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The Rockback Whale is a unique species of whale endemic to the coasts of [[Sendrass]] and the western coast of [[Farah’deen]]. The creature was only known in [[Elven]] myths, as tales told of islands growing on the back of huge fish before they vanished into the waves once more. It was only after the [[Cataclysm]] that these myths were proven right, if not somewhat exaggerated, when [[Allar]] vessels first ventured out beyond their shores to seek a refuge from the [[Void]] converts. Known to the wider world ever since, these creatures have inspired beauty and mystery as they possess a unique skin on their backs that help clams, barnacles and sea moss to grow. With the [[Bone Horror Crisis]] unleashing a horde of undead bone sea monsters out from [[Hadaria]] into southern waters, the Rockback Whale’s future is uncertain.
The Rockback Whale is a unique species of whale endemic to the coasts of [[Sendrass]], the waters of southern [[Oldt Era]], and the western coast of [[Farah’deen]]. Known in [[Nelfin]] and [[Qadir]] myths which tell of islands growing on the back of huge fish before they vanished into the waves once again, the Rockback Whale was only after the [[Cataclysm]] that these myths were proven true. Known to the wider world ever since, these creatures have inspired beauty and mystery as they possess a strange form of skin on their backs that help clams, barnacles, and sea plants grow. With the [[Bone Horror Crisis]] unleashing a horde of undead bone sea monsters out from [[Hadaria]] into southern waters, the Rockback Whale’s future is uncertain, but there are still sightings while the bone beasts continue to perish at the hands of the ocean’s predators.


==History==
==History==
The Rockback Whale is believed to have been first observed by the fledgling [[Elven Empire]] sometime before 1000 BC. Over the following centuries, sailors plying the southern coastline of [[Daen]] sometimes worried about the tales of false islands, a trick by massive carnivorous fish whose back appeared lush with vegetation only to sink down and swallow up any sailor who dared reach this false shore. These myths eventually faded into pure superstition of the high seas, and the animal was only formally re-discovered after 50 BC. As the [[Sendrassian Civil War]] on Sendras grew worse, Allar ships began to seek a new land to escape to. While these vessels did eventually reach [[Hadar]], one scouting party found the Rockback Whale instead. A pod of the creatures reportedly swam alongside their boats before retreating deeper underwater.
The Rockback Whale is believed to have been first observed sometime around 1000 BC by a slaving fleet of the [[Allorn Empire]] but had been spoken of in myths and nautical tales for centuries before this date. These tales were both from the [[Fin’ullen]] of the Allorn Empire, but also the Qadir, who each told similar stories of lush, false islands on the backs of enormous fish which would dive when disturbed. While some of these tales leaned toward a negative depiction of those sailors who had landed being dragged under the waves by the creature’s suction and then devoured, most made them out to be beautiful, simple creatures. For the Qadir and Fin’ullen both, the creatures were said to originate with the combined efforts or romantic entanglements of a god of the land and a goddess of the sea. The animals were sighted more as the Allorn increased the plundering of people from [[Old Ceardia]], but hunting of the animal was minimally done due to their reported size, and their ease of yanking down possible hunters deeper into the ocean than was ideal. However, in the Cataclysm, the animals vanish from known records and became a myth once more known to the nautical [[Ailor]] across [[Aloria]]. Those of Farah’deen meanwhile, believed the same, the Qadir focusing on their own land while the [[Songaskia]] considered it a barefaced lie of their enemy.


Following this rediscovery by the Allar evacuation, [[Altalar]] slavers and nobles who heard of the animal from their Allar servants in the following years made the connection between the whale and the ancient myth. For a brief period of 20 years, the Whale was hunted by these parties, both for the glory and to see the monster of the past for themselves. Most were disappointed at the animal’s small size compared to its mythical proportions, and eventually, the hunts stopped as interest declined. Since then, the Rockback Whale has moved almost ceaselessly around the coastlines of Sendras on its migration pattern. Recently, an abnormally high number of Rockback Whale carcasses have been washing ashore in Hadaria, southern Daen, and in [[Serass]]. Wounds on the carcasses seem to indicate that sea monsters created by the Bone Horror Crisis are targeted the Whales. While these carcasses are just one part of a wider hunting phenomena, it is still troubling to those that still care about the creature, as it may point to the Whale's extinction sometime in the near future.
This disbelief lasted until 50 AC, when Ailor from [[Carrhen]] reported discovering a small species of whale with plantlife growing from their bodies. News traveled fast, and soon, Fin’ullen sailors from [[Daen]] located the Rockback Whale. However, it no longer was of the grand sizes it had once been reported to reach. There would be no mistaking it for a lush island anymore.. The Ailor named the creature at this time, but some still optimistically called the animal a gardenback due to its unique skin texturing. However, the animal faced the threat of whaling soon after this rediscovery, with some [[Teledden]] sending out their ships to acquire the animal’s meat for consumption alongside groups like the [[Ithanian]]s. Carrhen Ailor eventually cooled in their hunts of the animal, the many pagan beliefs of the land rapidly labeling the animal special, and greatly reducing those who would seek it for clients abroad. The animal faced a greater threat soon after the new century when Bone Horrors emerged across Aloria during the Bone Horror Crisis. A number of carcasses washed ashore in 304 and 305 AC with injuries from the monsters of the sea formed by the event, but these deaths have significantly trailed off since 309 AC, corresponding with a large decline in Bone Horrors in other parts of Aloria. The Rockback Whale looks to survive its recent hardships, but only time will tell as sightings of the animal also remain rare.


