Bestiary at National Catalogue excerpt

Name(s): The Creature; Aildross; Míphelom; Xürnisswey; Cüsîngöîng

Age: Unknown. Considered to be an "Ancient", attributes vary per religion/belief system

Attributes and Behavior: Immense white-colored life-form said most often to appear like a powerful salamander1; false quadruped - back legs are rarely used - longer forelegs with humanoid musculature and structure. Stout rear legs, approximately .3 m from flat to hip. Thick, scaly hide, scales shed individually. Does not molt. Measures approximately 3 m. from nose-tip to end of body, tail approximately 2.5 m. to tip. Tail is thick and sturdy, sometimes used as a weapon. Not supported by muscular structure; drags behind. Double-hinged mandible; open span of .5 m; fully detached approximately 1.5 m. Known to have dominion over all elements, able to release elemental power from mouth2. Not known to be able to transform immediate surroundings by touch or thought, only by elemental power. Ground element; can cause low magnitude tremors, surface cracks, triggers rockfalls. Fire element; can cause lava pools to well up, ignite fires, exhales flames from mouth. Water element; can cause rainfall in immediate area, spouts water from mouth, freezes and unfreezes surrounding water at will. Air element; can whip up small air funnels around itself, release a forceful gust of air from mouth. Despite these abilities, it is recorded as using them very rarely, only when agitated, angered, or in self-defense. Otherwise considered intangible to solid, inanimate objects3a. Not easily attacked; not easily pierced by most weaponry3b; either passed through harmlessly or turned aside at skin surface. Blades with high Vanadium alloy content are said to be able to inflict wounds upon it as any other life-form. Said to be stunned if brought into direct contact with Vanadium, Vanadium steels and compounds containing high levels of Vanadium4. Revives from stunning quickly, regains mobility once revived. Very dangerous if agitated; can run at speeds of 60 kph by utilizing all limbs. If not agitated, can walk at varied speeds by dragging rear body with forelegs; can entirely forgo leg movement and slide or slither at slow rate. Respiratory and heat-dispersion functions associated with movement are largely unstudied; thought to pant rather than secrete fluid in order to regulate body temperature. Evidence to panting in that it is known to rest with mandible wide open. Can create variety of low sounds in this way; known to bellow and to loudly rush air through mouth. Also able to roar at levels around 70 dB with low frequency ranged from 30 Hz to 45 Hz. Most common form of communication is through hissing; known to be able to produce a hissing sound at varied frequency that may exceed 170 dB; very damaging to nearby or small, surrounding-area lifeforms. May cause internal damage and bleeding to nearby or small, surrounding-area lifeforms5a. Sound waves may damage and temporarily immobilize other lifeforms, attackers, and prey. Sound known to be used as form of communication, a weapon, and as a method for hunting. Historically known as a carnivore and scavenger. Will eat anything it can scavenge or kill itself. Early diet unknown, today eats most smaller lifeforms. Hunting habits not consistent; the act of crossing its path does not signify certain death; thought to feed with human mentality and attacks other lifeforms only when desiring to eat. Feeding habits; known to eat prey both living and dead. Does not thoroughly chew food as it does not have the proper teeth to chew with. Teeth consist of small, razor-like teeth throughout jaw, placed into three rows inside the jaw. The lower jaw contains thinner, needle-like teeth, and the upper consists of triangular, serrated teeth. Small prey is often eaten whole, and larger prey is either ripped into smaller pieces, or is eaten whole in the fashion of a constrictor, depending on the prey breed and whether it has been scavenged or hunted recently. Has been known to eat humans periodically, not part of its regular diet, is not known to seek humans out specifically. Historically known for eating humans during the Empiric Age 733, under D'spbairn the Holder6, at which time it was initially imprisoned by Emperor D'spbairn at the Great Delta Hall; kept and treated as a pet of the Emperor. Allowed free roam of the full Slwyttan Basin Wing; fed a combination of both living and the dead7 , including enemy and friendly soldiers and prisoners. Later used in Empiric Ages 739 through 741 as both avant-garde and follow-through for the pillaging Empiric Armies; was never tamed and was as dangerous for the Army to use as it was to the opposing force. Later said to have contributed to the death of Emperor D'spbairn in E.A. 746; said to have attacked him and eaten or taken away his body before leaving the Hall permanently. No evidence found proving this story; also no evidence ever found of Emperor D'spbairn's remains. Afterwards became lost to the world and largely forgotten in later generations until sighted again in the Second Revision of the World 58 (Empiric Age 2003), during the Summer of Dark Sleep, under Kaslebyon8. Its attempted capture failed, and it has been seen only sparsely afterwards.

1 Displays many similarities to the common salamander, and other common lizard traits, however; its body is many times larger, its skin is scaled, its jaws are double-hinged and contain multiple rows of teeth, and its foreleg musculature is humanoid in structure. There are a number of other differences involving internal structures. The main similarity between it and the common salamander is its habit of inhabiting damp, dark places.

2 Not known how it commandeers the elements, but due to status as an Ancient is suspected to have ties to the Event, allowing it a possibly symbiotic relationship with the elements.

3a Is thought to not fully exist on the material plane; sometimes considered to have "faded" from this plane. Originally thought to be a spectre by early historians, proved false sometime after the First Revision of the World. Sometimes thought to be able to walk between different planes, or have a illusionary ability. Highly disputed because of its opacity and ability to consume lifeforms of this plane. As of yet unknown.

3b Non-Vanadium weaponry passes through its body, reason unknown. Possibly due to partially non-existence on this plane, or its possession of an illusionary ability that conceals wounds.

4 Weapons containing Vanadium were recorded in E.A. 734 as being able to visibly pierce its hide and inflict damage. Reason unknown, possibly due to the element cutting through planes, or disrupting an illusionary ability that may be controlled through fluctuating electromagnetic signals.

5 120 dB is considered the damage threshold for the human aural system. Smaller lifeforms often have a lower damage threshold. The pressure caused by the high decibel level can cause internal bleeding and bleeding of the ears.

6 Emperor D'spbairn the Holder, fourth Emperor from the Devildom during the Empiric Age, Holder of Gestrœn Blade of Kings. He ruled from Empiric Age 727 to 746 when he was killed by his beloved "pet", Cüsîngöîng. More information on the Devildom ruler can be found in the Wright and Kriwatte Encyclopedia of World Leaders: 5th Edition.

7 Remains were found in the Slwyttan Basin Wing of deceased demons and humans. Some remaining parts of corpses contained teeth from Cüsîngöîng that were able to be analyzed. Scales were littered around the Wing as well, leading to the assumption that it sheds its scales individually, rather than molting. Numerous other clues to its modes of living were found before the Slwyttan Basin Wing was manually collapsed in the Second Revision of the World 4, Winter of Purification.

8 Kaslebyon the Silent, the Center's first Minotaur Queen. She ruled from S.R.W. 23 to 63. She was known for her gentle disposition and forgiving attitude. Under her rule, the world fell into quiet convalescence from the Empiric Age. More information on the Minotaur ruler can be found in the Wright and Kriwatte Encylopedia of World Leaders: 7th Edition.