Reaper’s Gale

Title: Malazan Book of the Fallen #7 – Reaper’s Gale
Author(s): Steven Erikson
Release year: 2007
Publisher: Bantam Books

Why in Database: This is not the first book from this series to be adden to TurtleDex – but it is, by far the most turtle book from this author! We found the turtles in 11 fragments, we cite all of them below. These are fragments about the turtle species, the turtles is used in comparisons, and the tortoiseshell is also mentioned.

Of the turtles known as vinik the females dwelt for the most part in the uppermost reaches of the innumerable sources of the Lether River, in the pooled basins and high-ground bogs found in the coniferous forests crowding the base of the Bluerose Mountains. The mountain runoff, stemmed and backed by the dams built by flat-tailed river-rats, descended in modest steps towards the broader, conjoined tributaries feeding the vast river. Vinik turtles were long-shelled and dorsal-ridged, and their strong forelimbs ended in taloned hands bearing opposable thumbs. In the egg-laying season, the females – smaller by far than their male kin of the deep rivers and the seas – prowled the ponds seeking the nests of waterfowl. Finding one large enough and properly accessible, the female vinik would appropriate it.
Prior to laying her own eggs, the turtle exuded a slime that coated the bird eggs, the slime possessing properties that sus¬pended the development of those young birds. Once the vinik’s clutch was in place, the turtle then dislodged the entire nest, leaving it free to float, drawn by the current. At Of the turtles known as vinik the females dwelt for the most part in the uppermost reaches of the innumerable sources of the Lether River, in the pooled basins and high-ground bogs found in the coniferous forests crowding the base of the Bluerose Mountains. The mountain runoff, stemmed and backed by the dams built by flat-tailed river-rats, descended in modest steps towards the broader, conjoined tributaries feeding the vast river.
Vinik turtles were long-shelled and dorsal-ridged, and their strong forelimbs ended in taloned hands bearing opposable thumbs. In the egg-laying season, the females – smaller by far than their male kin of the deep rivers and the seas – prowled the ponds seeking the nests of waterfowl. Finding one large enough and properly accessible, the female vinik would appropriate it. Prior to laying her own eggs, the turtle exuded a slime that coated the bird eggs, the slime possessing properties that suspended the development of those young birds.
Once the vinik’s clutch was in place, the turtle then dislodged the entire nest, leaving it free to float, drawn by the current. At each barrier juvenile male vinik were gathered, to drag the nests over dry ground so that they could continue their passive migration down to the Lether River.
Many sank, or encountered some fatal obstacle on their long, arduous journey to the sea. Others were raided by adult vinik dwelling in the depths of the main river. Of those nests that made it to sea, the eggs hatched, the hatchlings fed on the bird embryos, then slipped out into the salty water. Only upon reaching juvenile age – sixty or seventy years – would the new generation of vinik begin the years-long journey back up the river, to those distant, murky ponds of the Bluerose boreal forest.
Nests bobbed in the waters of the Lether River as it flowed past the Imperial City, Letheras, seat of the Emperor. Local fisher boats avoided them, since large vinik males sometimes tracked the nests just beneath the surface – and provided they weren’t hungry enough to raid the nest, they would defend it. Few fisher folk willingly challenged a creature that could weigh as much as a river galley and was capable of tearing such a galley to pieces with its beak and its clawed forearms.
The arrival of the nests announced the beginning of summer, as did the clouds of midges swarming over the river, the settling of the water level and the reek of exposed silts along the banks.

In addition to this weapon he carried a baldric-slung plain rapier in a silver-banded turtleshell scabbard.

‘Life is an invitation to disease,’ the huge warrior rumbled from the shadows. After a moment, he added, ‘I’ll feed it to the turtles.’ Then he snorted. ‘Turtles big enough to drag down this damned ship. These Letherii live in a mad god’s nightmare.’

Tall, skin pale as the shell of turtle eggs, red-rimmed eyes set deep in elongated, chiselled faces, and too many joints on their long limbs, transforming their stiff expressions of death into something surreal, fevered – but that last detail was no surprise.

Their beds were crowded with halfnaked warriors, spears bristling. The entire front end of each rocking, pitching wagon was a horizontal forest of oversized spears. Round-shields overlapped to form a half-turtleshell that encased the forward section.

