|Official Name||Beyljon Duck|
|Common Nicknames||Quackers, Dwarf Swans|
The Beyljon duck is a creature that can only loosely be described as a songbird, A staple in the Yang-Tzu Isles. The Beyljon Duck is an elegant and plump creature that walks with pride and is widely appreciated by the Ch’ien-ji people. Considered the Dwarf of the waterfowl, the Beyljon duck is a friendly animal who is glad to live among the Chi people who keep them from more violent predators. Unsurprisingly due to their naturally plump nature they are also considered a delicacy, and if smoked properly their meat is pleasantly sweet.
Ch’ien-ji historians say that the Beyljon Duck has inhabited the Yang-Tzu longer than the Chi people themselves, thriving off of the plethora of insects that inhabit the jungles. Regal and welcoming creatures, the Beyljon were an early food source for the Ch’ien-ji but remain incredibly populous due to their resilience and the Chi desire to keep their flocks strong for consumption. Some historians who dabble more in conspiracy than fact believe that the Beyljon Duck is a relative of the Loong Dragons who used to inhabit the Isles, and are no longer present there. Though this is often refuted and only believed by a select few, the most reliable theory on their origin is that they flew to the Yang-Tzu isles from their original home. The reason and origin of their deeply crimson flowers is still not understood, as if offers little to no camouflage anywhere. Currently the Beyljon Duck is only found in the Yang-tzu, and has trouble surviving anywhere else. Some of the most revered members of the School of Husbandry haven’t been able to breed this duck anywhere but their now native home.
With a width and length of a foot and a half tall, the Beyljon Duck is a medium sized aquatic bird with a wingspan of nearly four feet. They are a deep crimson color with white coloring on their stomach and yellow markings around their eyes. They have rounded heads with lateral eyes and dull yellow beaks that are used to produce their signature quacking sound. Their necks are long and are capable of turning far enough to clean their own back feathers. The torso of the Beyljon Duck is plump, ends in a small tail, and is covered in waterproof feathers. Their webbed feet end in three pointed toes. The most important part of the duck, the feathers, are covered in a lightweight waxy substance that makes them effectively waterproof and acts as a cooling mechanism like hair or fur.
Male Beyljon ducks are always bigger than their female counterparts and are usually equal in number to them as well. Female Beyljon can be incredibly hostile during the summer, and are best avoided. On the other hand, male Beyljon and ducklings of both genders are very friendly and social.
Life Span and Development
Beyljon ducks exclusively breed in summer during times of great humidity, and Beyljon Duck eggs are notorious for only hatching before storms are coming to the isles. A Beyljon Duck egg takes roughly a month to hatch, though will take up to two if kept in somewhere like a coop or anywhere inside. Beyljon Ducklings are known for imprinting on the first thing that they see when they hatch, and will follow an unwilling Chi or even other animals until they can detect the scent of their real mother. They are not very intelligent creatures overall, and require constant guidance from their parents who, after breeding, will be partners for life. Ducks live in these families until they are capable of breeding on their own, usually around two years of age, and then will go on to complete the process with another mate for life. Beyljon Ducks live anywhere from ten to fifteen years, but are often consumed well before then.
The Beyljon Duck is an incredibly ignorant creature, and is widely unaware of it’s surroundings. Their social nature has led them to be one of the most easily hunted creatures in all of Aloria, and Male Beyljon often will not even shy away from direct threats. Female Beyljon are much more intelligent than males, especially during mating and hatching seasons. Many families of Beyljon ducklings are raised entirely by the mothers because the father tends to be overly social and get eaten. Despite this, the Beyljon duck families have a very complex pattern of quacks that vary in pitch and length that can be used to trace duck ancestry. This is considered the only intelligent thing the Beyljon Duck can do.
Territory and Groupings
Beyljon Ducks live within their groups, or families, until they are capable of breeding and forming their own. While the Beyljon are not territorial per se, but they are very protective of their young. Female Beyljon will often lay their eggs very close to each other and assist each other in guarding the unborn Beyljon. Families usually consist of groups anywhere from ten to twelve, and only ever in even numbers. Beyljon Ducks always live in and around bodies of water.
- The Beyljon Duck is considered a very important creature in Ch’ien-ji society, and the killing and serving of the species is regulated by local Ch’ien-ji law guards. Elderly Beyljon ducks are often eaten well before they can die, and it is considered bad luck to wander upon the corpse of a duck that has died of natural causes.
- The Chien-ji people have a very complex way of smoking and preparing the duck which is served with a sweet sauce made from the duck’s blood. Some Ailor have a bastardization of this sauce that they serve with incorrectly smoked duck that is aptly named “Duck Sauce”.
- There is a small sect of Chien-ji Historians who believe that the Beyljon Ducks are the Loong Dragons in disguise, and are just a vassal for them to possess until the time to return to Aloria is at hand.
- Beyljon Ducks are used sometimes to predict the weather in the Isles, as they tend to act more reclusive when cold or warm fronts are moving through, and their eggs are only laid and hatch during periods of great humidity right before storms.