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Basic Information:
Najaralas are powerful snake wyverns that mainly inhabit areas with a lot of trees and foliage to help it blend and sneak up onto prey. These four-limbed snakes have powerful muscles that lets them move around gracefully with ease. Najaralas are uniquely known for their detachable tail plates which whistle loudly through the air as the fly and then shatter when a Najarala rattles the plates on its hood or tail. If that wasn't loud enough, Najaralas have the ability to fire supersonic waves of air as a last resort to do in adversaries. 

Locology:
Najaralas need to live in areas with dense vegetation to hide their massive forms from potential prey. The Primal Forest, Everwoods, and Forest and Hills are where Najaralas are most commonly found. On the occasion where food is scarce in its main hunting grounds, Najaralas will venture into the swamp for food. However, in doing so they become increasingly aggressive to make up for their lack of cover, overtaking their prey with sheer power and speed where they lack in stealth and cunning.

Victology:
Najaralas' position on the food chain is directly proportional to its size and age. The older and bigger they get, the higher up on the food chain they tend to be. Smaller, younger Najaralas will prey on small herbivores like Kelbis, gargwas, and even eggs. As they get older, they start tackling larger herbivores, like Slagtoths and congas, and even start attacking smaller predators like jaggis. Once they get sufficiently large enough, they even start hunting Kut-kus. Once sufficiently large, they start competing with the top predators of the region, such as Deviljho and Tigrex. Though Najaralas won't hunt these larger predators, if a fight breaks out, it often is one to the death and more likely than not, the loser will be the next meal of the victor. 

Anatomy:
Najaralas are currently the only known large snake wyvern in the world (the other being Remobras). Like other snakes, Najaralas are supported by a long spinal column that runs along the length of their body with numerous ribs covering their innards with leaning plates on top to protect the spine itself. Near the anterior and posterior side of the body, they have two short but strong limbs to help them move as well as support themselves. When burrowing or slithering, they tuck their limbs close to their body as to not have them interfere with their movement, but for short distances, they often tend to use their limbs to move around.

Interestingly, the bone at the end of their tail is like two big, long bowls that are stuck to one another that forms the basis of the shape of their tail. This bowl starts off very small and when they're young are barely noticeable. The first set of plates that grow, grow on the outermost rim, or along the lower of the two bowls, if you were to follow my previous analogy. These plates are made similarly to the plates on the hood on the Najarala and function in much the same way; They are hard, porous, hollow, and run along a line of muscles that will shake when the Najarala is agitated. Along the smaller rim, i.e. on the top bowl, the throwable scales start to grow out like teeth on the lateral sides of the tail and once fully grown, slowly start to make their way towards the tip of the tail. These plates are constantly growing and so when there are too many plates on that later, the one or two that are at the very tip are pushed out. However, as most Najaralas are quite active, this rarely actually happens. The throwable plates are made of a porous material that is deceptive light and brittle, and whistles loudly when thrown quickly through the air, enough so that not protecting your ears can deafen you for a brief moment. 

When enemies get too close, Najaralas have one last line of defense. Their powerful beaks are very sharp and can pierce even the toughest of armors. Fangs inside the beak connected to a sac that produces potent neurotoxin then inject into venom into victims, leaving even larger creatures paralyzed within moments. 

Physiology:
The eyes of a Najarala, while not exactly the best, are adequate to detect movement and making out different objects and shapes. Likewise, their ears are not that great for hearing, which is thought to be because of the nature of the way Najaralas hunt and defend themselves. As Najaralas often stun their prey or adversaries by defeaning sounds, it would make little to sense to have great hearing when your own ears are that much closer to the loud noises than something else. To remedy the lack for good vision and hearing, Najaralas have developed a very acute sense of taste and smell. By flicking out their tongue, they gather airborne particles and pass it to what's known as the vomeronasal organ to get a sort of directional smell to accurately judge their surroundings. Each time they do so, they get sort of a snapshot of their surroundings. By doing this often, often when they're on high alert, they can tell which way something is moving as if they're getting constant pictures of their surroundings sent to their brains. 

Oftentimes, when a Najarala bites a large monster, it will attempt to wrap its entire body around the victim to ensure its beaks break skin and to ensure the neurotoxin enters the victim's body. When the Najarala has a good bite, the flesh of the victim pushes against the roof of the mount of the Najarala and further squeezes venom into their blood streams. However, due to their heavy head (having two sets of tough rattling plates along your head will do that), they prefer to bite things that are closer to them. Lunging forward often leaves them unable to pull back their heavy head for a short while. 

