|Wishstone and the Wonderworkers (1990) [Novel]|
by Hugh Cook
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Series: Chronicles of an Age of Darkness
As it was no god, devil or demon, the Hermit Crab lacked the skill to create organic form and process 'ex nihilo', and instead adapted what it found to hand. The first living organism it encountered was a crab of the type which is known to the Hindrix-Prodorgotz system of taxonomy as Thorbakrodomon Rantharchardaliz. Therefore the Hermit Crab adpated the biology of this animal for its own purposes, and dwelt thus thereafter on the shores of Jod.
Thousands of years passed.
During those millennia, the Hermit Crab slowly changed and adapted the form it had learnt. In nature, Thorobakrodomon Rantharchardaliz grows to no great size. A typical specimen will have a carapace a finger-length across at maturity. However, the Hermit Crab found it inconvenient to remain at this size, since it was often attacked by seagulls. These it obliterated, thanks to those powers to modulate probability which it still retained from its earlier mode of existence. However, seagulls remained a danger, since even the Hermit Crab had to (and has to) sleep sometimes.
Hence the Hermit Crab increased its size until the depredations of the seaguls were no longer a danger. However, increased size brought it to the attention of humans, who proved even more of a nuisance then the seagulls had been.
Many tradegies ensued...
Original title: Wishstone and the Wonderworkers
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery