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Ash Hopper
Ash Hopper
General Information
Universe The Elder Scrolls
Classification Unknown, though likely belong to Family Formicidae
Species Type Ant
Homeworld Nirn
Environment Solstheim, Tamriel
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; queen lays eggs
Locomotion Hexapodal
Feeding Behavior Detritivorous
Prey Decaying matter
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Leaders Loyal to their queen (presumed)
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Orthoptera
Family Kwamae (Somarinoa, 2014)
Other Information
Status Data Deficient

An Ash Hopper is a large burrowing insect related to the Kwama found in the Ashlands of Solstheim. They are naturally tolerant of their own kind, allowing them to cluster up remain solitary, but are quite territorial towards potential predators. When they feel encroached upon, they will rise out of the ash they have burrowed themselves into and charge their foe to strike at close distance, as they have no means of ranged attack. However, they seem to be sentient enough to understand if they are too heavily injured in combat, and they will attempt to flee. Interestingly, if an adventurer happens to kill them they simply fall apart, indicating that their body's connecting joints are not very durable.

Ash Hoppers are known to carry the Droops disease, another possible indication of their genetic relation to the Kwamas of Morrowind.

Adventurers on Solstheim are known to harvest their legs, meat, chitin and jelly. As with other chitinous creatures of Nirn, their chitin is used by higher races to fashion chitin armor. Ash Hopper meat and legs are a local food, where they are eaten raw and not used in any dishes. On the other hand, their jelly is used in alchemy, being a reagent for several types of potions.

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