These creatures have been ‘donated’ by Jo Robinson:
Named by someone whose laptop only had ‘i’ for vowel letters, the Vikpistxlds is one of the most curious creatures to come out of Wulgaz. It has a five year lifespan and changes both form and behavior on its birthday. It begins as a small flower that can survive as long as one root remains in the dirt. So there are several creatures that will feed off what one can guess is the Vikpistxlds’ head until the second stage. This is where it becomes mobile as a fist-sized beetle that rolls around in a ball. It has a row of spines to protect it from predators as well as a noxious spray. The third stage is the size of a bush and happens after a month of slumber. The body is leathery and the Vikpistxlds resemble an antlered monitor lizard. It is this stage that turns it from an herbivore to a carnivore, but it is still prey to the bigger animals. At least until stage four when it becomes the alpha predator with leathery wings, a bear-like body, a forked tail, and eyes that can see in both night and infrared vision. Finally, stage five sees a great reduction in size and ferocity with the Vikpistxlds having soft fur, no tail, perpendicular ears, and long legs. They do not eat in this stage and focus exclusively on mating. All attempts to repeat this process in captivity have met with the animal becoming locked in the slumber before stage three.
Living on the shore of Quetz, these fish-eating birds get their name from the sound that they make. The ‘kwarg’ is the squawk and the ‘bim’ is a loud popping noise, which is created by the ejection of water from its mouth. This white and gray bird gathers the water to absorb the salt and whenever it swoops down to catch a meal in its sack-like gullet. Many people mistake them for pelicans and it is believed they share an ancestor. They have similar diets and habitats as well as appearance with the exception of the Kwargbim having a fan-like tail that can curve beneath it. This tail has a long spikes on the tips, which might have been originally used to catch prey instead of its current diving technique. When watching these birds hunt, one can see that they spend the first part of their descent with their tails aimed at the water. Now they use the sharp projections to damage sails and injure fishermen, both done to cause distractions and steal fish from boats.
The next three have been ‘donated’ by John W. Howell:
A tasty freshwater oyster found in a lake system that the local tribe refuses to tell us the name of. It is found under the blue stones that are scattered throughout the water, each one requiring four people to lift. While named after how easy it is to open them and get to the meat, the Simplods are very difficult to catch. Once disturbed, the females will release a jet of water that hurtles them away and can have the impact of a fist to the stomach. This is why the tribesmen put netting over their faces, which helps to protect their eyes. The males will use a different tactic of firing a sticky string at the rock and recoil it to bring the covering back down. A team of thirty Simplods can defeat a group of three men, which is why the males are caught less than the females. One other challenge is that they have been known to spontaneously change genders, so an escaping Simplod may suddenly turn male and retract itself into a new colony.
People are still unsure if this specter exists or is the result of mass hallucinations, but the details never differ. This creature appears in the dreams of an entire town and induces extreme snoring. It is assumed that it feeds off the skull vibrations. Every encounter has shown the Xzanalix to have green wings, the body of a zebra, a lion’s tail, and two heads on the same neck. One face is that of a beautiful woman and the other is that of a handsome man. Victims remember it speaking, but the words are never recalled. An interesting side-effect is that its appearance has been known to cure insomnia and sleep apnea. There have been reports of it causing traumatic nightmares, but each person in this category admitted to attacking the Xzanaliz.
Endangered due to being hunted for its solitary, sapphire horn, the Pusepaulave is a type of arctic fox. Their snowy fur is perfect for their environment and has a reflective surface to help them blend in. Expert burrowers, they will get within a few inches of the surface and dig through the snow. Air holes are made with the horn, which also helps them poke their nose out to find prey. They originally thrived on the ice caps, but increased temperatures have driven them to the highest poles. Because of the contained space, they have become easier to hunt and people buy their horns as decorations. A Pusepaulave can live without the horn, but they will never breed because members of the opposite sex see the bare head as a sign of infertility. Scientists have developed a breeding program that involves attaching prosthetic horns to those that have been poached. The Pusepaulave have also begun living near the local bear species for extra protection, the bigger predators infamous for killing anything that happens to be on two legs.