Name of the creature:
◈ Fire Beetles ◈ ”Karaad-Maurr” ◈
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Is this creature tamable and if so, how:
Taming: Taming is possible to a basic level. Simply feeding them on a regular basis, these creatures would begin to stay around areas they are fed. After some time possibly even following someone that constantly feeds them. But if not fed on a regular basis, they will leave in search of more food.
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Summary of the creature:
Not an uncommon site among the dark caverns of Urguan’s mountains, these fire beetles make their homes far beneath the soil, wandering as scavengers in the dark. Although they have a weak sense of dark vision, their fire glands glow a brightful orange, Producing a decent amount of light to fend off the darkness. Growing roughly the size of a dog, they make great livestock to use as a light source for cavern explorers or cave miners. Or even to harvest them for their tough shells to make shields or small pieces of armour.
Characteristics of the creature:
Appearance: The carapace of the beetle would be a shiny blue, while the rest of the hard casing would be a light shade of black. Its eyes a piercing light green, while under its head would be two soft glands that change in shades of orange. The underbelly would be a dark pink.
Behavior: Not bothered by the scent of dwarves. These creatures make their own way around, the world seeming non existent to them. They just continue on attempting to find food. Diet: Omnivores by nature, these scavengers feast on pretty much anything they can find among the stones. Small Worms, insects, mushrooms and other natural flora that reside.
Reproduction: Often in small hives, a female would lay batches of about 8-12 eggs and cover them in the mucus from her fire glands. The mucus then hardens transforming into a sort of cocoon. The eggs however still remain unfertilised till a male replicates the female's work. When the eggs hatch after roughly 2 months, the young will eat their way out. More often than not, left to fend for themselves as they grow.
Echo System: Although fire beetles find themselves at the bottom of the food chain. Most predators would leave them alone. One, because of their hard shell. But two, because they are known for cleaning up rotting carcasses, preventing wide spread disease to the under mountains life.
Uses: Their carapace would be too heavy to be used as armour, however perhaps fashioned into a small shield or pauldron to use. The fire glands are filled with a hot thick gel which glows brightly in the darkness. Although it cannot really be weaponized, it can be used as a light source or potentially a source of heat. Applying it to a burn wound, the gel like substance would begin to set. Any burns under it would find instant relief and faster healing to the charred skin.
Stages of Life: Fire beetles take roughly 2 months to hatch from their eggs, starting off roughly the size of a large foot. It would take 6 months for one to become a teenager of sorts, where their fire glands would begin taking effect and glowing. Once they are about 10 months old, these creatures are ready to repopulate and breed.
Strengths: Their outer shell is as hard as solid rock, even its exoskeleton being strong enough to withstand a decent blow. Their bright green eyes also give them an minor night vision to be able to see in the darkness. Weaknesses: Pretty slow, most creatures would be able to outrun them by foot. Their biggest weakness is their underbelly, once flipped they wouldn't be able to sit upright unless near a wall to grapple to. They are pretty much dead if it happens.
They are not affiliate creatures and have no real emotion when interacted with.
They will not fight back if attacked, they will attempt to run.
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