Muzoval Species in Kald | World Anvil


One of the Rela Creatures, Muzoval are seen as outcasts for their strange habits, physique, and mysterious origins. To the world, they seemed to have merely appeared one generation, no prior indication that they, or any of their ancestors, had ever existed. They had customs, traditions, and stories that would lead many to think they had a long history, but that history seems to have been from some far off land none had contact with.

Nearly all Muzoval are nomadic, having a strong sensation that they can not stay in one place for too long. Each area they go, they adopt the customs and ideals of where they are. The only unity between each other from disparate areas is an idea of past belonging. When one band meets another on their travels, they feel a sensation of unison with them, though they may have never met before in life.

The stories they tell each other and for those who listen weave fantastical things that entrance audiences. Many use these stories as a basis for their own, crafting plays and dramas of whimsical tales and righteous morals. Even to the Muzoval who had came with these stories, they are known to be fiction to teach young morality rather than debatable facts of history.
Muzoval sit

Anatomy & Morphology

Muzoval flight
They have four legs to run as a dog, can contort their body and tail to swim like a porpoise, can use their wings to fly, and are able to blink short distances. The mostly spend their time moseying across land, but will use any technique at their disposal if need be.
Colors: shades of blue and green. Some that have traveled east are also orange and red. They have darker feathers on their sides and backs with lighter colors on their bellies.


Their bodies are covered in Scaethers. They are able to, similar to how birds control their feathers, frey or contract their scaethers to be more scale like or more feather like. Each scaether has a thin strand of muscle through the rachis that pulls the barbs to be tighter or more loose.

Once a year, muzoval spend several weeks molting. The stay in one place while their old musty scaethers fall to the ground and they rapidly grow new clean scaethers. If a scather is plucked before it drops naturally, it takes until they molt to replace it. They usually molt just after their eggs hatch, having their young exposed to foreign filth to build their immune systems while being protected, if need be, by their clean parents.

At the base of their scaethers, under their skin, they produce an oil that repels water, wind, and dirt, as well as being flame retardant. This oil is highly coveted to protect all forms of products, from clothes to tables. And due to this, many Muzoval, when visiting a settlement, pawn of their excess oil to gain enough money to sustain them until the next settlement.


Their wings have long more feather like scathers very similar to birds.
The appendages that hold their wings are digitless, but have malleable segmented bone in them to move as tentacles do.

When they have their wings retracted, they move their limbs tightly to their side. They angle their wings scathers in such a way that they create a fin like structure on their back (or like a butterfly's wings)
Their contour scaethers have more muscles in them and are able to move more freely at the base and have more minute contractions in their frays than the rest of the scaethers on their bodies

Their leg structure is similar to a cat/wolf/deer/etc

Their ankles are almost halfway up where their knee would be

They have very small “palms” and the rest of the “knee” and “foot” are their digits

They have four primary digits on each “paw” and one hind digit Their hind digits being opposable

They walk on pads on the ends of their digits.

When on land their digits are held together into one unit
Their digits are webbed with skin and no scaethers
Their digits can be splayed to create fins (the use the fins and tail scathers to swim like dolphins or whales do)

They have two to five limbs on their rear end. These limbs are the same as their wings, but have more bone in them.
The tails are also much more thin, at a glance they look like a thin scaether (without the scaethers covering them)

Although the limbs are separate, they act more as digits and even more so as one unit than multiple.
Their tails scaethers are the same tentacle structure as their wings, but having less muscles than in the wings

Their tails are completely hidden by a bushel of scaethers

Their tales similar to a birds tail in looks, though even more dexterous


Their heads are just as wide as their body

Their heads are similar to a dolphins, but wider and with a beak half way down their jaw and up the bridge of their nose.

Their beak only starts halfway down their jaw, allowing for their mouths to open extremely wide.

They have two large fangs with most of their outer teeth being smaller fangs and a row of teeth behind the fangs as incisors in the front and molars in the back.
Beak on the outside with Fangs and sharp teeth behind it and incisors and molars (shorter than fangs) a layer behind the fangs.

They have holes for ears behind a thick (more scale like) scaethers

Males have head crests made of bone, females heads are smooth as a birds

Their head scathers are more thin and more plentiful than their bodies.

Eyes They have four eyes, two in the front as a predator would and two on the side as prey.

Diamond-shaped pupils



Their bodies are flat like lizards with necks almost as wide as their bodies. (similar to a bearded dragon lizard)

Along the sides of their bodies, beginning from their cheeks, along their sides, and down their hind legs is darker colored (almost black for most) thicker scathers pushing together to form a ridge (like the earth pushing together to make mountains)
The ridge on their face is more shallow than the sides of their bodies and has the highest peak at their toes



Dietary Needs & Patterns

Scavenge off the land, eating whatever is available. Between times of hunting, they live through grain and grass. The grass they eat will only sustain them for so long, they need to hunt in order to keep themselves alive.