The lungs of the Najarala are one of the strongest among the non-Elder Dragons, able to create supersonic shockwaves of air by expanding and very quickly and powerfully contracting their lungs. The force of the recoil often stuns the Najarala for a brief moment as it literally has the wind knocked out of it. Until it takes another breath, it will remain disoriented and unable to coordinate itself very well.

The plates along the Najarala's tail and neck serve two specific purposes. The first of which is to warn potential competition or threats of its presence[1]. The second of which is when they are already in a conflict, hunt or fight. The disposable plates that can be flung from the Najarala's tail have two purposes as well, the first of which is to try and stun enemies by using the sound of the plates flying through the air. Once the plates are planted into the ground, The Najarala's can loudly rattle the plates on its neck or tail to shatter the disposable plates on the ground like a shrapnel grenade.

Their limbs, though small, have many functions to a Najarala. When rearing up, the use of their limbs helps them relive some pressure on their spine. It also helps to keep their body in place at certain times. When hunting or eating, it helps them keep their prey in place, while they use their strong beaks to dig into the flesh. When wrapping their victims their limbs, Najaralas can try to disembowl them using their hind legs. 

Behavior:
From birth, Najaralas have their neurotoxic glands, which is actually more potent than their adult counterparts. They use their small size and powerful neurotoxin to quickly attack and paralyze small herbivores for a good meal. Najaralas grow quite rapidly growing as much as a few inches a day. As they grow bigger, they start to grow more aggressive and confident and start attacking even larger prey, sometimes even attacking predators such as Jaggis or Great Jaggis. 

Young Najaralas hunt by stalking the tall grass and waiting until an unfortunate small herbivore walks too close by. While they wait, they frequently taste the air to keep track of where potential prey are. Some have been seen to wait for very long periods of time, moving only when the pack has moved on, or another threat comes up in the area. Young Najaralas have also been seen climbing trees and waiting in the branches to launch themselves at birds or other herbivores below, again retreating only when packs move on or when other threats appear.[2]

Once they get a successful bite, they wrap their body around the prey and try to prevent them from moving while the paralysis does its work. Once there is no resistance, the Najaralas will use their beaks to tear large chunks of meat and swallow them whole, while holding down their body with their forelegs.

When the element of surprise fail or if the quarry has a tough outer shell, najaralas try to surround their prey with their long bodies and constantly circle their prey to confuse them, attempting bite them if they try to escape. If the prey hasn't managed to escape, the Najarala quickly burrows and headbutts the prey from the bottom, thrusting the quarry into the air. This force can break a few bones if it hits the right places and even flip larger creatures, exposing their usually soft underside. 

Once Najaralas are pubescent, they start to grow their disposable plates on their tails. By now, they are large enough to hunt Kut-ku and larger predators. Once Najaralas have a few disposable plates, they have one more way to hunt and defend themselves, but also puts them at risk of getting attacked by larger Najaralas. As a result, they lay low until the weather becomes favorable. They use their tongue to detect the weather and under the guise of thick fog, they will go out hunting in silence. It will usually take a near-death experience before Najaralas will start to liberally use their rattles.[3]

During mating season, female Najaralas rattles very often, which serve both as an invitation and a warning to males. The mating ritual of Najaralas are a violent dance of prowess, as males try to mate with female and the female tries to fend them off and kill potential suitors. They often result in what would looks like a tangled mess. If a male is not strong enough, he will be killed and probably eaten. If the male is successfully able to mate with the female, he runs away as soon as possible to give the female time to recover. 

Unlike typical wyverns, Najaralas keep their eggs within their bodies while the fetus grows. After about a year, the female finds a cave to give birth to their young. For a small period of time, the mothers will protect the young but will soon leave to let the young fend for themselves. 

Ecology:
As mentioned in the Victology, Najaralas start off pretty high in the food chain and go even higher as they grow bigger. They serve as a very good culler of overpopulation. Their top-tier hunting tactics makes quick work of almost any herbivore population that gets too big. Interestingly, they are also good at keeping their own population in check. A Najarala's territory is about as large as how far their warning rattles can be heard. Younger Najaralas will rarely use their rattles as doing so may alert larger Najaralas in the area and as a result get attacked and eaten. Instead, they resort to stealth and surprise to hunt their quarry.  

A sufficiently large Najaralas also do a good job of getting rid of large predators from a given area, such as Tigrex, Nerscyllas, and even Deviljhos. For this reason, many people who live near the Primal forest see Najaralas as the guardians of the Forest.

