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Eiraghases were completely petrophagous. [...] The creature itself would never harm a fly voluntarily, but its passengers would. After the colossus walked over Nynn and Zano, the teenagers saw more shadows coming out from it's back, and swooping down towards the afraid Arzhraghases. Glowing silhouettes resembling four-winged birds with claws on their wings. Zano and Nynn finally met them again. The Ghinghases, the same creatures that took down the GT-92 some time ago, were back for the sake of the teenagers' bad luck

- Fragment of Expedition, by Dinoman972

Ghinghases (plural for Ghinghase) (Ghinghase tetrapteron) are a hematophagous ghinghasid species native to Gorb Olohya.

Etymology[]

The name Ghinghase was created by the Frento, roughly translating to sky foot from their language. This denomination likely refers to the Ghinghase's clawed wings that serve as legs when they are on the ground, making them resemble feet.

History[]

Ghinghases originated in the satellite Gorb Olohya. The majority of their evolutionary history, like that of most other lifeforms in the satellite, is unknown to this day. However, there is one creature in the planet which, thanks to both morphological, anatomical and genetic research, has proven to be a close relative of the Ghinghase: the Schanobus. It is thought that the two creatures diverged from a common ancestor not too long ago, with Ghinghases taking the role of aerial predators while Schanobi sticked to the niche of land scavengers. Their role to the sapient inhabitants of the moon is unknown.

Ghinghases were one of the main obstacles to Llurebleg explorers Zano Hylera and Nynn Vandar during their expedition to the satellite, with one of the Ghinghases being the cause of the GT-92 crashing, and a flock of them attempting to predate on the young pilots.

Biology[]

Description[]

Ghinghases are rather large creatures, measuring from 3 to 5 meters in wingspan, from 4 to 6 meters in lenght, and from 15 to 30 kilograms in weight. They have a rather slim body with six limbs: four large wings with glowing organs, ending in four claw-like structures; and two small legs. Their tail is long and ends in five thorn-like structures, gropued in a way they look like a fan. Their head is round and has no jaws, but two fang-like structures on it, which are actually proboscides. They have one glowing eye and two sensitory organs resembling antennae. Ghinghases are covered in small structures resembling something halfway between scales and feathers, which are blue and brown-colored.

When they are on the floor, Ghinghases wrap their front wings around their chest, and use their hind wings as front legs, while employing their actual legs as hind limbs. When adopting their "perched" pose, Ghinghases can measure up to around 2 meters in height. Despite usually walking this way, Ghinghases are capable of standing on their hind limbs, usually using this posture to intimidate other members of their species.

There is no sexual dimorphism in the Ghinghase species. Ghinghase cubs lack the glowing structures on their wings, and their claws are much shorter.

Traits and abilities[]

The wings of Ghinghases are muscularily strong, capable of catching Arzhraghases and retaining them in place, and causing damage to spaceships with their claws. They are, however, rather fragile creatures, easily killed if the attack is performed in time due to their lack of body protection. They're also agile fliers, although not extraordinarily fast.

Ghinghases posess thermal vision, which allows them to locate their host and herds of herbivores between the dense mist of the satellite. As it should be expected, they're capable of flight, and their sharp claws can tear through most means of protection their prey have. The "antennae" on their heads can hear the bellow of an Arzhraghase from kilometers away, as well as catching their smell.

Habitat[]

In the monotonous enviroment of Gorb Olohya, Ghinghases have no home to choose but the flatrock plains that, together with a dense bluish mist, cover the whole planet, to which they had to adapt in order to obtain food and water.

Behavior[]

Ghinghases are creatures that live in large flocks that may contain up to 20 individuals. These flocks have a symbiotic relationship with the Eiraghase, another creature from Gorb Olohya. The flocks almost always travel on the back of one of these humongous creatures, which unvoluntarily takes them towards herds of Arzhraghases they later feed upon. In exchange, the bird-like creatures repel their host's parasites, take care of its children, and help it detect its surroundings, as the Eiraghase is blind and needs to be guided by the constant screeching of the Ghinghases. In each flock there are two or three individuals which take the role of guides, flying near the ground emitting loud ghastly calls for the Eiraghase to follow them. When they divise some prey and as such want it to stop, they will emit a much louder sound, which serves to scare the prey at the same time. If one of the Eiraghase's infants grows up and has to leave, the flock will split up and some of the Ghinghases that used to live on the father will leave and start following the now-independent individual.

