THE BESTIARY OVERVIEW
Following is a list of all kinds of beasts which aren't categorized yet:
With a shoulder height of over two peds, the Aj'Nuvic is one of the tallest mammals living in the Rahaz Dath, which is not only used as a mount by the Shendar, but also is of economical, yes even religious importance to this tribe. The name derives from the elven word for ai, meaning "before" and "nuvic", the word used for all races. Thus it is said that the Ai‘Nuvic is the animal which lived already in the vast planes of the Rahaz Dath before the intelligent races arrived. The Shendar are bonded to their animals for their lifetime.
The Al'Syrr, also known as the Sandbird, is 35 cm in length. It is a rounded short-legged bird that has a yellowish brown color to the body, which is mainly found throughout the Rahaz-Dath Desert and the Narfost Plain. Al'Syrr spend much of their time on the ground. When there is danger they will flatten out and not move using camouflage to hide. If that does not work Al'Syrr will take to the air and wing quickly away.
The ANCYTHRIAN SHARK
Most people consider sharks as deadly, vicious, evil, and all around unpleasant things. These rumors mostly derive from any encounter made with the Ancythrian Shark. This saltwater fish lives a lonely life, eating anything that may keep its company out of the breeding season. As the name already implies, this shark can only be found in the Ancythrian inland sea. Lacking in any intelligence the creature is easily fooled but will usually get its target eventually. The Ancythrian Shark is the most feared hazard of the average Alvang sailor.
The Banded Ricau
The Banded Ricau is a mostly snowy white seabird approx. 40 cm in length. It has two thin elongated central tail feathers which are another 50 cm. These tail feathers are also white except the last finger length that is black. The body is streamlined and all white except for a black half moon shape around the red eyes. The Banded Ricau needs warmer weather therefore it is mainly located at sea and along the coasts of the Burning, Aetryam and southern Adanian Seas.
Bats are also known as Cave Bats, Canyon Bats, Flittermice or Darksingers. This small flying mammal has a natural ‘sonar’ system, is a devoted mate, and can eat its weight in insects in one night. It prefers to roost in caves by day and flies by night, using bounced echoes to determine its location in the air. They are favorites of the Thergerim, who have domesticated them and use them as a kind of organic message system (see Morjualerons entry). A group of bats is called a “clowd”.
Bloodworms are found mainly in the Desert of Light, in the southern part of the Aeruillin continent, and are the juvenile stage of Lightworms. They range in size from just over a ped long when freshly hatched, to lengths of up to fifty peds, and are dark red in color.
The Bogsnapper is an amphibious swamp-dwelling beast with a long neck, long legs and a bill. However, it is only a ped in height, which makes it just the right size for the Mullogs, who use it as a pack animal and a steed of sorts. These animals are particularly tame and not very bright.
The Bonehead is a huge marine fish from 1.5 to 2.5 peds in length covered with large scales. It gets its name from the thickened cartilage and bone structure about its forehead and cranial area. In general the Bonehead's body is compressed and flattened at the sides. The Bonehead is a very popular and easily worked food fish. It can be salted and dried and stored for long periods of time without spoiling. It can be eaten as dry tack, or more popularly, cooked in water and it becomes tender and fresh again.
The Blue Glitra
The Blue Glitra is a rare and elusive bird. It has taken years to compile information about this enigmatic and beautiful bird and even now there is much that is still not known. Eyewitnesses say it is 23 to 30 cm long with a bluish-green head and breast. Blue Glitras have an extended, narrow and pointed bill. The tail feathers are the true glory of this bird.
Monstrous fish species, living in the most dangerous parts of the Dark Sea, mainly north of the peninsula of Paragonj and near the island of Narvoss and the Northern Peak. The size of an adult beast may range from 2 to 4.5 peds. Cáeh-Fishes also have a very sharp peak.
The Capricus is categorized in the goat family and is known for its impulsive, unpredictable nature. They are fairly dangerous because they may attack with even the slightest disturbance. Because of this, most people leave them alone.
The Carthasian Bear
Stemming originally from the region around Cartash, this type of bear is not only much bigger than his brown bear relative but also much more dangerous. The full grown Cartashian Bear can reach a height of three and a half peds thus rendering his opponents to mere dwarves.
