GalvagosVrontidon blitzias ("Thunder Tooth")The glow of the midnight moon casts its light on the deserts of Kha'ahn. A Solaraptor is on the trail of an elderly Lesser Everaren, quietly pursuing it amidst the darkness. Its compound eyes detect the small mammal's heat signature, a mere 5 ft away. The Lesser Everaren perks its ears and looks about, unaware of the impending danger. The Solaraptor crouches, its sharp frontal limbs slash at the air. Steady, steady... it leaps! THWACK. The Lesser Everaren turns around to see the predator sent flying sideways. The Solaraptor's blood gushes out in slow motion before splattering on the ground. The Everaren flees. The hunter has become the hunted. The last thing it sees is the glow of electricity and massive jaws coming down.
Galvagos are large hypercarnivores of the family Herpestidae. They are notoriously known for their savagery and their ability to discharge electricity. Once believed to have gone extinct due to climate change many millennia ago, their numbers have spiked drastically in a secluded region in Kha'ahn. Their sizes have also increased, originally being roughly as tall as an adult Solaraptor at max height. These changes may have been in response to a natural need to out compete rival predators in its ecosystem. Their larger sizes scare off the once fearsome Solaraptor, now placing them among the rest of their prey. Galvagos hunt most of the wildlife on Kha'ahn, specifically favoring reptiles above all else (including the Cerpine themselves).
Electrical build-up is stored within the creature's mane and tail, and is discharged when the creature is enraged, attacking, or simply surprised. The tips of its hairs become quill-like, becoming a dangerous hazard when ignoring the electricity. This electrical supply is not limitless, making recharging a daily task for Galvagos. Most build-up is restored during electrical storms, where Galvagos collect the static produced from lightning strikes at higher elevations. Shockroots are also believed to be another source of their electrical restoration. Galvagos also recharge infamously by attacking Cerpine machinery and suits, ripping the wiring open to absorb the electricity. During the process, they even get a free meal out of it should the Cerpine fail to escape in time.
The Closed see these monsters as demons, fearing the Galvago's ferocity when attacking their facilities. It is believed the 'demons', as they put it kill those who have sinned and drag them to a neverending torment in the afterlife. "Kill on sight, no questions asked" is the general rule held by Cerpine society, even by the Open. The carcasses of the beasts when killed are burned on the spot by the Closed (ridding the world of impurities). The Open, however, have found other uses for their dead pursuers. The electrically charged quills can be used in tech support, ranging from wiring to antennae. The quills can even be used for electricity based weaponry, like electrical darts, coils, and shards.
Based off the mongoose. Done as a suggestion for the Cerpine Race.
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