Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #5: SKB01

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers. 


Skybeasts

Basic information

Category: Winged beasts
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Physical
Size: Large

For lack of a better name for the ferocious creatures, the settlers named them skybeasts; codenamed SKB01. Upon arrival on the new planet called Liberty, humanity faced this new foe who was unlike any creature they had left behind on the Earth. The beasts in turn, reacted to humans destroying their habitat. An endless struggle ensued between the highly advanced civilization and the native flying beasts.

Origin

Skybeasts are native to the planet of Liberty. Their planet has existed for millions of years longer than Earth. Their solar system has existed for much longer than the one surrounding the Sun. Unlike humans, the native beasts never sought to exploit the land. They lived in harmony with it. Meanwhile on Earth, humans had exhausted their own planet and sought refuge; finding a wormhole leading to Liberty. They arrived in masses; settling on the lush, green planet that reminded many of the tales of what Earth once was rumored to be.

The lineage of skybeasts goes back far. Their current species has existed for millions of years, making them highly skilled and wise. Not to mention their ability to manifest certain powers within their blood. Skybeasts have managed to evolve in such a way that cosmic radiation does not harm them.

Appearances

SKB01 is registered by the military as fast-moving airborne beasts that appear to most as a blur of color due to their speed. They are registered as being violent and dangerous. The military cautions anyone against approaching one.

However, skybeasts are much more than this. They have elongated bodies covered in scales of any color. Their wolf like heads have a handful of horns atop it; the amount varies per beast. Around their heads is a thick mane that covers only a portion of their long neck. Another assembly of ‘fluff’ is located at the base of their neck; where it connects to the shoulders. A portion of the shoulders, the chest and the ribs are protected by this fur. Around their haunches there is also a thick set of fur. On the ends of their long, slim tails is a plume that helps them steer their flight. Atop their neck, down their spine and along their tail is a line of hair that stands up and is equal in color to the mane and fur. Unlike would be assumed of the appearance, the hair is quite sturdy and rough.

The beasts have muscular legs that can bend any which way to allow them sturdy footing. At the ends of each foot are four toes; each ending in a large, thick talon. Another smaller toe sits at the back of their feet and can be used in combination with the others to grip things. The hind legs have five toes; all at the front. The soles of the hind feet are larger too; making it possible for the creatures to balance on their hind legs for a short amount of time. The hind legs also seem more muscular to help the creatures lift off into flight. Their wings, constructed from light bone and membrane, extend from within the collection of fur on the shoulders. Large as they are, the beasts can tuck the wings in against their sides; making them seem smaller than they truly are.

Every skybeast has its own distinct color pattern. Colors for their fur can be a mixture of colors. The remainder of the body is covered in either hard or soft scales. The soft scales cover areas where there are more muscles and more movement is required. The scales are usually darker near the beasts back and lighter near its belly. Wing colors also vary strongly. Their horns and talons can also have distinct colors. Their eyes can have any color. This variation in colors can make the beasts vibrant and makes each unique like a fingerprint or a snowflake.

Generalized personality

Skybeasts are considered violent and careless because humans have been involved in a long power struggle with them. The true nature of SKB01 has never been investigated by mankind.

In their own circles however, skybeasts are considered gentle. The only reason they attack humans is to protect their planet from the harm that humans are inflicting upon it. Never before did the beasts act so violently towards others species. Circumstance has however pushed them.

Skybeasts are, in truth, very caring and wise. They are patient and intelligent. Due to their long history on the planet, they are in tune with their environment. They have a deep understanding of their place in the world and in the cosmic background as a whole. They are generally humbled easily. Skybeasts value peace and kindness. They ultimately seek compassionate and wisdom.

Society

Skybeasts live among the trees with one another. The weather is fairly stable in general. The most severe conditions are wind and rain. Usually rain prolongs for a while, after which a multitude of sunny days occur. Climate is stable and thus the beasts are adapted to their environment. Their scales are resilient to water and they are skilled flyers even in windy conditions. Skybeasts often live with or near their families in clearings or forests.

