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Daeydoim - Tania Kerins

Daeydoims were animals native to the Crystal Desert. They moved silently on six hoofed feet, which distributed their weight in such a way that they did not sink into deep dunes, and sported a row of dorsal scales which reflected heat. These scales could range in color from translucent red to black. Their torsos were covered in downy white fur, and their jaws were filled with intimidating fangs. Despite this, Daedoyims were peaceful creatures which, while never domesticated, willingly carried travellers in the desert in exchange for a few spoonfuls of water.[1]

The Daedoyim were the sigil animals of the Dousan Clan, though they were never domesticated by them.[1] According to Dousan folklore, the Daeydoim emerged from the footprints left by Raunip during his travels, and honored it by naming their rite of passage, "Trial of the Daeydoim", after the animal. Thriya heard of the Daeydoim from her Dousan hosts, but erroneously described them as being four-legged.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

The Daeydoim is a creation of Tania Kerins from Hertfordshire, UK, submitted as an entry for the Create a Dark Crystal Creature competition launched by Darkcrystal.com in 2014. While it did not win, the submission was displayed as an Honourable Mention.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 158, ISBN 1683838211
  2. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 166-167, ISBN 0593095596
  3. Honorable Mentions - Tania Kerins, Darkcrystal.com

 

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