Likewise, there must always be a source of evil to counter the good - or the balance will be offset. The following species align themselves with the darkness as they were crafted by Zlo Pakao. They can be foul beasts; deceiving, manipulative and down right dangerous. They tend to care only about themselves, and what can benefit them. It would be wise to not cross one.

**Please note: For RP purposes 'dark' species can be good.**

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The Epinacus


The Epinacus are the first of the dark creatures to emerge from across the great ocean. These beasts were once rumored to be extinct, but recent events have caused the other creatures of Ferox to believe otherwise. Epinacus are large, gryphon like creatures, with tempers that do not mesh well with others. Standing roughly 6 feet at the shoulder, these beasts weigh an astonishing 400lbs and their wings can spread up to 9 feet. Epinacus have 9 inch razor sharp claws on each of their feet, and 6 inch talons that adorn their wings. These beasts were built for fighting and destruction.

Much like the other creatures in Ferox, Epinacus also have a breeding season which rotates roughly twice a year. Generally it is the female that chooses the male, and females will never mate with the same male more than twice in their life time. Females can have no more than two babies per season, but will generally only have one.



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The Emusha


The Emusha were next in line to make their existence known in Ferox. These large, boar-like creatures moved out from their hiding places in the forest and began tormenting the kind souls in Ferox only a few weeks after the Epinacus emerged. They are temperamental creatures who enjoy throwing their large weight around during a fight.

Females are generally smaller than the males in their species, and as such they only stand roughly 3 and a half feet high but can weigh anywhere from 250-350lbs. Males, on the other hand, stand roughly 4 and a half feet high and their weight can range between 350-500lbs. Females will rarely have more than one baby at a time due to the weight of the piglet.

Pairs hardly ever mate more than once during their breeding season due to their evil nature.


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The Caveo


From the firey depths of the active volcano on Ferox came the demonic horse, the Caveo. These creatures are similar to many every day horses with one major exception - their manes and tails are billowing flames that grow larger when they are angry. These creatures are some of the most violent in all of Ferox and do not care who or what they hurt (including others in their species). They are uncontrollable forces of great strength and possess the ability to out run almost all of their enemies.

Female Caveos stand roughly 4 feet high from hooves to shoulder, while males stand roughly 4 and a half feet from hooves to shoulder. Pairs do not breed for more than 1 - 2 seasons, and females will normally have only 1 colt as producing more than one is dangerous to the female's body - twins are possible, but they are rare.



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The Malvado


Dwelling deep within the ancient ruins of the desert lie the vicious lizard-like creatures called the Malvados. These frilled beasts are destructive, manipulative and deceiving. They attack in packs similar to Velociaptors or Dilophosaurus, and much like their ancestors, these reptilian beasts pack a poisonous venom in both their fangs and claws. The poison within these areas will numb the body of their victim within minutes of being injected under the skin. With their keen sense of smell and sight, and while armed with this weapon, Malvados are fiercely feared throughout Ferox.

Although these menaces are smaller than the average evil that thrives throughout Ferox, they have proven to pack a punch in their forms. Males stand roughly 4 feet high with a frill span of 3 feet, while females are roughly 3 and a half feet high with a fril span of 2 and a half feet. Do not be fooled by the females smaller - more elegant - stature, she is by far the more vicious gender of their species. Females can have anywhere from one to three babies during a single breeding season. Female, adult Malvados will not mate with a male unless the male proves to be stronger than his competition.

If this means fighting for the female's attention, then that is exactly what they are expected to do.


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The Volans


Volans are the most delicate looking of all the darkness in Ferox. These creatures mimic giant vampire bats, and are often found in the forests and mountain caves throughout the lands. They are not intentionally harmful to others, but they - much like the Malvados - possess a poisonous bite that slowly paralyzes their prey. Like their bat ancestors, Volans hunt mainly at night using sonar and their keen sense of smell as they are partially blind; Volans can see shapes and shadows, but cannot distinguish between color and species. They communicate through their sonar to one another as well.

Female volans are much smaller than males, and when fully expanded their wing span is roughly 4 feet wide while they only stand about 2 feet high. Male Volans stand roughly 2 and a half feet high with a 5 foot wing span. They mate one to two times a year and hardly ever with the same mate - though it has been known that a Volans will mate with the same one multiple times before moving on to another. Females can have 1 - 2 babies per season.



