Magimandus - Magic Eater
My first time venturing into Eldahi land, one of those beasts attacked me and stalked me until I was clear of the forest. I still have the scars! You couldn't pay me to go back into the Great Woods.A magimandus is a vicious, medium-sized creature with the body shape and build of a wolf, but with sharp, armor-like scales all along its body. It can sense and track even trace amounts of magic.
About the nameMagimandus: (singular) magic eater
plural: magimandi The magimandus was thus named due to its peculiar ability to sense magic. It is thought to consume energy from witches and other magical beings.
Conservation StatusEndangered - overall status Magimandi once roamed forested regions throughout Wennovi. Due to deforestation, habitat encroachment, and hunting, their numbers have declined dramatically in the last few centuries. Today, in Paltetia, the western half of Wennovi, they are thought to be Extinct in the wild (EW). In Imbria, the eastern half of Wennovi, they are protected by the Eldahi people, who reside in the Great Woods. Even so, with such a limited habitat range, low reproduction rates, and illegal poaching, the eastern magimandus is classified as Vulnerable (VU).
Armored ScalesA magimandus's scales are made of keratin, the same substance that makes up hair, nails, and hooves of other creatures. These scales account for nearly 20% of a magimandus's weight.
DefenseA magimandus's scales are an amazing defense mechanism. They are hard, thick, and able to withstand great force and most magic. When threatened, a magimandus will hunch its back and curl in on itself, protecting its soft, vulnerable belly and exposing the sharp ends of the scales. The magimandus can curl up into a tight ball when necessary. A mother will curl around her baby to protect it. These amazing scales can protect the magimandus from most enemies.
OffenseThese sharp scales extend down the tail, which the magimandus can use to lash out at enemies with surprising force. Additionally, it might charge at an enemy, using its large mass and momentum to knock down an opponent. Its long front claws and fangs are also effective at ripping and tearing into prey. The magimandus is not known to utilize any offensive magic, though some people claim to feel a drain on their energy levels when in the presense of one.
Genetics and Reproduction
Growth Rate & Stages
Ecology and Habitats
Wennovi once had vast swaths of forested regions where magimandi roamed, but much of their habitat, particularly in Paltetia, has disappeared due to human activity.
Dietary Needs and Habits
A pregnant mother will separate from the pack to create her den in which she will birth and nurse her pup for the first month. After about 2 months, the mother will introduce the pup to the rest of the pack, and the two will reintegrate.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
- Senses magic, possibly through mechano-receptors that detect faint bioelectric fields or biopotentials
- Strong sense of smell
- Western magimandus: Extinct in the wild (EW)
- Eastern magimandus: Vulnerable (VU)
Males: 84 to 132 lbs
Like cuddling a magimandusThis popular saying can be heard all throughout Imbria to describe a difficult or cantankerous person.
The Great DivideThe Great Divide, a magic barrier, divides the two and lies directly on the western border of Eldahi. It is over 1000 miles long and has stood for over 1000 years.
An impassible magical barrier that separates Wennovi into two lands: Paltetia where no magic is allowed and Imbria where magic flourishes
An elite group tasked with protecting Paltetia from dangers in the Great Woods
Eastern subcontinent of Wennovi and home to Salaris, Necros, Torverath, and other countries
Magic throughout the lands
The definition and use of magic varies throughout the land and is greatly influenced by culture
PangolinThe magimandus is greatly inspired by the pangolin, particularly the giant pangolin of Africa. Pangolins are scaly anteaters that are found in Asia and Africa. They are heavily poached and trafficked for their scales and meat.
There are 8 species of pangolin. 2 are listed as endangered, and 2 as critically endangered.