Since skybeasts can become very old, they also age slowly. Young skybeasts are not only taught to fly and to forage for food but they receive more formal education, too. Since skybeasts are intelligent creatures, they speak their own language. The ‘words’ sound akin to whistling, humming and singing. The language itself, however, is highly alien and nearly impossible for humanity to learn. The pronunciation is not only tricky for humans, but there are rules in the language that are not familiar to any human culture.

When of age, skybeasts are not in a hurry to find companionship. Many of them can enjoy solitary conditions without trouble. It is normal for a young skybeast to venture away from home for long periods of time to fly about the world and learn of the planet before returning home or settling elsewhere.

Much like humans, skybeasts court one another and they may be polyamorous at times. They are however fiercely dedicated when they do find a friend or a mate. Though protective of their children, the beasts do not have any natural enemy aside from humans, at this point in time.

Many of the beasts who lived near the first human settlements were either chased away, killed or they fled of their own accord. Nowadays, the majority hides in the deep, uncharted wilderness for their own protection.

Skills and abilities

An unusual gene in the blood of the skybeasts make them resistant to cosmic radiation. The beasts also do not require oxygen, necessarily. Over time and through evolution, they not only became masters of the sky, but masters of the cosmic realm. Using the vacuum of space and their own acceleration into space, these beasts have learned to traverse through space at alarming speeds. Not only this, but they have learned to change mass and energy to become negative mass or negative energy. Using this, they can tear open small rifts in timespace and create wormholes. Using these wormholes, the creatures can traverse the entire universe and also any point in time. The only issue is that it takes time and trial and error before they open the desired wormhole.

Power spectrum

The skybeasts are a grand threat to humanity’s settlement. They are very fast; often too fast to be seen clearly by the naked eye. Their sharp physical weapons can tear open human flesh within an instant.

To counter the beasts and to even the field, the military has developed a device. Rather by chance, humanity discovered that the beasts feel harmed by a certain magnetic field and radio wave. The beasts will flee to avoid contact with the painful sensations. Humanity has placed these objects all over the settlement and equips their patrols with the devices when they move into the wilderness to protect them. The handheld devices of scouts takes a lot of energy, however. Therefore, they only use it when the beasts approach or attack. The city has massive storages of energy and can therefore supply the devices with power nonstop. This is the only defense that humanity has against the ferocious and yet intelligent monsters. Unbeknownst to them, their enemies were the ones who opened the wormhole to welcome them. Yet to the great despair of the creatures, they may have welcomed their own demise.

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Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #4: Stormbirds

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers. 


Stormbirds

Basic information

Category: Avion
Intelligence: Neutral
Power: Physical
Size: Large

Stormbirds cross the sky like luminous, floating clouds. Where they appear, rain may fall or lightning may strike. Thunder can roar and storms can rise. From their odd impact on nature—or rather the manipulation of water molecules in the air—comes their name. Stormbirds are revered and feared. Though they do not plunder or destroy entire villages, people fear angering the beings and provoking their intense wrath.

Origin

Stormbirds descended from a long line of magical birds. They share ancestry with other birds such as phoenixes and stonebirds. All three share their roots with one another. Their ancient ancestor was larger in size, due to a higher amount of oxygen in the air. When scattering across the world, the three new species of birds came into existence. The habitat and climates of these new species greatly impacted the manner in which they evolved, creating three specimen each able to use but one kind of magic rather than a multitude of magics like their ancestors. The birds shrunk in size, partially to accommodate the change in air conditions and to accommodate the pretty that was also slowly shrinking. Skilled hunters, the birds have refined their magic and use storms to hunt and defend themselves.

Appearances

Though considerably larger than most creatures in the world, these birds are smaller than their ancestors. Stormbirds roughly tower above horses. Specimens range from one and a half meters to almost two and a half. Their wingspans extend for a multitude of meters that is about five times their height. Males are generally larger than females.

