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From: "James Wynn" 
Subject: RE: (urth) The leatherskin
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 11:29:40 -0600

BTW It occurred to me last night that manticores have **horns** with
**stingers**. Wolfe's leatherneck "had" a Horn with a deadly sting as well
... a harpoon.

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From: Dan'l Danehy-Oakes [mailto:ddanehy@siebel.com]
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 10:42 AM
To: urth@urth.net
Subject: RE: (urth) The leatherskin

> >Way back on October 18, 1999 I argued that the leatherskin
> >has twelve legs and no one has bothered arguing with my
> >conclusions yet. What I said then:
> >----------------
> >The leatherskin, one of the largest I have ever seen, stood
> >with six massive legs and half its weight on the starboard
> >gunwale, over which silver water cascaded. [OBW (hc), p. 62]
> >----------------

Well, I didn't exactly argue with your conclusion, but I'm
pretty sure I came back with the suggestion that the
leatherskin is some kind of crustacean -- my first thought
was a lobster, but on more mature thought I suspect it of
being something like a softshell crab. Except, of course,
much bigger. And with twice as many limbs.




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