|Common Nicknames||Feathered Bats, Cruel Bats, Slazassa|
|Habitat||Jungles and forests of Daen, Hadaria and Sendras|
A tenacious body and a vicious bite, the Crúa’ciadenö is a small airborne reptilian from Sendras that was brought to Daen, via the first Elven expeditions to the ancient continent, and later to Hadar during the Allar exodus to that continent. It is one of the few reptiles capable of flight, sporting wing-membranes that span from their end-fingers to their hips. They are thought to have been creatures of reverence during the earlier years of the Serass Empire, respected due to their dragon-like characteristics. Many Elven and Allar biologists bicker over the name, since the Elves made the most widely known name for the species, due to their earlier formalization of written language; however the Allar claim to have named it first.
The Crúa’ciadenö has been known to the Allar for millennia, despite the events of the Sendrassian Civil War. Before that time, they were said to be a distant cousin of the Dragon and so were deeply respected by the Allar that encountered them who often buried their bones and refrained from using them in alchemical experiments. In 1200 BC, another race made contact with these creatures. The Elven Empire and its scouts arrived on Sendras, and while they immediately retreated from the deadly diseases they found to flourish in the jungle continent, they took the reptile back with them. They believed them to be baby dragons and being so plentiful, sought to tame them as creatures of burden and symbols of power. These grand dreams were ruined when the Crúa’ciadenö in captivity laid eggs, proving their status as adults. They also constantly harassed and ate other captive fauna kept in Elven menageries. In anger, the Elves turned them out into the jungle, sure that they would die in the harsh world that had shaped them to perfection but would obey their desire to punish these flying reptiles. This action only proved to spread the reptile, and it soon threatened the entire ecosystem of Daen as they ate whole groups of pollinating Grand Papillons and attacked multiple bird species such as the Nimbinoldor. This predatory behavior eventually led to a culling of the animals in Daen and to this day, they only exist in small pockets.
Back in Sendras however, the Allar knew nothing of this and continued their respect for the animals. However, during the Sendrassian Civil War, the Crúa’ciadenö were forced away from major Allar settlements. This action was done either by Allar hoping to save these Dragon-aligned beasts from the Void converts or because the Allar in the settlement were rejecting Dragon Worship. The animal was still able to thrive as they fed upon the bodies of the dead Allar, which did cause minor side effects to their appearance due to the magical and chemical warfare employed during the conflict. After the war, large populations of the flying reptile was caught and sacrificed to the Void by the converts in rejection of their old and weak gods, eventually driving the Crúa’ciadenö present on Sendras deeper into the less inhabited areas of the continent, where they would not be scrutinised for the Dragon-like traits that once garnered them such affection. Meanwhile, a new population of the animal thrived on Hadaria, having followed the Allar exodus that occurred at the end of the war by using their ships to cross the Snake Bend Sea. In modern times the Crúa’ciadenö has very distinct populations within the lands they now call home and play a part in both Elven culture, as a pest for livestock, and in Allar culture, as a living representative of Dragon flight. To those Humans and other races that have taken to Daen in the centuries since the Crúa’ciadenö has colonized it, they are seen as no better than a curiosity or a pest at worst.
Crúa’ciadenö are brightly colored flying reptiles native to Sendras but have since spread elsewhere. However, their base appearance has remained despite the different continents it has journeyed to. It is two feet long, three feet wide and has a surprisingly lightweight of two pounds. Its head resembles that of a Cro-Allar, with a protruding maw filled with sharp teeth, yellow colored eyes and no visible ears. Their heads are connected to their bodies by a short neck, where a dull plumage of feathers runs down to the tail that is colored in males. Reaching up to three feet in wingspan, they have wings formed from an elongated third finger on the first limb, which also has two claws used to cling to branches, tree trunks or walls. Aside from flying, the Crúa’ciadenö walk on all four of their legs, with their wings tucked upwards while walking. They have flexible, hollow bone that smells foul and holds a yellow tinge once they are dead but aid them in their flight. They also have three toes on each foot and are capable climbers, but clumsy walkers on the ground, unless it is a flat surface.
Crúa’ciadenö has little outward gender diversity, with an equal population. However, males are known to possess brightly colored long tail feathers. As for distinctions between the different subgroups, Crúa’ciadenö from Sendras primarily yellow with secondary colors of blue and red in their tail feathers. They are also known as being the largest of the species. Crúa’ciadenö from Hadar are usually brown, with colorations of yellows and purples on their tail feathers with longer snouts and a pension to catching fish. Finally, Crúa’ciadenö from Daen are known to be green to green-blue with pink and orange tail feathers and have no particular physical or behavioral differences.
Life Span and Development
The Crúa’ciadenö has a rather unremarkable development cycle considering its exotic nature. They are laid in high up nests in small, yellow eggs in clutches of three to seven. When they hatch, they are helpless and require care from their parents. However, with a few weeks, their own feathers come in and they begin to learn to fly. After the two month period, the entire group will part ways and likely never interact again. If such an interaction does occur, the parent attacks their child to push them away from mating with them. How they know the subject is their child is unknown. At this stage, the young Crúa’ciadenö flies around and continues to learn what it came due to its instinctive intellect. When the mating season comes again, they will group up with others of their kind to begin the rituals. Males will dance with their tail-feathers to garner a mate's attention, then reproduce and remain with their partner for two months as they help their children grow. However, the pairing is not monogamous and they go their separate ways each and every mating season. The animal can live for up to ten years.
Crúa’ciadenö are perceived to be very thick-minded creatures, lacking any intelligence. However, this isn’t the case. Crúa’ciadenö should instead be thought of as instinctively intelligent as they following instinctual needs such as eating, sleeping, and mating, rather than learned behavior. A Crúa’ciadenö will not perform a trick for a treat if they can get more food from hunting, therefore making them awful for domestication, as they will always follow the option that gains them the most resources, the easiest. It is believed that learn vicariously through the observation of other creatures such as through watching aquatic birds in Hadar; they managed to pick up a knack for fishing in a similar fashion. Crúa’ciadenö are not stupid, in fact, they could be described as quite intelligent, just not the right kind of intelligence for domestication.
Crúa’ciadenö communicate through various screeches and caws, similar to that of ravens and crows with a more harsh tone, with this noise being their primary way of finding each other amongst the plant-life of their natural habitat. Crúa’ciadenö are noisy and loud, something that dissuades predators from approaching them head-on, as their cries can often be disorientating. Crúa’ciadenö have been known to cannibalize on dead members of their own species, being one of the few creatures that can stand the repugnant smell of their bones.
Territory and Groupings
Crúa’ciadenö roost in a fashion similar to birds and bats, collected in huddles within trees. However, this behavior only occurs in the breeding seasons of the year, with most Crúa’ciadenö being predominantly solitary, but can be known to form hunting packs spontaneously when the opportunity to take down larger or more numerous prey arrives. These packs are not organized well, however, and can often lead to fights over food. Outside of the breeding season, the Crúa’ciadenö exists as a scattered but still present unit. While none will directly roost with another, they can share trees and even some branches if the surface area is large enough.
- Allar historians and biologists claim that once, titanic long-necked versions of the Crúa’ciadenö roamed the skies of Sendras, preying on fish and smaller reptiles. The Sendrassian Civil War supposedly rendered them extinct.
- A scientist once poured a vial of Crúa’ciadenö blood into a bowl containing Vampire blood, after which he drank it, and to his relief and astonishment, he claimed he was not afflicted with vampirism. Unfortunately, he died anyway, in a town riot that burned down his home and all of his research.
- The Crúa’ciadenö have proved impossible to domesticate, most likely due to their constant desire to move.