|1.82-2.17 m. | 72-85 in.||30-57 kg. | 65-125 lbs.||16 years||Insects|
|The Blade||Territorial||None||Seasonal Coats|
A direct translation from Jatza produces “giant tail”, which is fairly descriptive for one of the few mammals in Omneutta whose tail is nearly as long as their body. They are the largest animal in The Blade, and when adults stand on their hind legs, are roughly the same size as Sha’an. No matter the coat, they have tufts of white fur that grow from their face, shoulders, hips and tail that they can raise and fan out to threaten those in their territory. Also of note is that their front legs at the end have long claws, useful for tearing trees and dirt apart to look for insects, and the hind legs have paws.
The three coats known are the annual coat, which is a charcoal colour, the wet season coat which is a more muddy brown, and the plateau/highlands coat which is a tan. The annual coat is known to change to the wet season coat in the same broiska, but it is not known at this time whether the plateau/highlands coat is a sub-species, or a coat that a broiska with a annual or wet coat is capable of changing to.
Biology and Behavior
Broiska are entirely solitary animals, capable of asexually reproducing at the very end of their lives. This reproduction will produce one or two pups, and there are no males or females in the species. As a result, there is no sexual dimorphism. The birth process usually initiates a few months before a broiska will die a natural death, and the pups first meal will be the decomposing insects that come to feast on their parents’ body.
Broiska are seen in the parts of The Blade that have historically been less receptive to Sha’an cultivation, such as forests and plateaus. They have not been known to wander into Sha’an settlements in colder seasons, an indication that they have adaptations to handle the temperature change, as well as a food source during this time. As their numbers are relatively low (1 per ~20 sq. km. in the “wild”), they maintain insect populations, but every species of insect they eat is capable of thriving.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Though their diet is entirely insectivorous, they are widely known across The Blade to kill Sha’an who go into their territory to hunt. They will go so far as to dismember Sha’an they have killed, and wait for the rotting corpse to attract decomposing insects.