Native to the open grasslands of Fleeers (Fl - Ears), the Eichalles (Uck - Ay - Leez) prefer water holes in which to bathe, but can sometimes be found wandering the surrounding arid areas on their own.
Biology and Physiology[edit | edit source]
The Eichalles are large grazing creatures with elongated necks, usually measuring 4 metres in length, and 6 metres in height. They have a deep blend of purples covering their entire body, along with white bony rods protruding from their back. Their four long purple legs end in large white feet. Their necks are quite flexible, able to bend down while barely moving the body. They have two white eyes on either side of their head (four in total), with four small prehensile appendages near their mouth. They use these to grab onto and pull leaves that aren’t in their reach. Their average lifespan is 30 years.
Diet[edit | edit source]
This species favours the leaves of large photosynthesising organisms known as Guatamulus (Gwater - ma - Lus), which lives in and around large water holes. They also eat the ‘ears’ of underground plant-like organisms by the name of Blumn (Bloom).
Reproductive == When two potential mates attract, there is a courtship ritual that lasts an entire day, to prove their unbreakable bond. If either partner is unimpressed, they will simply wander off in search of a new mate. Their gestation period lasts 10 - 12 Earth Months. Usually, young are born only by themselves, but the mother can give birth to twins. Small families stick together, even after the children have reached maturity. They will only leave their families to start a new one.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Eichalles live in small families/herds of up to 10, but collect in enormous herds during migration. They travel the same pathways every year to reach the large bodies of water in the south during dry season. When encountering a predator, the adults will move in front of the young to protect them with their size. They will attempt to intimidate the enemy by swiftly moving forward before stopping, and then moving backwards. They repeat this motion, threatening the predator. If it sticks around, they will begin trying to attack the predator. While grazing, one individual will always stand guard, looking out for suspicious activity from other creatures. They must also be weary of Creallions (Cray - lee - ins), soaring vulture-esque creatures. They usually only eat from carcasses, but will not hesitate to attack juveniles. When the sun goes down, the small Eichalles herd will attempt to sleep in or around a water hole, as approaching predators will have a hard time moving through the water silently. If they cannot find one in time, a tree will suffice. Again, one individual will always be half awake, in case danger strikes…