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"Needleteeth." The Bargemaster shuddered. Even Frogface seemed unsettled. "A fish as long as your arm. Heads for blood in the water. When there's a lot they go mad and attack anything. They can devour a hippo, bones and all, in a minute"

–The River, chapter 19, Shadow Games

Needleteeth are large carnivorous fish native to the Southern Continent, particularly along the great river. They are equipped with a mouth of razor sharp teeth, and in sufficient numbers can tear a full grown man apart in seconds. Supposedly passive creatures in most cases, the introduction of blood into their vicinity can drive them into a frenzy and swarm in large numbers. Croaker's Black Company first encounter them after being attacked by native pirates whilst escorting ships up the river from Gea-Xle in Shadow Games. The Black Company and their new recruits, the Nar, exploit the bloodlust of the fish by knocking their attackers into the river using war engines as they attempted to board the ships resulting in significant casulties.[1] Smoke with Willow Swan, Cordy Mather, and Blade also achieved this with similar success by dismantling Shadowlander rafts with magic after they were ambushed by them on the river.[2]

References[]

  1. The River, chapter 19, Shadow Games
  2. Willow up the Creek, chapter 20, Shadow Games
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