The faunadex contains all the info you need to know about any fauna you might see out in the universe, including info about what they look like, where they tend to live, and how likely they are to eat all your crew members.
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These large "hounds" serve as fairly common pets to drakons- covered in spikes hard enough to deter even bullet damage and boasting taloned feet for capturing prey. Their hide is softer on their sides, legs, and bellies, with the black spiracles being especially vulnerable. They use these spiracles to breathe, as the nostrils on their heads are too narrow to provide sufficient oxygen to their lungs. To prevent damage to this extremely soft, vital area via airborne particles, aedelweard hounds owned by drakons will likely have these spiracles covered with some sort of protection. They developed their hard, spiky armor as defense against the dragons of Lairus, which attack from above.
A sizable dolphin-esque creature, measuring around 6-and-a-half feet long from snout to tail, and about a foot around. The upper half of their body comes in a variety of shades of blue and purple, tending more towards softer, pastel shades. Their lower half is typically pale, and often white, especially in their belly.
Alpha porpoise have a pair of eyes on either side of their head and a mouth full of pointy rending teeth for eating. Their most distinguishing feature is, of course, the alpha symbol that dominates the front of their face, though it easily mistaken for a simple "A".
A small creature similar to a wasp or bee, except blue, and covered with fine yellow marking. It has a small head with two pairs of narrow yellow eyes, and a quartet of wings on it's back. It's most prominent feature is its large stinger, which it uses to feed and fight with.
A large hulking blue cyclops, whos singular black and violet eye is off centered in their hammer shaped head, typically to it's right, but sometimes to it's left. Their power arms have three digits apiece, two fingers and a thumb, and their double jointed elphantine legs, have a mere two toes to them. Their skin is various dull shades of blue, the most common being a light sky blue, but darker azures are not unheard of. Their body is decorated with stripes which vary in color and design from.
The blood mantis is a large 8 foot tall mantis with extremely large claws which it uses to swipe and rip open prey. The blood mantis is named after its deep red hue, which makes it blend perfectly with the red plants on its home world. The blood mantis has been picked up and transported around the universe to be used as guards, this usual ends horribly for all parties unless the blood mantis is perfectly trained, and even then blood mantises are likely to go feral without reinforcement training.
The butterfly, despite its innocent sounding name, is actually a larger, more terrifying and deadly version of its more innocent counterpart. At its tallest, a butterfly typically stands at about 7 feet tall, and its back is a mixture of dull greys, which allow the butterfly to camouflage itself when it rests. Its front half is a mish-mash of greys, browns, and reds, while its insectoid eyes are always some shade of crimson. The inside pattern for their two sets of wings also tend to follow the same color pattern for the front half of its body, however, the colors are scattered about the wings in a way that resembles a splatter painting.
A small arthropod that about two feet high and around three and a half feet long at the longest. The caborhund's body is divided into three segments, which feature overlapping carapace plates, and end with a prominent upswing at the hind-quarters. Caborhunds have six insectoid legs, attached in pairs off the side of each segment.
Most of the caborhund's size is dominated by it's prodigious head, which takes up around a third or a fourth of the creature's total size. This head is largely dominated by it's large, white eyes, which are all but completely blind.
Castrignises are most often described as cloaked humanoid figures covered in shadow. Their most prominent and recurring feature between storytellers is their large toothy grin and excited expression. Their faces are pitch-black with bright eyes. They have long and slender arms with 3-fingered claws. They rarely use these limbs. Apart from this, details vary. Most castrignises are dark-colored, but some can be lighter shades of red or blue.
Chamomeleons are native to the sparse green areas found on the Kuppa homeworld. Over their entire body, they take on the colors and patterns of the environment around them. This Mimicry happens rather quickly. They are small, often green, with a broad belly. Their arms and legs resemble the end of a tree branch, or a bent tube. They have flat bent feet ending in tiny claws. Their eyes are mostly covered in rough skin, so they are easy to camouflage. The pupils are black and tiny. Their head sports a large protrusion, also covered in their natural camouflage. Their tails are long and naturally curl around.
