Here’s that finished group lineup of my Shadowrun roleplaying party, the Quick Dirty Bastards! Short profiles under the cut.
The bear-faced cheek
Q:How do you properly own a cat in NZ
SNAILS EAT WORMS
why yes they do
and it’s fucking terrifying
Some snails eat worms. This is a gif of the amber snail, genus Powelliphanta. It’s found only in the South Island of New Zealand, and has a patchy distribution. They’re a threatened species due to predation by introduced mammals (like possums) and habitat destruction due to coal mining operations.
In the interests of the full story, part of the deal for mining out the snail habitat was collecting all the snails to be found from the plateau, and storing them in temperature-controlled rooms. They had so many snails in storage at the Department of Conservation that they had to look into developing worm farms to feed them all.
Other notable carnivorous snails include Euglandina rosea, a Florida native that’s spread further afield. It eats other snails, and was introduced by humans into various habitats (chiefly Pacific Island countries) where the introduced Giant African Landsnail (family Achatinidae) was an agricultural pest. This went about as well as you could expect, with some predation on the Giant African Landsnails but more predation upon smaller, endemic snail species. The extinction of 51 species (and the 11 species listed by ICUN as “extinct in the wild”) of Polynesian Tree snail (genus Partula) can be pretty directly linked to the introduction of an exotic predator species.
There are other carnivorous gastropod species but those two are probably ones of particular interest.
Uuuuuugh the new teacher at work
Compixel challenge with triangle shading. It’s quarter past Mondaystart over here so it’s a rush job, but, eh, it’s a done job.
Kaz and Keats, Kaz in his Urban Explorer Jumpsuit.
I’m double-checking character sheets as I go and Kaz is listed as a “snappy dresser”.
A tiny transparent Keats to get inappropriately excited over dead people
Q:Your dog just jumped into my pencil case
that is a big pencil case
Dogs with silly masks, the gachapon phone dongle edition
New school year, new school worksheets
I met my first house centipede at driving school! They’re called gejigeji over here.
Despite appearances, they’re mostly harmless for humans, even beneficial, due to their diet of insects. Kind of wish I’d had my proper camera on-hand instead of my phone.
I’m browsing trying to figure out what in the fuck possessed people to bring European wasps to New Zealand, and I’ve got nothing
The best lead I have is “there were some shipped in in a box of aircraft parts in WWII”
's like, how badly can you fuck up
Presenting from left to right:
- The token robot, and Queen of Bad Ideas
- hipster mage scarf connoisseur (the clove cigarette is for casting fireballs)
- 100% Done With Our Team’s Shit dire borg elf
- Giant fucking metamagical nerd with horrific taste in Hawaiian shirts
This is an arbitrary one half of the full (current) roster, I’ll post the full lineup when I’ve finished it
The whole aura thing’s because, y’know, goddess of darkness. It’s not evil or anything.