|Common Nicknames||Sloth Apes, Monk Apes, Plant Men|
Unique among the alien fauna of Solangeria's lush rainforests, the Orantrang is a rather peculiar ape, with unique adaptations to help it survive in its harsh environment. The Orantrang was first observed shortly after the Qadir found Solangeria and was later also found by the Altalar. The Orantrang are extremely docile, in stark contrast to the unforgiving landscape. The adaptation that keeps such a friendly creature alive, however, are scent glands which emit chemicals into the air that essentially pacify all nearby living things, resulting in predators simply ignoring the apes as they swing from tree to tree. In fact, hostile feelings seem to be repelled from the area entirely, which prevents others from even thinking about attacking anything. The apes were revered almost as spiritual beings to the ancient Qadir and some degree, even modern animal keepers upkeep this respect.
The Orantrang was likely first encountered by the Qadir over a thousand years ago during one of their expeditions to Solangeria. Some were quickly coaxed onto ships by the Qadir seeking to leave the landmass as quickly as they came and, on their return to Farah’deen, there was a great deal of interest about them. Kept in splendid Copper enclosures, they came to signify many positive traits involving wisdom and helping to show the Qadir good could come out of the nightmare continent to their southwest. As for the Allorn Empire, they too abducted specimens when they reached Solangeria but, due to their much quicker abandonment of exploring Solangeria, what few specimens lived among them died off in the Cataclysm and the Wildering. As for Farah’deen, the Great Storm killed what Orantrangs lived in captivity along with other animals living in the region. As the Songaskia rose up on the desert continent, they learned of the animal from their Qadir slaves so when they went to Solangeria, they were sure to grab a number of them. It is from them the Orantrang spread out to wider Aloria, first going to Altalar customers of the Songaskian slave markets and then to Ailor areas of Daen and Corontium as the animal was traded and exchanged. Despite being poached from their homeland, Orantrang can still commonly be found thriving in its home continent of Solangeria. In captivity, however, it is sparsely numerous often living in solitude amongst foreign beings as an exotic but functional pet.
The Orantrang is a medium sized primate, standing at four to six feet tall, though their gangly limbs might increase their size if they ever raised them above their head. Proportionately, it is much more chunky and top-heavy than a Human, with weights of 100 to 300 pounds. Their heads are large and round, with brown or amber eyes set above a short snout and two prominent open nostrils. Their faces are framed by one of their unique traits: special semi-circular cheek pads on each side of their face. On the lower neck, similar padding exists though it is much smaller and closer to the flesh. These pads have developed into unique scent glands, capable of producing a calming effect in the area surrounding an Orantrang. The area of effect is generally based on the animal’s age, growing from a few inches at a year old to over a dozen feet by the age of 20. As previously mentioned, the rest of their bodies are top-heavy and weighty, with long legs and arms with five-fingered hands. These hands help them climb through Solangeria’s jungles but they can also walk on the forest floor though must curl up their feet and hands into fists to do so. The animal’s second notable trait is its thick coating of hair that covers their whole body which ranges in color from bright red to dull brown. Over time in the wild or particularly naturally enclosures, the animal develops a luscious coating of mosses, light foliage, and fungi on their hair. As a result, generally the greener an Orantrang is, the older they are.
Orantrangs have few markers of diversity between the sexes. Female Orantrangs are rather flat chested, but when they have children, their mammary glands enlarge to allow for the feeding of their babies. Further identifiers between the sexes would require a concerted effort to find, as the species also does not possess sexual dimorphism, meaning males and females can be at various heights and weights. Then, regarding overall diversity, Orantrang coats can be a variety of colors ranging from red to brown. Those living in certain conditions can also grow plants in their thick hair, adding the exotic color of green to their bodies with each formation being unique to the individual.
Life Span and Development
Orantrangs are conceived and incubated like normal mammals, resting in the womb for upwards of three months until it is developed enough to enter the world. Orantrang mothers nurse their young for only a few weeks, which is about how long it takes for them to gain mobility in the trees. During this time, they are still young and vulnerable, as their ability to deter violent predators has yet to develop. As such, they are under constant supervision of their mothers or others in their community and are never left unsupervised. Infancy lasts around a year, after which they rapidly mature to adulthood by age six. This process requires the ape to increase the number of plants it eats during this period, as the rapid growth tends to be taxing on the bodies of the maturing individuals. Additionally, the scent glands come in at the start of age one but are very weak, requiring time to develop. Upon adulthood, the matured ape can reproduce. In captivity, Orantrangs tend to physically grow quicker for unknown reasons, which grants them a monstrous appetite. For this reason, it is much more expensive to keep a young Orantrang than to keep an adult. The primate can live for up to thirty or forty years in the wild with a similar lifespan in captivity, but some are known to push fifty in such conditions.
The mental capacity of Orantrangs is complicated and enigmatic. Their behavior has hardly changed in several hundred years they have had contact with the outside world. Orantrangs are both highly intelligent and slow-witted. They are quick to learn new things and ideas, but slow to process information because they're not immune to the chemicals they themselves secrete into the air. As a result, they are lethargic, moving around a bit during the daytime but remaining almost motionless at night. This lethargy allows plant life to grow on them. They are compassionate and social creatures and form complex relationships with others. They seem to have a care for all living things and can show empathy. Orantrangs often mate with multiple partners that all share a lifelong bond. Notably, the Orantrangs are docile without any exceptions and have never been observed intentionally harming another living thing. They also have the capacity for crude tool use and escaping less secure enclosures, meaning most turn to Qadir locksmiths to produce mechanisms to contain the primate.
Territory and Groupings
Orantrangs operate in families of three to twelve and form complex relationships with all apes in their community. They aren't territorial, and it's common to see multiple families peacefully coexisting with one another and even intermingling.
- Orantrangs get along exceptionally well with pets and children.
- Some uneducated Regalians have confused plant-covered Orantrangs for Yanar over the years.
- An Orantrang owned by a wealthy Regalian aristocrat was slain by a guard for mistakenly "endangering" a child while rescuing a young Nelfin child from a stream. The aristocrat, who was quite furious, made the issue a public uproar and villainized the guard. The aristocrat was placed in prison and his fortunes were stripped away by the state.