I’ve never met a people more welcoming! At first they might have been a little cold, as any water tester would have been treated around one of their only water sources, but it got better fast! Once the test concluded, and the water was safe, they apologized for being so harsh with a grand feast!The courageous protectors of the Heated Highway’s Grand Oasis. This reptilian species is known for their passive-aggressive treatement of intruders, leaning one way or the other depending on said intruder’s intentions. When the visitors intentions are good, the Spariksa apologize with a grand feast or another sign of apology. The Spariksa value a good apology over most everything else, respect and honor being tied for second place.
Anatomy & Morphology
The masculine and feminine members of the species share a variety of characteristics, whether it be body shape, facial structure, or the sturdiness of their limbs, but there is one key difference. The size and shape of their tendril-like feelers are one of the few things that differ between the two ends of the spectrum are the tips. Feminine members’ feelers have forked ends, whilst the masculine members’ feelers have a solid end. The feature is quickly fading away, however, as the gene for the frayed ends is weakening. The feelers have the task of helping the olfactory senses and to disperse heat away from their head. They come in multiple sizes and lengths. Small, yellow scales cover the bodies of these bipedal Monsters, appearing to be nearly fused together in order to keep out the sand. Narrow eyes with multiple eyelids, two see-through and one opaque, also help to accomplish the task of keeping out the dust. Their arms and legs are of more or less equal length, the arms ending in two fingers, one wide and one thumb-like. The legs end in three fingers, resembling that of Earthen chameleons with the third, thumb-like finger in the back. Their tails are long and tightly coiled when they walk. At rest, their prehensile tails are a bit longer than they are, sometimes even getting to be twice their height.
Genetics and Reproduction
Partly due to their genetic history with the Koumlats, the Spariksa reproduce using the magical energy of the parents to create an egg. The egg is a soft brown and has an incredibly thick shell in the first three quarters of the pup’s developement. In the final quarter, the pup eats away at the interior, gaining nutrients until it can finally break free. When hatched, the pup then consumes the remainder of their shell.
Growth Rate & Stages
The pups look almost identical to their fully grown form, but their feelers are always very short at this time. The Spariksa grow very quickly, fully maturing at ages 16-18. Only at age 18 are they recognized as adults and are deemed fully grown. A Spariksa’s feelers may or may not continue to grow throughout their life time, but parts that have been damaged or otherwise cut will remain so.
Ecology and Habitats
They do best in a hot and dry environment, specifically with little foliage that may break off and hurt them while they run. The Spariksa also do well in mountainous terrain, however, shoes or foot coverings may be needed.
Dietary Needs and Habits
The Spariksa are omnivorous, getting their water from either the Grand Oasis or cacti. For their remaining nutrients, they actively hunt, chasing down prey they spot. They store extra food under the desert sands, leading to a majority of their cooking techniques using this method.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Their magical prowess is superior to that of many other Monsters, stemming from the magical energy rich desert that surrounds them. They use this magic to cool themselves if their self-cooling systems fail. Their feelers are needed to help their poor sense of smell, but their incredible night vision makes up for it. However, many members of the species lack decent colour vision because of this. Their muscular bodies allow them to dart across the sand at high speeds, but their sprints are short-lived as their endurance is more focused on their patience.
Civilization and Culture
Common Etiquette Rules
As they are naturally harsh to outsiders, the Spariksa have learned to make up for their behavior with an apologetic feast. The feast is to be made as soon as possible if the behavior was poorly accepted by the visitor, but the best feasts come to those willing to wait.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
They trade sand for ice with the Mellies. The Spariksa also create blown glass art for trade with many other nearby peoples.