Subspecies Variants:
Tidal Najaralas are Najaralas that have adapted to the extreme cold of the Tundra Region[4]. Like Najaralas, Tidal Najarala's ecological niche is that of a top predator. They are among the top hunters of that area and aren't easily taken down by other monsters. Najaralas and their Tidal counterparts remain mostly anatomically identical with the main difference being in their color, structure of their rattling plates, strength of their beak, and use of their disposable plates. Tidal Najaralas sport a beautiful purple and green, which helps them blend in better with their snowy environment. Like their temperate versions, they only tend to hunt when visibility is poor to give themselves an edge while hunting.

However, when it comes to subspecies variance, it is almost unfair to compare them to each other, as they are vastly behaviorally different. While most subspecies of creatures tend to have a low subspecies variance, i.e. besides a few physical traits, most of their behaviors remain the same, Najaralas and Tidal Najaralas have vastly different hunting patterns and even have different organs. If they weren't so physically similar, they would have been mistaken as another species entirely. 

Tidal Najaralas lose the sonic abilities of their temperate cousins, but instead gain the abilities to shoot a special liquid substance, unique to them, at high speeds. To assist with this, they evolved a sac besides their lung that can hold a good volume of water. The sac itself however mixes in a special liquid that changes the water to almost like a putty. It can then shoot these out and high speeds to stun or even suffocate prey and enemies alike. This substance, when it enters the nasal passages or throat can stick around and impair breathing making it harder for you to catch your breath. 

The disposable plates of Tidal Najaralas no longer shatter with the resonance from the rattle plates, but instead are specially adapted for a different purpose. Tidal Najaralas are known to be highly intelligent and calculating, even more so than their temperate cousins. The disposable plates are coated with a highly hydrophobic substance that can reflect these water bullets that are spat out by the Tidal Najarala. In this way, they can "bend bullets" to hit victims from unexpected angles. It is a marvel that Tidal Najaralas are able to keep track of these plates as well as their prey/enemy and be able to shoot globules that always seem to hit their mark.

Their beaks, while visually similar, are much denser and tougher than their forest cousins, as a result of having to dig through ice. Interestingly, as a result of this denser beak, the paralysis sac has been re-purposed into the saliva gland. So while the delivery method of the neurotoxin is slightly less direct, its stronger and denser beak almost guarantees a pierced skin where the paralyzing saliva can easily infect and start working. 

Their selection of prey remain similar sticking to smaller herbivores early on and moving to more bigger prey as they grow bigger. However, Tidal Najaralas are able to swim in the water and as a result are able to add fish to their diet. However, doing so usually means exposing themselves in open water where they could fall prey to other larger aquatic predators. To avoid this, Tidal Najaralas have a unique hunting tactic in which they wait in the waters near the shore, just barely hidden out of vision. When a potential prey approaches the edge of the water, they shoot out a globule with alarming accuracy onto the unsuspecting prey. Stunned and unable to breath they become a quick meal for the Tidal Najarala.


Human Uses:
Najaralas are often revered as Gods in some cultures and many know them to be the guardians of the Primal Forest due to their commanding presence and potency is keeping the forest in check. As such, Najarala materials are highly prized in certain parts of the world.

The rattling plates of Najarala, also called sounders, are a prized material as they can be used for numerous things. Some like to use them as wind chimes, other like to use them for crafting certain musical instruments, while other like to keep them for decorative reasons. As mentioned before, each Najarala's sounder has their own unique sound. As a result, some like to collect them in an attempt to collect all the different possible notes. These sounders can then turned into something similar to pitch pipes, though for a single note. Higher quality sounders do a better job at amplifying sound but are that much more harder to work with. Their tail sounders on the other hand are often turned into shovels, given their already shovel-like shape. 

Their scaly hides are popular material to be turned into boots or bags and higher grades are often used in leatherwork, while their shells can be turned into a number of different tools. The bowl like tail bone can be used as a bowl as is or can be shaped into other bowl like structures.

The neurotoxin glands are highly prized by doctors and researchers who like to study the toxin in hopes to find new medicine. Apothecaries on the other hand are more interested in the venom itself, which can be used for pest control or even for hunting small animals. However, they are sold diluted and in small amounts to ensure they aren't used for harm against others.