Cloud-gulpers are huge, bulbous creatures that are lighter-than-air. They have vast gas bladders filled with hydrogen enabling them to float, elevating them above most danger. They have sail-like tails and large flaps of skin, along their sides, allowing for directional control. Coloration varies by environment, but all have undersides colored for camoflague against the sky. Their jaws are like a cross between a snake's and a whale's, stretching out and then simply being held open to trap anything caught within in a fine mesh of fibers.
Cratics are capture creatures, and thus were specifically bred by notails to be ideal for taking care of notail children once they’re set out into the forest to fend for themselves. As such, they have a number of features that help them train X and S class notails to be productive members of notail society.
Cratics are conditioned to see the notails given to them as their children, and so treat them the same way they would treat their own young.
Davarons at first glance look like strange black cloaks, suspended in the air by a mysterious force. On the "inside" of davarons, which is just like the inside of a regular cloak there are thousands of tiny sharp black teeth that are capable of elongating to up to three feet long, and seem to change size only while attacking prey. They have no eyes, no mouths, no anything really, other than teeth, and as such it is unknown how they navigate. They are capable of moving it's entire body quite rapidly, lunging through the air at high speeds at its prey.
A much-feared predatory plant, the drop flower, also called an imitating headcrusher, is made up of an array of of thick square leaves covered in teeth arranged around a central square body, with several spiked mandibles inside. It also possesses a number of fleshy long tentacles which protrude from this central body.
These leaves can close with great force, forming a boxlike structure with tentacles protruding through gaps and from the top, which is usually around the head of a victim.
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The eisenian worm, also known as the eisenian fruitworm, are a group of legless long creatures, about as wide around as a drainpipe, and made out of a very tough substance. It has a ring of eyes around a circular mouth filled with a complex cutting and slicing array of teeth, which it simply rams into food to eat. It can stretch up to two feet in width when consuming food.
The body itself is made up of a page number of short armoured segments. The worm grows very rapidly after eating by extruding more segments from its end, which harden to be the same as the others rapidly.
Eyegrets are tall birds with white feathers, long necks, long legs, and an even longer tail covered in white scales. Although they are quite large and have an impressive wingspan, this isn’t their most striking feature; the most immediately noticeable thing about eyegrets is in fact the number of eyes they have. There are two on either side of their head, as with most bird-like creatures, as well as three along each side of their neck, three on each wing, and ten all along their tail for a total of twenty-four.
Eyesaurs, while looking somewhat like a feline, are reptilian. Their feet end in hoof-like points, have long tails, pointed teeth, and spiral markings on their head. Their one eye is on the side of their tail. They come in shades of blue, with the spirals mostly being orange. Their snouts are rather short, and they are always seen with their mouth open, making sounds that vaguely resemble humming.
A small ball of fluffy fur that comes in a wide variety of pastel colors. While it's hard to see through the fluffy fur, they do in fact have a body and an uncountable amount of tiny legs. They have two bulbous red eyes. This mainly describes their docile cute state. When they've decided to attack, their eyes shrink down and they reveal a massive jaw filled with tiny pointy teeth which they eagerly use to rend and maim their chosen prey.
From far away, they appear to be an extremely large snake, but with closer inspection, fungal snakes are a mass colony of mushrooms and molds forming together to make a large, slithering body. These colonies are tightly rooted together, tightening and contracting to simulate muscle so that it may have mobility. The head of the snake is the main control system of the entire colony, if one were to behead it the entire body will fall apart, however attempting to decapitate a fungal snake is a feat that not even some of the sharpest tools can accomplish due to the high density of mushrooms that make up it's flesh.
A largish centipede-esque creature anywhere from 2 to 3 feet long, Though some decidedly uncommon examples are even longer, with the longest recorded specimen being 6 feet long. Gildipede's bodies are divided into at least 14 segments, each with 2 attached legs, longer specimens obviously have more segments and more legs.
The gildipede's head is triangular, with 5 yellow eyes. They have a wide toothy grin filled hundreds of sharp, golden teeth. Their most distinctive feature is their shiny golden carapace, a result of their unusual diet. Gildipedes eat gold and incorporate it into their carapace. A particularly well fed gildipede can resemble a golden statue of itself.
