Misshapen

Misshapen (live meat bun) – the Salangans who did not like squids, liked meat. An ancient creature, whose biological name sank into oblivion, had delicious meat, although it was covered with a thick layer of chitin; this became its misfortune. Several hundred unsuccessful gene experiments – and the beast turned into a meter-long bun with eight legs (some claimed that right legs are tastier, but this is confusing), lost shell and became a hermaphrodite with an extremely high self-copying ability. Before the Exodus, the misshapens lived on farms, and after that they managed to ran around Zeliria. Genetically stable, like other products of genetic engineering, they have lived for millions of years, without changing at all and become food for those who is still able to catch or shoot them. But Humkey is unlucky: lighting spectrum changes after the Exodus led to minor mutations that do not change the appearance or other biocharacteristics of misshapens, but made their flesh toxic for Salangans.