Seawolf ( Orca)

(Bulya)

Basic Information

The first written description of an Orca is given in the ancient Selentine * philosopher Plineus treatise Natural History of the Ocean and other Saltwater Bodies. The aura of invincibility around the all-consuming Orca was well established by this time. Having observed the public slaughter of an Orca stranded at a harbour near Selentium *, Pliny writes, "Orcas (the appearance of which no image can express, other than an enormous mass of savage flesh with teeth) are the enemy of [other whales]... they charge and pierce them like warships ramming."
The oral histories of ocean going and shore dwelling peoples, especially those of the coastal communities of The Gnawing Waste, have long spoken of the majesty and power of the pied Seawolf.

Appearance

Orcas are distinctively marked, with a black back, white chest and sides, and a white patch above and behind the eye. Calves are born with a yellowish or orange tint, which fades to white. Orcas have a heavy and stocky body and a large dorsal fin with a dark grey "saddle patch" at the fin's rear. Males typically range from 6-8 m long and weigh in excess of 6 tonnes. Females are smaller, generally ranging from 5-7 m and weighing about 4 to 5 tonnes. However, an adult Orca's weight can be anywhere from 2,585 to 7,257 kg, although males are heavier than females.

Some Orca have been sighted that are even larger, one recorded off the coast of Khitai*, measuring 9.8 m and weighing over 8 tonnes in the estimation of the crewmen who watched it destroy a Kappa* raiding party which had somehow attracted it's ire.

The Orca's large size and strength make them among the fastest marine mammals, often reaching speeds in excess of 56 km/h (35 mph).

Unlike most dolphins, the pectoral fin of an Orca is large and rounded—more of a paddle than other dolphin species. Males have significantly larger pectoral fins than females. At about 1.8 m (6 ft), the male's dorsal fin is more than twice the size of the female's and is more of a triangular shape—a tall, elongated isosceles triangle—whereas the dorsal fin of the female is shorter and generally more curved.

Known or supposed origins

Though some churchmen believe the Seawolf to be some sort of sea-going demon,they are generally regarded as natural creatures, though there are Barbarian* cultures who see them as divine beings.

Special Abilities

None, though Seawolves are capable of learning and executing suprisingly complex behaviours and tactics.

Geographical Distribution

Found throughout the oceans of Legend* though they do tend towards colder climes in the most part.

Average Statistics

ATTACK 23 Bite (d10, 7), Tail Slap ( d8, 6)- as bull charge.
DEFENCE 10 Armour Factor (3: blubber 2, skin 1)
MAGICAL ATTACK N/A**
MAGICAL DEFENCE 3 Movement: 56m in water(5m on land for short burst only)
EVASION 6
Health Points: 3d10+30 Rank Equivalent: 5th



STEALTH ? Vision: Panoptical( sharp eyesight + sonar)
PERCEPTION ?

Further Notes

Some pods and family groups become fixtures in regions and take on folkloric or religious aspects in the minds of inhabitants. See Graynose.

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