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Muski - Iris Compiet

Muski were amphibious creatures native to Sog, resembling a cross between an eel and a bottom-feeding fish. While capable swimmers, Muski had the ability to levitate in the air, though they needed to return to the water in order to rejuvenate.[1]

Muski were the sigil animals of the Drenchen Clan, who used them to retrieve prey during hunting expeditions. Drenchen hunters would dispatch their quarry with bolas and send their Muski companions to retrieve it before it could sink into the water or be claimed by predators. In return for their services, Muski were allowed to participate in all aspects of the Drenchens' lives, accompanying them during journeys and feasts.[2]

In contrast to other animals domesticated by Gelfling, Muski were picky over their handlers, and it was impossible to guess in advance who they would choose. Once chosen, however, the two would be paired for life. Thriya learned during her travels that Muski seemed to choose their handlers based on the timbre of their voice, and that the individual markings of a Muski could give clues as to whose voice they would be attracted to. Bloodlines were also considered a factor in a successful pairing, as many Muski-Drenchen partnerships were hereditary.[2]

References[]

  1. Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, p. 161, ISBN 1683838211
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 190-191, ISBN 0593095596
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