One of the many creatures that the powerful human sorcerers bred at the War of the Chosen a long time ago was the Centaur. This beast is a magically created, inseparable combination of a fighter and a horse and benefits from all positive attributes of both creatures, mainly quickness and strength. It is unknown if Centaurs still inhabitate Santharian lands at the current age.
The term "Chimaera" incites a certain amount of fear, a certain amount of amusement, and a certain amount of confusion. The word is really a classification of a large group of beasts similar only in origin, that of a particularly strange demonology ritual. However, whenever one comes face-to-face with one of the beasts, it is always best to run. Very fast, and very well, because there's no telling what skills the creature might have...
The Crystal Spider
Extremely rare breed of spider. Although much smaller than its giant cousins the crystal spider is extremely dangerous due to the fast acting qualities of its venom as well as the small size of the spider (only about a centimeter).
The Cuuloo is a ground bird that dwells in forests all over Santharia. Their plumage makes them an easy target, but these same feathers make them a beautiful game bird that is sometimes kept as a pet.
Dolpholk are warm-blooded, semi-sentient sea creatures. Researchers are only now beginning to investigate this species further because of their close relationship with merpeople. An average dolphune is about two and a half peds in length, although the females can reach four peds in old age. It has a tapered, cylindrical body covered with slick, rubbery skin. Powerful front fins and a tail equipped with three symmetrical flukes allow it to cut through ocean waters at a speed of up to 60 strals an hour.
A flying lizard species which can be found at or near any fresh water areas (lakes, rivers, streams, ponds), especially in the sub-tropic regions of Aér'aí'chán. There exist two different kinds of Dragonflies: the Water- and the Tree-Dragonfly.
Drasil look almost like giant trolls half turned into oak trees. They are covered with thick bark, and are neither male nor female. The young look much like Brownies, with the exception of being hairless, with twigs and leaves growing from their head, and other parts of their body. They begin life with two arms, but as they get older, they often grow several more, branching out of the first two or out of their heads. Their eyes are jet black and twinkling, set deep within their heads.
These lizard creatures are about the size of a squirel when fully grown and about in 30 lbs in weight. Their bodies are covered from head to toe in coloured scales (as strong as plate armour). Drells also have eyelids made of the same scaled material. Their eyes are large black voids on the sides of their heads, giving very good 150 degree visibility. They have four legs with razor sharp claws at the end of them and a long pointed tail which is extremley strong and flexible. There exist three different kinds of Drells: Cave Drells, Fire Drells and Forest Drells.
The Dune Mouse
"Dune Mouse" is the common name for the Styrásh "Injèrcál' halthról" (Injèrcál' halthról). A Dune Mice are no true mice in fact, although they are members of the rodent family, and have similarities with squirels, but live in arid climates. Dune Mice are very active animals and will range great distances in search of food. They are nocturnal animals which have a good sense of direction and can always return to their burrows. They are also often seen as an omen of good luck in order to find water in the desert.
The Etherus Worm
The Etherus Worm, named after the God of Lust, is a particularly interesting creature. At roughly two spans long and half a span in diameter, it is regularly mistaken for a snake. The female creature secretes a thin, mucus-like film from its body during its mating season, and this film can be collected and woven into transparent, shimmery clothing called ether-flake.
The Evoor, also known as the Blackdah, is an ocean fish of approx. 46 cm in length. It has a large head and gill structure with straight-edged body scales. The Evoor has extremely oily flesh and is very rarely used as food. The oil is pressed out of the flesh and used in lamps or other needs. The remainder is often ground, dried and used as a fertilizer. Fisherman also cut it up to use for bait on other food fish.
An enormous, deadly lizard species which can mainly be found at the desert continent of Aeruillin to the south of Sarvonia. The Exechon usually lives in caves at lands consisting of sand and rock, but it is said that its hunger can somethimes force it to leave its territory and that it can feast on dozens of unaware travellers at once.