Hunters Notes:
- Bringing earplugs or noise-canceling gear is advised. 
- If a Najarala starts to circle you, get out as soon as possible. Beware its bite.
- If it throws its scales, stay away from them as they will soon try to blow them up. Break them ONLY if you know it's safe to do so.
- Najaralas are softest in their hind legs, their head, and the section of their tail between their hind leg and the actual tail.

Research and Observations:
[1]Observation 1
The Elder Dragon Research Center observed a curious phenomenon when monitoring the Primal Forests. When multiple Najaralas are present in a relatively close space. They will often rattle to warn each other of their presence. In observing so, they also discovered that each Najaralas actually have their own rattle sound that's unique to each of them. This discovery later became a effective way to track and monitor specific Najaralas. 
[2]Research 1
Based on research notes done by a group of Scriveners-in-training and verified by myself, the hunting tactics of young Najaralas heavily depend on their environment. If there are enough trees, young Najas will exclusively hunt in the trees and only stay on the ground when there aren't many trees. The group found that young Najas will use the tree-hunt method if there are 2 or more trees within a 15 feet radius in a given acre. This, however, is only relevant as long the tree can support and sufficiently hide the Najarala.
[3]Research 2
After several autopsies of prepubescent Najaralas, I've noticed that the muscles than run along the base of the rattling plates seems very weak and "closed" for a lack of better words. Comparatively, the same muscles of adult Najaralas are very strong and flexible. Upon performing an autopsy of a pubescent Najarala that had recently died in a fight against what seemed like a Tigrex, I found that the muscles along the rattling plates seemed like they burst. Upon taking a sample back to the lab, I later discovered that the extreme amount of adrenaline that resulted from a very intense fight redistributed too much blood to those muscles causing them to rupture. It was later verified by another researcher that while the Najarala recovers from the near-death experience, the muscles along their rattling plates also regenerate to be more stronger, flexible and restructured with wider blood vessels to make for easier usage. 
[4] Note 1
There have been reported sightings of Tidal Najaralas in Everwoods.
So this one did a real number on me when it came to explaining the seemingly infinite supply of throwing plates that the Najarala had. Realistically, everything runs out eventually. I had the idea that like shark's tooth, new ones would grow and replace the ones that had been lost but the sheer size of the throwing plates made that unreasonable. Same thing when it came to trying to explain the T. Najarala's homing bullet bounce ability. As far as I was able to you find, you cannot ricochet water or any other liquid for that matter. I always feel defeated when I am unable to explain things like this when physics deems it impossible. Every time I have to answer "that's just how the game works" or something along that line, i feel like I lost a battle against Capcom. Sounds weird but it is, I dunno, it's a pride thing haha.

As always, let me know if you find discrepencies, spelling errors, or something you find strange, or have more questions about. I'd be more than glad to talk to you about it and would be more than glad to add to this ecology if we come to a solid conclusion. 

Disclaimer: Many of my writings are purely speculatory and should not be considered canon. However, I do try to stay true to the source.

Dedicated to leafblade12354

Monster Hunter (c) Capcom
Najarala and Tidal Najarala (c) Capcom
Glyde (c) me

[Edit: For the life of me, I can't figure out why it won't let me display Najarala's picture without that awkward border.]
[Edit2: I've taken out the bit about T. Najas losing their paralyzing bite. I play primarily as a solo bowman and don't see this very often. Additionally, Tidal Najaralas no longer drop Paralysis sacs so I thought they lost the ability to do so.  I've also added a section noting their much denser beaks. So instead repurposed the sac to be infused with their saliva gland so that they have paralyzing saliva. Changes will be in bold
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StardustDreamdust Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
 is this how water blight works?
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xglide Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2016  Student Writer
Water blight makes it harder to breath for those who are afflicted with it, resulting in the slow stamina gain that hunters are used to. It usually has to do with some sort of mucus or liquid that coagulates in the windwipe and lungs, decreasing the volume of air that goes in and out of the lungs.

Also, welcome to deviantart =D
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StardustDreamdust Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Thanks
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xglide Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Student Writer
no problem!
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DisturbedToxicReapa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Nice Ecology. I wanna see the Gore Magala and Shagaru Magala one because Shagaru is the mature form of the Gore Magala.
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Writer
Gore Magala certainly is going to be one of the trickier ones to since it has many unique properties. I won't know for sure when i'd get to it, but time will tell =p. thanks for reading! 
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DarkmaneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
It is still very wierd to me to see Garara Ajyara in the Forest and Hills in MH Cross XD

But don't Water Garara also need High Grade Earplugs too? And therefore, still have the plates to produce deafenning sounds? (I can't remember specifically if the thrown plates still generate sound as they fly too ><) But the only lost sound based ability between the two is that the Sound breath attack of Normal Garara is replaced by the magic water bullet.

