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The Shardruby has adapted its body form and behavior such that they may control a large area with a very high density of individuals. Their crystals have become long and thin, resembling a shard of crystal. They grow in very close proximity to one another, nearly in direct contact. They form a sharp crystal field on the forest floor and do best on the relatively open beaches where their fields are the most striking. By growing in such close proximity they are able to take and keep control of large areas. They have attained this at the cost of their life spans. Each stalk will last a single year at most and since patches are usually composed of many runners of much the same age, patches of the Shardruby fields will die all at once and free up space for new flora such as Branching Snowrubys to establish themselves.