Article of the Week: Kobonashi

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I don’t know what happened, but I suddenly had that spark back and was able to flesh things out very easily.  I was asked to write the [[Kobonashi]] article a long time ago, and though I knew most of the details I just couldn’t organize my thoughts and pull out enough information to put them in the [[wiki]].  But now I did!  I drew this article up after work yesterday and today, and I think it’s pretty decent.  I also like tossing in the (more…) link lately, so all the information isn’t just on the front page.  That way you have to click to read it then I know people actually read it!  Nyah Nyah!

[[Kobonashi]] are an extremely rare, heavily draconic variation of kobolds. According to legend, kobonashi are spawned from the ancient dragon blood that runs deep within the veins of all kobolds. It is believed that long ago the elder dragons Ma’at and Rakanishu intermingled with the Shah’ren kobolds, lacing their blood with pure draconic blood. On rare occasions, this interbreeding manifests itself as a a kobonashi, the chosen of the kobolds.

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Biology

Kobonashi have very little similarities to kobolds. They are quadrupedal creatures with two, large, broad wings which they keep folded along their backs. Their front legs are smaller than their rear legs. Kobonashi are two to two-and-a-half feet tall at their withers and up to four feet long. Kobonashi weigh two to three times as much as a kobold, ranging from 70 to 120 pounds at adulthood. Their heads are very koboldlike and shaped somewhat like a dogs with sharp spike-like horns protruding from their head. Kobonashi share the same color scales and eyes with their family, though their eyes have a cloudy distortion in the color.

Female Kobonashi are slightly larger than their male counterparts and can be identified by faint tribal style markings around their eyes and on their face. kobonashi live much longer than kobolds with a life span of up to 120 years. The females mature slightly faster than the males, reaching sexual maturity several decades earlier. kobonashi rarely mate with each other, but said mating does not guarantee that the offspring will be a kobonashi as well. They do mate with other kobolds, mixing their draconic blood back in with the clan. A kobonashi’s egg develops and hatches at the same rate as a regular kobold.

Unlike kobolds, kobonashi are warmblooded. They are also capable of consuming and digesting a wider variety of substances for nutrition and certain types may be necessary for their diet. In particular, kobonashi may need to devour earth or certain metals to maintain their strength and abilities. In some cases kobonashi have been known to even eat kobold eggs or live kobolds. This is understood as acceptable behavior. kobonashi prove to be more cunning and more quickly adapting than their brethren as well.

Life Cycle

Kobonashi eggs are indistinguishable from regular kobold eggs during development. They are grown within the female for 2 months before they are laid, then another 6 months of development. All kobold eggs are laid in the clan’s rookery where they are cared for by caregivers instead of their biological parents. A kobold never knows who its actual parents as all hatchlings are considered to be children of the entire clan. The hatching of a kobonashi is considered to be a blessing among the entire clan. They are given special treatment by the clan in order to insure the clans prosperity. kobonashi are taught using a trial-and-error method with their brothers and sisters, though their quicker brains and more aggressive behavior allow them a better chance of survival.

Kobonashi go through ethereal blindness and gain ether senses during the first several years of their life. They develop a breath weapon as well, along with the ability to wield a degree of magic.

Diet

Like kobolds, kobonashi are capable of consuming almost any living matter. Kobonashi are much more particular in their diet and take special care in what they consume, usually only eating fresh kills or live animals, sometimes even other kobolds. Even as hatchlings, kobonashi are given live game that they are allowed to kill and devour. In addition to this they must also consume a large quantity of natural minerals.

Movement

Due to their size, kobonashi are a bit more uncomfortable in their burrow dens than regular kobolds which means the entire den must be made larger when one hatches. kobonashi can move much faster than a regular kobold and, thanks to their wings, are fully capable of flight. Attempting to ride a kobonashi is a request to be killed and devoured. Kobonashi can stand on their hind legs for short periods of time, usually spreading their wings as well as a display of size and power, though they can only hold this position for a few seconds. humans and elves that have encountered kobonashi usually consider them to be dragon runtlings, but this is not the case. The underestimation of their strength has lead to a reduction in the number of reports of the kobonashi’s existence.

Draconic Heritage

While kobolds revere the kobonashi as the purified draconic form and deserving of the stature of a true dragon, greater dragons see them as nothing more than watered down versions of lesser dragons. While they do show more intelligence than their animalistic cousins, kobonashi are in no way as powerful as the greater dragons that may have lead to their creations eons ago. Their lifespan is significantly shorter than any greater dragon and their powers are muted in comparison. To the kobolds, however, kobonashi are a boon to the clan and proof not only of their draconic upbringing, but of the power that lies dormant within every kobold.

Culture

Kobonashi are rare occurances that herald good tithings for kobold society. Because of their natural affinity, as well as appetite, for certain metals, kobonashi guide the other kobolds in their mining routines to ensure that the largest quantity of metals are harvested. A portion of these metals go directly to the feeding the kobonashi, but the majority are used by the kobold for various ventures. A financial boom in surrounding civilizations can sometimes be loosely traced back to the hatching of one of these rare creatures.

Kobonashi also have important magical influences over other kobolds. Capable of casting their own spells, other kobolds in the clan can learn from the kobonashi to enhance their power. This increases the magical capability of the entire clan. Though the kobonashi’s magic can be significantly stronger than any kobold without narash blood, they usually save these abilities as a last resort or when they are able to draw out their usage over a longer time, reducing the energy consumption.

Kobonashi take special pride in their own clan and enjoy defending it. They spend a majority of their time patrolling throughout the burrow dens, sometimes playing deadly hunting games with other kobolds. The kobonashi also enjoy hunting, leaving their lair with small packs of kobolds in order to search for prey. It is rare that a kobonashi will leave its lair alone without special purpose. During times of war, kobonashi will assist the kobolds in battle advising in advance tactics and personally targeting specific marks that may be too difficult for the kobolds to overcome.

Buried deep within the minds of the kobonashi is a repository of information hidden within their heritage. The kobonashi have knowledge of events that occured long before their hatching. They carry within them bits and pieces of information that even the kobold society is unaware of; parts of the history of the kobolds and their world. The kobonashi are not likely to share this knowledge with anyone, however, using it to the gains of their clan. The information that they contain is not considered open knowledge within the clan. Because of their intelligence, as well, they are more capable of understanding the full scale of kobold society as well as the history of events. While each kobold might know or understand certain parts of their culture, a kobonashi can comprehend what takes an entire clan to understand.

Language

Kobonashi naturally know draconic due to their blood heritage. This also means they speak kobalt.

Important Notes

In Enveloping Shadows, a kobonashi orchestrated the attack against Shaena

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