==Physical Appearance==
==Physical Appearance==
The Rockback Whale is an average sized whale measuring 50 feet in length and anywhere between 55 and 70 tons. They possess many traits like that of other whales, a large horizontal fluked tail, two large flippers located low on the body, a blowhole on the top of their head, a baleen filled mouth as well as small eyes (which are often colored dark green or brown) and no dorsal fin. Two features make the whale special; the first is an almost comically upturned mouth that curves right up to the top of the animal’s head before ending just below their small eyes. The other trait of the Rockback Whale is what gives it its name, that being the unique skin patches that grant the creature both a “rocky” back as well as nodes of aquatic material along its mouth and behind its eyes.  
The Rockback Whale is a medium-sized whale, measuring between 40 and 50 feet in length with a considerable tonnage to their bodies. Their heads are large, with an almost comically upturned mouth that curves right up to the top of the animal’s head before ending just below their small eyes, which are either dark green or brown. Their blowholes are located above the apex of this upward curving mouth, and the head meets the body without issue. The rest of their form is that of a standard whale, with two large flippers located low on their rotund body which ends in a large, horizontally-fluked tail. What makes the whale special is their skin patches that grant the creature both a “rocky” back as well as nodes of aquatic material along its mouth and behind its eyes. The skin in these locations has a bumpy texture due to microscopic pores which feed out oxygen. This feature helps to keep the small creatures and plant life that attach and grow here alive. As a result of this added, albeit minor, drain on their oxygen supply, the Rockback Whale is also the whale with the shortest dive time of 20 minutes before needing to return to the surface. These areas make each and every Rockback Whale individual as each patch is a different size and made up of different animals. The rest of the whale is colored dark gray which gives it a further rocky appearance.  
 
The skin in these locations has a unique bumpy texture due to microscopic pores which feed out oxygen. This unique feature helps to keep the small creatures and plant life that attach and grow here alive. As a result of this added, albeit minor, drain on their oxygen supply, the Rockback Whale is also the whale with the shortest dive time of 20 minutes before needing to return to the surface. These areas make each and every Rockback Whale unique as each patch is a different size and made up of different animals. The rest of the whale is colored dark gray which gives it a further rocky appearance.  
 
===Diversity===
===Diversity===
Rockback Whales have a high level of individual diversity due to the formations behind their eyes, around their mouth, and along their back. They possess an equal gender ratio, and the two genders look equally the same.  
Rockback Whales have a high level of individual diversity due to the formations behind their eyes, around their mouth, and along their back. They possess an equal gender ratio, and the two genders look the same.
 
===Life Span and Development===
===Life Span and Development===
The Rockback Whale life cycle is unknown due to no known location serving as their birthing waters. Many assumptions can be made however as the whale appears physically similar to many other types of whales. The live birth of a calf occurs before the parents nurture them over a period of several years into adulthood. Calves are not naturally born with the same textured skin as their parents and are assumed to develop it throughout their youth. Once grown, the Rockback Whale stays in the same pod as their parents, but when the mating season comes, male adolescents leave their home pod to join other pods with young females and stay there. The whale has a total lifespan of 60 years.
The Rockback Whale life cycle is unknown due to no known location serving as their birthing waters. Many assumptions can be made, however, as the whale appears physically similar to many other types of cetacean. The live birth of one calf occurs in the water, followed by both their parents nurturing them over a period of several years into adulthood. Calves are not born with the same textured skin as their parents but they develop it throughout their youth. Once mature, the Rockback Whale stays in the same pod as their parents, but when the mating season comes, male adolescents leave their home pod to join other pods with young females and stay there. The Whale has a total lifespan of 60 years.


