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Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters of Torn World rule the oceans.


The sea monsters of Torn World form a complex ecological web, and are a constant source of danger to ships and seaside settlements.


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Forbidden Love (1419.03.05): Gludara meets the great love of her life -- and he isn't what anyone expects, and her family would hate him if they knew about him.
~ 2287 words, Created by: Non-Member Artist (Patron), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Amelia Margetts (Inspiration), Posted: 05/16/11  

(spoilers)

Tides of Blood and Music (1499.09.09): A warsailor widow finds it hard to go on.
~ 1532 words, Created by: Non-Member Artist (Inspiration), Ellen Million (Writer), Elizabeth Barrette (Inspiration), Edward Cammarota (Patron), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Posted: 05/24/11  

(spoilers)

A Monster Project (1514.07.03): Dlujan and his classmates dissect a deathfin carcass for a school project.
~ 927 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 04/14/10  

(spoilers)

Tangleweed (1519.04.01): Rumors of a new sea monster create unease. (Supporters Only!)
~ 354 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Posted: 05/07/14  

(spoilers)

Storm Wrack (1520.03.17): The people in the town Ferelye was born in are uncomfortable with no-gender people, and as Ferelye gets older, ur spends more and more time hiding out on a tall cliff near roi home.
~ 4267 words, Created by: PeggyB (Inspiration), Jenny Heidewald (Inspiration), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 05/23/11  

(spoilers)

An Irresistible Attraction (1520.03.29): The proprietor of The Smiling Serpent, Dorersh Duurl Atya's premier tourist restaurant, has a new competitor, and needs a way to attract the customers back to her tables.
~ 1179 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 06/14/10  

The Sea Queen (1520.04.08): A little girl hears an Irfai story about a half-fish maiden. (Supporters Only!)
~ 908 words, Created by: Lorna (Comtessa) (Illustration), Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 05/23/12  

Grandma Monster (1520.04.16): Ressa brings new news for a local gossip - and gets some of her own!
~ 77 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Edward Cammarota (Patron), Posted: 09/19/11  

(spoilers)

Monster Teeth and Art Glass (1520.04.23): A peek into the life of a "rustic" Duurludirj artist, and her efforts to keep her family together and profitably employed.
~ 1173 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 06/16/10  

A Monstrous Feast (1520.05.08): Neteilyu and Dulilm start Rejoining Day together cooking for the traditional feast, but their unbaked cookies are abandoned when alarm bells ring. (Supporters Only!)
~ 2031 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 02/15/11  

(spoilers)

Without Fail (1520.05.09): Warsailor Brelig meets License Master Alaaffi on a cruise ship.
~ 2423 words, Created by: Meeks (Illustration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/25/11  

(spoilers)

Velvet Monsters and Ribbon Waves (1520.06.05): When their mainland teacher walks out in anger, Nefessa and her Duurludirj classmates must decide what to do about the assignment. (Supporters Only!)
~ 1347 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Illustration), Posted: 05/30/11  

The Museum of Mortality (Part 1 of 2) (1520.06.08): Brelig works in a museum while recovering from a sea monster fight.
~ 4112 words, Created by: PeggyB (Inspiration), mikka (Inspiration), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Amelia Margetts (Patron), Posted: 05/17/13  

(spoilers)

The Museum of Mortality (Part 2 of 2) (1520.06.20): Brelig works hard to regain his stamina for warsailor work.
~ 3421 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Illustration), Amelia Margetts (Patron), PeggyB (Inspiration), mikka (Inspiration), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/20/13  

A Little Luck (1520.06.28): A confrontation on the seas leads to experimentation with a new weapon.
~ 1672 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Edward Cammarota (Patron), Posted: 12/23/10  

Fishhooks and Memories (1520.07.01): License Master Alaaffi returns to his work, somewhat changed by his vacation to Tifijimi. (poem)
~ 685 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/15/12  

(spoilers)

What a Warsailor Has To Be (1520.07.05): A warsailor has to be wary and canny...
~ 381 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Edward Cammarota (Patron), Posted: 05/17/11  

(spoilers)

Beachfront Propriety (1520.07.12): Ashrein and her daughters settle in Tifijimi.
~ 2388 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Kayleigh Webb (Inspiration), Posted: 05/21/14  

(spoilers)

Installing the Unicorn (1520.07.30): The Museum of Mortality gains a new attraction.
~ 235 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/29/13  

(spoilers)

Ties (1520.08.14): The night starts beautiful and clear, and Akaalekirth and Lereterli hang hammocks outside... but their sleep is interrupted by an earthquake and the aftermath.
~ 539 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), PeggyB (Inspiration), Posted: 05/14/13  

Catch and Release (1520.10.17): Dorom, Ereil, and Amaqor go ice-fishing near Itakith. (Supporters Only!)
~ 3045 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Posted: 05/11/12  

(spoilers)

Dreamskating (poem): Southern poets speak about the perilous allure of dreamers liquor.
~ 145 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 12/22/10  