These insects nourish themselves on blood. It is this aspect which has created a large demand for them. Many a healer is always on the lookout to find or buy some of these creatures. They are highly sought after as they are placed upon infected wounds to help draw out the infected blood. Feylien are only valuable in the larvae stage, due to the fact that when they mature not only do their feeding structures change, but also the development of wings makes it more difficult for proper placement.
A rather large bird, the Garthook is territorial and aggressive. Their size makes them a perfect meal for family gatherings, and though they are hard to raise and the meat they produce is dry, they are well worth the time; recipes created for the meat of the Garthook is not to be missed.
These famous beasts, with the head, forelegs and wings of a majestic eagle and the strong body of a lion, are also called the "masters of the mountain skies". Roaming the highlands of the Tandala, the High and the Low Fores or the Magic Sickle at the west of Santharia, Gryphons are well known for guarding important places all over the realms.
Gryphs are massively large avian creatures and undoubtedly one of the largest birds hunting the skies. The wings of a full-grown Gryph can stretch from 3 to 5 peds from tip to tip. Very often they are bound for their life-time to a human rider.
The Giant Kraken
The Giant Kraken is a very rare, very unseen sea-creature ít 8 gigantic tentacles. The only way they have been found is dead, washed up upon the banks of the seas. Over 16 pygges in weight, and over 40 peds, these massive creatures are one of the most dangerous, largest, and still unknown about creatures within Sorren. With their strength they can even tear whole ships apart.
The Giant Spider
Giant spiders are huge predatory eight-legged arachnids living in dens below the earth, in caves of very dark places as well as in the deepest parts of forests where they spin their webs in the trees in order to catch their prey. The most enormous of the Giant Spiders is the so-called Torturer who may range up to four peds in diameter.
Golems are magic creatures. They are created by mages or priests, composed of particular substances/subforms of elements and usually have very limited orders and purposes, which are in most cases related directly to the substance they consist of. Though they are endowed with spirit, Golems are very simple-minded.
The Great Wolverine
The Great Wolverine appears somewhat like a small-sized bear. Their large, rounded head has small eyes and short rounded ears. Feasting mostly on frozen meats and bone, these furry creatures have a mouth full of thirty-eight sharp teeth. With short, muscular legs, the Great Wolverine has five toes on each foot with long, razor sharp claws.
The HAVACH OX
The great Havach-Oxen (also called simply Havachs, Quasi-Ox or also Platebeast), unique to Nybelmar, are used as draftbeasts and ridingbeasts. Plated beasts the size of elephants, with powerful curving horns, they are nonetheless placid by nature and timid of disposition. They prefer to herd together, and mate for life.
The Hunting Hound, Eophyrhim
The Eophyrhim Hunting Hound is the domesticated wolf-assistant to the dark elves of the Paelelon. High-strung and yet very trainable, these dogs are sought out by nobles all over Santharia.
The Horsefay is a very rare winged creature not even half a ped in height. This tiny horse-like beast is very rare, but has been found within the Quallian and Auturian Forests. It has been tamed by the elves of these forests and sought out by the Brownies, but rarely have any other races even seen a Horsefay.
The Hynde is a massive animal that is considered a part of the goat family. They are sturdy and sure-footed animals covered with long gray to dark-gray hair, which forms a fringe to just below the knees. This hair is thick and coarse covering a soft woolly underfur giving them good protection from their environment. They have a slight hump at their shoulders, which is pure fat. This is believed they burn off for warmth when they go long periods without food.
The Inca Tati Shapeshifter
Incas are shapeshifters, who dont have any true form. When they do not choose their form, they are seen as blueish grey clouds. They do however change into other forms quite often, specifically the elemental forms that the creature lives in and a creature that is common to that area. For example, if the creature lives in the woods, then it will take the form of foliage of an elf or a wolf.
Flying, mostly inedible poisonous fish species existing only in the inland waters of the Ancythrian Sea. The Khendochar is by far the biggest of all fish (up to 1.5 peds) which can be summarized under the term "flying fishes" of which most kinds can be found at the Ancythrian Sea.
