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Cruisers Edit

Common Names Edit

Toothed Torpedoes, Bandits, Blue Devils

Location Edit

Predominantly northern oceans. Normally, they prefer open water and points of rapid depth change.

One of the top predators in the Pacific, Cruisers strike fear into veteran seamen with merely their presence. Their bodies are well-designed killing machines that carry the working design from sharks of the past. Aside from the noticeable details, Cruisers are very barebones in their physical appearance. Heightened senses of smell, sight, and tuned electroreception aid in pursuit and killing.

Notes Edit

Excerpt from official Maelstrom Society report:

== (ALERT! DANGEROUS!)==

Cruisers’ skin is one of their greatest adaptations. The coloration helps to passively blend cruisers into the depths, with a dark blue/purple crossed by broken black striping. The blue/purple slowly shifts to a pale grey along the underside of the body and pectoral fins, masking the cruisers from above and below. This camouflage is put to use when the cruisers use the immense crescent tail (FIGURE 1) to propel it forward at incredibly high speeds upwards of 45 mph. The leading edge of the pectoral and dorsal fins are adapted with translucent scales hardened to razor sharp edges (FIGURE 2). The edges allow the cruisers to inflict wounds on prey with passing glances. As the cruisers grow older and faster, the blades are worn to finer edges.

The primary means of hunting lies in the cruisers’ sleek jaws. The teeth have grown to skewer nimble prey and use barbs to inflict more trauma and prevent a rapid escape (FIGURE 3). Normal wounds tend to consist of heavy bleeding and loss of muscle function in the area of the bite.

Pre-War Archives show links between Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Mako Sharks, and Blue Sharks.

Behavior Edit

Cruisers are active at all times of day, becoming noticeably more active at dusk and dawn. They cruise about the sea, following seemingly seasonal routes between breeding, mating, and feeding grounds. Cruisers are solitary creatures, only coming together for mating or the rarer feeding frenzy when the smell of prey and easy food brings out violent, hunger-driven rage.

When hunting, Cruisers will normally stalk from below, using the endless shadow of the deep as cover before striking up with speed. Larger specimens have been recorded as impacting prey with enough force to completely leave the ocean.

Diet Edit

They are hypercarnivores, feeding on any organisms smaller than them, even their own young. Primary prey items consist of Stone Seals and Nomads.

Predators Edit

Cruisers, while feared predators, are a common target of fishermen’s nets and prey to deeper hunters such as the Wretches, schools of Spooks, and the Leviathans.

Variations: Edit

Arctic: Denoted by the paler coloration in order to stalk among the ice flows and a hardened nose in order to break through sheet ice and surprise prey.

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