"Phantoms in the mists" is what the men kept telling me. I told them to be silent, there wasn't any wraiths or appetitions down here, it's just the damned mists playing tircks on the mind. That’s about when they started picking us off one by one…
Scything their way through the haunting beauty of the The Sea of Mists, flights of Vzhare proudly prowl the vast expanse. These subterranean wyverns are a dreaded sight for wayfarers of the cavernous depths of the sunless realms, and rightfully feared. It has been well documented that a Vzhare have no qualm about attacking well-armed and provisioned cavern raiders or explorers, seeing them no different to the rest of the prey.
Behaviour And EcologyVzhare are highly territorial creatures, especially the males. Vzhare live in tight knit family units of up to a dozen called Flights, headed by one dominate male. Those foolhardy enough to unwittingly venture deep into The Sea of Mists and The Sapphire Pillars, can easily find themselves pray to a flight, their bones picked clean. Many flights have been well documents to battle one another, in spectacular feats of aerial acrobatics, vying over territory and food sources. The more intense and bloody aerial combats amongst Vzhare are between two males, fighting for dominance or to overthrow the dominate male of a flight and take his mates. Such confrontations are usually fatal, especially when a male is being challenged for his position as Alpha of a flight. A dominate male that is beaten and manages to survive, skulks away becoming an outcast, flying the mists alone for their remaining days. Female Vzhare lay 1 clutch of eggs every year and will have between 3-5 eggs per clutch, with a gestation period of eggs of about 55-60 days.
PhysiologySimilar in form to most Wyverians, the Vzhare are said to be descended from the ancient Dusk Dragons of the old world. They are most distinguished by their elongated horned heads, dorsal sail and finned tail. Possessing a rich pelt consisting of a voluminous mane and tufts on their hind legs. Sexual dimorphism between Vzhare is distinctive, males are larger than females, broader and possessing greater muscle mass. They are an truly imposing sight to behold. Females usually stand on average at 5 to 7 feet in height, whereas males can reach anywhere between 9 to 12 feet. It is not merely this difference in strength and stature that makes them stand apart. Males possess grander, more exaggerated horns and pronounced dorsal sail and tail fins.
LairsIn the heart of a Vzhares territory one will find their lair, these can take many forms dependant on the geographical location of a Vzhare. Typically what the Vzhare desire in these is security, away from larger terrestrial predators and opportunistic egg stealers that would raid their nests and pray upon them. For this reason, Vzhare of the mist sea purposefully seek out the smaller, isolated floating islands high above the main land masses. These offer the adequate protection and refuge they seek to build a lair and establish their nests. Some Vzhare have a keen penchant to seek out ruins and long abandoned structures to call their lair, offering a stable and secure location, this has lead numerous flights to migrate outside of the mist sea and into other regions of the underworld, this however comes with its own risks and new challenges.
Wild; 40 - 50 years. Captivity; 150 - 200 years.
Female; 5 to 7 ft. Male; 9 to 12 ft.
Female; 25 to 30 ft. Male; 34 ft. 40 ft.