Argenian Animals

This is by no means a complete list. It was originally created to give Rapture (the Arcana, not the kitten) ideas for animals to change into, but has evolved into a general reference to help build on our knowledge of the homeworld. You may add to this as needed or desired. Bear in mind some of the listed names would be considered Earth equivalents (and feel free to contribute their more proper names).

Artiobicru

This strange-looking animal has a stout wooly body with a long-eared, muzzled head perched atop a long neck, and a single pair of long, spindly legs which bend as a bird's and end in cloven hooves. Fully grown, they can reach a height of around 5-6' and can weigh 300-400 lbs. They live mostly in mountainous areas and are prized for both their luxurious wool and ability to easily navigate the rocky terrain.

Carnimp

Carnimps are small furry animals that are found on the plains of Argenia that grow to be about a foot in length. Their fur is long and silky and comes in colors between pale yellow and dark green, taking on more autumn hues as the weather grows colder. The most interesting thing about these creatures is that they are completely flat, never growing more than an inch tall. This is so that, when predators come, they can roll up into a ball, with their feet on the ground supporting them to immitate a plant common in the areas they populate. Their fur also sticks straight up and hardens, becoming dangerous spikes. Carnimps are herbivores and are friendly unless threatened, making them good pets.

Coleolorica

This is a frighteningly large insect that gets to an average size of around a foot in length. It has many legs and a segmented body with an exceptionally tough exoskeleton. When threatened, it will curl up into a ball to protect itself. When curled up it is very difficult to hurt with conventional weapons and near-impossible to pry open from its curled up state.

Crested Holocaust Bird

A large red bird with a long beak, long tail at which the end feathers curl, and a crest standing up at the top of its head, these are said to be flaming birds with 10-15' wing spans which can set off flammable objects by landing on or even just touching them. They are said to dwell in caves and dormant volcanoes, and are the ones blamed whenever a long-dormant volcano goes active again. They have long been thought to exist only in mythology, but reported sightings of the birds were on the rise in the planet's final weeks, so perhaps there was some factual basis behind the mythology?

Culicido

These are tiny flying insects which are mostly active during summer months. If one lands on and bites you, you'll know it, as there's an immediate sting like being burnt. A large red welt emerges shortly, which itches a lot but rather than feeling better when scratched, it only starts to burn again. They like to breed in standing water, so spending a summer day at the lake risks being bitten by a swarm, if one isn't careful.

Cunicula

A large, furry rodent with long ears and a short, fluffy tail, with strong back legs that allow it to leap long distances. Their fur may be solid or spotted and generally comes in white or pastel shades like pink, mint green, or baby blue. They are herbivorous, eating mostly low-growing plants, and can often be found raiding people's gardens. They have a short gestation period which can allow them to mate twice a year if they are so inclined, as well as producing several babies at a time when they do, so there is no shortage of these furry little creatures, making them a popular food item. They are also popular as pets, and are often given as gifts to children.

Delmor

A tender-hearted creature, the delmor stands on four legs and can grow up to three feet in length. [The largest being one that grew to five feet in length]. It much resembles the earth beast called the turtle, in that it has a deep blue protective shell on its back, as well as a protective layer of skin underneath it. The delmor is commonly used as a pet to teach children responsibility, as it is easy to raise and take care of. Delmor have light blue rough skin that turns a greenish color if they are malnourished.

The head is oval-shapped with a rounded snout. Delmor usually have black or dark blue eyes, with a tuft of hair on the top of their heads. Their four legs are retractable into their shell, but they only do that when they are getting ready to sleep. Despite their size and stature, these creatures are quite speedy, they are able to keep pace with a running Argenian.

Of course, should a delmor be placed in water, they are among some of the fastest swimmers in the world. Delmor are also domesticated for the use of assisting swimers, and are quick to spot someone in danger. They have keen instincts and are very kind hearted. They normally eat plantlife and fish. Their lifespan can reach up to 200 years.

Drugan

These beasts are herbivores which stand about 5'-6' to the whithers, the males being a bit larger. Their scales are in muted colors, tans, browns, greys and greens. At one point these colors may have been used as camouflage, but after having been domesticated for so long, the patterns have faded, having people to look after their wellbeing instead. About the neck each of these creatures has a mane made of long bristles, which they rattle in warning when they are angry or feel threatened. They are rather muscular creatures, with three toes on each foot, they have a fourth dew-claw like toe, which serves only the male Drugan as a way to grapple during mating season. These beasts are known for their meat, being a staple of Argenian diets of many ranks. The horns of the male are more extravagant than the females, often having several branches. These beasts have long faces, and thick skulls to protect them during mating or dominance clashes. They are matriarchal, taking leads from the largest and oldest drugan, often an older relative to a portion of the herd.

Ghost Wolf

A mysterious creature this one is. They can come and go as silently and as easily as the wind. Some say, when seen, it is a good omen or a sign of luck. If one were to observe them in the wild, they would see only two. A male and female. They mate for life and when their lover dies, they sometimes grieve until death takes them softly. Not too much is known, aside from the romanticism that surrounds them.