The feathers of stormbirds are usually white, grey, pale blue or even yellow. Freshly-shed feathers will hold an electric charge to them that usually crackles across the stormbird’s body. The birds have large, straight beaks that are sharp and can pierce through hides of animals. Two large, sharp talons are skilled at both obtaining prey by swooping down and clasping them, as well as at tearing flesh from bones. The eyes of stormbirds are sharp and usually a bright, piercing blue.

Generalized personality

Both males and females are generally passive towards humans and other creatures. Stormbirds will not harm others unless provoked or unless they are hunting. When famine strikes, stormbirds will resort to attacking targets other than sheep, goats or boars. Generally speaking, stormbirds do not venture away from their territories. Many of their territories do not include human settlements and even if they do, the birds will usually leave humans be unless they feel threatened.

Females keep territories that can span a mountain and every valley around it. Males have no territory, until they settle with a female. Males usually venture from territory to territory until they meet a female that suits them. The female, if she accepts him too, will then share her territory with him. The two might attempt to increase their territory after their courtship in order to feed themselves and their upcoming young. In doing this, stormbirds can be vicious and relentless. This is often a cause of battle between two sets of mates or between two or three birds. When satisfied with the size of their territory, the birds will return to their more peaceful ways.

Society

Though solitary, stormbirds will mate for life. They do not live in flocks. After hatching, the young will stay with the parents for about half a year before they are sent on their way. The males then roam in search of a female. The females also roam and search for a territory of their own. Either they obtain desolate land or they fight another female for her territory. Some exceptionally powerful females will attempt to fight for a territory in possession of a domestic pair.

World involvement

Due to their solitary nature, these birds do not interact with many other creatures, including humans. A few champions seek to fight the beings, in which case they will defend themselves. Otherwise, humans leave t he creatures alone in order to remain safe. Even flyovers by the birds can make people shiver. The birds in turn, seem aware of humans and their intentions. Even as their settlements expand within their territories, they will not show offensive behavior. The chance exists that the birds will pick off domestic cattle.

Environment of origin

Stormbirds prefer mountains, especially those close to coats. They also settle in hills near coasts or in otherwise rocky regions where a lot of wind occurs. The creatures keep habitats according to their assumption of how much prey lives in their habitat. In that aspect, their instincts play a part.

Their have been attempts to domesticate stormbirds. The birds became highly offensive towards their captors however. The beings, often enraged with their situation, were reluctant to surrender. Any captured stormbirds often died of stress, of treatment as an attempt of corrective measures or as a result of the animal hurting itself somehow.

Power spectrum

Stormbirds are masters of using air to their advantage. They can condense the droplets in air quickly. They do this by cooling the edges of their feathers. This condenses the air around them and makes it essm like rain occurs. They can also manipulate air currents by cooling drafts in that way. They can also heat drafts by sending lightning across their bodies. Because lightning needs an outlet, this energy can be upheld while the bird is in the air without additional effort. By heating and cooling their surroundings, these birds can seemingly manipulate weather. The effects are on much smaller scales; giving the illusion of localized storms.

Battles between stormbirds can create clashes in heat and cold, causing thunder and lightning. In severe cases, these variations in air around them can create storms or even tornados. Few people dare to become involved when birds of the storms are engaged in battle. Few would survive their wrath and none would manage to hit these beings while in flight and in battle with another bird.

Any chance of killing a stormbird exists in waiting for it to exert itself and waiting for it to return to the earth. In doing so, the creature will discharge. Any lightning currents it had upon its body will quickly vanish unless the animal reinstates them. Using stealth to approach the exhausted bird would be advisable in order to have any chance.

Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #3: Rutala

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Rutala

Basic information

Category: Humanoid
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Charisma
Size: Average

A folk as fair as elves, rutala are highly charismatic and charming. Due to their inherent power to steal the life force of other creatures, they can stay eternally young. Some rutala are unwilling to perform the act and age in the same method as humans. Those who do participate in the act often seduce their targets to make their hearts yearn, which makes it easier to syphon it from them. In that way, rutala are the ultimate predators to any other humanoids.

