...Varuda are extremely proud, noble creatures who demand and often deserve respect. To gain their favour quickly, we suggest hunting with them. You’ll need a glider for this step. And possibly a jet pack. Neither are included in this package, sorry!
The Varuda you have hatched is a Scarlet Fezant morph, a rare one because the Fezant gene is recessive! Looking like a combination of a raptor and a bird, the Varuda often displays an array of beautiful, iridescent feathers that can vary tremendously in arrangement and appearance. They prefer living in jungles, where the foliage, flowers and dappled light helps them with camouflage. Golds, greens and blues are common; reds, purples, whites and blacks are rarer. Intricate patterning varies from morph to morph.
Each Varuda pod is strictly hierarchical. All interactions between these creatures are dependent on one’s status in the pod, and identifying status as well, underlayed with respect for each member. For example, the matriarch or patriarch of the pod will approach a lower ranking member with a bow, but that’s all that is necessary. By contrast, a lower ranking member will bow, but lower their feathered crest and spread their arm-wings wide, deferring to the status of its leader.
Due to their high level of intelligence, Varuda are very efficient in the hunt, making plans before each, and working together as a team. When in the jungle, Varuda use their powerful, muscular legs to run down their prey in ambushes. When afield, they can reach such incredible speeds that they can propel themselves to flight, and using their quadruple wings, they maneuver to ambush their prey from above. Powerful raptor-like claws on their hind legs grasp their quarry with unerring accuracy.
Sexual dimorphism is minimal, but females tend to be larger, males more aggressive, with larger crests. During mating season, it’s the females, not the males, who colour their crests brightly. However, it is the males who sing – quite beautifully – to serenade the females.
^This is a part of the flavour text the buyer received when they purchased the Varuda Mystery Egg!
I sold it today at the con, and thus it can be revealed!
The Varuda as a species and design is now the property of its owner. Art rights to this drawing still belong to me.