Icarus flew too close to the sun. It was hubris, they say, or complacency, or not respecting the powers greater than you. It is, they might say, an inauspicious name for the mercenary pilots who expect to fly their ships a stone’s throw from the sun.
"Muktuk is a marbled substance somewhere between meat and rock." I love this so much and really have to remember that sort of phrasing. They sound awesome - big as a small moon, with entire ecosystems living inside / on them. It conjures a really amazing vision. Those have to be some pretty dang impressive harpoons and I'd love to know more about that aspect of things. How common are they? If they're still being hunted, are they at the risk of extinction? Are there any laws or restrictions around interacting with them? :) Awesome, awesome stuff Annie
Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Thank you! I wanted to help people wrap their head around just how big that is by looking at them less as creatures and more as realms of their own. I think you'd basically need a small fleet to haul something this big, you'd probably want to parcel it up and maybe even install rockets onto it. It'd be a project, that's for sure! Luckily Solaris has crystals to power everything. They have honestly no clue how common they are out there, but they don't seem to be at risk of extinction. I'm sure someone tried to tally how many were there at the last migration, and it didn't meaningfully change since last time. They're so far away from the part of space people live in, so encounters would be incredibly rare, and they cross so far out from the planets that no government could really meaningfully intervene. It's no mans space.
SPACE WHALES SPACE WHALES SPACE WHALES SPA
Can the Baleen be harvested without damage to the leviathan? Can it grow back?
Well, someone might have tried, but I fear they may have left out the h and ended up a treat rather than a threat.
Gargantuan creatures never fail to get me, especially when they are so well done! It is a bit sad that the people of Sol never acknowledge them as more than overgrown whales and begin to hunt them down on the first occasion. Nevertheless, I wonder where these giants come from. And what incredible ecosystem lies outside the boundaries of Sol, for it to give birth to them?
Thank you! There certainly are scientists who head out to observe the migration too, but a lot of the studies into Leviathans are kind of reliant on what the hunters are able to bring back.
Kelly Pawlik at Kobold Press loved this entry for WorldEmber! <3 She asked me to pass on her feedback to you! 1.I really like that they can alternately be called astracetaceans. It’s a fun word. 2.The fact that each leviathan is its own ecosystem is ripe for exploitation in stories. I could see an entire RPG campaign centered on the conceit that the player characters are explorers and scientists on a mission to catalogue everything they can about these creatures. 3.The image of scores of these planetoid-sized creatures migrating is awe inspiring.
I'm so glad to hear that, thank you so much for passing this on!