The Cobravv is one of the more iconic animals of the Farah’deen deserts. Tales warn of these venomous snakes all throughout the folklore of the Qadir and Songaskia people alike. This nocturnal animal hunts lizards and other prey at night, but if you step on its burrow you are sure to fall to its deadly bite. Despite their legendary dangerous traits and territorial ways in the wild, the animal has been tamed and used in street performances and can even be domesticated as pets. Those that use this animal in performances call themselves ‘snake-charmers’ and use a flute to command the Cobravv on what to do.
The Cobravv has been recorded in history as far back as the Sariyd Empire’s documents have been able to tell. Due to the Masaya readily destroying any remnant of the Sariyd Empire, these documents are rare, and difficult to read in their best shape. Presumably, the Cobravv has existed in the deserts of Farah’deen for as long as anyone has inhabited it. There are even rumors of the Seraph having recorded this animal, though, these are mainly rumors spread by the self-titled ‘snake-charmers’ to make them seem more impressive.
The Cobravv has a place in the hearts of many within the desert-dwelling lands, as in recent times the Songaskia have attempted to tame these animals with a special flute, with particularly good success in Mooriye. Before their attempts to tame the animal, the Songaskia and Qadir that travel across the desert were wary of the way this animal burrowed itself in the warm sands and how territorial it is of its home. The merchants of Farah’deen will tell stories of many men that have perished in the desert sands due to their recklessness, having been bitten by the Cobravv after stepping on its den.
The appearance of the Cobravv is fairly easy to spot in the desert. Its scales are colored black, with shiny scales that refract light. It is possible for it to have white speckles on its backside, though isn’t not common. The underside of the animal is white, as to not retain heat from the desert sands. It generally weighs in at five pounds, though it is thought that they can grow larger than that. The longest ever Cobravv was found to be six feet long, though they generally only grow to about two feet in the wild. The Cobravv, when threatened outside of its den, coils up and rears its head, flaring two flaps that generally aren’t raised when it is docile. These two flaps are iconic to the Cobravv and warns that it is about to bite with its four large fangs. Their head is only slightly distinct to their neck, remaining flat, broad, and in the shape of a diamond, which is what the Songaskia use to identify them. Within their heads, they have a special hearing gland that allows them to hear high pitched noises,such as the cry of a hawk that would swoop down and eat them, and respond to them accordingly,. This gland is how snake-charmers tame the animal.
The population has more males than females. This is because the males are born larger and tend to eat the females before they fully hatch. Sometimes, even one of the parents of the hatchlings will eat them if food is scarce enough.
Life Span and Development
The life of the Cobravv begins as an egg, being laid in batches of three to six. The male generally does not stick around during the incubation period of the eggs, though, the female remains behind, making a burrow in the sands when she is prepared to lay them and defends this hole with her life. After a period of around two months, the eggs will hatch, and interestingly a deathmatch generally ensues. The firstborn snake usually attempts to eat its siblings as they take their first breath. This practice,though common, this isn’t always the case, and the opposite has been observed occasionally. Should this deathmatch happen, only one or two of the snakes live through the birthing process. The mother does not stick around much longer than the two month incubation period, going back to find its partner, and leaving its young to fend for themselves nearly instantly. After a year the snakes have generally grown to full length, though if they are especially larger than usual, it may take longer than a year for them to grow to full size. At maturity, the Cobravv will pick a territory to make its burrow and find a mate, which they will mate with for life. The two will hunt together and breed once a year, in the winter months, for their entire lives. The maximum age of a Cobravv is thirty, but it generally only lives until fifteen in the wild.
The Cobravv are generally unable to be tamed if they were born in the wild, though it is not unheard of for someone to do so. In captivity, the Cobravv is far more docile than its wild counterpart. The docile Cobravv tends to bite and hiss far less than their wild counterpart, making them more ideal for training as pets.
Cobravv are very intelligent animals, and if correctly trained they can become similar to dogs in some respect. They can listen to commands and respond accordingly. Snake-charmers use the flute to do this, playing specific notes to have them partake in a certain action, but it can be done via vocal commands as well. Though training to respond to vocal commands takes significantly longer than training to respond to the flute. Wild Cobravv are not like their tamed counterparts, they are far more aggressive due to their lack of human interaction and their territory.
Territory and Groupings
In the wild the Cobraav is territorial, after being hatched they create the burrow that is their home for the rest of their lives and the surrounding area becomes their territory. If a female cross into their territory, they generally partner with it, eventually mating for life. If this happens after the male has mated, they kill and feed on the trespassing female, the same is true for males. Cobravv in captivity are not territorial in any respect, simply seeming to lose their innate instincts as they are taken care of and fed by humans. Though if they are tamed by someone, they tend to be rather territorial of that person.
- Their venom causes temporary paralysis when given in small doses, it’s commonly used in potions for this reason. In higher dosages, it’ll stop someone’s heart.
- The Cobravv is unique in the fact that it has venom, but also constricts their prey like other non-venomous snakes.
- Some speak of colossal Cobravv that dwell in ruins deep in the Farah’deen desert, but are mostly ignored as myths, like the Sadier.