When a herd of herbivores is located, after the guides emit a loud ghastly screech to cause chaos between the herd, all other Ghinghases will swoop down from the Eiraghase and attack. There will always be at least one guide with the Eiraghase to guide it towards food, make sure it doesn't leave on it's own, and take care of the cubs on its back; thought they will aid the other members in hunting if necessary. When hunting Arzhraghases, Ghinghases will attempt to latch onto them with their claws, screeching and tearing their skin apart to cause pain and distract the victim from the true danger. Then, they will proceed to locate the veins, and impale them with their proboscides in order to suck all the blood inside them, leaving a dry corpse behind. Ghinghase flocks are known to decimate and even completely destroy the largest of Arzhraghase herds when hungry enough.

Ghinghases reach sexual maturity at the age of 5. They don't have a set mating season, and will reproduce at any time of the year. When two male Ghinghases seem interested in the same female, they will try to drive off their rival by standing on their legs and opening their wings widely, in an attempt to intimidate them with the bright lights on their wings. Although its a fairly uncommon event, male Ghinghases are known to fight each other for the same female, sometimes resulting in the death of the loser. Ghinghases don't lay eggs, but give birth to live cubs, being capable of having up to 5 children per litter. Males and females alike take care of their cubs, and sometimes individuals without cubs help other members in the flock take care of theirs. When reaching sexual maturity, most Ghinghases will leave the flock and search for a new one to join, but they might stay with their flock if it isn't too big.

Ecology[]

Ghinghases occupy a middle slot in Gorb Olohya's food chain, being outclassed by more efficient predators, and the massive Eiraghases they "cooperate" with. Their favorite prey are Arzhraghases. Ghinghases have a symbiotic relation with the Eiraghases, making each of the two species important to each other.

It is unknown what role did Ghinghases play towards the Frento, due to the lack of traces about their past. It is very probable that they used to predate them during their early stages of evolution, and started posing a lesser threat as their civilization developed.

Taxonomy[]

Ghinghases have been taxonomically classified as arthrobirds belonging to the Ghinghasidae family. They are currently the only members of their family.

Their binominal name is Ghinghase tetrapteron, with the genus word refering to the creature's name, and the eptihet meaning four-winged in Greek.

Quotes on them[]

Eiraghases were completely petrophagous. [...] The creature itself would never harm a fly voluntarily, but its passengers would. After the colossus walked over Nynn and Zano, the teenagers saw more shadows coming out from it's back, and swooping down towards the afraid Arzhraghases. Glowing silhouettes resembling four-winged birds with claws on their wings. Zano and Nynn finally met them again. The Ghinghases, the same creatures that took down the GT-92 some time ago, were back for the sake of the teenagers' bad luck

- Fragment of Expedition, by Dinoman972

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Behind the Scenes[]

  • Ghinghases have gone through some drastical design changes since their existence was planned. Their original concept consisted in dog-like creatures with spinning, propeller-like limbs that helped them hover. They were later reconcepted as strange creatures with radial symmetry, resembling floating living spheres. After both designs were found absurd, the Ghinghase was reworked once more into the vaguely bird-like creature it is now.
  • Ghinghases were originally going to have five eyes, but they weren't implemented in the creation due to complexity issues.
    • For the same reason, the wings on the flying version of the Ghinghase only have three claws. The front wings in the perched version lack the fourth claw as well due to problems when rotating it.
    • Again due to complexity, the legs of Ghinghases consist simply of claw parts, distant from their original concept.

Other Trivia[]

  • Due to the light sources on their wings, the silhouettes of Ghinghases between the mist might be mistaken with aggresive spaceships by unexperienced explorers.
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