|Weapons||Claws + Poison|
|Homeworld||Kusyu (Dark Nebula 1919)|
|Reference||Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 20|
- Winged life-form native to the Aslan Homeworld, Kusyu (Dark Nebula 1919). Its scientific name is Aculeoptera venator; human names are winger, batsting, or falconbat.
- There is an alternate orthography and pronunciation of the name written and vocalized as Afeahyalhtow.
Physiology & Ecology
These carnivore/killer flyers mass roughly five kilograms, and have a wingspan of 75 cm. Their lower limbs have evolved as grasping claws to carry prey or perch on tree limbs or high rocks. They soar at high altitudes, then swoop down on prey.
Afeahyalhtow have sharp eyesight, with cat-like eyes that can adjust to a wide range of lighting conditions. One claw can inject a poison which paralyses within a few minutes. Its effects wear off after about an hour. The venom is not usually harmful to creatures over five kilograms, but can be deadly to humans who develop an allergic reaction. The primary purpose of the poison is to slow the prey or render it unconscious, allowing the Afeahyalhtow to feed; it prefers live meat.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
Afeahyalhtow can and are bred under controlled conditions by Aslan.
They respond poorly to being caged; they become listless, lose their hunting spirit, and eventually die. Most owners let them fly free, after attaching small straps around their feet to prevent the stinger claw from functioning. On a starship, they usually require an hour or two per day of flying in the ship’s cargo compartment or some other open space.
They can fly in any standard or dense atmosphere, and in thin atmospheres on worlds with a size of 4 or less. Their size and build prevents them from being outfitted with protective gear, so they are rarely seen outdoors on worlds with tainted (or worse) atmospheres. Afeahyalhtow are not common in human space, except on worlds heavily settled by Aslan colonists. Some humans do keep them as pets, and they command high prices commercially.
Diet & Trophics
Afeahyalhtow eat almost any variety of small animals or raw meat. They prefer a swooping attack from high altitude on prey with a quick injection of poison. Teeth and claws can only do a little damage to the prey, but this is sufficient to make an excellent meal for the Afeahyalhtow. The beast then feeds for a few minutes on live flesh before departing.
Domesticated long before the Aslan achieved star flight, afeahyalhtow are popular as pets, and are found almost anywhere Aslan are found. They are independent, somewhat aloof, but capable of strong affection and attachment - often likened to cats in human space. As pets, they are relatively gentle and companionable, but most humans find their feeding habits distasteful. Some Terran humans compare the sport of Afeahylhtowtry to the Terran sport of Falconry.
Derived Products (Goods)
Domesticated Afeahyalhtow are raised and trained much as falcons and garhawks in human space. Properly trained, they can be used to track and hunt prey; such trained hunters will administer poison to the prey, but will feed only when permitted to do so by their owner. Training of an afeahyalhtow takes a moderate hunting skill and six to twelve months before the animal will respond to commands (usually various whistle and tongue-clicking signals). A hunter’s ability is much improved when using these sharp-eyed animals!
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