|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 first contact with the Solang much further in the past than Elven records count back. 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 that 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. This gives them a particular use among Solang settlements, as simply having them around essentially nullifies all of the wildlife that constantly tries to kill them. The apes are revered among the Solang as spiritual beings, and the two species peacefully coexist with one another. Internationally however, Orantrangs are generally sought out to be kept in prisons in order to keep the inmates passive.
The Orantrang was likely first encountered by the Solang far before there were Elven records to keep track. It's assumed that the Solang were the first to begin living in areas where Orantrangs were more common, leading some to believe that in a way, they domesticated the Solang and not the other way around. The Orantrangs grew used to the presence of the people, and it wasn't long before the two groups began to learn from one another. The Orantrangs gained a basic understanding of human language, and learned to effectively communicate without speaking by using whistles or hand signals. The Solangs learned of their protective abilities and took the apes into their societies to ward off the evil that lurked in the jungle. This continued until Regalians first landed on the island during the past hundred years. It wasn't long before the Ailor learned of the abilities the Orantrang possessed, creating an underground market for live Orantrangs whose calming effects were sought out far and wide by those wealthy enough to afford one. Despite being poached, Orantrang can still commonly be found thriving in its home continent of Solangeria. In captivity however, it is sparsely numerous just about anywhere that a civilization thrives, living in solitude amongst other foreign beings.
The Orantrang is a medium sized ape, with cheek pads protruding out from the male face, leaving a flat space between the cheekbones and the eyes. Females notably lack this trait. Proportionately, it is much more chunky and top-heavy than a human, which makes it easy to distinguish them from Wulongs, or any other humanoid species. It is a relatively large ape, anywhere from the size of a large human child to the size of an adult man, and can weigh anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds. The Orantrang is coated in thick hair that ranges in color from bright red to dull greys and browns. Orantrangs are most active during the day and feed mostly on vegetation and fungi. At night however, they hang from the jungle canopy motionless, which leads to the building up of mosses and foliage on the fur on the backs of the apes. This gives them a green tinge as they age. The greener with flora the ape is, the older it is. Orantrangs can live up to fifty years in the wild, but significantly shorter lifespans are recorded in captivity.
The visage of Orantrangs varies by gender, with males having protruding cheekbones and the females lacking them. Aside from facial features, the next best way to tell the difference of gender is through which set of reproductive organs they possess. Though the typical Orantrang is flat-chested, Orantrang mothers grow slightly enlarged breasts during the period that they're feeding their young, which can help one distinguish females from males. In addition, female Orantrangs tend to passively grow more flowering plants from their hides, which breed with the plants on males and creating a miniature ecosystem in their hides. There is no correlation between size and sex, and females and men have an equal chance of being small or large.
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 and/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 quantity of plants it eats during this period, as the rapid growth tends to be taxing on the bodies of the maturing individuals. Upon adulthood, scent glands in their cheeks and neck begin to emit the chemicals that pacify all nearby creatures, and the matured ape can reproduce. In captivity, they tend to age 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 mental capacity of Orantrangs is complicated and enigmatic. Their behavior has hardly changed since before their integration into Solang society, so it's difficult to classify them as truly domesticated. Paradoxically, Orantrangs are both highly intelligent and slow-witted. They are quick to learn new things and ideas, but slow to process information, due to the fact that they're not immune to the chemicals they themselves secrete into the air. They are compassionate and social creatures, and form complex relationships with others. They seem to have a care for all living things and have the capacity to 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.
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. They also tend to coexist within Solang communities, which is the only interspecies cohabitation the Orantrangs share in their native environment.
- Orantrangs get along exceptionally well with pets and children.
- Orantrangs that reach old age are typically completely coated in plants, which earns them a nickname that roughly translates to "Plant Men" in the native tongue of the Solang. This often leads to confusion when Solang meet Yanars, thinking that the plantfolk are all old monkeys.
- 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 sentenced to dissent and placed in prison, his fortune stripped by the state.