The original term for Raptorels, Khladeria, was created by the Frento, and likely refers to Khladerus Range, a mountain range in the planet also named by the Frento, which is a popular nesting spot for Raptorels. Not much is known about the etymology of the range.
The common name for the creature, Raptorel, was created and is mainly used within the New Gods Empire. It is derived from the words rapto, meaning bird of prey in Franglish, and orel, meaning butcher. The name points out the Raptorels being similar to Earth's birds of prey, as well as their violent ways of hunting and killing their prey. Rapteio, the Solariean word for the creature, was likely derived from Raptorel.
The Llurebleg word for the animal, vargo, roughly translates to hammer in Banarian. This name likely refers to the Raptorel's large and strong beak, which they use to crush their victims to death, in a way somewhat analogous to a sledgehammer.
The homeplanet and only home for Raptorels is Xuz Fareh. Besides their predatory niche in the ecosystem, Raptorels haven't caused any important role in history as of now.
Raptorels are large creatures, with a wingspan of nearly 3 meters (~10 feet) and a weight that oscillates between 40 and 50 kilograms (~88-110 pounds).
Raptorels posess long bulky beaks with spikes on them, and a small, protuberant feather at the top of the head. They have large, feathered wings and medium-sized, strong legs with clawed, bony bird feet. Their tail is short and consists of a bunch of solid feathers. Their feathers are white and bright orange.
It's hard to differentiate male and female Raptorels, but it should be noted that the first ones have slighly larger spikes on their beak.
Traits and abilities
Raptorels are quite strong physically, with most of their muscular strenght being in their legs, which allow them to carry much larger animals, and their beak, with which they scrunch through tough skin and even cause damage to the bones. They are, however, very fragile, as they have no protection other than their feathers. They aren't exceptionally fast or agile flyers, but are rather slow and clumsy on land.
The Raptorel's main weapon is their strong beak, which as said before, can easily penetrate several means of protection in order to kill a prey and feed on it. Their claws aren't too sharp, with their feet serving the purpose of carrying a victim rather than being used as weapons.
Raptorels inhabit a wide amount of environments, from vast grasslands and forests to swamps and mountains. This adaptability allows them to survive in the case one of their hunting grounds is affected by civilizations (AKA the Llurebleg) or other predators (eg.: if a species is overhunted and goes extinct in that area), since they can easily move to other ecosystems and sustain themselves there.
Raptorels are omnivorous animals, though they prefer meat over vegetables. Raptorels hunt in packs with up to eight individuals, butu usually consisting of just five. They raid medium-sized herbivore herds (eg: Grinklers), grabbing them with their claws and taking them alive. Then, they proceed to either mercylessly crush them with their beaks or drop them from heights (though this technique is risky, as the prey might be stolen by other flying predators, like Aerocauls and other Raptorels) in order to kill them. Should they attack larger flying prey (Aerocauls and Wistompt, for example), Raptorels will use a different strategy: they will swarm on the individual (in case the target is alone) and attack from all sides until the victim is mortally wounded or exausted, thus falling to the ground ready to be eaten. Raptorels in a same pack don't usually fight between them for food, unless there isn't enough for everyone; they will, however, defend their prey furiously from other packs. If they can't find enough prey, Raptorels will either feed on fruits to complete their diet, fight between them for prey or move to another area with enough resources for their survival.
Raptorels, unlike other animals in the planet, do have a mating season. It occurs during the third Xuz Fahrean month, when Raptorels start looking for a mate. It is unknown what traits make Raptorels attactive for each other, but the most widely accepted theory implies that the spikes on their snout are what makes the creatures attractive to the other sex. After mating, Raptorel couples will usually travel to mountain areas to lay their eggs and take care of their hatchlings there until these turn 1 year old, the year when they become sexually mature and become independent. During this time, they will take turns to go hunt in the surroundings, never leaving their nest alone. If food is scarce, Raptorels might go as far as raiding other's nests and killing their chicks in order to feed theirs. When a Raptorel infant is fully grown, it might stay with the flock its parents belonged to, but is more likely to leave and look for another one. Unlike several Terran birds, Raptorel couples are not monogamous, and individuals will look for a new temporary couple every year.
Raptorels are predators that are located in the middle of the food chain of their planet, rivaling with the Stroths and Aerocauls, and outclassed by predators like Wildcarnagers, Fontis and Jawwhorls. Some of their prey include young Grinklers, Aerocauls and, before their civilization started, the Llurebleg. After the latter developed their civilization and sat over them in the food chain, the Raptorels stopped hunting them as often, though they still raid cities and feed on the citizens occasionally (if they manage to surpass the security system, that is).
Also, due to their large spiked beak, it was initally speculated they could be related to the Wildcarnagers; however, the latter's wings aren't suitable for flight, while Raptorels have large wings useful for flying and even fight other creatures in mid-air. Additionally, the Wildcarnager has three internal beaks and a external one, while the Raptorel only has one external beak.
The Raptorel's binominal name is Yperochoraptor tromerokoryfi. The genus name means large prey bird in greek, while the epithet means formidable beak in the same language.
There are no known important Raptorels.
- Forgotten Sacrifice: Vos mentions a Raptorel having cracked the hull of the Solariean explorers' ship. Raptorels likely were amongst the species catalogued by the crew as well.
- Project Fidne: Daraunte III mentions Raptorels.
- A Hard Deal: Some Raptorels inspect Corono's Zork after his arrival. Later in the story, flocks of Raptorels fly over Cyner escaping a descended Garko.
Quotes on them
“Stupid things cracked the hull!”
Behind the Scenes
- Their name comes from the word raptor, which is often used to design prey birds.
- The Raptorel originally had many jaws inside its main beak and no small feather on it's head. The first trait was deleted from the final creature, since the many beaks were one of the Wildcarnager's signature features.
None for now