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Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
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The Palanthas Herald

Blue Crabs Accelerate Healing Process

by Heine Stick, Staff Writer
Last Updated: Palast, Newkolt 2, 419 AC

Palanthas - Among the strangest phenomena to appear in Palanthas, the blue crabs who can be seen clinging to the piers of the harbor at low tide have long been both a mystery and a delicacy to those who frequent the many inns and taverns dotting the harbor. Yesterday Freina Buttonsway of the Univeristy of Palanthas revealed that the strange creatures hold even stranger powers.

"Studies have shown that the blue crabs, or rather the blue oily substance they produce, contain a certain...organism which, when separated from the blue substance, can accelerate the body's natural healing process," said Freina Buttonsway. "It's quite amazing really. So far we've tested the organism and its qualities on animals but we are confident that it might work on humans, dwarves and most other humanoid species."

The discovery of the blue crabs' extraordinary properties was purely accidental says Buttonsway. "A worried citizen who owns a tavern by Blue Crab Pier had shown up at the Temple of Mishakal with her dog. Apparently the dog had been in a fight with another dog and it had received a nasty bite wound in its foreleg. The priest treating the dog noticed a blue substance on the wound and further inquiry revealed that the dog had been in contact with the blue substance. The dog was brought to us for further examination because the priest noticed that the wound he had treated was healing at a much faster rate than is normal."

"At the moment we know very little about the organism. What we do know is that it's wormlike in shape albeit much smaller than the worms we know about. Whether or not the crabs produce these organisms or they simply make their home in the blue substance is still a mystery."

The blue crabs were first discovered a year after the Dragon Overlord Khellendros had laid claim to Palanthas and at first they only appeared on the pier now known as Blue Crab Pier. However, now they cling on to every pier in the Palanthas harbor. The creatures have long been considered a delicacy by sailors who eat their meals in the taverns and inns along the harbor.