A wild creature appears!#337
The kingfrugs are large, flightless birds that live in the desert. They are mostly yellow in color with black and white markings on their wings. They have a pair of large eyes, and their beak is very wide and sharp. They have a keen sense of smell, and they can tell when it is about to rain by the change in air pressure. They are usually very quiet, but when it rains, they can be heard squawking loudly from miles away.
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Since the beginning of storytelling, sailors have told stories of horrible terrors hiding at the bottom of the oceans. These xianc'onents are said to emit a low vibration that amplifies through water and can be felt, just barely, while aboard larger ships. They usually stick primarily to the ocean floor, often living among sunken ships and wreckage, but male xianc'onents will also ascend to higher elevations during their brief mating seasons.
#113 Vune Ballow
Small vune ballow dragons are commonly found throughout the world. They are covered in beautifully prismatic scales and are able to fly short distances, but tire quickly. Depending on the color of their eyes, they can typically breathe a small amount of fire or ice. They very greatly in size depending on the region, ranging roughly from the size of a caterpillar to the size of a snake. While some vune ballows are hostile and dangerous, many are friendly and playful.
A sihzzh is an aquatic creature with a variety of strange habits related to constantly shedding its hardened skin. They usually live in large lakes or in the briny depths of the ocean, where they prowl the water in an almost never-ending search for food. Sihzzh are not social creatures and will easily fight to the death over a single fish. Luckily, even when a sihzzh is hurt, it can heal quickly by exposing its wounds to the sun; after a few hours, all injuries will be completely mended, and the sihzzh will go back to hunting.
Artik-un are hoofed creatures domesticated for their speed, strength, and intelligence. Artik-un have an excellent sense of balance and can leap twenty times their height in the air, where they're also capable of contorting their body in response to wind pressure to ensure they always land hooves-down. An artik-un reaches full adult development after three years and have an average lifespan of 10 to 20 years.
Gigganda are large, mountain-dwelling mammals covered in scales and thick patches of fur, which protect them from both freezing winters and boiling summers. They patrol their mountain dutifully, keeping an inventory of which creatures are on the island and where. Those a gigganda deem "unworthy" will have their path physically blocked and be bullied off the mountain by the large beast. Prolonged exposure to giggandas' deepest growls can cause serious health problems and shaky bones syndrome.
The nishiki is a large, intelligent and naturally magical creature that stands far above most other plainswalkers. They are usually found in large herds in the northern and southern tundras of the planet, where their thick hide keeps them impervious to freezing temperatures. Although nishikis have immense magical powers, they are not able to cast spells like their smaller cousin, the nashaka. Instead, their magical powers manifest physically in the form of a gigantic horn that grows out of their forehead. Depending on the individual nishiki and their mood, touching the horn can heal wounds and cure disease, or create fire and lightning.
After the devastating CK-295 meteor impact, what little life survived on planet P-192-856B had to radically evolve in order to survive the planet's new radioactive atmosphere. Vindsmen were once a variant of the common earth ape whose DNA began to diverge shortly after being seeded onto the planet; however, the few changes that occurred prior to CK-295 were dwarfed by its impact. Vindsmen have largely migrated from forests and jungles to caves deep underground, where they eat mushrooms, small plants, and insects. Most notably, vindsmen have evolved an amorphous muscular system that allows them not only to reshape their body at will, but also to combine with other vindsmen into a singular entity. Although rare, some sightings have reported gigantic vindsmen clusters of hundreds of connected apes. Vindsmen have a short lifespan due to an extremely high frequency of cancer.
Vilagoths are an intelligent species of semi-aquatic jellies. They have large eyes and at least four tentacled arms with webbed microfingers, and they can breathe underwater for up to ten days at a time before needing to resurface. The males have small tusks that grow from their lower jaws, but the females don't have any. They are very friendly and docile creatures that like to spend their time floating around in the water and playing simple games with each other. They aren't very strong, but they are fast and can swim at speeds of up to 75 km/h. They are also quite intelligent and have been known to teach themselves how to read and write using sunken ships.
Loqui are a small species of upright, bipedal reptiles that are best known for long-distance marches across flatlands like meadows, deserts, and plains in sizable migratory crowds. During the spring, loqui will gather in these immense crowds and begin their season-long march, picking up and/or leaving loqui in new locations along the way. The carefree sounds of a loqui march can often be heard from almost a mile away. The flowers that grow on the back of these reptiles have an interesting microcosm of pollination and cross-breeding, driven primarily by their migration. Solitary groups of loqui will find that their flowers will unify into a single color and shape over time, while traveling loqui will grow new kinds of flowers depending on the group they're in. Some large corporations own large loqui farms where they manage and breed their flocks for specific flowers, which they mass-harvest every fall for sale, often to medicinal or pharmaceutical companies.
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