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"The Quagselsuyak once served as the legacy of a forgotten family of creature, as they were at the time the only remaining species of the "Suyak" family of mammals before we came along and started to replenish their number. When I first came across the creature in the icy shores of northern Ruhiel, there were a herd of hundreds of them, moving like a mass of white cloth across the snow-covered ground. It was overwhelming to my vision, and it took me several moments to realize that it was not a singular creature, but rather an immense cloud of large gargantuan beasts."--William Tancard's Guide to Haven's Glorious Creatures.


Overview

The Quagselsuyak are a rare species of mammal, native exclusively to the cold shoreline of the northern icy continent of Ruhiel. They are the only naturally remaining species of their respective family, the "Suyak" family of mammals that were once spread across the planet during Haven's "Mid Regrowth Period." The Suyak's closest analogue would be that of the "Rhinocerotidae" family of mammals. They only have a global population of around six hundred, and are spread few and far between from each other.

Due to their rarity, and the extremity of their native environment, they are a fairly obscure species among the many mammal species of planet Haven, holding very little mainstream knowledge among the planet's intelligent inhabitants. As well, they are regarded as a protective species by the Haven's Nature Conservation Department and hunting or endangering of the animal is strictly prohibited, and punishments are inflicted with great prejudice and force. Attempts to breed the species back into prominence, as well as cloning of the species are ongoing.

Physical

The Quagselsuyak baseline physical structure is a large, quadrupedal terrestrial mammal, with massive legs standing at an average height of around sixteen feet, (four meters) and an average weight of around two thousand pounds (nine hundred and seven kilograms). Their thick layers of fur obscure their physical appearance, but they resemble a mixture of common species of equine and rhinos. It will typically take around ten standard years for a Quagselsuyak to fully grow into adulthood, and a female Quagselsuyak will typically have a litter of around five individual young.

Their large bodies are covered in long, silk-like fur that continuously grows as the respective Quagselsuyak ages, leaving elderly Quagselsuyak to have long fur that drags along the ground as the move, as well as completely obscuring the creature from view, making them appear as a quadrupedal mass of cloth. Due to their large size, the Quagselsuyak are extremely slow, only being able to move at a maximum speed of around fifteen kilometers. However what they lack in speed, they more then make up for in terms of power and defense, as they are able to crush almost anything beneath their massive feet, while their skin has a tensile strength of around three thousand pounds per square inch, making an individual Quagselsuyak a walking tank.

Quagselsuyak have two front facing eyes, two large ears on the sides of their head, and a large bulbous nose at the front of their face. Their vision range is very impressive, being able to see up to sixty kilometers in a distance, as well as being able to see through the thick amounts of fur that typically obscure their respective eyes. Their hearing range however is fairly unimpressive, only being able to hear things in close radius around themselves. Their large noses have evolved to be well adapted to pick up minute aromas within water, as the respective flora and fauna they fee upon mainly live within the waters of the frozen shorelines the Quagselsuyak inhabit.

The Quagselsuyak, as an extension of the family they belong to, hold the rather unique trait of controlling the temperature within their very blood through the use of special designed organs specifically evolved to do so. With this, they are able to survive extreme cold temperatures, heating their blood up to one hundred degrees Celsius, though they usually do not require such extreme heats. This would also allow an individual Quagselsuyak to cool their blood up to negative thirty-seven degrees Celsius if they ever entered within a hot environment, though since they exist within a colder region, they do not need this to survive.

Behavior

The Quagselsuyak typically have a shared behavior of aimlessly exploring and walking across the southern Ruhiel coastlines, searching for food within the shallows of the coasts respective waters. They diet consists of the many species of seaweed that grow on the sands of the shoreline, as well as small fish species that swim in the shallow waters. They are a herd animal, meaning they travel in a herd, but as there are only around six hundred, there are only around twelve Quagselsuyak herds known to exist, with the largest of which only consisting of around a hundred individual Quagselsuyaks.

They are very calm and slow creatures, often times lacking much urgency in their actions and emotions. Whenever a creature attempts to attack a Quagselsuyak then they will keep a clam demeanor and counter attack the respective predator with incredibly power, often times crushing the individual animal with great ease due to their incredible size and strength.

Like many other species on Haven, the Quagselsuyak form life-long bonds with their respective mate, with the two of them being inseparable throughout their entire lives. To find a mate, a Quagselsuyak will leave their respective herd, and begin to traverse to another. Then, when the two meet, a strange sort of: "meeting ritual" will commence, and the two will almost have a strange form of "conversation," and at the end of this exchange, they will both decide which of their respective herds the two of them will return to and have their litter within. Quagselsuyak also form strong bonds with their mothers and fathers, as well as their respective young. Even when a Quagselsuyak reaches adulthood, they will remain in the same herd as their parents throughout their life, and their lineage will continue to do the same.

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