Ghor Ka Bloodscale
|Ghor Ka Bloodscale|
|Official Name||Ghor Ka Bloodscale|
|Common Nicknames||Redscales, Ro-Allar.|
|Habitat||Jungles of Hadar, Sendras, and Teled Methen|
In the eyes of many, Ghor Ka Bloodscales are odd creatures. These curious creatures are thought to be the result of several failed Allar experiments that could not be eradicated by the alchemists and scientists who created them. A small reptile with red scales, the Ghor Ka Bloodscale is intelligent enough to converse with other members of their own species, have a primitive form of written communication, and even make crude weaponry. Though they are native to the jungles of Sendras, Hadar, and Teled Methen, Ghor Ka Bloodscales can often be found on pirate and slaver vessels due to their ability to make mutually beneficial pacts with sentient races such as the Allar, Slizzar, Tigran, and Altalar.
While the Origins of the Ghor Ka Bloodscales are largely unknown, many theorists describe them as being failed Allar experiments that were dumped out into the wild. Records indicate that they accompanied the Al-Allar and Sa-Allar on their voyage across the South Talarinse Sea to Hadar, which Slizzar chronicles seem to confirm. The earliest mention of these interactions can be found in the annals of the Onzzons Kingdom (one of several kingdoms formed by the Allar immediately after their arrival in Hadar). Called “Ghorkasnass” by the texts, it depicts the creatures with Allar masters in the wilds of Hadar. The Slizzar are later seen adopting them as pets as well, but only by those who worshiped the Slizzar gods of pride Isskarno or the goddess of vanity Karidssa.
Since their migration to Hadar, the Ghor Ka Bloodscales have branched out from more than simple Allar pets. Traveling via Nelfin slaving ships, the Ghor Ka Bloodscales now live in Teled Methen in addition to Hadar and Sendras.. They have since developed their own communities outside of serving as pets and slaves to the higher races, though they are still hunted by the Nelfin, Allar, and Slizzar. Most are left alone in the wild but some still scoop them up to serve as pets, particularly pirates and slavers. They are also hunted for their red-scaled skin, but only on Sendras.
The Ghor Ka Bloodscales can be best described as small red lizard men, standing at a meager two - two and a half feet. Their heads are reptilian, with a defined snout and parietal eyes facing forward. These eyes can be yellow, orange, or brown. They also have a tail that reaches back behind their body and can be moved about, most often seen when they are in the water and quickly move it for momentum. Then then have four limbs, two hind legs that often stay on the ground while two forearms stay off of it. The small reptilian creatures have strong rear legs that support them in an upright standing position but they can crawl on the ground for an extra burst of speed. Each limb has four webbed fingers with small claws on the fingertips. This webbing helps them to swim. Their underbellies are cream colored, and are much smoother than their backs.
Groups of Ghor Ka in any particular region have been seen to show off the same patterning on their stomachs and backs. Those that live deeper in the jungles have lighter underbellies and darker scales, while those closer to the coast have darker underbellies. Males and females are in equal numbers across the south of Aloria.
Life Span and Development
Ghor Ka Bloodscales are born in clutches of four or five eggs close to sources of water. The brown eggs, speckled with red blotches, hatch after four to five months. Mothers will protect the eggs only until the eggs hatch, at which point they will leave without further communication with their children. The hatchlings must then survive the wilderness; because their scales are soft at this time, they are very vulnerable to the dangers of the wild. Most Ghor Ka take up to a year or more before they grow to at least a foot tall in their “teenage” period. They then reach full size at around year three in their life. They are able to mate at age two and are thought to live for up to 15 years in the wild. Unfortunately, they do not make it past ten if held in captivity.
Ghor Ka Bloodscales are complex reptiles, with a level of intellect rarely seen in most fauna of Aloria. They can wield the crudest of weapons with their level of intellect, some being known to make little spears to help them with their hunting and use sharp pieces of flint or stone as knives. They are competitive and easily irritated, which often leads to infighting. These disputes are most often over kills or territory, but sometimes the reasoning is as irrational as one Ghor Ka disliking the presence of its victim. They are known to have a crude language at best, which contains various hisses, growls, and grunts indicating very rudimentary phrases such as “Mine,” or “Go away.” They are tameable, though mostly through a reinforcement of another’s dominance over their lives. Scholars equate this process to the training of wild cats, in that they need to be fed and shown where to sleep. Pirates and slavers prefer to let the Ghor Ka run wild and do what they please. They mostly use the creature as a wild enforcer which is able to skitter around, bite people, and swim if thrown into the water.
Territory and Groupings
Males and females mark small bits of territory like common dogs do, however, these micro-regions often makeup a communal territory shared byGhor Ka Bloodscales who have allied themselves together. These colonies are often found close to rivers or the coastline. Despite their remarkable speed, Ghor Ka Bloodscales live mostly sedentary lives, remaining in the same burrows and homes unless they are forced to move. They are incredibly territorial over those who are not apart of the clan, or even those members of the clan that challenge them. They will thus fight over land, the loser often fleeing away to the edge of the colony if they survive the battle.
- One of the most intelligent Ghor Ka Bloodscales ever known to exist was named “Nestor” and was kept in the Imperial Menagerie of Regalia until it died at the age of twelve. A gift to Emperor Justinian II after the Chrysant War, Nestor could juggle three balls while balancing himself on a forearm. It also had a knack for escaping in its youth, getting out of three separate cages before age tempered him.
- During the Chrysant Wars, a company of Regalian soldiers encountered a colony of Ghor Ka Bloodscales while trekking through a jungle in Hadar. The commander mistook them for baby Allar, and ordered them all killed. Unfortunately, the process was. The deed was done in the end, though the company sustained several bite wounds across their entire bodies.
- Ghor Ka Bloodscales are known to have a perpetually grumpy face to fit their attitudes. One thing that makes them laugh is seeing others in harm.