Surprises At Sea (poem): Sailing in the oceans of Torn World is dangerous; you never know what you'll come across once you're out of view of the continent. (Supporters Only!)
~ 271 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 05/03/11  

The Sea Calls, How Can We Not Answer? (poem): This is a traditional poem of the Duurludirj people, embodying their relationship to the sea, with all of "her" beauty, bounty, and danger. (Supporters Only!)
~ 166 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 05/20/11  

Grandma Loved the Sea (Poem): This traditional Irfai tale features their cultural appreciation for hyperbole and hints at their tendency to look at fighting sea monsters as a hero's quest. (Supporters Only!)
~ 304 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 05/26/11  

The Shipwright's Song (poem): A shipwright sings of pride in workmanship. (2012 Rhysling nominee!)
~ 103 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 02/06/12  

Jewels of the Oceans (poem): A poem about jellyriggers.
~ 37 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 06/29/11  

An Irfai Lullabye (poem): A lullaby for a Irfai baby.
~ 148 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 10/19/11  

Nutterjell (Poem): Nuttery Grubs and Grapejellies go together! (Supporters Only!)
~ 87 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/30/12  

Serpent Skin (poem): A shape poem. (Supporters Only!)
~ 70 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 05/21/12  

Now That They Have Come To This (Poem): Beachcombing in the Rockfangs reveals the aftermath of battle.
~ 78 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Posted: 05/30/12  

(spoilers)

A Purple Monster (Poem): A Duurludirj village has an encounter while heading out to sea.
~ 92 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Patron), Posted: 05/24/12  

(spoilers)

A Whole New Kind of Beauty (Poem): A warsailor talks about aspects of beauty.
~ 111 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Patron), Posted: 05/29/12  

(spoilers)

Yaimav and the Wary Wary Bird (poem): This is a bit of Slunai history (or legend) about the sundered times.
~ 370 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer), Posted: 05/01/13  

Something Bigger and Hungrier (Poem): The crew of the Honeybeam have a sea monster encounter. (Supporters Only!)
~ 113 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Illustration), Posted: 05/28/13  

(spoilers)

A Clever Jab (Poem): Hunting harpoon snails is risky but rewarding. (Supporters Only!)
~ 85 words, Created by: Layla Lawlor (Inspiration), Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), PeggyB (Inspiration), Posted: 05/31/13  

Seashore Superstitions (Poem): Even science minded people have some superstitions.
~ 147 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Posted: 05/27/13  

(spoilers)

The Smartarm Strikes (poem): A shape poem. (Supporters Only!)
~ 46 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 05/27/14  

Beneath The Shell (poem): A shape poem. (Supporters Only!)
~ 0 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 05/15/14  

Sea Monsters Skipping Song (poem): A rhyme about the sea monsters of Torn World.
~ 147 words, Created by: Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 10/29/14  

Fog in the Morning (poem): A silly short poem about morning tea.
~ 13 words, Created by: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Inspiration), Ellen Million (Writer), Posted: 05/21/16  

To Ride Death (poem): 'Death' means different things in different cultures.
~ 122 words, Created by: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration), Posted: 05/03/17  

Articles attached to this collection:

Sea Monsters; An Introduction

Artwork attached to this collection:

Enemy In The Rigging
Enemy In The Rigging This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Deborah J. Brannon, Ellen Million
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Underwater Love
Underwater Love
Ellen Million
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Drydock Duties
Drydock Duties
Ellen Million, Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
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Dreamskate
Dreamskate
Samantha J. Lewis, Ellen Million
1 Comment

Arguing Over Dinner
Arguing Over Dinner This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Ellen Million, mikka
1 Comment

In the Eye of the Storm
In the Eye of the Storm
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon, Ellen Million
1 Comment

From the Deep - painted
From the Deep - painted
Ellen Million
3 Comments

Snagtooth Sketch
Snagtooth Sketch
Samantha J. Lewis, Ellen Million
1 Comment

Dreamskate with Sunken Ship
Dreamskate with Sunken Ship
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Taming the Sea
Taming the Sea
Ellen Million
No comments yet
(This artwork is non-canon)

Deathfin Bookmark
Deathfin Bookmark
Ellen Million
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Driftwood
Driftwood
Ellen Million, mikka
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The Sun's Rays
The Sun's Rays
Ellen Million
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Reef-Fisher
Reef-Fisher
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
1 Comment

Sea Momster
Sea Momster This artwork comes with a free extra!
Ellen Million
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From the Deep
From the Deep
Ellen Million, Elizabeth Barrette
1 Comment

Large and Small
Large and Small
Layla Lawlor
1 Comment

Blue Ring Leech
Blue Ring Leech
Ellen Million
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Sunset Showoff
Sunset Showoff
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon, Ellen Million
2 Comments

(Tiny) Giant Sea Turtle
(Tiny) Giant Sea Turtle
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Deathfin
Deathfin
Ellen Million
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Weed-eater
Weed-eater
Ellen Million
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Smartarm Tip Card
Smartarm Tip Card
Ellen Million
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Negotiations
Negotiations
Ellen Million
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Giant Lobster
Giant Lobster
Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart
Sea Monster Scale Chart This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Sea Monster Scale Chart: Smartarm
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Smartarm
Edward Cammarota, Ellen Million
1 Comment