Originally a legendary figure known from the Lands of the Barbarians. The Kiïvosh is often seen as birdlike variety of a Mystran (a shadowlike phenomenon) or as a simple raven, but most often as a mixture of fish and bird, diving through the Lands of Dreams into reality. In Santharian mythology the Kiïvosh is very often interpreted as a messenger of the Goddess of the Scythe, Queprur.
The Kingell is a rather elegant bird, long-necked and wide-winged. His sharp beak denotes him as one of the few hunters among the ground birds of Santharia, and also the only swimmer in this classification. With web-pad feet he can take to the water with ease. His meat is not usually selected for consumption, as the bird is fatty and hard to cook. The Kingell has the ability to swim, and can dive beneath the water's surface to hunt for fish. However, because its wings are not waterproof, this is a rather dangerous practice for the Kingell.
The Lu'an Moth
The Lu'an moth is probably the largest of the silk moths in Sorren. A fine silk type cloth is made out of the cocoon of the mature caterpillar. The Lu'an moth can be found from the Kanapan Peninsula in the east to the Celeste Mountains in the west. As far north as the forests around Chapel Fjord and as far south as the Tandala Highlands. For unknown reasons this moth seems to be especially prevalent in the Wounds of Sylvan Forest on the Kanapan Peninsula, the Shaded Forest south of the Prominent Mountains and the Hovel Frond Forest by Crystal Lake.
The Manticore is of a lion and a gryph, eventually of a scorpion too. Manticores possess the complete body of the predator but are also endowed with enormous wings, furthermore - although this may vary - they can have a spiked tail which reminds of the mentioned scorpion.
The Mathmoor is the largest Sarvonian ground bird, at a height of over two peds. It has thick legs and light, fur-like feathers, as well as a viciously curved beak. Its size makes it easy to see over the plains, but no smart predator would approach the Mathmoor. The Mathmoor is territorial and easily angered. In Northern Sarvonia, where the Mathmoors are most abundant, they are domesticated and ridden like horses.
The Mogliar are small, about .7 ped tall creatures. They are walking on two feet, however, they stand hunched forward so that they appear to be only .5 ped tall. They have thick, muscular bodies that are covered in short, fine fur much like that of a mole. The Mogliar have superior digging skills. They use their claws to tunnel under the ground, and can use them as weapons. The Mogliar are not as stupid as most think. It is possible for them to learn certain elements of the languages of the races, and even possibly learn to use several of their tools and weapons.
Creature of the shadow and shape changing evil spirit. A Mystran is seldom encountered directly but only in other creatures it obsesses. Mystrans are highly intelligent, and many incidents in Santharian history tell of Mystrans who controlled large armies of orcs, lending their cunning and intelligence to them.
Horrific creatures summoned and brought to life through magical means from the depths of the Netherworld. Varying greatly in appearance their only instinct is to avenge the fact that they were reaped from their eternal slumber.
The Nightbird, also known as Shadow of Death, Darkness Singer and Ghostbird, is a rather small bird, only four palmspans long. It inhabits most of the forests in Northern Sarvonia. This bird has nocturnal habits and sleeps most of the day, hidden. It is dark brown or black in colour with a single white stripe down the back (males).
The Nul’tum ("Walking Coat" in the Kuglimz tongue) is approximately one ped in length and half a ped in height. Short, powerful legs tipped with blunt claws hold up a barrel shaped body that tapers toward the tail. The tail is flat and rounded. The Nul’tum’s fur is so dense that it actually works as a water repellent, which allows it to stay warm in the frigid northern waters. Though it is an amphibious creature, the Nul'tum tends to spend more time on land than in the water.
These finger-long molluscs are also known as "Sisters" - a clever double pun, from the Styrásh "sys", meaning "two", referring to their bivalve shells, and also a reference to the fact that they are always found in groups together. They are also often refered to as "Two-Shells" or "Pearl-Houses"). Oysters are found underwater, usually attached to rocks. Various sorts of oysters prefer various depth and currents of water, and the Avennorian pearl harvesters have become experts on the best location for the most likely formation of large pearls.
Of all the winged creatures on the face of Aer'ai'chán, none is so mystical, beautiful, or wondrous as the bird of flames, the legendary Phoenix. This awe inspiring bird is rarely seen, and very little is known about it's origins. Some strongly believe that it is a gods pet, let loose on the world now and again, to give the people a glimpse of a gods powers.
