Duraath: The Gnashing Marauders of Akaal
Flames engulfed their entirety, the ash billowing, enveloping the environment, marking it with its deathlike grayness. From within those clouds of smoke, a laughter fitting of demons became audible, echoing about that valley. Louder and louder, the terrifying cackles taunted them, toying with their inevitable demise. Finally those wicked figures emerged, enormous beasts with claws rivaling the size of their clansmens’ blades, jagged teeth still stained red from their latest meal. The hulking hyenas drew the attention of their victims who did not even notice the large urukim on their backs. Within seconds did the slaughter commence, their flesh and bones becoming a meal for the Akaal mounts.
The appearance of the Duraath began as those Akaal of the Grizhubu erected large Moruhks in the nearby grasslands. As those monuments to Throqugrizh began to decompose and rot, the large beasts first revealed themselves, in search of a meal. At first, the Akaal fought off these enormous hyena’s, guarding their sacred shrines from their carnage. However, the enlightened shamans could not remain by their Moruhks forever, a new approach was needed. And so, the priests began to leave meals of slaughtered meat for those savage beasts. Night after night, this continued, the Duraath becoming conditioned for such, quickly expecting those urukim to bring their next meal.
From afar, these creatures look as if they are your typical hyena but larger. Duraaths are anywhere from 5-5.5 feet tall, weighing anywhere from 800-1000 lbs. The claws of the Duraath are hooked, perfect tools for piercing and tearing their prey’s skin. Their sharp teeth are jagged and designed to tear the flesh of their large prey. Duraath are primarily scavengers drawn to the bloodiest remnants of battlefields. Still, Duraath make formidable hunters with their keen sense of smell. The Duraath have a very powerful bite, akin to a typical hyena of their size. What the Duraath lack in both strength and speed in comparison to the Lur wolf, they make up for with their terrifying laughter.
Taming a Duraath is a very dangerous process that has become sacred within Akaal. A capable orc is sent into the cave of a Duraath to challenge one. After wrestling it to the floor, the Akaal forces the Duraath’s mouth open and presses their own flesh against their fang, allowing the hyena-like creature to taste their blood. This ritual demonstrates to the Duraath that the Akaal is superior and a worthy rider, binding the two by blood.
However, this ritual does not alone maintain this relationship. The Duraath rider must continue to hunt and feed their Duraath for a time, creating a dependency on the Akaal. The Duraath are needy carnivores who will quickly abandon their uruk if not properly fed. If the Akaal successfully feeds their Duraath for two OOC weeks, the Duraath will be much less likely to turn on their rider. Still, the Akaal must continue to feed their companion or risk them running away.
Duraath are primarily meant for an event setting. Duraath function identically to horses should they be used outside of sanctioned events without OOC consent.
Consent must be granted by the organizer of the event for the Duraath to be used in combat.
Duraath cannot be used in CRP outside of events. This can be overridden if all parties agree.
An exception to the CRP rule is if a third party purposefully attacks the Duraath. Once this occurs, the Duraath may partake in CRP.
If a Duraath is killed in an event, they must be PKed
Legitimate RP MUST accompany the acquiring of a Duraath, while forum posts are not required, they are highly recommended.
Only one Duraath can be owned at a time unless you are breeding them.
Duraath cannot be tamed or ridden by Ologs
After each combat scenario, Duraath will rest for one IRL hour.
Credits: Krunos10 (writer), Panashea (editor), Jihnyny (editor), DrunkPapaBear (editor)