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Kimuhat

Despite their large size, the Kimuhat is an innocuous animal and feeds mostly on fruits and small insects. It's considered a precious ally to peasants.

The Kimuhat is a giant wingless insect that can be found mostly in desertic and dry regions, such as Abun, some parts of Tet'Hon, Rakash and the Land of Dread. While their appearance might be considered as monstrous and horrific by some, they are peaceful animals and they can be easily domesticated. This, according to some scholars, proves that insects could have a memory and a complex intelligence, something that is already found in the Weavers, a race of highly intelligent spiders who live in Jel. Their name is the portmanteau of two Abunese words: Kim'Hee which means "monstrous" and Hathah, "eater", a quite frightening name for such a peaceful creature.

They are considered omnivore since they feed off small fruits and parasites, making them an helping hand for peasants. They communicate with the movement of their antennae and cerci, along with hissing noises that change in intensity and pitch.

The Kimuhat lay eggs and mate only during certain periods of the year. Their eggs have a rounded shape, and are small and jelly. The newly hatched are whitish, but develop a greyish hue and metallic shine as they get older. They have three long cerci at the tips of their abdomens, one off the end of their body, one facing left, and one facing right. They also have two small eyes and long antennae, and move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. Their average lifespan is between eight and fourteen years, although there've been examples of Kimuhat who lived even for twenty years.

Despite their size, the Kimuhat are quite fast runners and their size, about the same of an adult alligator, scares most of the smaller predators. Unlike other insects, also due to their size, they cannot climb walls, although they have a good grip on muddy surfaces.

The Kimuhat are commonly used by peasants to hunt and eat parasites that can harm their plants and crops. Due to their size, they are quite strong and could throw a person on the ground easily, so they're often kept with latches. Their carapace is quite thick and some civilizations, such as the Rakashani, make armors out of them. In the Abunese medicine, a potion consisting in boiled antennae of a Kimuhat, mixed with lemon juice helps to cure headaches.

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