Befriending one could change your luck
An ancient and adorable herbivore. Their gentle nature has made them common companions among the Karu and See'er.
Just like humans, animals arrived on Tikor in a variety of ways, each species arising randomly over a long period of time. Some animals have been here since before humans had records. These animals are called Primordials, and they are the most ancient of living animals on Tikor. Where they come from is generally a mystery by humans. Even the friendliest of the animal kingdoms have mysterious origins. One of the most recognizable Primordials is the pink-hued animal known as Tritops. The Karu have tales of the horned pink animal that go back thousands of years. Unlike many cultures, The Karu have built a bond with their neighboring ancient ones. Whether because of their large size or their powerful horns, Tritops operate with a sense of confidence most Primordial animals don't possess.
Best of Luck
Most Primordials have strange and unique abilities. These special gifts have long been a source of controversy on Tikor. Humans and animals alike will often try and gain these effects for themselves, which only adds to the secretive nature of most Primordials. The Tritop, however, uses its special gift to its full advantage. When it comes to being lucky, few have as much good fortune as the friendly Tritop. The way they casually move and operate through life is the very picture of luck. Nothing seems to bother them, even large predators like Nandi Bears. When they are near creatures or animals that they like, this sort of supernatural luck can rub off on others. Or, if they don't like you, they can turn your luck sour. Sometimes lethally so. If you see a Tritop, make sure to make it your friend, and never your enemy.
Don't make the mistake of thinking you can just kidnap and enslave a Tritop. Luck can cut both ways. When a Tritop is threatened, your luck can go so bad that you may not survive trying to right your wrong.
While Tritops are seen around a large section of Garuda, they call the Northeastern forest region of the Ilun Valley their home. Tritops usually group in small pairings and family clusters. However, once a year they all migrate to an unknown place deep in the forests. Researchers and Animalists have tried to follow the cute animals to see where they go. However, every one of them has had their luck go sour. Vehicles will catch fire, paths will dead-end, and newly built bridges will mysteriously fall for those trying to follow the Tritops migration. Wherever these pink primordials travel to, only they know.
The free-loving nature of a Tritop oftentimes lends itself to taking a companion. Sometimes it's a human, sometimes it's a creature or other animal. Sometimes this companionship is only for travel, and other times it's for life. Even though Tritops are naturally social creatures, they won't befriend just anyone. The criteria for their choosing, however, is just as mysterious as their ancestral home. No amount of bribing or flattery seems to matter to a Tritop. Whatever they want in a friend and travel companion is beyond simple flattery. That said, being aggressive or rude toward the pink dinosaurs is a quick way to lose the friendship before it starts.
Papa Tritop by Wayne Spencer/Swordsfall Studios
A full-grown male Tritop, also known as a Papa Tritop
Tritops come in a variety of colors, though pink is the primary one. Once full-grown, they have a trio of horns that protrude from their head. The top two horns are extremely long and sharp. They use these for self-defense, as well as for digging and other actions. A large piece of bone extends from the top of their head and allows them to hide their neck when under attack.
Ecology and Habitats
Tritops are capable of living in a number of different tropical biomes. However, they prefer the lush greens of large forests like the ones on the eastern section of Garuda. Tritops often make small dwellings from large fan leaves, or in cave systems. They also sometimes just sleep wherever they are, rather than sheltering somewhere. Tritops often rely on their horns and large body to protect them from elements and predators.
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- Genetic Ancestor(s)
- Scientific Name
- 100 Years
- Conservation Status
- Under Protection
- Average Height
- 2 meters
- Average Length
- 4 meters
Geographic Location | Jul 29, 2019
The grassland and forest region of northern Tikor. Home of The Divinity and The Karu.