Baby Stage Notes
A smooth, dark egg with blue stripes. It has a somewhat dull lustre, with only a faint gloss to it. Tapping can already be heard from inside.
Juvenile Stage Notes
Something resembling a cross between a deer and a dragon has hatched from the egg, with three white horns and a thick, plush mane. Though it stumbles around clumsily, it seems somewhat defensive and approaches from its handler are more often than not met with a growl and it darting away. It has impressively long upper canines, with its lower canines also growing rapidly as the small animal ages. When particularly aggravated, it rattles the plates on its tail or snaps its jaws at whatever it thinks is threatening it.
Adult Stage Notes
Closely related to the forest-dwelling Qidrik, but far less rare, the reptilian Drakilin is a skittish, predatory therapsid. Though intelligent, Drakilin are defensive towards rival predators and will typically opt to escape rather than fight. If cornered, however, a Drakilin will use its sabre-like teeth, which can grow over six inches long, and sharp antlers to defend itself. Their senses are incredibly sharp, hunting with all of their non-tactile senses including "tasting" the air similar to a snake.
Drakilin prey on most other creatures that share its habitat, including Barkbacks, Lutreo, and Qidrik. Their prominent teeth are ideal for prying the armor off of a Barkback as well as from researchers who run afoul of one, and its powerful jaws allow it to snap bones with one well-placed bite. Antlers seem to be shed every few years, making them rare to see laying about in the wild. The plates on their tails open to reveal large spikes, and it rattles these plates to warn off rival predators or other Drakilin. The rattling makes a deceptively pleasant noise like a bamboo wind chime, though making a decoration from the plates has yielded poor results, as it seems the creature's tail muscles are uniquely evolved to produce the sound.