The Coal Cave Kingdom
wasn't called dangerous for nothing. Aside from the near absence of light, the jagged paths and the unstable cave-ins, it's also ridden with fantastic and terrifying creatures that roams and preys within and beyond the mines of the kingdom...
A. Domecap Bats- Known for roosting in packs on the upper crevices of the coal caves, their lack of eyes had these creatures sport heightened sense of hearing, scent and taste.
They have a habit of attacking anything they sense moving, including dislodged rocks and sometimes even ripples of water. Though, once an attacking bat managed to draw blood from a living creature by chance, Domecap Bats are known to follow the scent and attack in groups.
They're also considered natural enemies of basilisks due to their lack of eyes rendering a basilisk's gaze useless against a pack.
B. Flying Rocks- Commonly found nearby graves, a flying rock is known to Coal People as an anomaly caused by supernatural instances. Though it's a mystery on how a flying rock is made, many hunched them to be souls of coal people who refuses to venture into the ghost worlds.
They're extremely violent anomalies, known to brain and clobber anything that goes too near to them. However, special amulets are often worn to protect the wearer from the attacks, a common practice for the Coal People who wishes to enter the graveyard.
C. Sand Hares- one of the two common animal found around the streets of the Coal Cave Kingdom, Sand Hares are mineral eating mammals known to produce sand by means of perspiration. Though harmless, coal people often round them up and place them in farms where they collect the sand for construction materials, namely sand blocks.
Some Coal People, however, sometimes keep these hares as pets. (They're popular around the wealthier coal people.)
D. Clobbertail Basilisk- A known predator around the Coal Caves, Clobbertails (also known as the Common Basilisk) possess a petrifying gaze, a natural magick basilisks posses which emits from their eyes, and a hardened club on the tip of their tails, which is known to grow in size as a Basilisk sheds the skin from its tail.
The Clobbertails are a leading cause of basilisk attack due to their habit of venturing into the surface, a characteristic rarely found in the species as majority are known to be very territorial on their caves. However, due to this, many daring magic users would sometimes attack the basilisk for their eyes, a common ingredient for petrification spells.
As all basilisks, they're also known for their steady diet of rocks, wherein a basilisk comes in handy as it uses it's petrifying gaze to turn victims into stone so they could eat them. Coal people are immune to their gaze, but are a common target for these creatures.
E. Sand Mites- Another common creature found in the Coal Cave Kingdom, Sand Mites are recognized for their resemblance of an ordinary coconut and their slow movement. Sand Mites are known for their diet of dust and sand, making them both a pest and a pet depending on views. Some Coal People handles the mites with care due to their usefulness for clean-ups, while some tend to get upset from the fact that these mites can also eat their way through constructions.
As of the Sand Hares, the mites are often gathered into one location, more likely to keep them from overruning the kingdom. Though, also like the Sand Hares, some Coal People keep them as pets.
F. Jewel-gaze Basilisk- A rare basilisk only found in the Coal Cave Kingdom, the Jewel-Gaze is a unique specie wherein their diet consists of gems, and their gaze, instead of petrifying victims into stone, crystallizes.
Their teeth are the toughest among the basilisks and their tails features a unique, segmented modified scales and keratin. It's known to grow in length and durability per tail shed.
They're the only basilisk with a gaze Coal People are not immune to.
G. Sandgust Tyrax- A clumsy creature commonly recognized for its bulky body and short limbs. They're mineral eaters, diet consisting of sand and rocks, and features a defensive display wherein the creature is known to shoot sand out of its many tiny spikes, resulting to a gust of sand.
Despite their fierce appearance, Sandgusts are more known to shy away from danger than to attack head on.
H. Cockatrice- a flightlesss bird known for their petrifying organs located under an opening on their beaks. Cockatrices sports strong leg muscles and a modified wing wherein they appear to be more like a line of giant feathers that aids their movement and speed. They hunt in flocks, known to corner prey before pretrifying them; just like basilisks and tyraxes, they're mineral eaters, eating the stoned remains of their catch.
Many magic users often states that a Cockatrice's petrifying organ is easier to obtain than that of a basilisk. However, the effects of these organs never last long once used for handled magick. Coal People are also immune to their petrification.
(( they're two known magick: natural (emited and driven by instinct) and handled (elemental control and curses. Often gained through magical items and potions))
I. Rivertone Garganites- Giant cve crustaceans that's commonly found nearby river banks inside caves. Their distinguishing feature would be their stalagmite shaped growths, built stronger the more these creatures stay intact in one location.
They're mold eaters, eating fungi found in river bands and known to be aggressively territorial.
J. Coal Cave Giants- Fierce, yet peaceful, Coal Cave Giants are earth-fire elementals known for their age and wisdom. They're born of will and magic, often male in gender, the giants are known to master the flow of magma and and often guides them away from harming civilizations.
They're mutual friends with the Coal People; However, as their kindness seems unlimited, one should not break the trust of a giant for their tempers matches their heat and often leads to massive volcanic eruptions.