Sea Monster Scale Chart: The Frilled Whale
Sea Monster Scale Chart: The Frilled Whale
Edward Cammarota, Ellen Million
1 Comment

Smartarm Border
Smartarm Border This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart: Whalebear
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Whalebear
Jenny Heidewald, Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart: Sea Serpent
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Sea Serpent
Ellen Million
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A Day at the Beach
A Day at the Beach
Jenny Heidewald, Amelia Margetts
2 Comments

Sea Monster Scale Chart: Soldierfish
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Soldierfish
Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart: Trapjaw
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Trapjaw
Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart: Giant Sea Turtle
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Giant Sea Turtle
Edward Cammarota, Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart: Dreamskate
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Dreamskate
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Sea Monster Scale Chart: Thunderwhale
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Thunderwhale
Ellen Million
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Sea Monster Scale Chart: Pink Jellyrigger
Sea Monster Scale Chart: Pink Jellyrigger
Ellen Million
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The Prettiest Sea Monster
The Prettiest Sea Monster This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon, Ellen Million
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(This artwork is non-canon)

Deathfin Courtship
Deathfin Courtship
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Deathfin Versus Shark
Deathfin Versus Shark
Ellen Million
2 Comments

Trapjaw
Trapjaw
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Unicorn Jelly
Unicorn Jelly
Elizabeth Barrette, Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
2 Comments

Weed-Eater and Calves
Weed-Eater and Calves
Ellen Million, Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
1 Comment

Heat-thief Versus Deathfin
Heat-thief Versus Deathfin
Elizabeth Barrette, Ellen Million
1 Comment

After the Wave
After the Wave This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
PeggyB, Ellen Million, Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
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Jellyrigger Versus Snagtooth
Jellyrigger Versus Snagtooth
Ellen Million, Edward Cammarota
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Juvenile Jellyrigger Versus Young Smartarm
Juvenile Jellyrigger Versus Young Smartarm
Ellen Million, Edward Cammarota
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Dorruuyirv, Hunting
Dorruuyirv, Hunting
Ellen Million
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View from a Fishing Boat
View from a Fishing Boat
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
1 Comment

Whalebear Attacks
Whalebear Attacks
Ellen Million
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Fighting Mudpuppies
Fighting Mudpuppies
Ellen Million
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Leaping Dreamskates
Leaping Dreamskates
Ellen Million
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Giant Sea Turtle's Revenge
Giant Sea Turtle's Revenge
Ellen Million
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Thunder-Whale Escort
Thunder-Whale Escort
Ellen Million
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Dreamskate and the Wreck
Dreamskate and the Wreck
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Blimpfish in Love
Blimpfish in Love
Ellen Million
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Pink Jellyrigger Cluster
Pink Jellyrigger Cluster
Ellen Million
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Sea Serpent Spots a Ship
Sea Serpent Spots a Ship
Ellen Million
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The Heat-Thief Rises
The Heat-Thief Rises
Ellen Million
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Blue Harpoon Snail on a Ship
Blue Harpoon Snail on a Ship
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Lurking Smartarm
Lurking Smartarm
Ellen Million
1 Comment

Pink Jellyrigger
Pink Jellyrigger
Ellen Million
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You may have got my leg, but I got your kids!
You may have got my leg, but I got your kids!
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon, Siobhan Murphy
2 Comments
Canon-eligible Mystery Art!
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Rash
Rash
Ellen Million
4 Comments

A Mother's Fear
A Mother's Fear
Ellen Million
2 Comments

Warsailor Garb
Warsailor Garb
Ellen Million
3 Comments

Skull, Sand, and Skyflowers
Skull, Sand, and Skyflowers
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
2 Comments

The Sea Queen
The Sea Queen
Lorna (Comtessa)
2 Comments

Fishing
Fishing
Ellen Million
3 Comments

Snagtooth
Snagtooth
Ellen Million
2 Comments

Underwater Battle
Underwater Battle
Layla Lawlor
4 Comments

Seashell Jangles
Seashell Jangles
Lorna (Comtessa)
3 Comments

Ribbon Monster
Ribbon Monster
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
2 Comments

Fancy Glass for The Smiling Serpent
Fancy Glass for The Smiling Serpent
Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon
4 Comments

Jellyrigger
Jellyrigger
PeggyB
4 Comments

Sea Monster Magnet
Sea Monster Magnet
Jenny Heidewald
4 Comments
Canon-eligible Mystery Art!
Is this your character?

Brelig and the Deathfin
Brelig and the Deathfin This artwork comes with an extra for supporters!
Meeks
4 Comments

Sea Serpent Sketches
Sea Serpent Sketches
Ellen Million
2 Comments

The Smartarm
The Smartarm
Lorna (Comtessa)
3 Comments

Ring Leech
Ring Leech
PeggyB
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Dreamskate Attack
Dreamskate Attack
PeggyB
1 Comment

Drill Barnacles
Drill Barnacles
Ellen Million
2 Comments
 

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