Kujata Picture

Kujata are large bull-like creatures that are found nowhere else but on the backs of bahumuts. These creatures live a symbiotic relationship with the large aquatic beasts. Kujata feed on the algae that grows on the backs of bahamuts as well as the tiny microscopic parasites that live within in the algae. In exchange for ridding the blood sucking parasites on its back, bahamuts provide a home, essentially an island so to speak, for which the kujata can graze on, and protection against ocean predators.

Kujata are weird creatures. Despite looking like multi legged land based mammals, they are actually a type of amphibious ocean dwelling creature that evolved to live on the backs of bahamut. Since bahamuts rarely go much deeper than they should, kujata evolved into creatures that resemble land based mammals in order to travel across the backs of the bahamuts, which surprisingly resemble shallow flooded plains. It is only the young of the kujata that betray their original heritage of being aquatic animals.

Kujata are born as seal-like creatures due to the nature of how they live. In order to not expire the algae resource on a bahamut's back due to overpopulation and to not make the entire species die out due to being stranded on a island that could die, the young of the kujata start out as ocean dwelling creatures in order to survive and travel across the vast oceans more easily. The young are thus able to traverse across the oceans in order to find bahamuts for themselves to graze on. Kujata young can stay on the back of the bahumut they were born on if they want, but most naturally want to leave find bahamuts for themselves. However because of the myriad ocean predators, kujata young are often born in the hundreds in order for at least a few to survive their long journey. Kujata young stay in their seal-like form until they permanently settle on a bahamut to live on, at which time they undergo a complete metamorphosis that resembles evolution of a creature into a completely different one.

When kujata become adults they assume a form that is most suited on land. They resemble large multi-legged bulls. They are still able to breath in water and swim to some extent, however they are not as well equipped for the ocean as when they were young. Kujata only assume their adult forms when they settle on a bahamut. They cannot become like this or even live on any other land or surface as their primary source of food is only found on bahamuts.

On the backs of adult kujata are sometimes large ruby-like gems seemingly growing out of them. These are actually the result of a process in which kujata relieve themselves of parasites. The parasites that kujata feed on sometimes migrate onto the backs of kujata. Because the parasites are microscopic and there usually no other creatures to relieve the kujata of the pests, kujata instead produce a red substance to get rid of the parasites. As the substance hardens and accumulates in some areas on the kujata's back, it eventually becomes a small visible red mound resembling a ruby that a kujata can pick off. Basically it's a process almost like how pearls are made with oysters. Because of their resemblance to rubies, these stones are called Kujata Rubies. Because of the rubies' beauty, there are some who would brave getting on a bahamut to either collect them or hunt the very source itself. However, kujata are not exactly easy to take down as they are both large and very strong.

Kujata live a very symbiotic life with bahamuts. Without bahamuts, kujata cannot live anywhere else. Also without kujata, bahamuts also cannot live on as the kujata not only provide a relief for the parasites that live on its back, they also provide bahamuts extra pairs of muscles to take down huge prey. Kujata are very strong and when combined with a whole herd of them, they can even take down a kraken's tentacle.

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*Based on the bull that is on top of the mythological beast Bahumut [link]
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