Hippotigrine

Standing around 3-4' tall at the shoulder and weighing between 600-800 lbs., these plains-dwelling animals come in various op-art patterns such as stripes, spots, and swirls (it's said no two are exactly the same), usually either black or deep red with white. They live in large familial herds and eat mostly grass and low-growing plants. Their main predators are Sabre Lions, Loricans, and people, the last of which hunts not only for food, but because their skins are prized for clothing and decorative purposes. There are folk stories about a variation on this animal which bears large, feathered wings and is capable of flight, but there has been no concrete evidence of their existence, and they are believed to be a myth.

Horned Rock Mule

The burden carrying Beasts. They once lined the streets carrying packs and hauling people about. They are known for good work on farms and heavy duty pulling. They have the look of a bison crossed with a ram and the exterior of a rock face. They breed and live in much the same fashion that an earth cow or bull would. They also make excellent dinner fare if you can get through the tough exterior.

The head of these creatures looks like a cow and bare large horns that look like those of a ram. They have no hair save what it on their faces and heads. Much of it droops in a mess to cover their faces. Their primary food source is rocks, which is most likely the only reason as to why they lived longer on the last home planet than the rest.

Jiril

A small flying reptilian having a average wingspan of around 1'. Their webbed hind legs are flapped in rapid succession to keep them airborn while their forelegs are used to grip onto the tall stocks of the trunia blossoms of the prarie regions of Ophiuchus. Their tails split about half way down, ending in two points. Their colors depend on what time of year they were born. Those of the warmer months have scales of varying colors of greens and yellows, the females exibit bright patches on their wings, resembling the flowers they populate. These are used to attract male Jiril. These displays change however with the seasons. Instead the Frost Jiril, as they are commonly called are mottled grey and white pattern, the males being lighter in color.

They are most active during the warmer months, populating most lowland areas, up into the foothills of most mountain ranges. During the winter months, they tend to stick more to the woods, eating the coniferous foliage.

Lorican

These amphibious reptiles can come in sizes from around 2' all the way up to 30' in length, depending on species, with stout bodies, short legs, long snouts, and long tails. Their skin can change in pattern and hue to fit in with their environments, making them highly effective predators. They mostly live in marsh lands and watering holes and prey on any people or animals alike they can manage to catch. Their many sharp teeth and strong jaws make their grip difficult to escape should one be bitten, and their heavy plating makes them difficult to kill, other than striking at their tender underbellies.

Night Wraith

Night wraiths are the souls of the dammed that are cursed to forever wander the frozen plains of the north. The beasts stand at a height of five to six feet tall and walk as a man. They are far from it though. They are always hunched over and spikes jut from their back along the backbone. The legs are massive and seem to be a perfectly round pillar (elephant legs and feet). The arms hang lankly from the sides. The face is horrific though. The nose and jawline juts out canine like and mouth is filled with razor teeth. The skin is as black as the moonless night and feels as tough as stone. The eyes burn fiery red and fill a person with dread and terror.

Under no circumstances should you ever approach a Night Wraith. They feast upon the dead and whenever they spy the living they attack with full force and none ever survive.

Nine Tailed Snow Bird

This lovely creature only appears during the winter months. They can reach a wing span of twenty feet and a height of ten feet. Despite their hight, though, they are quite the gentle giant. At least unless you go tromping near their nests and they aren’t particularly fond of you.

They lay their eggs in the snow as the cool temperatures allow for incubation, unlike most other birds. They bear white feathers with a blue hue to them most often. However, now and then you will find a black among their ranks. Though, it’s more of a genetic muck up.

They can be tamed and ridden, but only by the most skilled of tamers.

Nyuvach

These peaceful grazing animals are around 5' tall and weigh an average of 1,600 lbs, with a stocky build, square head with large eyes and short ears, four hooved feet, and a short tail. They are naturally found in various browns, whites, and blacks, either solid or variously splotched and spotted, though some are occasionally born golden-hued, and those are generally seen as being good luck. These animals are usually domesticated to live on farms, where they are raised for meat, milk, and skins, though the occasional wild herd can still be found in the plains.

Ocubus

A large octopus looking creatures with long tentacles. Their colors come in pastel grays, blues and pink hues. This illusionary animal is known for luring it’s prey out with the image of a beautiful woman or man. Once the prey is taken, it will use the vessel in a mating-like fashion, but really just store it’s already fertilized eggs in the body. Once hatched they tear through the form and kill the body. Before this, the victim will think the whole event a dream and find himself oddly drawn to the ocean.

The creature gives off a pheromone that draws in it’s pray as well as poisoning it with a toxic venom to keep it yearning for the sea until the eggs lingering in their body hatch. The males are the ones charged with this duty. The female will mate with them and leave the eggs with them.

They hunt in packs and mate during the spring months like most other Beasts. They keep their large nests very close to land, generally in coves.

Odonato

A harmless insect with a long, thin body and two pair of large wings, with a wingspan around the size of an adult's hand and tails that light up in the dark. They are nocturnal and come out during the warm spring and summer months. Young children like to try to catch and make pets of them, but they don't live very long in captivity.

