Hiraeth Creature #655 - Frinnamowa
“Hiraeth’s complex underground realm, referred to as the Undercroft, tunnels its veins across the world. Explorers of these vast caverns find many forgotten dungeons and forests growing from the substratum. With woodlands, castles, valleys, and ridges accounted for in the Undercroft, its not a surprise they also have complex waterways and rivers. Some explorers talk of a vast chamber in the west, where the Earthen Maiden granted space for Tethys to flow, and created a huge subterranean bay that connects to many caves around it. A beast found in the coastal hollow is the Frinnamowa, who venture out to the abyssal waters to feed, and return to rest in crystal-lit forests. Timid pups are born in neighbouring grottoes, and over time they grow into bulky beasts with an array of fins.
While their size can be intimidating next to the average explorer, what can really catch onlookers off guard are their massive eyes, which seem to stare mindlessly forward. While the waters they swim in grow gloomy and dark, their eyes pierce through shadows and can be seen from the surface. Other than letting them see clearly in all conditions, it is also a warning to predators. The secret weapon of the Frinnamowa are their yellow fins, which can channel electricity, letting them shock any unwanted guests who come too close or fire bolts at sea monsters lying in wait. Despite this deadly edge, Frinnamowa are more curious of explorers than anything, and often greet them with sniffing and licking before waddling away. Near their resting groves there are scraps of fin that shed after confrontations in the sea– it is believed these lost fins still conduct with some energy, and could be used to make deadly weapons and alchemic experiments, but so few travellers make it to the Undercroft coast that it has been rarely tested. ”