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Vanara are bipedal semiaquatic, draconic reptiles standing about 2'10 to 3'8 fet on average. They have scaly skin covering their body and scutes along their back. Vanara have three clawed hands with opposable thumbs for holding and manipulating objects. Their heads are dominated by large jaws with slashing teeth, large sensitive ears, four eyes (one set side facing 180 vision and another set forward facing for depth perception), and two jagged horns. Vanara have noticeable tail fins which along with their lung capacity makes them proficient swimmers and vestigial wings on their back with three claws that can be used to assist in climbing.
The Vanara are native to the planet of Alastar, a planet covered in shallow seas with the only land being numerous islands with semi-arid and tropical savanna climate. The Vanara evolved upon these islands to live in the dry forests and thorn woodlands. They evolved to live up in tree tops to avoid larger predators but could also flee out sea and swim away if need be (though they could not go far). After the lost of their homeworld generations of nomadic living in space has left the Vanara ill suited to live on planets and now most clamber through the tight and labyrinthine corridors of ships and orbital habitats.
Being a sentient race of civilization builders Vanara are far removed from the natural ecology of their homeworld. The Vanara themselves though evolved as fairly successful arboreal, pack hunters able to take down prey items substantially larger then themselves via group and persistence hunting. They primarily feed upon fairly standard sized group dwelling herbivores, but occasionally snacked on large bugs, fish, and carrion. Still the Vanara often times found themselves prey upon by much larger ground dwelling carnivores and the occasional sea predator.. As they developed tool making they were soon able to turn the tables on many of the creatures of their homeworld and become apex predators themselves.
Vanara are capable of breathing fire through a complex mechanism that starts with two glands located in their mouths that spray volatile oils at their prey. These oils are ignited by a secondary set of jaws that snap closed the moment the glands start ejecting oils. The teeth of these secondary jaws have flint like properties that generates sparks which ignite the oils. These jaws also seal off the Vanara's throat to prevent a back draft of flame down the throat and the moment they seal off the glands cease ejecting oil and retreat into the mouth to avoid being burned. This process spits a glob of burning oil at prey that sticks and burns them. This is not meant to kill the prey through burning it to death but rather to cause it intense pain to frighten it into running and to screw up heat regulation so that the prey uses more energy trying to flee and overheats suffering hyperthermia quicker. Combined with Vanara persistence hunting and slashing teeth and claws designed to inflict wounds that bleed heavily allows Vanara to kill their prey very quickly through blood loss, shock, and heat exhaustion.
Vanara are social and matriarchal creatures that form social groups composed of a dominant female and her mate with several generations of previous offspring making up the rest of the pack. The pack works together to help rear young and hunt for food. Vanara evolved as persistence hunters who would ambush their prey from the trees and use their fire breath to force they prey to flee and exhaust it with intense pain and heat. They then would chase the prey from the trees harassing it with deep slashes from claws and teeth to increase shock and trauma, and inflict rapid blood loss. Vanara adolescences will stay with their parents until a new born clutch is able to hunt with the rest of the pack, at this point the oldest generation will leave their parents to make way for the younger generation and start a pack of their own. Generally about two generations of young will stay with their parents at a time. Vanara are hypermonogomus and if one partner dies that other with not find another mate.
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“When I first encountered the Vanara, I thought them savage and destructive. But now, having fought alongside them, and seen their culture, I see they are a group worthy of respect and honor, more so then most others.”
“For all its laws and energies and materials, so predictable yet so chaotic, the beings born of this three-dimensional space continue to defy expectation. Such potent defiance is to be made useful in achieving Symmetry, shaped and nurtured like seeds in the rich soil of reality to become precise needles in weaving the final Pattern.”
“The Vanara have been allies of the Volver for almost two generations now. Their ingenuity, intelligence, and quick-footing are an inspiration to many of us.”
- Theme - Elder Recess Theme
- The Vanara is based off Godzilla and Kobolds from D&D.
- Gorzill did not create the artwork for Vanara image, that was the work of another artist.