Daekoiz

Daekoiz

(dA-koyz)

Biological Information

Sz: 2.3 m. | 7’ 7” (at head)
Wt: 133 kg. | 293 lbs.
Loc: Parallelium
Tpt: Aggressive
Prd: None

References
  1. Survey: Early Pori Beliefs
  2. Roaming with Fire: Book VII
  3. Report: Aganeihat Mortality

Early in pori history, daekoiz were believed to be aspects of Porrair, guarding volcanoes from the threat of potential unsustainable use by the Poria.1 Pori are made from the daekoiz’s preferred food source—molten material—and have been its prey for much of history. Due to their thick plating, even modern weapons are largely ineffective, and caution is highly advised for pori around volcanoes.2

The name derives from awkward gait the creatures have due to the discrepancy in between front and back legs. The species live inside volcanoes, burrowing into the rock surrounding the main vent.2 Though they are no longer believed to be guardians of volcanoes, most pori still believe they originate solely from Porrair.1

Large stone-esque plates form a modular exoskeleton, but they are notable for their bright beaks. These beaks are capable of withstanding the molten material they eat, keeping the rest of their bodies safe from direct contact. They cannot process molten material unless it is actively cooling on the surface and eaten—contact elsewhere on their bodies will kill them.2 If no molten material is present they have been seen to hunt airlrhil for their lava-like substance. It has been confirmed that they will resort to the bone marrow of aganeihats, and theorized but not observed that danapounc and pekataro are also preyed upon.3

It is not known how they reproduce or any specifics of their life cycle, though it has been recorded that a single daekoiz can live for at least three hundred years if most of that is spent in hibernation.1 Daekoiz are not known to be social creatures, though they often live in relatively close proximity, with a volcano having between five and twenty daekoiz somewhere inside the rocks.2