Klaaraktas Picture

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This creature is not an old one of mine, unlike Dekinidus, Scaladius, the Zeratokodon, or the Dreikenaun, but it was pulled from nowhere, much like the Avhisifika (or the Abyssal Stalker) and my own Dunkleosteus species.

Unlike any of the creatures listed there, however, this one comes from a totally different Rahtourian Landmass: Uxtratana, where the Galrants and Rekuans hail from. (The other non-character creatures are native to the Hkrinitic Landmass, where Shaneiks and Leimuses hail from)

Also, I think I got my vision of Rahtouri's "void", their equivalent to both the sky and outer space, perfectly.

Klaaraktas (Orevatis kaalraas)

The name derives from Ne'Ut'ora Galrantior (meaning Galrantior spoken before the Rekuan Emperor Ne'Ut enslaved most Galrants 10 billion years ago), translating to "that which terrorizes the mountains".

Domain: Eukaryota (organisms with cells that each sport a nucleus)
Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Chordata (animals with backbones, also called vertebrates)
Subphylum: Tetrapoda (vertebrates with four limbs)
Class: Reptilia (reptiles; lizards, snakes, and crocodilians)
Order: Draconia (dragon-like reptiles, but not dragons; dragons do not actually exist)
Suborder: Attelebis (dragon-like reptiles that lack wings)
Family: Uxtratani (dragon-like reptiles that are solely native to the Uxtratana Landmass)
Genus: Orevatis (Greek: "orevátis", meaning "climber")
Species: Kaalraas (Modern Galrantior: "kaalar-raasikoa", meaning "terrorist of the mountain")

General: The Klaaraktas is a creature native to the mountainous regions of the Uxtratana Landmass in Rahtouri. This is as opposed to the Hkrotomir, Kahretakhir, Zeratokodon, and Avhisifika, all of which are native to the Hkrinitic Landmass. Uxtratana is the Landmass that the salient chiropteran Galrants hail from as well. The Klaaraktas is an ancient species, having evolved sometime during the Pehrasiil Democracy (18 billion - 11 billion years ago). Due to their habitat's proximity to the very same caves that the Galrants rose from, they were an early threat to the ancient Galrants, often providing a reason not to leave the "home cave". For a time, the Klaaraktas was a demonic figurehead in Galrantior mythology, blamed for many of the issues early Galrants ran into (for example, old Galrant shamans blamed the Klaaraktas for the Galrants' difficulty to adapt to bright light, while in reality it was just the Galrants' eyesight being keen in the darkness and extremely sensitive to light, due to them being related to bats).

Eventually, a group of Galrants pushed the Klaaraktas population down just enough to escape to the other parts of Uxtratana. Despite this heavy decline that almost wiped all Klaaraktas out, it survived and continued to thrive on Uxtratana's mountains, even to this day.

Size: Male specimens are known to grow up to 20 feet (6.1m) in length, and females grow up to 17 feet (5.2m). In height, both genders generally only stand 7 feet (2.13m) tall when in normal quadrupedal stance.

Weight: The maximum weight for either gender was observed to be about 1,537lbs (697.17kg).

Habitat: Mountainous areas such as plateaus and craggy valleys. It can only be found in Uxtratana; any that were introduced to Hkrinitic were quickly killed by either inability to adapt (it was introduced through the grasslands) or by Hkrinitic natives refusing to host one of them.

General Danger Level: Critical. It is horribly aggressive to virtually anything, even to others of its own kind. This inherent aggression is usually caused by the creature's poor eyesight. They are incredibly strong, capable of holding their own weight with one arm. It is often known for attacking travelers by surprise from cliffsides, after hiding there for a while.

Forms of Attack: Aside from the standard claw swipes and bites, this beast can roll up like a ball and roll around, albeit at slow speeds. They also sling their tail at prey or other creatures, often to intimidate them.

Intelligence: Not incredibly high. They are known to be rather clever when in large groups, but otherwise are your average aggressive predator. They do, however, have a good memory, being able to remember their young even after years of separation.

Senses: Their eyesight is poor. Though they do not lack depth perception (depth perception is essential for any mountain-climbing creature), their vision is incredibly blurred. This was caused by the lack of a need for acute vision--simply being able to detect movement is more than enough for this kind of creature in this kind of habitat. Having too acute visual sense was known to mar their ability to focus on survival. Their olfactory sense is good; better than that of a human's, but not as good as a dog's. They can identify individuals through odor (much like a dog can), which explains why they do not attack their young or immediate relatives on sight. Their tactile senses (nociception, thermoception, proprioception) are rather poor, though they do initiate when the creature needs them most.

Predators: Apart from tribal Galrants, no predators have been recorded. They are known for cannibalism, however, after fighting each other to the death.

Prey: Their prey has changed over the years, no doubt a consequence of going over 10 billion years without evolving significantly. Their prey today, however, consists of Galrants, travelers, large rodents and lizards, and each other.

NOTES

- It has thick skin that acts as armor. Regular grade ammunition cannot fatally wound this creature; however, a heavy-caliber shot from a Scaladian Omnirifle, Mk I, will pierce straight through this creature's body.
- Its back armor is nigh impenetrable by most standard weapons. Explosives, miniguns, and military grade snipers can crack the armor easily if not blow it right off.
- If the armor is removed, the creature will bleed out and die due to the armor being integral to its physiology; in this way, it is similar to creatures in the reptilian order Testudines (also known as turtles).

Diseases: Being reptilian, contractible viral diseases are few and far between. Due to its habitat in the mountains, bacterial diseases are also uncommon. The most common type of disease for this creature would fall under the "genetic defect" category.

Dimorphisms: Females do not sport horns on their snout like males do.
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