Goblins are short creatures with large, sinister, toothy grins. Most describe them to be 'bat-like' in appearance, as between their arms, legs, and digits is a thin skin membrane that allows them to glide short distances between trees. Their arms are extremely long and bony, and they use them to ambulate, as their legs have evolved to be small and near useless except for gripping branches. Goblins also have a short, rat like tails, and two 'fins' on their heads that help the goblin make sharp turns while in flight.
A colossal frog-like creature at least 20 feet tall and similarly as wide. Much of its immensity is taken by it's massive maw and vocal sac, the latter expanding to ludicrous sizes when the creature bellows its loud croaking noise. The froad has a single pair of fairly large eyes, that are generally a pale yellow color.
Its skin is mostly a dark swampy green color and covered in warts in various places. Its belly is mostly unblemished and a lighter shade of green than the rest of it's body.
At first glance a bloater appears to be a bulbous lumpy mass of decaying, sickly gray flesh, roughly 3 feet across. Their skin is greasy and covered in sores, seeping noxious fluids from their pores. It reveals its true form when it detects potential prey, springing up into a tall lanky monster, with long spindly limbs. They have large hands with six digits, and large feet with four.
Bloats seemingly don't have a neck, simply transition from bulbous torso to a bloated head with a wide jagged frown, wide narrow eyes, that in a moment open into large sickly yellow spheres withing their grotesque skulls.
Many would describe the gwech as fairly unattractive, much to the dismay of long time gwech owners. Gweches are a long lizard like creatures, with purplish skin, with sparse amounts of hairs on them, a remnant from when they were coated in hair. Despite looking extremely lizard like the gwech is not a lizard and in fact makes its own heat. The gwech has five pairs of limbs which start off purple but suddenly turn black, commonly having a few stripes before this. Even though a gwech has five limbs it can function just fine with two pairs. The extra limbs are both backups in case it is attacked, as well as emergency rations.
A translucent, squishy and boneless sea critter with a mushroom-like cap that grows to a size of six inches by six inches with twelve to sixteen tendrils drooping from the circumference of the cap's underside that reach one-and-a-half feet in length. Jollyfish can be colorless or can come in shades of yellow, green, teal, violet or pink depending on subspecies.
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Kirkland's Water Owl is a large waterfowl with a wingspan of 6 feet and a bluish mane. These manes help them cover up precocious water owls to hide from competing water owls who may wish to steal their offspring, and also to keep young water owls warm and protected from strong island gusts. These manes also play prominently in post-nesting bathing ceremonies (sometimes called "Bath Parties"). Kirkland's Water Owl is not actually classified as an owl; instead it is a 'bear-goose'.
Looksies are large disembodied floating eyeballs. The come in a fairly wide range of sizes, from half a foot, to nearly two, but most are found at about one foot or so. They have anywhere from three to seven tentacles that sprout from their backside, which generally just trail off behind them or hang under them. These tentacles can be used for physical tasks, but they're very weak, and thus ill suited for that sort of thing.
They are white, and their irises come in essentially every color of the rainbow except red or violet. Their most peculiar attribute is their fondness for small accessories, such as hats, ties, and the like, and it's rare to find one isn't wearing something.
A strange, slightly amorphous creature that resembles something between a tadpole and a jellyfish. It's body is a gelatinous sack filled with fluid, that bulges at the "head" about 5 inches around, tapering down into a tail that ends with bulges out into a small ball of material. Their body is slightly transparent, and within can be seen a thin cartilaginous bone that runs down their tail, as well as their glowing core.
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A magneto-horzz doesn't act significantly different from a typical horse. They enjoy galloping, eating, mating, all that good stuff. They tend to be more prideful and stubborn than most horses, but as a consequence make all the more loyal companions.
Mallons are large rodent-like creatures with long ears and thick, greasy fur that comes in every shade between cream and deep brown. They have a row of frills on their backs and a cluster of frills at the base of their ears, as well as long tails that end in a fan formed of frills of the same type. Mallons are incredibly fast, able to run at high speeds, and have sharp claws on all four of their paws.