Depending on what they are hunting, they change their tactics. Whatever mode of travel the prey expects of the hunter, the use a different form to surprise them. If it is a dear that is roaming they will dive from the sky. If it is a Ghrepul drinking from a lake, they will launch from the water and bring it under. If it is a fish, they will dive as a bird when it comes close enough the surface or burrow from underneath them at a lakebed. They are not the greatest hunters when trying to capture prey without surprise, and have to move when the lifeforms have grown wise to their tricks.

Mating rituals & Family

Very similar to a lion’s pride, though more solitary. They do travel together, but keep great distances between them for better hunting. If they were to stay together, they prey would be more likely to spot them and run away. During the day they huddle to sleep together, but during night the troop separates.

When young hatch, they are to walk within the first few hours and swim, fly, and burrow within a week or two.

Muzoval live in community families. the ones who gave birth to the young are held to the same status as any other elder. The whole community takes care of all the young.

Original Ecology & Habitat

Muzoval originated from the rocky, tree dense, wide cliffs of Nekaso. Eventually they spilled onto the mainland, spreading all over. They thrive in whatever environment they greet, able to conquer earth, fire, sea, and sky. Their main concentration is near the island of Nekaso. Yet, as Humi have, they are scattered all over the world.


Bathing: Muzoval rub against trees to remove dead scathers and other debris. Bathing in water or sand does not do much due to their repellent oils.


  Their population is enormous, some saying they number greater than humi. Before they were deemed rela, many thought of them as pests. Stealing livestock, overrunning entire cities when the move through them, and begging.

Muzoval are naturally nocturnal, but have changed to be awake during the hours most others are. They can’t keep it up for ever and spend the silent season giving into their natural state.

Prefer tattoos to tell their stories of old.
A combination of oral tales and pictures to tell their stories.

A group of muzoval is called a "rove"

In mozoval roves, every child or “young” sees their birth parents and any other “elder” in equivalence. Even young mozovals are trusting of their rove as any humi would be of their mother.

To Add

  • Muzoval can't fly too well, they more glide (to catch their prey off guard by coming from above)

Their major Reln is Jyk
A creature which I could not fathom the reason for. To my strained eyes they were neither of land, sea, nor sky, but of all. Their shape was of the sea, but with wings to fly and legs to run, they were truly a monstrosity. It spoke to me, my mind spinning to remember how to speak myself. It welcomed me, fed me, and kept me. I will not forget that kindness, but I worry for those else who judge by what they see, as I first had.
— Weary traveler
They have no one major Reln but do have less Jyk and Bil.


Average height
7-9m (from beak to tail tip)(Standing, their head reaches to about 1.8 meters in height. From beak to tail base they're about 5-6m)

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Author's Notes

These creatures were originally designed as griffins.

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May 30, 2023 17:43

These things are absolutely wild! When I saw the first picture, I definitely saw the inspiration for the 'griffn' but the more I read, the more I referenced the second and the 'crazier' it got. In a good way. These things are neat af and it's definitely the preconceived notions I have of such creatures that makes it rather difficult for me to imagine a culture or civilization built around them since it's hard to see them as anything more than animals or, as it's referred to, as pests. I rather like that take away, too. And that it's wrong. This makes me even *more* curious about the stories in the hopes there is one in there that'll shed more light on how they live and function as sentient creatures that interact with the world, and other species, around them.

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May 31, 2023 01:14

These are definitely one of my favorite creatures and one of the weirder ones. I'm glad you like them too! Unfortunately, species specific world views aren't fully a thing. Sure they influence like if you can fly or not, but ever creature is so interconnected and have been living together for so long that "cultures" are more by area than species. Sure, one species will be predominant, but there are always others to interact with either locally or "world-wide". Old tales do stick around creating modern biases warped to fit modern narratives, but overall people are people and it's who you associate with rather than your form. Mostly...   Looking back at this article, it definitely needs an overhaul.

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Jul 4, 2023 17:01

I like that you had them molt and lay eggs at the same time, that way the hatchlings' immune systems can become accustomed to the local bacteria, etc. It makes sense as they're nomadic, so eggs would be laid in new places each time. Do they ever have immune problems as adults, or are they pretty well equipped for adaptation as adults as well?

Jul 5, 2023 16:28

It's due to the young exposure to pathogens and bacteria from several areas that builds their immune systems. Sure, everyone gets sick, but they are pretty hearty when it comes to that stuff.

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Jul 6, 2023 03:24

Yeah, that's definitely a thoughtful consideration. I wonder if they have any social sentiments about how clean individuals are.

Aug 9, 2023 05:10

Edit note: "They usually molt just after their eggs hatch, " then lower down - live birth....

Aug 10, 2023 16:45

Fixed, thank you.

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