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Land Fisher: Real or Myth?

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“Huge apex predator, heavily armored and slow, it uses a luminescent orb that lulls its prey into a daze, ready to be consumed whole.” Such is the rumor that permeates the mythos of the native wood elves that inhabit the Moonrise Woodlands. Some claim to have seen the land fisher, its translucent skin offering an almost perfect camouflage in the dark forest. Tidebreak’s adventurers have tried thrice to bring this quarry home for the King’s glory, but they have as of yet been unsuccessful.

Whether or not the creature even exists is still hotly debated, with some elves steadfastly denying it. Meridia’s finest biologists, psychologists, and philosophers have argued at length about the topic in certain circles. A tome to the Land Fisher and associated stories and reports can be found in the King’s private library.

Biologists suggest that it could feasibly be a true story, perhaps reproducing asexually, as the population would necessarily be too small to support a social animal theory — there might even be only one or two in the world. Whether this is due to extinction or other causes is as of yet unknown. Psychologists, on the other hand, make a plausible argument that the land fisher is a cruel trick played on the naive as a rite of passage, or a tool used to keep elven children from straying into parts of the forest unknown. Sightings could be lies, they note, but equally likely, those who have not been able to successfully track the land fisher might be made to feel inadequate about their own poor tracking skill. In this case, both those who claim to have seen the land fisher, as well as those who claim that it does not exist, have their own psychoanalytic reasons for holding the positions that they do.

Will the adventurers of Tidebreak one day stumble upon the land fisher? Will they see a light in the forest and follow it to their death or glory? Or has Am’li’yah once again tricked our noble King?