue roe that are laid in coastal spawning areas at least once a year by Findt females, whereafter Findt males will fertilize the eggs. These roe hatch within just a few weeks and spend only a few more eating and quickly growing in size. By the time they are three months old, their bodies will have enough mass to allow them to join a school, which they do and then follow instinctual paths in their travels across Aloria. They can live an astonishing sixteen years.

Mental Overview

Findt are generally mindless fish which react to events with pure instinct, such as trying to avoid predators or blockages by moving around them in unison with those members of the school around them. The Findt has an almost pack mentality, as they swim with their fellows in whatever direction is dictated. When isolated, the animal has both poor eyesight and low brain functions, meaning they often make an easy meal for whatever predators spy such isolated specimens.

Territory and Groupings

Findt form into vast schools after reaching maturity, the largest of these schools reaching into the thousands with the largest ever supposedly being observed by the Fin’ullen in 1300 BC at some 10,000 individuals in a single group united and moving together. Findt move across Aloria in a massive cyclical pattern, spending months at a time following ocean currents to reach more shallow seas or coastal waters where they might spawn or gain respite.

Trivia

  • Fishmongers are sometimes called Findtmongers in certain communities across Aloria due to their heavy, almost exclusive catches of just this type of fish.
  • The Old Gods faith has many myths on the origin of the Findt, but also roles it has played in many a saga. Findt’s most common origin in such fables is cited as a dalliance by Hel, Dancer of Death with Toke, Lirh of Wilde, in an effort to gain the attention of Bev, Mirror of Life. This effort failed and the offspring of this union now ceaselessly flee their anguished mother.

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Last Editor HydraLana on 07/31/2022.

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