|Common Nicknames||Daggerteeth, Bonebenders.|
|Habitat||The bogs and swamps of New Ceardia and Fendarfelle|
The unfortunate souls that stray too close to a swamp's edge often find themselves the meal of a Kyanprat. There are few beings, animal or otherwise, that pose any danger to this horrifying creature. Ranging between sixteen and eighteen feet long with an odd mixture of reptilian and mammalian features, these swamp-dwelling beasts are a lethal sight to behold.
Kyanprat have little cultural or historical significance in Regalia, and it was not until recently that their existence has been proven. Rather, they are culturally significant in Fendarfelle, wherein Orc tribes that migrated out of Guldar to Fendarfelle have shown a ritualistic respect to the animal, designating swamps where they rest as sacred areas, where not a soul is permitted to walk. The Kyanprat is misfortunate for this, as these designations have given a fairly broad view of where they roam and where a traveller needs to travel to avoid them. The tale of the first recorded encounter with a Kyanprat reached Regalia by way of Orcish tale. The Horncrusher clan started reestablishing itself in the Swamps of Fendarfelle, and the clan’s chieftain, Glodbossh Horncrusher was leading a hunting party through the swamps to find food. Thinking he spied a fish through the murky depths of the swamp, he set a foot down, rearing his spear. If he had thrown the spear a moment sooner, he might not have been mauled to death by an irate Kyanprat, which did not take kindly to being stepped upon. The rest of the party managed to escape with their lives, but they made sure to map the location, remaining wary of the Kyanprat habitat.
The Kyanprat are diverse in size, ranging between fifteen to eighteen feet in length and four to six feet in girth. One thing is ubiquitous in the swamp-dwellers, and that is their peculiar combination of reptilian and mammalian features. Woe-betide the simple scholar that hopes to classify them, as they have the coarse, scaly form of a reptile, tufts of thin fur like that of a mammal and what seems to be a marsupial reproductive process from what few accounts have been given. Their dog-like heads usually account for one-fifth of their body mass and they have snapping jaws that have been known to rend plated steel into shreds. Kyanprat are quadrupedal and have pouches on their abdomens, along with tufts of thin, brown hair on parts of their tail. Furthermore, they have an odd tail that makes a mixture of the muscular appendage of a crocodile with the stranding hair of a horse. While usually, they have a motley-green shade to their skin, older specimens have been observed to have a splotchy-grayish quality to their hides. Few specimens have ever been caught, and the only effective way to kill them is through major bodily harm, therefore most accounts of interaction with the Kyanprat come from lucky survivors who managed to escape an attack.
With male Kyanprat vastly outnumbering the number of females, this swamp-dwelling creature often has difficulty finding a mate. Travelling in packs, only about one of the ten Kyanprat found in a pack is female, discernible by their smaller stature in comparison to the males. The distinct difference in the populations of male and female Kyanprat remains one of the biggest factors in the steady decrease of their population.
Life Span and Development
Although the exact birth process of the Kyanprat is mysterious, it would seem as if they are marsupial. Giving live births, a female Kyanprat can have up to three offspring at once. Their lifespan generally lasts twenty to twenty-five years, with most of their main development occurring in between the first five years of a young Kyanprat’s life, as they typically experience oddly large growth spurts during this period. In contrast to most mammals, Kyanprat are born with a thin layer of fur on their dog-like head.
Whilst seemingly incredibly hostile towards any and all scholars who have tried to study them, the Kyanprat are surprisingly docile towards most travellers, that is, unless provoked. Akin to a mother bear, female Kyanprat are considerably more aggressive than the males. While in theory, it would be possible to domesticate a Kyanprat, no soul would ever take on such a taxing quest, given the sheer size of demands of maintaining such a creature.
Territory and Groupings
Usually operating in packs of eight to ten, the Kyanprat don’t have much interaction with one another, aside from mating and caring for their offspring. They instinctively flock to one swamp and are rarely seen alone. Most Kyanprat don’t move around much throughout their lifetime, and it is not uncommon for such creatures to die in the same swamp where they were born. Whilst not overly protective of their territory, other species that wander into their habitat can easily be made into a quick meal.
- It has been proven that the snap of a Kyanprat’s jaws are strong enough to rend plate-armor. This was a difficult hypothesis to prove, and many unfortunate experiment-hands died in the process.
- It is unknown exactly how many teeth a Kyanprat has, but the general consensus is that if you have to know, you will probably be dead within the next five minutes.