Origin

Rutala are an old race who have inhabited the world for as long as modern history can record. They, like humans, evolved over countless years into what they are now. The origin of the powers that the rutala all naturally have, is still unknown. Scholars have not dared to study it—or have not survived their attempts and rutala are not concerned with this knowledge.

Rutala can have children with humans. The genes of rutala are usually recessive, meaning that most offspring are unable to use the powers that rutala have. A rare few however, do have these powers and most do not become aware of their hunger for life force until they are young adults, suggesting that the power does not develop fully until that age.

Appearances

Rutala are highly attractive to humans as well as to other rutala. They have adapted their body language to be alluring to their prey. Their charisma is natural; a trait related to their bloodline. They appear in a multitude of eye colors, hair colors and other physical features. Their figures are generally slim and they are very agile and fast. In their history, rutala used these physical abilities to hunt prey and force the life force out of them. In modern times, they use there physical appearance to allure instead.

Generalized personality

Rutala are extroverts and have a flair for the dramatic. They can make a scene unintentionally to draw attention to their very existence. Rutala seem very kind and warm-hearted, should one decide to ignore their ulterior motives. However, if they truly should love someone, they will take the utmost care to protect that person and to make sure they will not get hurt; even willing to relinquish their youth or hunger to grow old with this person. As parents, they are also highly fierce and protective and ensure excellent education for their offspring.

Besides their deceptions, rutala are curious and perceptive. They have brilliant smiles and can genuinely enjoy contact with people and groups. Rutala highly appreciate pretty things and will go out of their way to obtain it or appreciate it.

Society

Rutala used to live in small packs; usually a collection of relatives and their spouses. Upon the development of cities and other communities, rutala started to integrate into the world of humans. Their worlds and genes began to intermingle in doing so. Many humans are unaware of their existence, however. Not only are the unable to distinguish the two races, they lack knowledge of the other race’s entire existence.

Nowadays, many rutala have acquired positions in society that will provide them with plenty of interaction with other creature—they are herd animals after all—as well as plenty of targets for them to hunt. Some royal figures even carry the blood within them.

World involvement

For thousands of years, rutala did not engage with humans aside from hunting them. Rarely did humans survive such a hunt and the few that spoke of their encounter were often not believed because of the rarity of their news. Many humans blamed the wilds for missing persons. Due to this, the knowledge of rutala remained dim. As the ages progressed, the two worlds flowed more fluently into one. Most rutala, valuing riches, moved into the cities to acquire objects and life. They are nearly impossible to distinguish and have become masters at disguising their kills.

Environment of origin

During past ages, rutala resided in the woods; having tamed the whims of nature. They either roamed a set location, moved about nomadically or built a small base to which they always returned. Examples of such bases are caves or other shelters.

In these times, rutala hunted other beings too; creatures of the forests. These beings also carried life force but their energies have always been less appealing to rutala. Hunting these beats were usually out of necessity rather than a method to replenish life.

Power spectrum

Agile and fast, rutala are not only fearsome due to their powers to steal away life. They can harm or kill targets in other ways too and will not hesitate when they feel threatened. A stone heart and steel armor will shape the best defense against these creatures.

Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #2: Phoena and Kahimé

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers.


Phoena and Kahimé

Basic information

Category: Legendary
Intelligence: Positive
Power: Magical, weaponry
Size: Average and large
Habitat: Lava cavern

Phoena and Kahimé are two beings who are bonded in more than heart and soul. Phoena, who is the true emperor of the land, is the embodiment of fire. He is a large, ancient phoenix who reigns embers. Kahimé is a human girl, who, through a link with Phoena, can use his magic. The two share a life force and even a location beyond spacetime where the two can converse over long distances. When one closes their eyes, they see the other. Not only fused in heart and soul, the two can even transcend their physical bodies and merge. The result of this is a fire-engulfed humanoid whose arms mirror the fiery wings of Phoena, with seven fiery tails trailing behind and even Phoena’s head and neck extended from Kahimé’s own head.

