We could hear its roar even over the storm. It sounded like we were being chased by an earthquake, but I don't know if something that big even notices us.Mahu'ca are titanic, centipede beasts and remain more myth than fact. Stories tell of entire cities razed by the rampage of one of the Mahu'ca, entire armies swallowed down its ravenous maw. Actual encounters are rare, but those that meet the Mahu'ca do not challenge the legends.
No two Mahu'ca have yet been seen meeting. It is not known if they simply avoid one another or that the few seen outside the Shrouded Lands are here because they have been driven from some pack or coupling. For a long time, it was believed that only a single Mahu'ca existed but this has unfortunately been shown to be false.It is known that the Mahu'ca sometimes enter a dormant state and can sleep for years. In this time, they are covered by sand and dust until they nearly resemble mountains. Although dormant, the Mahu'ca has proven capable of rousing itself if sufficiently disturbed.
Between the Myth and the Monster
Most sane people consider even such a bounty not worth the risk and the wise stay far away from the Mahu'ca.
The Shrouded Lands The Mahu'ca spend most of their time deep in the Shrouded Lands, a name given to all the regions of the Surface cloaked in lethal radiation and continent-spanning storms. It is only on occasion that they emerge from the shroud to terrorize the lands where mankind can tread and much of the Mahu'ca's behavior remains unknown, hidden behind the storms. Read more about the Shrouded Lands
Feeding the BeastMany wonder how the barren surface can sustain a creature like the Mahu'ca, let alone several. Most believe the Mahu'ca eat blight and sunlight, supplementing its diet with unwary explorers and smaller beasts as opportunity present rather than as its main course. Others contend that the Mahu'ca find plenty of prey in the Shrouded Lands.
Striking the SunThe most famous and enduring example of the Mahu'ca's might came during the Striking Sun crusade, when the mad prophet Davik lead an rag-tag army on a mission to slay the sun. The unprepared crusaders were already starving in the wasteland when the Mahu'ca made its appearance and swallowed the prophet whole. Read more about Striking the Sun
Mother of Mountains The colossal Mahu'ca dwarf most other creatures of the surface, but stories tell that they used to be even bigger. In the Ascher region lie mountains with sharp, jagged tips like the ridges of a Mahu'ca called the Mother of Mountains. Stories tell of a Mahu'ca that came to rest in in the region until stone grow to cover her and she became the mountains. While most dismiss it as legend, all quietly hope that the Mother of Mountains continue to slumber, should she be real.
At least once, the old bones of a Mahu'ca was found bearing terrible scars and shattered plates of carapace. What, if anything, could hunt even the mighty Mahu'ca is something most prefer not to think about.
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