The Yearly Snow Walker Migration has begun again!!

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    The Yearly Snow Walker Migration has begun again!!


    Come quickly and meet the Snow Walkers of the Elysium Mountains as they come down from their peaky homes and wander the town, valley, and mountains in Jade Valley on Elysium Island south of Novia.


    Jade Valley locals are not sure why Jade Valley is the destination of choice for these hundreds of Snow Walkers but there has been speculation that the Jade Dragons in the valley are of special interest. It has been noticed that the Snow Walkers travel with Snow Dragons. The relationship between the two is still unclear but the Walkers seem to note all the Jade Dragons when they are in the valley. Some are followed around and watched day and night.


    Every year as the temperature drops, Snow Walkers begin a slow migration down from the mountains on Elysium Isle and into the Jade Valley.



    They shop, visit their friends and family, and resupply with food and various yearly needs for the coming winter. (They seem to hibernate in the highest peaks of the island’s mountain range during the hot summer months.)



    But that’s not all!



    This time of year is their relaxing vacation time before they ascend to their hidden peaks and go back to their regular lives. They are Kickin’ It and rolling around the valley with abandon. The misadventures and adventures they get into in the valley are legendary with the locals. Many a winter night is spent retelling the tales of the Snow Walkers in the coming year. Their homes are unknown to even our best trackers. They seem to disappear and reappear only when they wish to be seen.



    Using Arcane magic we were able to catch images of them on the move.
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    And again this stunning image.
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    Last Year a Snow Walker found the hidden stills. Seems this year they’ve brought friends.

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    This winter, residents of Jade Valley have observed the Snow Walkers gathering in groups, stopping suddenly, and staring at the sky above for prolonged periods of time. It has caused more than one crash and also many residents have become far more closely acquainted with Snow Walkers than in previous years as the town's residents stop to join the Snow Walkers in their examination of the night sky. Although there have been few crashes into the Snow Walkers noted, it does occur. After the resident extracts themselves unharmed from the resulting snowpile, then each Snow Walker reforms themself and carries on with their day as if nothing happened.


    There is speculation among the local pub patrons that these Snow Walkers are looking for fireworks that they remember from previous winters. It's possible they don't understand that it's the residents who set off the fireworks on New Years Eve.


    Further observation is needed to confirm or deny these rumors.



    Historical and Social Notes:


    For years the various scholars of the Jade Dragons Guild have tracked and observed the movements and habits of the Snow Walkers. The following is what we know.



    Habitat Range:


    No one is really sure where the Snow Walkers came from. The main speculation and current scientific arguments are whether they were snow given life, or people that lived so long in the high peaks they became snow, or if the Obsidians used their twisted magic to create them. Their origins are still a mystery that may never be known.


    They have been observed rising from the snow in the peaks and are assumed to be hibernating for the hot summers in the snow packs of the highest mountains. There are records of Snow Walkers visiting other towns in Novia but we believe the Jade Valley has one of the largest Snow Walker gatherings at this seasonal visit to town.



    Basic Communication:


    This has been achieved to a point. Somehow, even though they have no ears that can be seen, they can hear and understand us. But due to a mouth that appears to be made of coal they can not speak. At least they’ve never had anything to say yet that we know of. Always they just give a wide smile when asked a question. A simple nod of the head yes or no is all we can achieve and they don’t like to answer long questions. Many of our market vendors have grown accustomed to this and simple point at everything till a yes nod is seen.



    Shopping Habits:


    This is well documented. Coal and carrots seem to fulfil their most basic needs. The more common Snow Walkers seem to have a fancy for colorful hats and scarves and the more affluent of their kind even wear jackets and mittens of much fancier styles. No one has discovered where they get their gold but it is presumed to be found high in the mountains. (unsubstantiated)



    Social Classes:


    It has been noted that a few Snow Walkers are much more dressy than the average Snowperson. It is believed these Snow Walkers hold a higher social class within the group. Possibly they are royalty or merchants or whatever a Snowperson considers important enough to need more clothing. Snow Dragons dress is sparse.



    Reproduction:


    Knowledge of the total mating and reproduction habits of the Snow Walkers is very limited. It has been observed when it gets extremely cold the Male Snow Walker can be seen throwing Snowballs at the Female Snow Walker. Sometimes the females will blush at this, as if showing interest in a male. The females will begin throwing Snowballs back at the males (perhaps a signal of acceptance.)


    This clearly excites the males, who then reach right inside their snowy bodies and pull out a single icicle of various thicknesses and lengths which they offer as a gift to the female. The females band together and hold unwanted suitors off with a large collection of snowballs. They gather together to pelt away the males that are not acceptable. When a male is acceptable to the female group then a female will break away from the others, and let the chosen male chase her. Quickly the male gives chase to the female. At this point no one has been able to keep up with them to find out further details of courting and mating rituals. Snow Walkers are fast..
     
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    Haha love it -- we'll get this in the update :)
     
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    Thanks @Elgarion
    I was going to send you a message but got lost in my back and forth. Lol
     
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    If you haven't seen the Snow Walkers. Please come before they begin there migration home to the snowy mountain tops.

    They will start to disappear next weekend. jan 23
     
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