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FRIC — Viewing Species: Wendistrix

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Species Info
Grouping: Mammalian, Avian
Rarity: Seasonal
Time Per Stage: 20 Hours
Location: Swamped Factory
Wild Caught: 1882
Captive Bred: 160
Total Population: 2042

Common Chroma Breakdown

Red
158 Total
Green
142 Total
Blue
165 Total
Purple
169 Total
Orange
148 Total
Pink
151 Total
White
132 Total
Tan
120 Total

Rare Chroma Breakdown

Obsidian
117 Total
Silver
113 Total
Gold
119 Total
Bronze
115 Total
Rainbow
97 Total
Sapphire
105 Total
Emerald
101 Total
Ruby
90 Total

Baby Stage Notes

It's a cream-coulored, fragile egg with large brown speckles. It looks like the egg might belong to some kind of bird, but is quite heavy for its size if the creature inside were to have hollow bones like most birds. Intermittent tapping can be heard from inside.

Juvenile Stage Notes

This fluffy newborn resembles an owl chick, but with a very long neck and tail, as well as small horns and large ears. It's most active at night, and appears to be exclusively carnivorous, tearing at the food it's given with surprising ferocity. It seems to recognise that its handler isn't food, thankfully, but that only means instead that the chick screams loudly for said handler when left alone for more than a few minutes.

Adult Stage Notes

It is unknown if the eerie Wendistrix is related to the "Kirin" family which includes Qidrik and Tyilings, despite sharing some superficial similarities such as antlers, chimeric physiology, and high intelligence. Indeed, Wendistrix are known to use tools with surprising precision, owing to their large and flexible hands which seem humanoid in structure. They are covered in mottled feathers which, despite the large size of those on their forelimbs, do not grant Wendistrix the ability to fly. In spite of their frightful appearance, these birdlike creatures are typically not aggressive towards field researchers unless disturbed or provoked—it is typically safe to observe them from afar, as long as one maintains a respectful distance from the nests they lay in the autumn season.

However, they are ravenous nocturnal predators that will eat any meat they come across when hungry. They're not above scavenging a kill from other creatures, using their shrill and ghastly screeches to scare rival predators away. The talons on their giant hind feet are wickedly sharp, used to hold down live prey as the Wendistrix uses its equally dangerous beak to rip at its struggling meal. Researchers who have observed this feeding behavior remark about how messily bloody the affair is, and how it serves as a reminder of just how cruel nature can be.

Common Chroma

Red
Green
Blue
Purple
Orange
Pink
White
Tan

Rare Chroma

Obsidian
Silver
Gold
Bronze
Rainbow
Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby


Artwork: Keileon