‘The Shake make the most extraordinary combs,’ Kindly said. ‘Turtleshell.’
‘Impressive, sir.’
‘Expensive purchases, but well worth it, I should judge.’
‘Yes sir. Tried them yet?’
‘Lieutenant, do you imagine that to be amusing?’
‘Sir? No, of course not!’
‘Because, as is readily apparent, Lieutenant, your commanding officer has very little hair.’
‘If by that you mean on your head, then yes sir, that is, uh, apparent indeed.’
‘Am I infested with lice, then, that I might need to use a comb elsewhere on my body, Lieutenant?’
‘I wouldn’t know, sir. I mean, of course not.’
‘Lieutenant, I want you to go to my cabin and prepare the disciplinary report on that soldier over there.’
‘But sir, she’s a marine.’
‘Said report to be forwarded to Fist Keneb when such communication is practicable. Well, why are you still standing here? Get out of my sight, and no limping!’
‘Limp’s long gone, sir!’
Pores saluted then hurried away, trying not to limp. The problem was, it had become something of a habit when he was around Captain Kindly. Granted, a most pathetic attempt at eliciting some sympathy. Kindly had no sympathy. He had no friends, either. Except for his combs. ‘And they’re all teeth and no bite,’ he murmured as he descended to Kindly’s cabin. ‘Turtleshell, ooh!’
Behind him, Kindly spoke, ‘I have decided to accompany you, Lieutenant. To oversee your penmanship.’
Pores cringed, hitched a sudden limp then rubbed at his hip before opening the cabin hatch. ‘Yes sir,’ he said weakly.
‘And when you are done, Lieutenant, my new turtleshell combs will need a thorough cleansing. Shake are not the most fastidious of peoples.’
‘Nor are turtles.’
‘Excuse me?’
‘I will be most diligent, sir.’
‘And careful.’
‘Absolutely, sir.’

A fateful decision, maybe, but he’d made it now. Dragging with him all the squads that had been in the village, Fiddler took over from some of Keneb’s more beat-up units the west-facing side of their turtleback defence.

‘Holding Beak’s hand, somewhere else,’ Fiddler replied. ‘You can give those orders to me, soldier.’
‘All right. Maintain the turtleback – do not advance on the enemy—’

The body of the female Imass was a piteous thing. Desiccated, limbs drawn up as tendons contracted. The wild masses of her hair had grown like roots from a dead tree, the nails of her stubby fingers like flattened talons the hue of tortoiseshell. The smudged garnets that were her eyes had sunk deep within their sockets, yet still seemed to stare balefully at the sky.

‘We got time. Let’s perch ourselves down top of Wormface Alley, have another jug, an’ we can watch the Edur crawl up t’us like the Turtle of the Abyss.’

Coming opposite it, he dropped the iron sword, took another step closer, bent down and pushed one hand under the edge of the hut. With an upward heave, he lifted the entire structure clear, sent it toppling onto its back like an upended turtle.

Source: Mossar, Developed: XYuriTT

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

Title: Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland
Year: 1989
Director: Michael A. Simpson
Actors: Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith, Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver, Haynes Brooke, Sandra Dorsey, Daryl Wilcher, Kim Wall, Kyle Holman, Cliff Brand, Kashina Kessler, Randi Layne, Chung Yen Tsay, Jarrett Ellis Beal, Sonya Maddox, Jill Terashita, Stacie Lambert, Charles Lawlor
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA

Why in Database: In one scene a real turtle appears, one of the protagonists use him to scares another, blindfolded one.

Author: XYuriTT

Full Circle

Title: Full Circle (Also known as The Haunting of Julia)
Year: 1977
Director: Richard Loncraine
Actors: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett, Robin Gammell, Cathleen Nesbitt, Anna Wing, Edward Hardwicke, Mary Morris, Pauline Jameson, Peter Sallis, Arthur Howard, Damaris Hayman, Susan Porrett, Sophie Ward, Hilda Fenemore, Yvonne Edgell, Nigel Havers
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Canada, UK

Why in Database: The turtle appears in one scene, first we see him being held by the boy, then he disappears from view for a moment, only to come back (dead) in hands of the main character, unfortunately she also carry a knife (we do not show the screenshots from this fragment).

Author: XYuriTT

Dusky Paradise

Title: Dusky Paradise
Year: 2016
Director: Gregory Kirchhoff
Actors: Kes Blans, Charlotte Krenz, Martin Umbach
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Spain

Why in Database: After the death of his parents, the main character looks after their home, including the turtle – the reptile appears in quite a number of scenes, sometimes visible in the background, sometimes only implicitly (when the protagonist talks to the inside of fence built for the turtle), sometimes there are also nice close-ups.

Author: XYuriTT

Shorebreak: The Clark Little Story

Title: Shorebreak: The Clark Little Story
Year: 2016
Director: Peter King
Cast: Derek Hough, Clark Little, Kelly Slater
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA

Why in Database: Documentary film about the photographer mentioned in the title. One of his photographs shows two sea turtles, and is used as a collage element shown behind him when he appears in this document, as such this picture appears throughout the whole movie. In addition, in one scene we have the same photo viewed on a computer, in another we have another photo of a pair of sea turtles filling the entire screen.

