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 ====== Snow Beetle ====== ====== Snow Beetle ======
  
 +The **Snow Beetle** is a man-sized bluish-white beetle. Its over-sized pincers and aggressive nature makes this create a danger to those that come across it. It will eat anything and everything that its acidic saliva can dissolve. When threatened, in addition to its pincers, a gland under its carapace can aerosol its saliva producing a dangerous mist.
  
-====== Description ​======+ 
 +===== Description =====
  
 At nearly six feet long and three feet tall, this bluish-white beetle is a danger to just about any creature found in the deep snows of the great north. The body of the Snow Beetle is black with grayish spots on its underside, but its carapace is a bluish-white and its wings translucent with dark blue veins. The wings themselves are only to capture the heat of the sun during the icy winters as they are not big enough for the beetle to fly. It does have nearly perfect night vision, able to see in all but the darkest night as easily as it does during the day; however, sight is not its best sense. Instead it relies on smell and feelers atop its head. At nearly six feet long and three feet tall, this bluish-white beetle is a danger to just about any creature found in the deep snows of the great north. The body of the Snow Beetle is black with grayish spots on its underside, but its carapace is a bluish-white and its wings translucent with dark blue veins. The wings themselves are only to capture the heat of the sun during the icy winters as they are not big enough for the beetle to fly. It does have nearly perfect night vision, able to see in all but the darkest night as easily as it does during the day; however, sight is not its best sense. Instead it relies on smell and feelers atop its head.
  
-Although its mandibles are not sharp enough to puncture rigid steel armour ​the snow beetle does have enough strength to crush it. When attacking the snow beetle will continuously grab, slash, and crush their opponents until they are small enough to manipulate into their mouth. If the snow beetle is threatened by a larger predator it will spray a hot and sticky acid from its rear while it attempts to escape.+Although its mandibles are not sharp enough to puncture rigid steel armor the snow beetle does have enough strength to crush it. When attacking the snow beetle will continuously grab, slash, and crush their opponents until they are small enough to manipulate into their mouth. If the snow beetle is threatened by a larger predator it will spray a hot and sticky acid from its rear while it attempts to escape.
  
  
-====== Habitat ​======+===== Habitat =====
  
-The snow beetle lives between the temperate areas and the frozen ice of the north. ​Prefering ​snow deep enough to cover its body and hide its burrows, the snow beetle will migrate south during the deep winter in search of food then return north as spring approaches.+The snow beetle lives between the temperate areas and the frozen ice of the north. ​Preferring ​snow deep enough to cover its body and hide its burrows, the snow beetle will migrate south during the deep winter in search of food then return north as spring approaches.
  
 The snow beetle burrows into the snow drifts, which it freezes solid using a special saliva it excretes from its mouth. The beetle will stay in its burrow (head first) when it is not actively hunting or migrating. Because food is so scarce, the snow beetle conserves energy stores by reducing its activity. During mating season the defensive acid normally secreted changes smell to attract male snow beetles. If multiple males encounter a female they will fight to the death for the opportunity to mate — even while the first male is mating. The snow beetle burrows into the snow drifts, which it freezes solid using a special saliva it excretes from its mouth. The beetle will stay in its burrow (head first) when it is not actively hunting or migrating. Because food is so scarce, the snow beetle conserves energy stores by reducing its activity. During mating season the defensive acid normally secreted changes smell to attract male snow beetles. If multiple males encounter a female they will fight to the death for the opportunity to mate — even while the first male is mating.
  
  
-====== Food ======+===== Food =====
  
 The snow beetle is a true omnivore. It will eat anything and everything that it can get into its mouth. The saliva inside of its mouth will break down most flesh and fur with little trouble, while the mandibles crack bone break apart the larger pieces. The snow beetle is a true omnivore. It will eat anything and everything that it can get into its mouth. The saliva inside of its mouth will break down most flesh and fur with little trouble, while the mandibles crack bone break apart the larger pieces.
  
  
-====== Encounter ​======+===== Encounter =====
  
 Given the scarcity of food, if a person walks by the burrow of a waiting snow beetle it will attack. Anything not significantly larger than it is considered potential food. If the beetle is in danger of losing then it will flee from combat. If the beetle is in danger of dying it will quickly burrow underground and lie completely motionless. Given the scarcity of food, if a person walks by the burrow of a waiting snow beetle it will attack. Anything not significantly larger than it is considered potential food. If the beetle is in danger of losing then it will flee from combat. If the beetle is in danger of dying it will quickly burrow underground and lie completely motionless.
  
  
-====== ​Magical Materials ​======+===== Game System ​===== 
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 +==== Chivalry & Sorcery ​====
  
 The gland near the back of the snow beetle will make 1 quantity (MR2; Fire) and any saliva gathered from the mouth can be used to manufacture very potent acids. Each of the shells (MR5; Water) are suitable for armour or shields. The gland near the back of the snow beetle will make 1 quantity (MR2; Fire) and any saliva gathered from the mouth can be used to manufacture very potent acids. Each of the shells (MR5; Water) are suitable for armour or shields.
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