|The Outcropping||Predatory||Kiindem, Xiruen||Superficial variations in spikes|
“Urgai” comes from the animals’ often-employed tactic of burrowing to attract prey. Compared to most predators around Xiruen-Space, the urgai are fairly small and usually must resort to this tactic to eat. With their tail behind them that is nearly half their length they are fairly long animals. Their hind-legs are heavily muscled compared to the front and enable them to leap out of the sand or quickly escape attack. Seen on their back and on the crown of their heads are bones that grow through their skin in semi-randomized spots and look like mineral deposits found across the environment.
Biology and Behavior
Urgai prey mainly on lesser-intelligent pack animals when they are alone such as the aisanee and unee. Mating is the only time that two adult urgai have been spotted in close proximity, and they are believed to be solitary creatures. A female urgai will lay between two and five eggs in her lifetime, one at a time several years apart. Young urgai who have not yet developed spikes and sufficient hind-leg muscles are extremely susceptible to predators, and mothers look for safe spaces to make their nest in as a result such as abandoned xiruen homes.
Found throughout The Outcropping, the urgai have been seen avoiding coastal or cold deserts. While they do prey on animals who live in these climates, the lack of sand an minerals for them to blend in creates a food scarcity problem. Urgai who are pushed into these climates due to xiruen expansion, predation, or other issues rarely last more than a year.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Hunted by xiruens as a pest control and rarely for meat, urgai and Xiruen-Space’s titular Sentient Species find each other most frequently in unee-raising settlements. Here the urgai seek to prey on isolated and young unee.