Trials of Ascension

Bartal’s Bestiary – Kindrake

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Kindrakes are small, flying reptiles with serpentine necks, long tails, and delicate wings. Often considered to be “dragons in miniature”, Kindrakes only reach two feet in length from nose to tail-tip and weigh only five pounds. Their light weight is due to the hollow nature of their bones. They are covered in a hide of fine scales that come in a variety of colors, from jewel-tones to a range of metallic shades. The irises of their eyes are always the same color as their scales and their pupils are slit like a cat. Though their scales and teeth are small in size, they are quite sharp and can deal significant injury.

The native range of the elusive kindrakes is unknown. Rumors and sightings of these magnificent creatures pour in from all corners of the continent.

Wild kindrakes are elusive creatures that prefer to avoid conflict and detection by potential predators. The only exception to this are adults defending a nest of their young or an injured mate. In such cases, the adult kindrakes will employ amazing magical abilities to protect their young or mate. These abilities seem to vary based on the color of the kindrake’s scales.

Kindrakes reach maturity at nine months of age, but rarely bond to a mate before their second year. It is estimated that a bonded pair will produce a new clutch of 5-7 eggs roughly every three years. A pair will remain together for the entirety of their lives. If one should die, the remaining kindrake will fall into a state of mourning and pass away shortly after.

Kindrakes that have been tamed by humans bond with their master and will not mate with another kindrake. This trait, combined with their difficulty to capture, make them a high-demand target for the pet trade.

A wild kindrake’s diet consists of a wide variety of insects as well as small mammals, reptiles, and birds. Tamed kindrakes have a special fondness for ocean fish, something their wild brethren cannot access.

Kindrakes are preyed upon by a large range of natural predators based on the territory they occupy. This can include wolves, big cats, bears, raptors, owls, badgers, and snakes.

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