Also, PsyKnight is right, from what I remember playing MH4/4G, Water Garara has a much harder beak than normal Garara as my weapon would bounce where it normally wouldn't on Normal Garara's head. Paralysis bite is also still present in Water Garara as he says too.

>< I should have mentioned these while we were discussing. Actually, I keep thinking you've played the English version of MH4/4G, no?
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
I actually have played the english MH4u but i avoided fighting T. Naja like the plague lol. 

That said when i see fights i don't THINK i see that... "ringing effect" as the plates fly, when it's definitely present for the regular Naja. 

And yes that does make sense that its beak being stronger but i wasn't aware of the paralysis bite. Also when i looked through T.Naja carves I didn't see a paralysis sac so i thought it was removed lol. 

can you find a video of the paralysis bite for T. Naja if you have time?
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DarkmaneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
They're probably easier than Normal Garara because their weakpoint (For slash at least) is the tail which is easily accessable XD

youtu.be/-Ei7vjLR50I?t=2m45s - Water Garara paralysis bite at 2:45.
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
oh wait i see the "electric" gathering around in its mouth
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DarkmaneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
You don't believe either of us??? Psychoknight mentioned it too.
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
wat? i didn't say that. in fact i already changed the ecology to reflect that.
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DarkmaneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
I tease but... Yeah, after I had to prove it to you! It's like you might suspect I would make stuff up to troll you and just claim it's in the Japanese version only =p
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
you can never be too certain especially around you
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
er well i wanted to see it actually paralyze someone xd.
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Psyknight72 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Some things:
-Tidal najarala doesn't lost the ability to paralize, it still has it xD

-You think Tidal najarala has a stronger beak than normal najarala ? I think that because Tidal najarala doesn't have sonic abilities and, because that attacks more frecuently with bites but also Tidal najarala should has a harder beak because this subespecie digs in thick capes of ice.

-Tidal najarala's plates are awesome by the fact of bounce the projectiles where the prey is. Say that the plates have a simple "nervous system", for call it in some way, sounds too weird to explain that homing abilities...but if Tidal najarala is even more intelligent than we think and it can does a strategical prediction to position the plates in a certain way that when it shot the projectile (maybe also shot the projectile in a different angle depending of the situation) takes a more accurate trayectory to hit the prey? This also sounds weird, but sounds more logic than I said before :P

-About normal najarala's plates. They burst when najarala rattle them, but also explode when pass a time and najarala didn't shatter them. Maybe this plates have a "countdown" when they are out of najarala's body ? I don't know what can provoke this "self destruction". Maybe the disponsable plates have an internal structure that make them explode when are rattled or when they are separated of the body in a certain time.

Except the first the rest are just opinions, maybe i can be wrong but i felt the need to comment :P . I don't know what will be the next ecology, but I'm already interesed in it xD
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
1. Oh is that so? Im my time of playing the game i've never been bit by one before (i play a bowman). Thanks for that lol.

2. Yes it would make sense that they would have stronger beaks as living in a world of ice would give to that sort of adaptation

3. The game's projection of the "magic bouncing bullet" is sort of hard to explain in a real life scenario. but yes, T. Najaralas would be able to keep track of prey as well as the plates and angle shots in specific ways to hit the prey.

4. From the few times I've fought the Najarala I don't think i've actually seen one spontaneously combust on its own. I'd like to think that maybe they crumble on its own but i suppose that deserves its own explanation. If you could show this actually hapenning in a video or something I'll try to come up with something.
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Psyknight72 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
About the first I understand, if you play with bow is normal don't see that but yes, like normal najarala when you try to escape from it's "death circle" Tidal najarala will try to paralize you.


And about the 4º...well, sorry, I didn't see that since a lot of time, they don't explode they crumble, I have just checked it and as you said they crumble xD
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
1. I see. OK Thank you!

2. ah ok. i'll keep that in mind
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Psyknight72 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
You're welcome n.n!
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Writer
alright I made some changed.
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Psyknight72 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Oh, cool. By the way, just a fun fact: When i supposed that Tidal najarala has a harder beak I didn't know that ACTUALLY it's beak is harder xD I hate fight those water headache so I didn't notice it!
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xglide Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Student Writer
ah hahaha. yeah it something only a melee character would notice.  A ranged bowman like me would have never noticed.
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