Author: XYuriTT

Tuscaloosa

Title: Tuscaloosa
Year: 2019
Director: Philip Harder
Actors: Natalia Dyer, Tate Donovan, Devon Bostick, Ella Rae Peck, Nathan Phillips, Bruce Bohne, Birgundi Baker, YG, Marchánt Davis, Sergio Rockstar, John Murray, Paul Cram, Valerie Rose, James Craven, Michelle Perdue, Benny Barrett, Mary Lucia, Mike O’Loughlin
Genre: Drama
Country: USA

Why in Database: The turtle appears in this film only in one scene, mainly in the form of a dialogue – although the character catches the turtle with a fishing rod, but it is a scene on the lake and at night, so you cannot see the animal in any way (which can be “seen” in the attached screenshots). The heroine is outraged by the fact that the protagonist “freed him”, that is, he cut off the line, instead of killing him – which makes the turtle free, but with a hook stuck in his mouth.

– What is it?
– It’s a rock with flippers.
– A turtle. Oh, shit! A turtle.
– It’s got a nasty beak on it. That can make short work of a finger.
– What have you done?
– Well, I cut the line.
– With the hook still in it?
– Well, I couldn’t get it back. It swallowed the hook.
– Swallowed the hook?
– Yeah.
– Swallowed the hook? Fuck you. Fuck you! Fuck you! You’re a coward.
– Would you rather me, what, cut off his head or something?
– Oh, yes, yes, I would, because that is what any sane person would have done, instead of letting it
swim around with a hook in its throat for the rest of its life. Can you–can you imagine that, huh, a hook in your throat for the rest of your life, forever?
– Yes, I–
– No! No, you can’t!
– It was a turtle.
– No!
– It’s just a turtle. Hey, come here. Come here. Come on. It was just a turtle.

Author: XYuriTT

Phantasm IV: Oblivion

Title: Phantasm IV: Oblivion
Year: 1998
Director: Don Coscarelli
Actors: A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, Bill Thornbury, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy, Angus Scrimm, Christopher L. Stone, Chloe Kay, Sylvia Flammer, David Gasster, Sasha Kassel, Aidan Kassel, Eric Avary, Andy John, George A. Craig, Steven C. Kassel
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, SF
Country: USA

Why in Database: In one scene, a turtle appears on the road – he causes an accident, the heroine, seeing it, loses control of the vehicle as a result of maneuvers that she makes to avoid reptile.

Author: XYuriTT

Girl on Wave

Title: Girl on Wave
Year: 2017
Director: Steven Esparza
Actors: Sarah Hauser, Paige Alms, Brooke Boon, Mikey Esparza, Casey Hauser, Tatiana Howard, Kai Katchadourian, Fitz Madrid, Pio Marasco, Nikki Metzger, Levi Siver, Robby Swift
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA

Why in Database: In two short scenes under the water you can see a sea turtle. In one shot, not very clearly visible, there is a magnet on the fridge, in the shape of a turtle.

Author: XYuriTT

S.W.A.T.

Title: S.W.A.T.
Year: 2017-ongoing
Actors: Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Jay Harrington, David Lim
David Lim, Patrick St. Esprit, Stephanie Sigman, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Peter Onorati, Amy Farrington, Deshae Frost, Bre Blair, Obba Babatundé, Otis Gallop, Rochelle Aytes, Laura James, Michael Beach
Genre: Action, Adventure, Criminal, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Viewing method: Selected episodes

Why in Database: We found turtle elements in two episodes of this series. In the second episode of the first season (Cuchillo) the character of a criminal arrested for smuggling turtles appears, it is mentioned that he tried to smuggle turtles, attached with duct tape to his legs, therefore he is referred to by the heroes as “Reptile man” and “Turtle man”. When he is arrested, he is in a warehouse with various terrariums. He tells the people who are arresting him that the snake should be fed with two medium-sized rats and that the turtle has a very specific diet and he will write it down for them.

The second appearance is in Season 2, Episode 19 (Invisible), it is a figurine of turtles, standing in the backyard.

– Arrested LAX three days ago on a flight from Thailand smuggling exotic turtles strapped to his legs.

– Hondo, you got the One-Niner and Reptile Man.

– We talked to the manager; he’s gonna text me if Turtle Man shows up.

– He gets two medium rats, and the turtles need a very specific diet. I’ll-I’ll write it down for you.

Author: XYuriTT