==Mental Overview==
==Mental Overview==
The Rockback Whale is a very docile creature by all accounts and easy to hunt. They care for their offspring dutifully and show affection for their spouses throughout their lifetime together. They do not see ships as a threat; some believe that a ship crusted with barnacles and other similar life forms on its hull confuse the Whale into believing the vessel is one of their own. When they are attacked, males are the first to move in defense of the pod and attempt to headbutt whatever predator is attacking them while females and calves retreat to a safe distance.
The Rockback Whale is a very docile creature by all accounts and easy to hunt though only if caught unaware. They care for their offspring dutifully and show affection for their spouses throughout their lifetime together. They do not see ships as a threat; some believe that a ship crusted with barnacles and other similar life forms on its hull confuse the Whale into believing the vessel is one of their own. When they are attacked, males are the first to move in defense of the pod and attempt to headbutt whatever predator is attacking them while females and calves retreat to a safe distance. They are also peaceful with other members of their species, pods keeping close and often lasting decades. Rockback Whales are known to help each other out should a growth on their body grow too large and negatively affect their balance. Another, or multiple Rockbacks, will grind their own growths against the problem area to wear it down, and fix the issue.
 
===Territory and Groupings===
===Territory and Groupings===
The Rockback Whale live in pods for their entire life. These pods are made up of five to ten family groups living together. These groups have only been seen on the move, migrating the length of Sendras’ coast line presumably to spawning grounds. The Rockback Whale is not territorial with other fish or other members of its species, remaining docile unless threatened.
The Rockback Whale lives in social formations known as pods for their entire life. These pods are made up of five to ten family groups living together. These groups have only been seen on the move, migrating the length of Sendras’ coast line presumably to spawning grounds. The Rockback Whale is not territorial with other fish or other members of its species, remaining docile unless threatened.


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*Some wonder if the [[Cataclysm]] had an adverse affect on the creature, shrinking it down from its mythical size. Others feel that the mythical “Island Fish” is still real and this animal is but a smaller variation of something far larger that is still out there and a threat to sailors.
*Some wonder if the [[Cataclysm]] had an adverse effect on the creature, shrinking it down from its mythical size. Others feel that the mythical “Island Fish” is still real and this animal is but a smaller variation of something far larger that is still out there and a threat to sailors.
*Rockback Whales cannot grow seaweed or any substantial plant life. The majority of growths are small and crusted which helps the Whale when they headbutt against predators as these growths are often as hard as rock.
*The crusted growths along their body helps the Rockback Whale when they headbutt against predators as these growths are often as hard as rock.
*Rockback Whales are known to help each other out should a growth grow too large and offset their balance. They grind their growths together to wear them down.
 
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Revision as of 19:02, 26 June 2022

Rockback Whale
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Fauna
Official Name Rockback Whale
Common Nicknames Gardenback Whale
Classification Mammal
Habitat Southern and Western Bodies
Domesticated No
Current Status Rare

The Rockback Whale is a unique species of whale endemic to the coasts of Sendrass, the waters of southern Oldt Era, and the western coast of Farah’deen. Known in Nelfin and Qadir myths which tell of islands growing on the back of huge fish before they vanished into the waves once again, the Rockback Whale was only after the Cataclysm that these myths were proven true. Known to the wider world ever since, these creatures have inspired beauty and mystery as they possess a strange form of skin on their backs that help clams, barnacles, and sea plants grow. With the Bone Horror Crisis unleashing a horde of undead bone sea monsters out from Hadaria into southern waters, the Rockback Whale’s future is uncertain, but there are still sightings while the bone beasts continue to perish at the hands of the ocean’s predators.

History

The Rockback Whale is believed to have been first observed sometime around 1000 BC by a slaving fleet of the Allorn Empire but had been spoken of in myths and nautical tales for centuries before this date. These tales were both from the Fin’ullen of the Allorn Empire, but also the Qadir, who each told similar stories of lush, false islands on the backs of enormous fish which would dive when disturbed. While some of these tales leaned toward a negative depiction of those sailors who had landed being dragged under the waves by the creature’s suction and then devoured, most made them out to be beautiful, simple creatures. For the Qadir and Fin’ullen both, the creatures were said to originate with the combined efforts or romantic entanglements of a god of the land and a goddess of the sea. The animals were sighted more as the Allorn increased the plundering of people from Old Ceardia, but hunting of the animal was minimally done due to their reported size, and their ease of yanking down possible hunters deeper into the ocean than was ideal. However, in the Cataclysm, the animals vanish from known records and became a myth once more known to the nautical Ailor across Aloria. Those of Farah’deen meanwhile, believed the same, the Qadir focusing on their own land while the Songaskia considered it a barefaced lie of their enemy.

