Reijen of Whazzit

Created by Ryoc

Singular: Reijan
Plural: Reijen
Group: Pack of Reijen

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.

Ranks

Fader
The brutal and powerful Faders are the terrifying leaders of Reijen, able to keep all the rest in their place despite being second largest. Named for their chameleon-like ability to fade into the background, some Faders are so skilled that they can disappear without a trace. They are pallid beasts with skin ranging from smoky translucence to ash grey, all the better to stalk you. Their feathers run along a very pale spectrum as well, varying from stark white to silver and anything else you can find in between. These females build the most complex nests, typically enlisting the aid of all Reijen in her Pack, and lay up to one dozen eggs.
Females: 4 PSP
Males: 3 PSP

Spike
The only rank to be gender-specifically male, it's easy to see why. They're absolutely massive, larger and more brutish than even the Faders at up to seven feet at the withers, with their namesake spikes protruding from their body instead of feathers, and range from sandy yellow to black. Not that the Faders have much to worry about being usurped. Spikes are too busy worrying about their next meal to be able to lead, being the most violent and vicious rank. Their hides are swathed in generally menacing shades of red, though they can range from a bright, ‘danger: keep away' sort of color all the way to a ruddy brown. It conveniently hides any mess they might get all over them from dinner, or really any living thing they might come in contact with.
2 PSP

Arbor
Arbors, while not the biggest and baddest of the Reijen, might be the most cunning. Their skin and feathers both come in different shades of green, mottled slightly with brown in order to blend into forested areas. As their name suggests, they love trees and are most often found hidden in the branches waiting to drop down on unsuspecting prey. Arbors will climb just about anything though if a tree isn't in sight, including their bonded. Unsurprisingly, the females tend to nest in nature as that's where this rank feels the most comfortable. It's hard being green anywhere else! A small nest leaves little room for eggs, so there are rarely more than two or three at a time!
2 PSP

Sand
Smaller than Arbors, notably swift and fond of the arid, open expanses of deserts and plains, Sand Reijen have all but earned their name even before coloration is taken into account. Their hides and feathers vary widely, ranging from pale, sun-bleached tan to dried grass brown and copper, all the way through to deep, uncommonly appearing shades of water-soaked mud. Where Faders are the undisputed, mysteriously frightening leaders of the species, Sands tend toward a more forthright brand of ferocity coupling bluntness and speed with the typical Reijan short temper. This mindset is reflected in the plain but functional nests the females build, which usually houses a pair of eggs.
1 PSP

Pontus
With the other common-ranking Reijen sticking to land, this strictly-female rank willingly takes to the sea. Not that it's hard to guess the water-lovers of the species as they come in a variety of blues to match their favorite habitats or at least reflect them in some way. The smallest rank at sometimes only four feet at the withers, Pontus are extremely adept swimmers; don't let their anatomy fool you. Though admittedly, their prowess is nothing compared to actual aquatic species. They're also pretty good at talking, tending towards the chattiest of the bunch perhaps because of the sarcastic wit they're rather prone to. What they're not good at is nesting. Usually, a Pontus will build her nest near the water's edge only to find her one or two eggs have washed away.
1 PSP