Freebooters in the Star Lanes
Toothfish are flying, piscine creatures that roam the void of space in swarms. Their size varies by variety, and their swarms can vary in size from a dozen individuals to thousands. Toothfish are all carnivorous, and many are predators.
The common (and deadly) black toothfish is one of the smallest varieties, about the size of a small cat, with most of that size taken up by its huge fanged mouth. They swarm prey and devour flesh in a cloud of blood droplets, going into a lethal frenzy once they taste their prey. They can fortunately be repelled by the smoke of the alchemical incense sold as toothfish repellent.
Gold toothfish are much larger, the size of horses, and move in large swarms, feeding on small space fish, birds and insects. They ignore targets larger than their normal prey, and attempt to flee rather than fight if wounded. They are, however, covered in hard, razor-sharp denticles, which can injure, maim or even kills those who come too close. Gold toothfish are a delicacy that is hunted and sold throughout the Star Lanes.