Status

Phoena functions as the true emperor of the kingdom, despite the existence of a king and queen. Kahimé is the princess of this kingdom as well as the link between Pheona and mankind.

Origin

In order to save her people, a young woman made a deal with the ancient phoenix called Phoena. He would no longer harm humanity, if in return a link would come into existence between mankind and himself. The young woman accepted his proposal. Her bravery and solution earned her the love and affection of the young king. The second child of this pair, the girl Kahimé, was the link that Phoena had envisioned. Only the girl’s mother and Phoena knew of the deal that had been made; leaving the girl to find her way alone in a turbulent household and a turbulent state of existence. Eventually, she became aware of Phoena and physically found her way to him; sheltering herself in his warm embrace.

Appearances

Phoena is an enormous phoenix with a wingspan that towers above average buildings. A red-hot beak and red-hot talons are the least of anyone’s worries. Embers rain from his majestic form while seven tails trail behind him. Phoena is a sun in every sky.

Kahimé is a fair young lass with light skin, eyes like embers and ash-colored hair. When using her fiery abilities, her hair turns from ash to a cascade of flame and her skin glows with the heat that dwells within her.

Otherwise, the two merge into a creature that has never been seen in the world before; making the pair of them legendary.

Personalities

Phoena, being the majestic and ancient creature he is, is wise and stubborn as he has held to his habits for countless years. Despite all of this, he has a strong heart and cares greatly for both Kahimé and the well-being of the kingdom over which he is the true emperor. When the young prince, who is also Kahimé’s brother attempts to take the crown after both their parents passed, Phoena and Kahimé protest against this. Phoena feels that he, as the true emperor is the one who ought to crown any successors.

Kahimé is a lass who always attempts to be kind, since that is something her mother is trying to make her learn. During her youth however, she uncommonly met others and remained sheltered by her family. Her bond with her brother was strong, until turbulent days struck and tore the family apart. Otherwise, Kahimé always struggled with her powers of fire since no one was willing or able to explain them to her. Due to fear of rejection, Kahimé tried to hide her fiery side. Only once did she display it to her brother through sheer luck and an accident.

The bond between Kahimé and Phoena is strong enough that the two share in emotions and are reluctant to leave each other’s side at any time. What one is passionate about, the other is too.

World involvement

Before the king and queen established their family, the bravest of the land tried to defeat the phoenix but never found success. The treaty between the queen and the phoenix solved the problem, even though the queen revealed nothing of it to her family. Often either regretful or unsure of her choice, the queen kept a distance between herself and her daughter; silently aware of the girl’s connection to the ancient phoenix.

Until a war changes the balance of the young kingdom and its position, Phoena remains in his mountain home; a cavern with lava floors where he slumbers; watching Kahimé through her own eyes and visiting her in her dreams. Eventually she comes to him and he rises from the pit of lava to meet her in his full glory.

Power spectrum

Both Phoena and Kahimé are immensely powerful on their own. The phoenix’s flight rains embers on those below. His form alone sends immense heat into the air around him; making persons in metal armor rather uncomfortable. He can use his wings and his tails to touch things to set them on fire or he uses his talons or claws to attack.

Kahimé was schooled in the art of swordsmanship as a girl. Often times, she will set fire to her sword and use it to slash at persons to burn them. She also casts fire with her hands and body. Her touch will harm persons in general, if she uses her fiery powers.

Combined, the two emphasize each other’s powers and work in perfect unison. Their touch melts objects and leaves the ground in ashes. A flick of the wings sends balls of fire forward and Kahimé’s sword becomes ever more dangerous; the flames of it slashing about of their own accord. As a merged being, the two can fly over armies and send down scorching heat, fireballs and Kahimé’s extended sword; causing destruction wherever they desire. The two have also been known to dive into crowds to set everything in their wake on fire; rising from their own ashes immediately after.

Few things, other than other magical deities can hurt either, let alone their combined might.