Marai: The Long Dark
Polda are tamed giant winter beetles, raised for generations by the Oomingmak. They make ideal sled pullers as they are exceedingly strong, as they have feet that are splayed in such a way as to stand on snow, rather than sink into it. They stand at 4 feet tall and can reach up to 6 feet in length. Though they have wings, these are used more for balance than flight. Spooked and untrained Polda, however, have been known to fly up to thirty feet in the air and hover for up to thirty seconds. Tamed Polda, however, have their wings pierced so that only balancing occurs. The beetles are bluish white in hue, with silvery flecks closer to the head. Polda are herbivores.