Pachydermatous Triped

These are around 6-8' tall and can weigh up to 5,000 lbs, with rotund bodies covered in a thick mass of reddish brown hair, balanced on three sturdy legs. They have wide faces with large black compound eyes, a long trunk, small mouth, and large, floppy ears. Their tails are fairly short but seem longer by the amount of shaggy hair on them. Adult males have large white tusks emerging from their mouths and are larger than the females. These live in the far northern climates where there are snowstorms for much of the year and mostly feed on evergreen plants and mosses. Their mating season is in the spring when food for the gestating babies is plentiful, and the calves are born in early autumn. The animals mate for life and travel in familial groups, sometimes with three or four generations all together. These peaceful animals are a major source of food, bone, and hides for the nomadic tribes who reside in the north.

Rekipart

A creature which bears a striking resemblence to the earth beast known as the ermine, this animal has short, rose-colored fur and tends to reside in tropical and temperate climates. They are very energetic, and start off at a small size of about six to eight inches in length just a few short weeks after birth. They have strong front teeth and usually live ten to fifteen years. Some people have been known to catch them and breed them as pets, as they are skilled at keeping vermin away and eat just about anything. If fed on a daily basis, they can grow to be over three feet in length, about the size of a small dog. They have six paws and are rather agile.

Saber Lion

A large beast that has the look of a lion with large saber fangs. I has a rather bushy tail like that of a wolf and a mane that seems to blend in with rest of its spiked hair. They bare large claws six inches in length that can tear flesh easily. The females are only slightly smaller than the males in all aspects and lack a mane.

They can have several to a pack, both male and female. Order of alphaship is usually dictated by one alpha female and alpha male. The females generally do the hunting while the males keep the resting grounds safe for the cubs. Fights occur now and then for leadership as cubs grow into adulthood, but all pack members work equally in the end.

Temperament varies, but they can be quite viscous when needed; like when protecting the pack or resting ground. They are quite strong creatures that can easily tear through rock with their claws, climb thick stony cliffs and dig small tunnels to get cool in hot weather.

The colors of their coats vary from white to brown. Very few are black. Many are a dark tone of brown or gray when born and then as they grow, it wanes out to their true tone.

Spanipelagi

These are exceptionally large fish which dwell mostly in the deepest parts of lakes, though they can surface if they have want or need to. They have long, rounded bodies with large, showy fins that have something like a ruffle at the ends, and can come in a variety of spotted markings in various shades of white/silver, black, brown, red, and orange. Their maximum size these fish can reach is unknown, but they average six feet in length and specimens have been caught that were up to ten. They are omnivorous and will eat anything from plants growing in the cake to other fish smaller than themselves. Urban legends of spanipelagi eating unfortunate boaters have never been confirmed.

Two-Toed Pacho

Pachos are a small breed of birds known for their increadible stupidity. They are small birds that are only a little smaller than the chickens on earth. Their plumage is a great hogpog of bright colors, especially blues, yellows, and cherries, which are intended to attract mates. These colors also tend to also attract quite a few predators and Pachos are one of the favorite snack foods of most of the meat eaters on Argenia. Unfortunatly these birds almost never seem to notice predators until they are right behind them (causing these birds to often lack tail feathers.) As their two-toed status makes them somewhat unstable walkers they tend to use their flight to get away. However, their in-flight-balance is not much better and they will often run into things. Fortunately, they seem to have an extremely high tollerance for pain.

Because of their stupidity, the species might have very well died off if not for the fact that they lay a large number of small eggs everyday, between 8 and 22. They leave these eggs in the grass of fields to hatch and the birds seem to be able to take care of themselves as the parents do not come back, though no one is exactly sure how they manage this. The large quanity of eggs they lay make them ideal animals to demesticate and the birds often do better in captivity than they do without shelter in the wild. Their eggs are supposed to be quite delicious and their flesh is edible too though many Argenians don't like to eat it as it is somewhat stringy. The birds are famous for their call which, upon arriving to earth, some Argenians have compared to the honking of a car horn.

Water Serpent

These beasts can reach a total length of fifteen feet. They come in a color of blue varying in tone. They have the true look of a snake but their mouth have a pointed tip to them and fangs only seen when they open their mouths. Wings of a ten foot span spring out from their back allowing them swift maneuvering under water and flight out of water.

They hunt and live along accept during mating season, which, generally occurs during the warm summer months when the water is hot enough for them to eat and mate in abundance. During the winter they hibernate on land deep under ground. Sometimes they can be referred to as the loner of the Beasts.

Being predators, they are not easy to approach or tame. However, it’s not entirely impossible.

Wrath Devil

A reptile of large proportions. They are a bit larger than a Saber Lion and fight like a crazed devil [thus their name]. The only way to stop them is to kill them once they start. Even while mating they can be almost deadly to their mate.

They are covered in scales and come in a variety of bright colors. Their fangs are deadly poisonous and have a length of about four inches. They have the look of a large wolf with cut body grooves. Their heads are angular and dragon looking. They have a length of hair down the center of their head and spine to the end of their powerful tail. It too can come in nearly every color.

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