A mess of an animal. Has a horselike upper body with three arms, froglike legs, a bright mohawk mane of thin, needlelike leaves that look like hair, and a shrublike covering of leaves made of cartilage. Multiple red, yellow or green apple-looking pustules are produced from the bush. Meg born in areas with poor soil sulfur will have greener eggs.
A round, spider-like mammal with three fuzzy legs. Mormites have small, sharp teeth and three squiddly, straw tongues that they use to drink water. Mormites vary from dark black to lighter black. They are completely blind and navigate their world with fur-like feelers all around their bodies. They hate having these feelers drenched because it greatly hinders their ability to sense predators. During rains, Mormites seek shelter by flattening themselves and crawling under bushes/benches. They can jump up to four feet in height.
In order to understand the mycats, you have to understand that that it may not be your pet, but it is rather a parasite, or even something worse.
Describing a mycat is an extremely difficult task, since one mycat can look like several different things to several different people. It is extremely common for a person to see a mycat as an old pet, and said person may treat it as such.
A large purple whale-like creature, rougly 30' around and 70' long, with a purple underbelly and two sets of fins along it's sides. It's bulbous front tapers off to it's tail, which ends in four additional fins. It has six eyes positioned in two clusters of three on either side of it's large head. Omega bass have numerous purple stripes and markings along their body, including it's distinct, namesake omega symbol that dominates the front of it's head.
Exactly what the label describes, Ominous floating hands are a humanoid-like hand with 4 fingers that ends at the wrist. It is currently unknown how, but floating hands can fly about in almost any environment, seemingly unaffected by the vacuum of space or toxic atmospheres. Some may wear a glove, all attempts of trying to trace the origin of the gloves recovered from floating hands have come up inconclusive.
Wickedly sharp hooves click against the concrete, their front tapered to such a fine point that it seems evident as to what natural weapon has become the creature’s best method of attack. Never mind the spur that juts out from behind; the finely-polished keratin of preltyas hooves are clearly suited for stamping and tearing both.
Primarily equine in anatomy, a preltyas can be most easily described as akin to a pegasus. With two pairs of eyes and three pairs of legs, these predators aren't likely something one would want to cross with.
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A rootlet can closely resemble a few different root vegetables including turnips, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, onions, and beets. They have very sharp teeth that can and will dig into flesh whenever possible. Rootlets are typically at most one foot tall, including the stem. They are very often confused for normal vegetables, but still taste great in a salad or stew.
A shambling mess has no outer skeleton or epidermis. They are a mass of varying organs suspended in a gooey suspension, which moves through pumplike contractions of the suspension against the air to propel itself forward. Each individual has an indeterminate amount and type of organs. Parts of these organs begin growing according to need, and are completed and reproduced by individuals combining different growing or dying/damaged parts of organs together when they hug to transfer some organs around. A shambling mess can get very big if they gain enough organs.
Shleep look similar to sheep at first glance, but they have multiple differences from actual sheep. Shleep are very very fluffy, to the point where they seem to be just fluff. Their wool is extremely airy, and it is almost possible to go right through it as if it were nothing. Their wool is a greenish white, with small flecks of bright green. They have thin tails that are almost like a rat's tail. The tip of their tail is covered in wool that is extremely similar to the wool on its body. Their eyes are almost always some shade of green, though they are rarely seen as their eyes are almost always closed. The females have large branch-like horns, while the males are lacking in these. The males, however, are often way fluffier and slightly larger than the females. They have cat like paws instead of hooves.
Space bears look like giant bears. They excrete a trasparant, spherical film from the base of their necks around their head to protect their face from space debris, this film resembles a fish bowl.
It resembles a perfectly ordinary llama, albeit if llamas came in just about every color of the rainbow. They are mostly seen in shades of red, but nobody's certain if that's not just the same llama seen with unbearable frequency.
The infamous stakil is rather well known for their two distinct appearances. While sneaking up on prey or otherwise not fighting, they look incredibly cute, and are often mistaken as harmless by unwary crew members. They appear to have four legs, and a small head with beady eyes. In this form they only stand about three feet high.
