|Official Name||Whale Crab|
|Common Nicknames||Giant Crab, Brachyptera|
|Habitat||Oceans of southern Ellador|
While regular Alorians may be more accustomed to folklore of beasts and creatures on land or soaring through the skies, menacing creatures such as the Whale Crab are revered by pirates and privateers alike. These crabs are like no other crustacean, having an enormous size that dwarfs Alorians. In the years following the Cataclysm, sea-travellers have repeatedly reported sightings of these colossal crustaceans, despite disbelief from some of their land-dwelling acquaintances. Most, if not all, seafarers have a certain fear of these beasts in their heart, unsure when the crabs will strike. Like many other mythical leviathans, Whale Crabs are seen in folklore across coastal cultures and any individual who claims to live on the open sea.
While those that aren’t accustomed to the sea may claim that the Whale Crabs are simply in legend, these giant sea creatures have roamed the seas of Aloria for centuries. Despite what many would think, the Whale Crab started off as a miniscule critter that scuttled along the coastlines of tropical beaches. It was no bigger than an adult Ailor’s foot. As the Fifth Void Invasion took place, the Void essence mutated the creature rapidly, thickening its shell and increasing its mass many times over. At this point, the now-giant crabs migrated deeper into Aloria’s oceans as they left the eyes and memories of Alorians. Years after the mythical creature had mutated to their signature size, legends began to form about groups of giant crabs attacking seafaring people. With these tales becoming common among pirates and privateers alike, the Whale Crabs were a thing to be afraid of. Even coastal settlements reported sightings of the beasts, some going so far as to say they saw them near the surface. While many scholars and seafarers believe that these colossal crabs exist, many still are unsure and keep their status locked in superstition. Many rumors claim that these crabs roam in the waters around southern Ellador. Despite this, many whispers say that they lurk in all oceans, and that you should watch the waters below your ship, else you may end up dead.
Similar to how other crab species have a unique color that differentiates it from others, the whale crab sports a specific dark blue color that allows it to blend in whilst in the deep waters of its habitats. As its name infers, the Whale Crab retains a massive size when fully grown. The crab can range from 8 to 11 feet long, and around 5 to 7 feet high. It sports a hard chitin that is almost impenetrable, even to a powerful thrust from an Arming Sword. The crustacean has eight legs in total, that are accompanied by two strong, rigid claws. While tales such as those in the Way of Tides religion portray these enormous beings as having the ability to tear ships down in seconds, this ability is greatly exaggerated. Rather, the Whale Crab is only capable of inflicting minor damage to a vessel. While they can snap logs with ease, taking down an entire ship still proves to be a difficult task. The Whale Crab’s shell is adorned with sharp yet short spikes that protrude across its body. The main weak spot of the crab is on its underside, upon which major damage can be inflicted if directly attacked.
Female Whale Crabs tend to be more populous compared to male crabs. This is due to the fact that female crabs can grow to become larger than their male counterparts. They also have stronger claws and shells which make it more durable and well-fitted against predators, if it even has any to speak of. Similar to other crabs, genders can be discerned by their apron. Females have a rounder apron while males have a sharp point at the tip of the apron.
Life Span and Development
Female Whale Crabs produce a lot of eggs, approximately one-hundred per clutch. While many may think these eggs all successfully grow up, only a select few actually develop from their eggs and then on a even more handful of the original offspring survive to adults. These crabs survive to an astonishing age of 140 years old, but some die earlier due to a lack of resources and what prowls beneath the ocean’s surface. While the Whale Crab is younger, their shells are softer than before and can be impaled easily. As it progress into maturity, the durability of its chitin increases, as well as its agility in water, and the strength of its claws.
The Whale Crab is far from being tamed. Accustomed to their own species (and a select few species with which they have a mutual relationship) these giant crabs are wild as can be. While superstition say these crabs attack ships and can break them down in mere seconds, they are actually docile towards vessels. However, were they to spot a person, they suddenly become hostile and will most likely attack. There are alpha Whale Crabs which the rest of the pod seem to follow and defend. Alpha males tend to be the most durable and daring of the pod, and act aggressively against any who threaten the pod.
Territory and Groupings
As many sea-based folklore states, the Whale Crabs do indeed travel around in packs. Moving around in pods of 4 to 9 Whale Crabs, these crustaceans are way more menacing in their groups compared to them being by themselves. Whale Crabs tend to stay in one region for approximately one to two weeks before moving somewhere else to find new food sources. Most, if not all Whale Crabs stay in deep waters where they can’t be seen, and only rarely does one stray away and go to shallow waters.
- The Whale Crab is infamous in the Way of Tides religion, which they are known as the brachyptera. Whether what superstitions surround Whale Crabs are true or not, there has been no confirmed record of any events happening.
- Many seafarers tend to carry regular crab claws with them in pockets or small necklaces while at sea which is said to keep Whale Crabs away.