General Info: Giant, feathered, carnivorous and violent dinosaurs, a Reijan's build is relatively slender, and their weight is remarkably low for a creature of their size at anywhere from 300 to 600 pounds. They are a streamlined group of predators, able to move with great agility and speed. Their forelimbs are relatively short and hang close to their chests, with large hands ending in three formidable claws. These hands are not useful for much besides aiding in climbing, although more dextrous Reijen can grasp and carry nesting materials or prey.
Reijen walk on two incredibly powerful hind legs, with the second toe of each foot equipped with a large, sickle-shaped claw. The species maintains a horizontal posture and all but a rising neck is parallel to their hind limb position. Larger Reijen may stretch as long as six feet from snout to tail base, with a stiff tail tacking on an additional five or six feet for balance. In extreme cases common ranks could measure in at only half that length! If you did want to test your luck you could ride a Reijan, as they are plenty large and tremendously swift, though Pontus and Sands are better suited for young or very light riders.
Not to be outdone, the head of the Reijan is just as dangerous as any other part, for its mighty jaws are lined with sharp teeth, serrated on the back edge to better hold onto struggling victims. Feathers run down the head's peak and along the neck in a mane-style, occasionally stopping along the back or carrying all the way to the tail's end, with tufts on the tail tip not uncommon. They also bear feathering down their thighs and along the backs of their forelimbs. A Reijan's rank is determined by the colors of both its tough reptilian hide and adorning feathers.
Cuddling one of these reptilians would more likely than not result in loss of limb or at least a fair bit of blood. Those teeth and claws aren't just for show. Reijen are an extremely violent and predatory species. Even bonded, they're likely to attack smaller shinies they come across and generally aren't recommended anywhere near children unless they're well-fed and well-trained. Get a few of them together in a pack and, well, good luck. Together, a pack of Reijen can take down creatures much larger and smarter than they are alone. Which is all well and good because a Reijan will eat almost anything providing it is meaty, including an unsuspecting humanoid.
However, Reijen aren't completely mindless killing machines. They're able to use mindspeech, which is more than some other shinies can say. Of course, they don't have the best grammar on Planet but are more or less able to form complete sentences. Their grammar gets markedly better if they're referring to themselves or food, as if those are the only things to bother spending the time and effort on to speak properly about. One will notice even with their lack of grammar, they have a surprisingly good understanding of sarcasm and insults. Any and all intelligence they might have however goes flying right out the window when riled.
Mating Info: Reijen females will always try to find at least one other female from either their pack or an outside pack before chasing. Females will start off in the same spot, preening their feathers and screeching loudly to attract any males in the surrounding area. Each individual female will then lead the males in a race through whatever type of terrain that best suits their rank. Arbors will always chase through trees. Sands will always lead males along some sort of beach. A Pontus will always lead her chase near water, sometimes entering it, and Faders will lead their males over whatever terrain they please. The chase will always be violent, with fighting usually a demand of the females. Even if the girls don't demand it the males will more than likely be extremely violent. It is not unheard of for a particularly vicious female to severely maim a male that displeases her in some way. Each female of the group will lead the male of their choice to a secure area where they proceed with fertilizing some eggs. The male being chosen usually ends up with more female issued wounds than those who aren't.
Bonding Info: A Reijen bonding isn't a very complex affair. It's a pretty nasty one, though. The entire pack of the brooding female assists in building the best nest possible, so a larger pack generally means a larger nest and more surviving eggs. A pack run by a Fader can wind up with a massive nest and plenty of fully grown Reijen running around to protect the offspring. If one of the adults sees something they don't like, they aren't too hard pressed to do something about it. Attacks are more than common in these situations. A Reijen bonding without some kind of bloodshed isn't a Reijen bonding at all. As for the young Reijen themselves, they aren't particularly picky when it comes to finding their bonds. Anyone with meat who can get past all the adults ready to rip them to shreds is a pretty okay choice for a bond. It helps that humanoids are really just walking hunks of raw meat themselves. The smarter young flock towards humanoids like themselves that can intimidate or bully others around. A Reijen bonding isn't the place for someone with a weak constitution.