Stellar drakes are immense creatures, coated in remnants of the superheated plasma that comprises their sole dietary resource, stars. It is believed that stellar drakes lay eggs within the stars they consume, and that the hatchlings emerge only after eating and growing to adulthood, as no one has ever seen a young stellar drake. Although they are otherwise passive creatures, stellar drakes tend to accumulate in swarms, descending upon stars en masse.
Tentiders are extremely large creatures who are unable to fend for themselves and thus have formed a mutual relationship with notails. Notails hunt, and then use a large stick to bring up food for the tentider, the tentider in response does absolutely nothing, as tentiders do. There's nothing a tentider needs to do other than dig its legs into the ground and exist.
A tentider can either be canopy tent style, or if it digs its legs all the way down it becomes a traditional tent. It's hold on the ground can survive fairly mild breezes, but in extreme weather the tentider might fly off if not careful.
The common thorn head is a large hooved, and horse-like creature. The thorn head has small scales on the upper half of its body, while having tough large plated scales on the lower half. The thorn head's smaller scales are an iridescent blue while the larger scales are a light blue, quite close to white. The tail of the thorn head is fairly flat and ends with spikes at the tip to bash surprise attackers.
There seems to be no mouth to a thorn head to people who are unfamiliar with them, the head looking like nothing but an unusable mass of flesh covered in spikes.
Tohitas are a type of small flying insect, similar to the common butterfly. They have a pair of triangular wings and a cluster of tiny legs around a small body at the base. These wings are thick and crunchy, and a bright shade of yellow.
Tohitas preen themselves regularly, producing a thin dust. This dust contains chemicals used by the tohitas as a mating display, and which have a strong smell and taste enjoyed by many species. The dust builds up on their wings until mating season, when it is wafted off in order to attract mates in huge, yellow-orange clouds which can be seen from space due to the swarming nature of the insect.
Huge creatures with tar colored fur and a remarkably flat face outside its tremendous nose. Its face is generally covered by its long hair, covering its two small eyes and the many small tendrils on the bottom of its head used to break up chunks of coal for eating. It's thick hide and dense fur keep it protected from most pests, and serve to keep heat in the trainhemoth. Internally, the trainhemoth burns the coal and uses the heat to provide energy.
The trainhemoth moves using its eight stubby legs to carry it from place to place, and to dig through the ground.
Although twachis are classed as capture creatures, they are quite different from most in that they are not a creature at all, instead a robot kit containing a box-like “head” that can be opened to reveal a terminal for modifying its behavior, and a number of parts that be attached to it in a variety of ways. The exact parts depend on the kit, but generally all include a set of weak arms fit for precision work, a set of stronger arms better suited to blunt force, and at least two sets of legs, in addition to whatever other attachments that particular kit might have. Some twachis contain blocks that can be attached so it can be used as a mount, others have attachments that let it be programmed to sit by water and close a trap every time it senses a certain number of fish, etc.
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When normal citizens, common sense, or a basic idea of morality all ask why, the Vaeri asks why not. Why shouldn't we make a race of flying snakes with a thirst for blood and a tendency to turn corpses into hives, then hide them on outgoing ships headed across the galaxy.
Wardens are glowing spectral creatures, consisting of geometric shapes floating at head height with wispy trails hanging underneath. They typically have a rising sun symbol on them somewhere, or it forms part of their body. The body itself is mostly made out of a watery gel which tastes incredibly foul, and has little rigidity to it on impact, although this makes them extremely vulnerable to normal guns. They come in two types, nicknamed ‘talkers’ and ‘takers’.
A zeberbil appear to be a cute gerbil with black and white stripes, large buckteeth, and hooves where the front paws should be. It's innocent appearance is not to be underestimated however as it can open its maw up to a ludicrous size and swallow almost any individual in an instant. Once the zeberbil's mouth chomps down on its victim, the victim is theorized to be near instantly disintegrated inside of the zeberbil's mouth by a rapid acidic spray. This theory haven't been disproven however, as all the instruments that enters a zerberbil's mouth have yet to gather data before being completely wiped out by whatever the zerberbil's mouth does.