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Afejerm (aka Jerm)
Heat-thieves range through the cold northerly oceans, happily going into deep inlets and bays or near islands. Ships may escape them in shallow water. They may go into oceanward parts of some seas, but not clear to the landward side. They are ovoviviparous, carrying eggs internally to birth live young into the water. When young, they eat seals and other medium-size prey; adults eat thunder-whales and other huge prey.
These sea monsters easily mistake large boats for whales and will attack on sight if they are at all hungry. The strong and flexible neck makes this predator a serious threat to people on the deck of a ship, although it is not quite as bad as the deathfin. The powerful body is capable of staving in the sides of a ship. Once it attacks, it is not easily dissuaded; it is large and strong, so difficult to kill or even injure significantly. Aiming to decapitate it or cut its throat is a good strategy. When reaching out of the water, the heat-thief may occasionally present a great chest shot at the base of the throat where it joins the body: a penetrating shot there can kill.
Before Upheaval: One species was kept in a reserve in this area by the ancients.
Sundered Times: During this time, the population in time shard #67 was limited primarily by territory, as the habitat was favorable and food plentiful.
Modern Times: The species is expanding with considerable enthusiasm. It spread from shard #67 to shard #1 very early, making boating in the sound very dangerous to the snow-unicorn riders, and then extended through shards #63, #62, and #60. Empire explorers who have run into this species so far consider it a large variation of the deathfin, though they will quickly revise that assumption as they continue to have conflicts with the creatures and obtain corpses to study.
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