|Chicxulub Asteroid Missed|
POD: 66 million years ago
|Appearance(s):||"The Quest for the Great Gray Mossy"|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Cause of Death:||Drowning while hunting the Great Gray Mossy|
When the Queepahd spotted the first mossy of the season, Shtup drove his crew hard to catch it. After it dove under the surface, Geekgeek convinced Shtup to head back to the Queepahd. Despite his initial misgivings, Shtup agreed. In short order, the mossy breached, and Geekgeek harpooned it. The mossy struggled, but soon Captain Baja's boat joined, and his harpooner Faidal also skewered the mossy, which soon succumbed to its injuries.
The Queepahd continued its journey as Baja hunted the Great Gray Mossy. The crew soon grew dissatisfied.
After some weeks, the Queepahd encountered the Flowerbud under the command of Captain Kain. Kain informed Baja that the Great Gray Mossy had overturned a harpoon boat containing Kain's eldest hatchling. Kain asked for help in the search, but Baja simply asked where the encounter had taken place. Once Kain had done so, Baja ordered the Queepahd to the location. He informed an irate Kain that he was not going to help, but he did wish Kain luck.
More days passed, though the search proved fruitless. When Stabbak once again tried to convince Baja to give up the hunt, but Baja refused. And then one day, they finally found the Great Gray Mossy. Milvil and Geekgeek made their way to Shtup's boat. On his way, Milvil heard Stabbak informing Baja that he also wanted to go out.
Shtup's boat arrived alongside the Great Gray Mossy. Geekgeek threw his harpoon and struck. While the Great Gray Mossy initially fled, it abruptly turned and ate both Geekgeek and a rower, narrowly missing Milvil. The boat capsized and the survivors fell into the ocean. Shtup drowned.
- Analog, Vol. CXXXX, Nos 1 & 2, January/February, 2020, pgs. 61
- Ibid, pgs. 61.
- Ibid., pgs 62-63.
- Ibid, pgs. 66-67.
- Ibid., pgs. 67-68.
- Ibid., pgs. 68-69.
- Ibid., pg. 70.
- Ibid. pg. 70-71.