Hemel Walvis (Sky Whale)

Sky Whale
Sky Whale

The sky whale (hemel walvis as it’s named by the giant natives of the Karas Waste) is a massive creature that can grow over 100 feet (33 meters) long.  Unknown outside of the Waste, the origin of these bizarre creatures is a mystery.  They seem to subsist on the ambient magical energies emanating from the Karas Waste–a result of a devastating magical attack during the early Lich Wars–and are largely docile.  Sky whales have a sonic defense, which they put to use if they are under attack.  The sound is enough to stun most predators as the whale flees.  The sky whale may have other defenses, though they aren’t well documented or fully known.

 

Valued for their meat– which the People of Woestijnstad (the giants who inhabit the town of Woestijnstad in the Karas Waste) describe as having a pleasantly chewy texture with a naturally spicy aftertaste– and their bones (used for many different things including beautifully scrimshawed art pieces), the sky whales have been becoming more and more scarce in the Karas Waste.  The People of Woestijnstad have enacted strict hunting measures to ensure that they do not depopulate this valuable creature.  These hunting measures are enforced by their Torvaren, a group of druids who act as spiritual leaders and guides to the People of Woestijnstad.