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Winged and whirring, those forms grew larger each moment, and the traveller knew his stumbling was at an end. They were not any birds or bats known elsewhere on earth or in dreamland, for they were larger than elephants and had heads like a horse's. Carter knew that they must be the Shantak-birds of ill rumour, and wondered no more what evil guardians and nameless sentinels made men avoid the boreal rock desert.

- Quote from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, by H.P. Lovecraft

Shantak-birds, also known simply as shantaks, are a large flying wyvern species native to the Dreamlands. They originated in the novella The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, by the famous writer H.P. Lovecraft.

History[]

Not much is known about Shantaks' past. Chances are they either evolved in the ecosystem of the Dreamlands naturally or were created by the Great Ones.

Biology[]

Physical description[]

Shantaks are large creatures, measuring up to 8 meters long (~26 feet) and 4 meters tall (~13 feet), but weighing only around 700 kilograms (~1543 pounds). Their skin is scaly and slimy, with a slightly pale brown color. Their head is reminiscent of a horse's skull, but spikier and with sharper teeth, along with small, reptilian eyes. Their body is quite slim and posesses a long tail ending in a sting. Shantak-birds have four distinguishable limbs: two forelimbs ending in two-digit claws and posessing a sharp spur on the leg; and two large, bat-like wings. They also posses two fin-like structures in the place its hind limbs should be, suggesting they are actually vestigial legs, or legs in development: thus increasing the limb count to six.

Habitat[]

Shantak-birds inhabit the Dreamlands; more specifically, the region known as Plateau of Leng or Cold Waste, near the city Kadath.

Behavior[]

Shantaks haven't been sighted in their natural habitat too often, so their diet is a mystery. Their sharp teeth suggest they are carnivores, but their large size and the lack of abundant prey in the Cold Waste point towards a rather herbivorous diet. Shantaks usually live in large flocks of up to 12 individuals, but some specimens live by their own instead. When summoned by someone who follows the Outer Gods, the Shantak-bird will stop doing whatever business it is with and come to their call, serving as mount for the henchmen. When found by non-followers, Shantaks might act docile and let them ride it; however, they are known to betray these "pagan riders", taking them to Azatoth, where they meet their doom.

Ecology[]

Shantaks probably occupy a high niche in the ecosystem, due to their large size. It is known they are outclassed by the Night-gaunts, who hunt them for the deity Nodens. Since it's diet is still unknown, there is no specification on which beings serve as food for Shantaks.

Shantak serve as mount for those who follow the Outer Gods.

Taxonomy[]

Shantaks have been taxonomically classified as western dragons belonging to the Wyverdae family.

Their binominal name is Hippocephalus lengensis, with the genus name meaning horse head in greek, and the epithet refering to their homeland: the Plateau of Leng.

Quotes on them[]

Winged and whirring, those forms grew larger each moment, and the traveller knew his stumbling was at an end. They were not any birds or bats known elsewhere on earth or in dreamland, for they were larger than elephants and had heads like a horse's. Carter knew that they must be the Shantak-birds of ill rumour, and wondered no more what evil guardians and nameless sentinels made men avoid the boreal rock desert.

- Quote from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, by H.P. Lovecraft

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Behind the Scenes[]

  • Shantak used to have a feet part added by Dark Injection. It was later changed by two horn parts and one invisible foot to make it look better.

Other trivia[]

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