|The Minis Maniac|
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Ok long post but sure you will enjoy it
Firstly want to thank you for adding the Great Auk to the species that exist in Golarion. It actually almost seems prescient on your behalf. (Even if the species was harmless combat wise).
My husband has aside project with an archeologist friend of his (my husband is a seabird biologist highly studied in the alcidae, puffins razorbills Great Auk *extinct*). Anyway his archeologist friend was studying in newfoundland digging through old midden (garbage heap) sights around known viking colonies. And he found out along with the predictable fish and large birds, they hate a huge amount of Great Auk. He coordinated with other archeologists in Iceland andScandinavia. And it seemed vikings wherever they went in the north ate this bird as it was a very large bird and was flightless. So I guess it turns out we know what a traveling northern vikings favorite meal was :P
But now to the question. As certain viking tails about sea serpents and other nasty creatures they encountered come up. It is speculated that one species they very likely did come in contact with was the Giant Squid. As their bodies do periodically wash up in the North sea and the North Atlantic ocean. But they seem to almost exclusively come to the surface after or near death. Do you think the vikings did encounter a giant squid? And if so do you really think they fought the thing or simply encountered a dead or dying specimen and embellished there stories about it to seem more heroic?
I actually had nothing really to do with the great auk showing up. Turns out, though, that Paizo's got a pretty good hivemind type thing going; it's one of the main reasons we don't do telecommuting and require all of our developers and editors to be in-house. Glad you enjoyed that auk though! :D
And I absolutely think that the vikings knew about and encountered giant squids. And I certainly think it's possible they fought one.
Whats not to love Great Auks were the northern hemispheres closest thing to a penguin. :P