The Pit Worm
Domesticated beast found at the isles of R'unor. The larval stage of the lurker, the pit worm is a large grub like creature with a maximum size of around 3 peds in length and 1 meters high, with a soft white outer body and a dark head with rather vicious looking ant-like mouth parts, and three bloodred eyes aranged in a triangular pattern on the forehead. They usually are slaughtered by the R'unorians at the age of 3 and their flesh is cut into segments for various dishes.
The PSITTA (CHATTERBIRD)
The Psitta (plural: Psittae), also known as the Chatterbird, is a small winged creature which is able to mimic sounds made by other creatures or races. It prefers a warm climate and enjoys eating mainly fruit. Popular as cagebirds among the nobility, the Chatterbird can be trained to repeat simple sequences of sounds and even sentences in various languages, although it is not sentient.
The Quillý'Efér (Stýrásh Quillý'Efér, lit. "Dancing Fire") are insect larvae approximately a nailsbreadth in length. Their skin is soft and transparent. They move by synchronizing thousands of muscles to help them crawl. They live in the forests and woodland areas all over Sorren and are nocturnal. The elves use them as their light source at night and as a warning device. If these insects sense an evil or unwelcome presence they stop glowing and give off a shrill sound within their hardend curled shell.
Ranlesh have a long cylindrical shaped body and in general resemble snakes or lizards. They have no eyes, legs or a mouth and are approximately 0.3 peds in length. They move in a sidewinder fashion. One end is tapered into a point and the other briefly broadens, then narrows into a small squared off end (about 0.1 ped wide). They are jet black in colour and always look wet. Dwarves know the creature as Morsek Avarim ("Morsek Avarim", meaning "Black Life").
Rats are very agile, small rodents with short legs and relatively large heads. In Aér'aí'chanían lands three different kinds of rats are known (aside from the Giant Rats, which are described elsewhere): The common Rat, the Snow Rat and the Brownie Rat.
The Raház'Estár resembles a nightmare of a snake combined with the strength and size of a dinosaur. The length of a full-grown beast varies from 3 to 7 peds and its powerful jaws may kill its prey in an instant. The snake is venomenous and carnivorous.
The RED DIAMOND BUTTERFLY
The Red Diamond Butterfly is from the same origin as the usual bug, a bug however with beautiful wings. A fully grown Red Diamond Butterfly can become about one palmspan in both height width. The bottom part of this little beauty is a icicle shaped glass piece which is colored Red, which could be mistaken for a real diamond. From this observance obviously derives the butterfly's name.
These creatures can live up to 1 ½ human year and they become fully grown after about one year. The wings on the Red Diamonds are quite large compared to their body, colored white, with a little stench of red, since they're quite common and exists in about everyplace where there are flowers. They are also considered as food for various other creatures in this world so all the female kin of the Red Diamond Butterflies have the ability to camouflage into a type of common flower when on the ground.
A small amphibian, similar to a newt or lizard. The Rubit has a tapering cylindrical body about two handlengths from tail tip to nose. Quadrapedal, it scuttles along with the top joint of its legs horizontal to the ground and the lower joints pointing down and backwards, so that it always looks about to fall forwards.
Scorpions are secretive, nocturnal arachnids which can be spotted in lands of arid climate, especially at deserts like the Santharian Rahaz-Dath or at the continent of Aeruillin. The forward appendages of the Scorpions are tipped with large pinchers and their long rear segment ends in a large, bulbous stinger.
The Ska'Kailn, also called "Snakeworm" or just plain "Worm" in human slang, range from many types around the world. The normal, forest-loving Ska'Kailn is about 1 and 2/3 peds long, with a tapering tail and a flat gaping mouth. The Ska'Kailn have no face, it looks like a long serpent that was cut with a knife at the middle, and the cut turned into a mouth. Ska'Kailn are often featured in gladiator fights in R'unor and Akdor, fighting each other for prize money.