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The Hybodus


The nastiest, most vicious creature that lurks within the darkness in Ferox is the Hybodus. These prehistoric like sharks have been invading the crevices and depths of the ocean floors for centuries.. only now - years later - have they started to emerge more on a regular basis and closer to the surface of the water. They are brutal creatures who - when enraged - will leave no life in their wake. Their sole mission is to take control of the seas from those pesky Vestica who have ruined their waters.

Male Hybodus can grow to be anywhere from 4 feet in length to 6 feet, and have been known to keep any where from 2 to 3 rows of razor like teeth. Female Hybodus, being naturally smaller in stature, can grow to be any where from 3 feet to 5 feet in length. Both genders have been known to weigh anywhere from 250 to 400lbs. It is said that a female will not mate with a male Hybodus unless he proves himself worthy but due to their mysterious nature they have not been studied enough to prove these rumors to be true.



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The Falcis


Invading the skies which the fenix have taken claim on are the Falcis. These massive creatures are much more vile and wretched than they appear. With razor like talons and needle sharp teeth, these birds of prey will attack and destroy anything placed in their path.

Falcis having roughly the same build as a condor, have a wingspan that reaches 10 feet from tip to tip. Males tend to weigh roughly 30 pounds while females are lighter at 20 pounds. Females tend to deliver any where from 2 to 5 eggs per breeding season, however only 1 to 3 survive on average.



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The Sambari


Lurking deep within the forest and hiding until the rise of the moon are the Sambari. Overly large deer-like creatures, the Sambari dwell in the shadows and attack those who are least expecting it. They are by nature nocturnal creatures which makes them dangerous for those who like to play under the moonlight.

Sambari males tend to rival the size of a moose and stand roughly 7 feet at the shoulder, with antlers that extend roughly 6 feet high. Females tend to be smaller by standing 6 feet at the shoulder. Large spikes span both of their backs.

Viscously cruel creatures, Sambari mate twice per year and hardly ever to same one. Litters generally deliver 1 offspring and sometimes 2 albeit a rare occasion.



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The Nagathe


Dangerously wicked are the Nagathe: winged, serpent like creatures that lurk in dark areas such as caverns, and the deeper parts of the forests. These nocturnal beasts hunt everything they can get their hinged-jaws around, and use constrictive instincts inherited from other serpent relatives. Unlike other species, Nagathe females tend to be much more vicious than the males, and are known to drawn blood from their opponent should they need to.

It is rumored that males can grow to be roughly 15ft in length, while females can grow to be 10ft in length. They produce 1-2 eggs per breeding season which the male guards until hatching day as if he doesn't, his mate will take his life.



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The Atrois


Damned to live a life as a forsaken outcast are the Atrois: muscular, meaty bull and cow like creatures that resemble the ancient Minotaurs. Having once been creatures that walked on all fours, these beings are forever reminded of the grave mistake their Deity made as they have been forced to walk up right since. The power they possess in sheer strength is not to be undermined as these creatures are truly the strongest in Ferox.

Male Atrois exceed a height of 7ft tall, which females appear a bit more dainty at 6ft. Their claws are razor sharp, and their intelligence mimics their brute strength. These are thinking creatures - deceptive and manipulative.

Their litters can produce any where from 1-3 calves per season.


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The Paetic


Small, simple creatures, the Paetic should not be something that larger Katai turn their back on. Looks can be deceiving after all, and their small bodies are anything but easily swayed when it comes to a fight. No larger than a medium sized canine, these winged creatures are not quite as cute and cuddly as they seem to be. Paetic enjoy a good fight, and tend to pick one with species who are much larger than they are. While their wings are useful, they are not used for flying. The heavy ball at the end of their tails - which they use primarily in battle against others - prevents them from being able to fly distances more than a few feet. They do, however, use their wings primarily for gliding, or kicking up debris in their opponent's face.

Like most Katai, the males are slightly larger than the females and outweigh the opposite gender by several pounds. However, the females are far more aggressive than the males. Female Paetic are more likely to end up in a fight with others before a male will.

Their litters can range any where from one to three like the other species. Natural twins and triplets are not uncommon. While some Paetic mate for life, it is not uncommon for males and females to split after breeding season.