In the vibrant hostpot of life that eventually became the Desolation Plains of Kazcallen, numerous great species once roamed and made their homes. We can make our best guesses as to what sorts of creatures they were, but all we've got to go off of now are their bones.
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While there's evidence abound
signifying the previous existence of countless diverse species of plants and animals in the now desloate plains of central Kazcallen
, a few in particular stand out among the rest. A series of large bones have been found jutting out of sand dunes and bedrock throughout large portions of the southern plains; while many appear similar enough to be possibly related species, there's a few in particular that stand out as mega-fauna from before The Seven Day War
that have caught researchers, and the public's, attention.
The Evidence for Great Species
The number of "Great Bones" that have been discovered number upwards into the hundreds. They've been located spread all throughout the southern parts of the Desolation Plains -- a large swathe of Kazcallen that's been scraped bare, down to the bedrock, and is generally lifeless, aside from the God-husk
known as Xiuthan
trudging around. Most of them are scattered across the land, a side-effect from Xiuthan's great attack that wiped the surface clean of life, which makes putting together complete skeletons an incredibly difficult task.
Most often what is found first is rib-cage -- so long as it hasn't crumbled or broken into smaller pieces. These large constructs of bone are first to be uncovered when sand dunes drift across the region, and generally stand out most among the lifeless landscape.
The other pieces to the animal's skeleton are often still found within the same quadrant, a large plot of land that's been demarcated in order to better categorize the search.
Ribs... hip... Hmm. Still missing most of the skeleton. Not nearly enough information here to make an educated guess as to what it was. What we really need now is its skull.
The Symbol of What Was
Of all the bones discovered and all the ancient species reconstructed or theorized, one is the most famous -- seen as a symbol of the research into Kazcallen's past, and a goal for the future through the Kazcallen Revitalization Project.
Known by the public as Collosi, these ancient species are better described as 'Giant Land Whales'
. Currently, 7 complete skeletons of these Land Whales have been discovered and reassembled; through examining these remains, it's thought that the giant animals could grow to be roughly 30m in length, and had 6 muscular legs used to propel themselves across the ground.
Despite their massive legs, the Collosi are thought to have not been all that mobile; instead it's theorized that they spent much of their time in one location at a time, existing as ambush predators. Their skulls show massive trap-door like mouths that can hinge all the way open, almost to 180 degrees -- they'd be able to open their maw and wait for prey to step in.