This disbelief lasted until 50 AC, when Ailor from Carrhen reported discovering a small species of whale with plantlife growing from their bodies. News traveled fast, and soon, Fin’ullen sailors from Daen located the Rockback Whale. However, it no longer was of the grand sizes it had once been reported to reach. There would be no mistaking it for a lush island anymore.. The Ailor named the creature at this time, but some still optimistically called the animal a gardenback due to its unique skin texturing. However, the animal faced the threat of whaling soon after this rediscovery, with some Teledden sending out their ships to acquire the animal’s meat for consumption alongside groups like the Ithanians. Carrhen Ailor eventually cooled in their hunts of the animal, the many pagan beliefs of the land rapidly labeling the animal special, and greatly reducing those who would seek it for clients abroad. The animal faced a greater threat soon after the new century when Bone Horrors emerged across Aloria during the Bone Horror Crisis. A number of carcasses washed ashore in 304 and 305 AC with injuries from the monsters of the sea formed by the event, but these deaths have significantly trailed off since 309 AC, corresponding with a large decline in Bone Horrors in other parts of Aloria. The Rockback Whale looks to survive its recent hardships, but only time will tell as sightings of the animal also remain rare.

Physical Appearance

The Rockback Whale is a medium-sized whale, measuring between 40 and 50 feet in length with a considerable tonnage to their bodies. Their heads are large, with an almost comically upturned mouth that curves right up to the top of the animal’s head before ending just below their small eyes, which are either dark green or brown. Their blowholes are located above the apex of this upward curving mouth, and the head meets the body without issue. The rest of their form is that of a standard whale, with two large flippers located low on their rotund body which ends in a large, horizontally-fluked tail. What makes the whale special is their skin patches that grant the creature both a “rocky” back as well as nodes of aquatic material along its mouth and behind its eyes. The skin in these locations has a bumpy texture due to microscopic pores which feed out oxygen. This feature helps to keep the small creatures and plant life that attach and grow here alive. As a result of this added, albeit minor, drain on their oxygen supply, the Rockback Whale is also the whale with the shortest dive time of 20 minutes before needing to return to the surface. These areas make each and every Rockback Whale individual as each patch is a different size and made up of different animals. The rest of the whale is colored dark gray which gives it a further rocky appearance.

Diversity

Rockback Whales have a high level of individual diversity due to the formations behind their eyes, around their mouth, and along their back. They possess an equal gender ratio, and the two genders look the same.

Life Span and Development

The Rockback Whale life cycle is unknown due to no known location serving as their birthing waters. Many assumptions can be made, however, as the whale appears physically similar to many other types of cetacean. The live birth of one calf occurs in the water, followed by both their parents nurturing them over a period of several years into adulthood. Calves are not born with the same textured skin as their parents but they develop it throughout their youth. Once mature, the Rockback Whale stays in the same pod as their parents, but when the mating season comes, male adolescents leave their home pod to join other pods with young females and stay there. The Whale has a total lifespan of 60 years.

Mental Overview

The Rockback Whale is a very docile creature by all accounts and easy to hunt though only if caught unaware. They care for their offspring dutifully and show affection for their spouses throughout their lifetime together. They do not see ships as a threat; some believe that a ship crusted with barnacles and other similar life forms on its hull confuse the Whale into believing the vessel is one of their own. When they are attacked, males are the first to move in defense of the pod and attempt to headbutt whatever predator is attacking them while females and calves retreat to a safe distance. They are also peaceful with other members of their species, pods keeping close and often lasting decades. Rockback Whales are known to help each other out should a growth on their body grow too large and negatively affect their balance. Another, or multiple Rockbacks, will grind their own growths against the problem area to wear it down, and fix the issue.

Territory and Groupings

The Rockback Whale lives in social formations known as pods for their entire life. These pods are made up of five to ten family groups living together. These groups have only been seen on the move, migrating the length of Sendras’ coast line presumably to spawning grounds. The Rockback Whale is not territorial with other fish or other members of its species, remaining docile unless threatened.

Trivia

  • Some wonder if the Cataclysm had an adverse effect on the creature, shrinking it down from its mythical size. Others feel that the mythical “Island Fish” is still real and this animal is but a smaller variation of something far larger that is still out there and a threat to sailors.
  • The crusted growths along their body helps the Rockback Whale when they headbutt against predators as these growths are often as hard as rock.

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