The Spiderturtle, also called the "Spittle", is a 1/3 ped long creature, with eight spindly, armored legs ending in three-pointed fins. These are connected to a disc-shaped body, armored just as well as the rest, if not more. They have four eyes set just above a small mouth, a mouth with tiny, sharp teeth. It is blue-gray in color. When boiled, spiderturtle meat is absolutely delicious, and it is a well-paid-for delicacy among the noblemen of Santharia.
The Taenish is a small bird, about four spans in both length and height. It is easy to take care of and its meat is easy to cook, making it a good bird for farming and consumption. Its drab look and lack of intelligence makes it easier to do away with when supper time arrives.
The Tarep is categorized in the rabbit family and is known for its small, rounded body, often considered the “cutest” of the rabbit family. They can be found in both the wild and in captivity. Like most rabbits, it “walks” with its front feet and hops with its hind feet unless it needs to move extremely fast to avoid being a snack to predators.
An Asthu’oc ("Tryster" or "Three-Shell") is a large trivalve mollusc, about the size of a male human hand. The creature actually resembles three hands cupped together at the palms and fingertips. Its formal name comes from the Styrásh "asthar", meaning "three", and "thu’oc", meaning "shell", but human fishermen usually call them Trysters. The exterior is a soft grey colour, heavily ridged and studded with darker bits of grit which have been incorporated into the calcium buildup as the shell grows. The interior is coated with nacre, or "pearl-father", a shining iridescent substance which protects the tender animal inside. Any grit that makes its way past the delicate fringe that edges the shell openings is also coated with pearl-father and eventually turns into a pearl itself.
The Tsor-Shota (TSOR SHOW-TAH, singl. Tsor Shotak) or Giant Mountain Lizards, are not considered beautiful beasts. These three-ped long monstrosities remind the viewer of a cross between a lizard, cow, and an insane amount of flesh. The only part of them that could be considered attractive is their hide, which is formed of strangely lusterless black scales.
If size is all that matters, than the Ulgaroth would be a dangerous foe, but in fact this is not the case. Indeed the gigantic Ulgaroth is a rather harmless animal as it nourishes itself from herbs and fruits only. The barbarians of the northlands where the Ulgaroth can be found even use these creatures as a means of transportation.
Mythical horse-like beast with a horn attached on its forehead, which was created in two breeds, those with wings and those without. Part of many myths and fairy tales. It is said that only someone possessing the purity of mind, body, and spirit will ever be able to encounter a Unicorn.
The Vilerat, to most appearances, is a slightly green-skinned ratlike creature. On average they are two handlengths long and one handspan wide. They are covered with green-tinged fur except for the wormlike tail, have a pointed nose, whiskers, and two very noticable incisors. Often they carry parasites.
Whales, also known as the "First-Singers" or "Carteloreen", are large, warm-blooded, gregarious creatures that have chosen to live completely in and underwater, although they are air-breathers. They are variously regarded as semi-sentient beings, the bards of the ocean, and valuable sources of oils and fats. Friends to the merfolk, capable of complex and eerie melodies, and harvested by the Avennorians, these great beasts are still shrouded in mystery to many people.
The Whistling Beetle
Whistling Beetles are large bugs, about 6 cm long and 3 cm wide. Theyve got 6 paws with of tiny hairs on it and two horns on their head, which they can feel with. The beetles are gray, with the exception of an orange shell on their back. The shell stands a bit upwards, like a cows horn and ends in a point. The shell is used mainly by the beetle to store its food in. However, the top of the shell isnt used to store food, but to make whistling kinds of noises, of which the beetle grants his name.
The White Spiral Butterfly
This small butterfly has a 3-4 cm wingspan. The body of the Butterfly is two segmented. The front consisting of a head with two large eyes on either side and two short antennae rising from between them. The White Spiral can be found from the coastal plains to the alpine meadows on the northern continents of Arkor, Cyhalloi, Nybelmar and Sarvonia.
Enormously huge and brutal wild carnivorous beast which can be found at great parts of the desert continent of Aeruillin in southern Aér'aí'chán. It's size may be up to 5 peds and its weight up to 12 tons. Very seldom Zyloths can be tamed by humans of exceptional abilities.