Native to the Abyss, Skimmers are man-sized insects with an uncanny ability to remain perched upon the water's surface. Quick and agile hunters, they can dash across the black Abyss with ease that eludes any boat or craft. It is fortunate that they do not count mankind among its many prey.
With their relatively docile nature and great senses, some fishermen even consider the Skimmer a good omen: where the skimmer go, there must be fish. This sentiment is somewhat diminished by the Skimmer's tendency to get stuck in nets or tangle fishing lines.Skimmers hunt alone, congregating only to court mates and fertilize eggs. They are in turn hunted by a number or creatures in the Abyss and are more likely to flee than fight unless cornered or provoked. The mandibles of a Skimmer can easily sever fingers or break bone, so most sailors are more than happy to leave the critters alone.
In the World
Skimmer-StewThere is very little edible meat on the skimmers, but the long bones are sometimes boiled and eaten once soft. In Dūbavum, when times are lean and desperate, people say "these Skimmer-Stew days". With its unique and unpleasant tones of bitter and damp, the stew is sometimes served as a prank to pompous guests.
The AbyssSkimmers are only found in the Abyss; a titanic underground ocean and the only one of its kind outside the Far Deep. The black, cold waters of the Abyss are home to many strange and terrible creatures, of which the Skimmers are among the most harmless. Read more about the Abyss
"He's a Skimmer" Fishermen both love and hate the Skimmers. They often lead to fish but just as often scare them away or get tangled in net. With their twitchy, skittish nature and tendency to get tangled in nets, settlements around the Abyss have taken to using the creature's name as a term of.. Not exactly endearment.. For the more nervous among them