|Common Nicknames||Daggerteeth, Bonebenders|
|Habitat||Bogs and swamps of Fendarfelle|
The poor unfortunate souls that find themselves in the swamps of Fendarfelle will typically reach an untimely end within the maw of the Kyanprat. Out of all of the horrors of the region, this mighty reptile has topped the food chain, facing little to no opposition from even nearby Bone Horrors. The known territory of these beasts is strictly off-limits to any would-be adventurer so that their ambitious spirit isn’t extinguished long before its time.
Originally discovered by an unlucky band of Ithanian colonists, the Kyanprat quickly landed itself a reputation for its ability to effortlessly annihilate any poor individual who entered their domain. For the safety of others, any known area that would contain a Kyanprat would be marked as forbidden to enter. Because of this, however, the known territory of the Kyanprat has slowly been able to expand as no soul dared to contest. The story of the Kyanprat spread outside of the colonies, however, drawing a curious crowd of self-proclaimed hunters to the area. This influx of glory-seekers would eventually cause the Kyanprat to reduce the size of their territory, more so for the new abundance of food rather than a population reduction. Today, known Kyanprat territories have been marked carefully throughout the bogs of Fendarfelle, with guides of the area steering clear of anywhere that may contain the beasts. Colonies will occasionally send an animal or two in the direction of these monstrous reptiles as a means of coercing them to remain in a set area.
The Kyanprat can vary in size, ranging from fifteen to eighteen feet in length and four to six feet in width. The heaviest recorded Kyanprat was measured to weigh over a thousand pounds, although some scholars argue they could weigh even more. The most striking feature of the Kyanprat however is not their size, but the odd mish-mash appearance of both mammal and reptile. While their torso and legs resemble that of a crocodile’s, their head shifts to become more canine, tufts of fur rising into a mane. Finally, the tail of the creature follows the same trend; a reptilian tail outstretching with a tuft of fur near the end. Coloration tends toward greens and browns, while older specimens have been discovered to be colored in more muted, greying tones. There is significant difficulty in studying live Kyanprat due to the immense danger remaining in close vicinity to them carries to any researchers, meaning that most of their physiology remains a mystery. The few rare Kyanprat carcasses that have been retrieved seem to have suffered from major bodily harm and decay, making an in-depth study of the creature a near impossibility.
The Kyanprat population is seemingly restrained only by their difficulty in reproduction, with females being a rare sight in the wild. Typically identified by a smaller size and shorter mane, female Kyanprat are theorized to be a minority in their species. Daring scholars that have studied packs of these creatures have noted that there is typically only one or two within each, with the males typically competing amongst one another for the female’s favor.
Life Span and Development
Not much is known about the reproductive process of the Kyanprat, and any daring scholar that has tried to understand this process has never come back alive. That being said, there have been no traces of eggshells within Kyanprat territory, leading some scholars to theorize that they give live birth. Younger specimens have been shown to develop at an incredible rate, with sudden growth spurts in the first five years of their life until reaching adulthood. The maximum lifespan is expected to be around twenty to twenty-five years, but some reportedly reach up to thirty in the right conditions.
However hostile the Kyanprat may be towards those who try to study them, they have also been observed to be surprisingly docile when left undisturbed within the confines of their territories. They can be seen hunting in packs of up to eight to ten. The method in which Kyanprat hunt is unique in its own right, best described as a pack ambush. When setting off on a hunt, a pack will usually hide just beneath the water and wait for anything to pass by. Any unlucky creatures that tread into their hunting grounds will then quickly find themselves overcome by the pack as a whole, maiming the target beyond recognition. Females of the species are reported to have a fierce, intense sense of maternal instincts. Some of the more vicious attacks of researchers come about as a result of the attempted study into Kyanprat youth and offspring.
Territory and Groupings
Kyanprat will naturally group up and form packs with one another in various patches of swampland to mark their territory. Migration is extremely rare for them as they typically remain in one area for as long as they can find food. Interaction between packs is rarely hostile, and very few have been recorded in the first place due to their reluctance to leave what is familiar to them. Kyanprat typically do not mark their territory, allowing for those that find their way into the creature’s habitat to quickly become their next meal.
- Stories of the Kyanprat have described the strength of their bite as being strong enough to tear through steel like paper. This was incredibly difficult to prove, and many scholars died in the process of this.
- It is currently unknown how many teeth a Kyanprat has exactly, as any that have had the opportunity to count have not lived for very long.
- Some believe that they can domesticate the Kyanprat. The spread of this rumor has resulted in the loss of countless lives, and anyone caught sharing these ideas is quickly reprimanded by people who know better.