An ancient and unusual breed of hunting hound, finding it's origins in the far flung annuals of a forgotten time.
A proud and noble species of exotic winged canines, whose long interwoven history with the pharaonic dynasties of the Ancient Aelfaune made them an iconic companion of kings and queens. Examples of these winged hunting dogs can be found depicted on hieroglyphics, monuments and in the tomb paintings from numerous Amon'Isettiii and Veilnakarii ruins, always depicted by the feet of powerful figures and monarchs suggesting them to be a symbol of royalty and prestige. Beside the mystifying Ssylynx, the Arellund had become one of the iconic symbol of these ancient cultures, that still endure to this day in the underground domain of Phyraxgia. While many still remain in captivity, large numbers managed to escape and became wild once more during the catastrophic events that would inevitably plunge them and their masters into the underworld millennia ago, now calling the savannas and grasslands of the Nirkana Valleyhome.
PhysiologyThe Arellund is in fact believed to be a distant ancestor of maned wolf, commonly native to the arid regions found on the surface. Standing as one of the tallest of the canid family, their long legs are likely an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat. It's fur is a pale, sandy, isabelline colour, with darker markings that may vary between individuals; some have spots while others are faintly dappled, some have a combination of both. Their head is almost always a darker shade, acting like painted mask with large almond shaped, golden-yellow eyes underlined with white, and the nose is always a tannish colour like their paw pads and skin beneath the fur. Many physical characteristics of the Arellund have developed over generations to better aid it in adapting to life in a hot, dry climate. Being proportionally slighter and lighter weight to other more traditional wolves, possessing more elongated torso, less prominent forehead and a muzzle that is narrower and more pointed. One of the Arellunds most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dissipate heat, these large ears can also be rotated to listen for prey animals in difficult terrain. The underside of the Arellunds paws also offer a layer of protection against the extreme temperatures, insulating them as they move over the hot sands, with a dense covering of fur. Winter months in the deserts are frigid cold even in the height of the day, and as such the Arellund develops a dense coat to combat the sharp decline in temperature.
What truly makes the Arellund unique amongst other canines, are the magnificent wings they boast. With an two meter wingspan, the Arellunds is flightless, yet these impressive feathered limbs are used for a variety of different purposes. Typically Arellunds are observed using their wings to cool themselves down in hot weather, stretching them out and allowing the air to move around their bodies. Equally during winter months they are wrapped around themselves for warmth, in a similar way they use them for protection of the ribcage during falls. When threatened they are well known to put on a threat display, flaring their wings out fully to make themselves appear larger to predators.
Dramatic displays during mating rituals, nesting and sheltering their pups during sandstorms are among are other examples documented by scholars who have observed these creatures in the wild during expeditions to the Dsja'taresh region.The most significant is related to the speed of the Arellund, reputed to be one of the fastest canine, these dogs are able to spirt up to 55 miles per hour, and long distance of up to 38 miles per hour. Due to these high speeds the Arellund will use their wings sort of like rudders to help control and steer themselves, and are spread out to abruptly slow themselves down. Some observers have claimed they are sometimes spread whilst running in wide open spaces to act like sails, but there is no credible proof of an Arellund actually performing such a manoeuvre.
Behaviour And EcologyWhile a significant number of Arellund's are typically found as domesticated pets in Phyraxgian menageries. Large numbers of wild Arellund are still found native to the arid deserts and river valleys of the Dsja'taresh. Preferring to use open fields and grasslands for foraging, whilst staying close to the jungle oasis's that snake along the Nirkana river to rest and build dens for their pups. When little prey or suitable vegetation is available, they will venture out into the arid grasslands and stony deserts of the underworld, avoiding the barren shifting sand dunes. The Arellund is an opportunistic omnivore, specialising on preying upon medium-sized animals, including small mammals, large insects, birds and fish. However in times of hardship they will not shy away from carrion. Despite this penchant for meat, the largest portion of its diet consists of vegetable matter; fruits, roots and tubers in particular.
Social interactions such as greetings, grooming, and group howling are common among mated pairs and their offspring. Howling is particularly used as a territorial defence to perturb intruders or when they detect the presence of large carnivores. Typically howling occurs at dawn and in the evening, and sometimes at midday. Outside of mating, individual Arellunds' rarely encounter one another, unless the availability of food forces them to leave their own territory for up to several days before returning to their home range.
Social Interaction.Unlike other canines that exist in large tightly knit packs and large social groups the Arellund is an aloof, preferring to hunt alone. When hunting alone, it trots around an area and occasionally stops to sniff and listen. Only mated pairs typically establish a basic social unit or larger family groups accompanied by their current litter of pups. In times of hardship, scarcity of food or droughts Arellunds' do exhibit patterns of flexible social organization seeing large numbers converging together for their own mutual survival. However such arrangements are short lived. Monogamous pairs are known to defend a shared territory remain with the one partner until death, such territories are typically a series of crisscrossed paths they mark as they patrol at night.
Known for their luxurious silky coats
8-12 (average) years in the wild but there are records of domestic Arellund hounds living into their 20s.
32”-38” | 81-97 cm
55-100 lb | 25-45 kg
33”-38” | 84-97 cm
Generally large and elegant