|Official Name||Hadar Wasp|
|Common Nicknames||Grzzssalo, Paraplou Wasp|
|Habitat||Hadar and Sendras|
Hadar Wasps are large diptera insects found in Hadar as well as the coastline of Sendras. These giant creatures served as a formidable menace to the various Hadarian kingdoms in their earlier years, and because a minor obstacle to Regalian troops and sailors during the Chrysant Wars. Today they remain unaffected by the frequent wars of the continent, and are now one of the most prevalent forms of life on the islands.
The Hadar Wasps have numerous records alluding to their introduction into the various race’s spheres of knowledge, but the first conclusive reports are from the Al-Allar. When the reptilian species first arrived in Hadar, Allar alchemists were excited to experiment with the new fauna the islands offered. One of them, a giant wasp, gained notice early on for both its size and venomous stinger. In the following decades, Allar alchemists eagerly sought out Hadar Wasp stingers or corpses for study and use in their concoctions. They remained rare, and despite the Al-Allar’s immunity to poison, the Hadar Wasp’s venom was highly potent as was their swarming techniques.
Today the species remains numerous on the various islands of Hadar as well as the coastline of Sendras, which they spread to sometime after the Chrysant War. During the conflict, they did not suffer the same damage as other Hadar species due to the danger they posed to Regalian troops. While some survived the Wasp stings early into the war, many others died of anaphylaxis and served as a warning for the remainder of the conflict. Since then, Regalian forces on Hadar have been very careful to keep away from the Wasp’s trademark nests, while surviving Hadar states ignore them almost entirely.
The Hadar Wasp would be a terrifying sight to someone scared of insects. Growing between three and five inches long, they possess a brown and yellow blended exoskeleton that differs from the stark yellow and black pattern seen in other wasps. Aside from these differences, they share many of the same characteristics; narrow wings that fold to cover their backs, six legs, and a segmented three-part body.
Their largest asset overall is their venom. Produced naturally in their bodies and concentrated in the stinger, Hadar Warp venom has a high chance of causing anaphylaxis in the victim. The sting is often a quick death as the sheer amount pumped into the body by the Wasp can swiftly kill unless treated immediately. While a cure for anaphylaxis exists in Avetyaben’s Grace, it is not readily available to ordinary people, and often times, it is already too late.
Hadar Wasps have polarized gender numbers just as many insect species have. Wasp nests are led by up to two queens which produce a host of sterile female workers, and a smaller group of male drones who protect the hive and serve as mates for the queen or queens. There is no set ratio for gender, as it has been observed that whatever gender of wasp is most needed at the time is produced.
Life Span and Development
The Hadar Wasp is like many insects; being born into a small white viscous egg in clusters of up to four. Hatching after one or two days, they pupate into their full wasp forms over a period of two weeks. If they are a worker, they are usually sent to collect food or material immediately after re-emergence. If they are a drone, they serve the same purpose, but are often mated to one or both of the queens at some time in their life. Finally, if the born wasp is a young queen, they can either stay and become a second leader or fly out to create their own hive. Most end up staying and replacing their mother as the main queen if, or when she dies. Each category of insect also has it’s own life expectancy. Workers only live for up to two months, drones reach three months, and queens can live for up to a year before they die.
The Hadar Wasp is an untamable creature that, despite its dangerous qualities, does not attack unprovoked. Centered around protecting their queen, Hadar Wasps will only attack if their hive is destroyed, or they are distressed and desperate. They will swarm in large numbers, collectively stinging first and biting second at the intruder. While on the hunt for food, drones and workers will wait to fly down onto live prey before stinging and carrying it away as it dies. They also grab nectar out of the many flowering plants of Hadar. The queens themselves are very focused on self-preservation and frequently do nothing beyond supplying offspring for their needs. Their drones and workers, therefore, do all of the hive work and focus entirely on helping the queens and the nest remain intact. Mekett, possibly due to their insectoid nature, seem to be the only race able to approach, physically touch or interact with Hadar Wasps and their nests without being stung.
Territory and Groupings
Hadar Wasps operate in nests made of a papery substance created by the insects through a mixture of their saliva and plant matter (usually dead wood or plant stems). Said nests are often found hanging upside down from large trees or located against the ground with a smooth top. The entry holes are always located on the bottom, and the entire structure is relatively waterproof. Most nests hold up to 100 Wasps inside, though a few have been reported to hold as many as one 150. Hadar Wasps seen out in the wild are often seeking food such as nectar and small animals, with those closer to the nest either guarding it or gathering more material to make the nest larger. Hadar Wasps do not attack other nests unless a young queen tries to set up a hive too close to their existing home.
- The only effective way to remove Hadar Wasp nests in the past was to have several Sa-Allar charge in and try to kill the queen as fast as possible. If this failed, a well-placed fire arrow also worked.
- A Regalian Senator was once found to have been murdered by Hadar Wasp venom; the assassin used a syringe to inject the unconscious man with a vast quantity of it, causing his already fat body to bloat to unheard of levels.
- Some in darker circles whisper that the Nellon Serum, used by the Tyrian Order, is partly made up of Hadar Wasp venom. As such, alchemists who seek the secret formula often begin with the venom.