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AppearanceEdit

The Fordanta are carnivorous, bipedal reptilians noted for having four arms. The first pair of arms end in clawed, four-digit hands with opposable thumbs. The second pair end in long blades made from elongated nails. Their legs have two knee joints, one bending to the front, the other bent backwards. These allow the Fordanta to put more energy into their leaps and strides, making them far swifter than most of their competition on Forda. The legs end in raptor-like claws, which become continually harder and sharper over the years until the point where a stray kick to the head can cause severe brain damage if not a complete breach of the brain cavity and subsequent death. To add to this lethal array, the Fordanta have long, muscular tails that end in spines similar to those in the fringe on their head. These tail spines are used to prevent opponents from attacking the Fordanta from behind, as well as being used from time to time to attack targets in front, often to exploit a momentary weakness in the opponent's defence.

AnatomyEdit

SkinEdit

Fordan skin is covered in hard scales which protrude slightly from the skin, allowing them to slide over each other when moving at high speeds. The scales are not notably strong, but are sufficient to protect the Fordanta from the native predators of their home planet (well, the ones that used to be there, they're all dead now). The scales exhibit chameleoline qualities (changing colour) that allow them to blend into the surroundings while hunting.

DietEdit

Simply put, the Fordanta are carnivorous. They possess multi-stage digestive systems similar to those found in bovines, except these systems allow them to digest everything from flesh and fat to bone and nail. This does leave the Fordanta unable to eat plant matter though, and consuming too much will cause their stomachs to block, often resulting in death. The main food source of the Fordanta is a domesticated creature also native to Forda, often called a 'Talon beast.'

An interesting feature of the Fordanta's digestive system is the ability to strip sections of DNA from the cells of creatures they have eaten. They are then able to (with dificulty) recode the DNA in their egg cells to incorporate superior genes from other creatures. Simply put, the Fordanta have become the strongest because they ate the strongest.

A less useful quirk of the Fordanta's digestive tract is the inability to digest elements of cooked meat. The stomach enzymes of the Fordanta are suited to digesting protien chains from raw meat, and cannot handle the protiens if they are cooked.

MusculatureEdit

Compared to creatures of similar size, the Fordanta are extremely strong and fast. This is because of the special construction of their muscles, which in unscientific terms squash up when contracting to provide even more pulling power. These muscles are quite large and heavy, however they are also very dense. These muscles are capable of exerting a force comparable to entire limbs of some species. The Fordanta's large frame supports three such biceps. Each muscle in the Fordan's body bar the heart is the same, both more numerous and more powerful, with a final muscle power multiple times that of an average creature of the same body mass. When all the muscles in the leg operate at maximum potential, such as during the barely suppressed adrenaline rush of the hunt, a Fordanta is capable of sprinting around 60 metres in a few seconds. Such events are rare, though, and require the Fordanta to practically leap with every step, head low to the ground. The highest vertical jump recorded by a Fordanta is about 28 metres, traveling around 9 metres horizontally.

Weaponry (Natural)Edit

The first weapon frequently noticed in Fordan physiology is their significant natural strength. Fordan Warriors have been known to kill or incapacitate enemies merely by punching them, the force of the impact causing internal bleeding and organ damage even if it doesn't penetrate armour outright. As mentioned before, a spine is found on the top of the Fordanta's tail, although this spine is surrounded by clusters of poison glands. These glands can synthesize two poisons; an acidic substance launched at the opponent for a quick attack, and a nerve toxin that is secreted over the tail spine. Naturally, the Fordanta are immune to both these poisons. The Fordanta also possess a fringe of spines protruding from the back of the head. Females feature five short spines, while males sport two long, curved spines. This feature is the primary method of differentiation between males and females.

Teeth and JawsEdit

The Fordanta share several features with various reptiles found on Earth. Like several species of snake, the Fordanta are able to unhinge their jaws, so that they can swallow some prey whole if in a hurry. This is rarely done, however, as it takes considerable amounts of time to digest whole food. Their jaws are also very powerful, and this force cannot be unleashed without caution, as the Fordanta can shatter their own teeth when there is insufficient resistance from the meal.

Fordan teeth are sharp cutting blades just like carnivorous species on planet Earth. Their teeth are mostly uniform in size however, not featuring the prominent incisors noted on many carnivores. Despite this, though, the Fordanta still have huge teeth, 10-15cm in length, which are serrated at the back to prevent the meal from breaking free. Because of this tooth type the Fordanta are unable to chew, instead tearing off pieces of flesh with their hands before eating, or using their teeth to tear the food. These teeth also make it difficult to consume plants, although with their diet the Fordanta do not consume plants at all unless it is unavoidable, and even then the Fordanta would prefer to just find a hive of insects or the like to sustain themselves.

Poison GlandsEdit

Situated in the tail, the Fordanta's poison glands consist of several main chambers depending on their role. Most of these chambers are given over to producing various neurotoxins and paralytics used to incapacitate enemies. There are also chambers that produce antidotes to said poisons, and these can also be secreted over the tail blade to cure accidentally poisoned allies.

Bloodline Variance Edit

Ce'So'Va Edit

Translation: "They who curse the ground they walk on."

The Ce'So'Va bloodline was developed on the principle of physical strength and combat prowess. Most of the changes noticed are related to size and strength of muscles, however there are also significant hormonal changes documented in most members of the bloodline.

Compared to a pureblood Fordanta, a Ce'So'Va is taller by about a foot on average. Most of this change in size is proportional, however the Ce'So'Va also exhibit broader shoulders and a larger torso than other Fordanta. It is also common for Ce'So'Va to be forced into a stoop by this additional mass, causing them to hunch over forward slightly.

Ce'So'Va also exhibit significant behavioural changes. Notably, members of the bloodline are known to have much greater capacity for concentration and focus than other Fordanta. The most commonly known example of this focus is the infamous "Ce'So'Va Bloodrage," which is considered to be one of the hallmarks of the bloodline. All Ce'So'Va are capable of adopting this state, however its exact nature differs based on the Fordanta's role.