PROMPT Creature Creation Challenge #6

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  1. Creature Creation Challenge
    This challenge explores one facet of worldbuilding: creature creation, as the title says. Whether or not you're a worldbuilder, at one point or another, you're bound to create different kinds of flora and fauna for your world. This challenge brings two new things to the table: first, all the submissions for this challenge will be put into a "bestiary" of sorts in the Worldbuilder's Guild which will be a resource for yourself and anyone who needs creatures for their worlds; second, every week, there will be a different difficulty for the challenge.

    The Difficulty Levels (open)

    Difficulty 1 [​IMG]
    - build a creature around a specific theme

    Difficulty 2 [​IMG]
    - build a creature with a specific body part around a specific theme

    Difficulty 3 [​IMG]
    - build a creature to fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme

    Difficulty 4 [​IMG]
    - build a creature based upon an animal on earth to fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme

    Difficulty 5 [​IMG]
    - build a creature that will survive in a specific environment based upon an animal on earth and fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme.

    This Week's Difficulty: [​IMG]
    - build a creature to fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme

    This Week's Criteria:
    Theme: Enormity
    Body Part: Vestigial Limbs
    Role: Herbivorous Prey

    Feel free to use this following template for your creatures. You can add on to it or remove things from it as you wish or not use it at all.
    Creature Template (open)

    Role: Predator/prey/producer
    Sentient: Yes/No
    Sapient: Yes/No
    Means of Sustenance:
    Favourite Food Source:
    Major Competition:
    Mating Rituals: Courtship rituals, mating grounds, mating season, et cetera
    Reproduction: you can include period of gestation
    Organization: does this creature travel in packs or herds, or is it a solitary creature that only meets with members of its species for the mating season?

  2. Name: <st1:sn w:st="on">O'Lak</st1:sn>(Oh-lock)
    The O'Lak stands around 13' at head height and is around17' long. Though appearing as a mammal, small scales are to be found acrosstheir bodies along the ridge on their backs and part of the way up their longthin legs. The rest of the body is covered in a thick, leathery-like hide. Thoughtall and thin these creatures have strong thick bones and thin plates coveringthe internal organs just under the skin that usually protect it from most smallercreatures. The <st1:sn w:st="on">O'Lak</st1:sn> has six sets of legs althoughtwo are vestigial in nature, the foremost place just between the front legs andthe other behind. It is believed that the <st1:sn w:st="on">O'Lak</st1:sn> usethese small front limbs to examine foreign objects they come across. The feetused for walking on are tough but sensitive with long fingers but rather smallclaws on the ends of them. A pair of large eyes rest on either side of the <st1:sn w:st="on">O'Lak</st1:sn>'s arrow shaped head and are usually golden, brown, orgreen in color. Just behind the eyes rests two small horns thought to be usedin mating displays or to fend off trespassers on their territory. The animal'shide itself is usually dull in color ranging from green to brownish grey,sometimes with stripes or other markings across it for camouflage.
    Habitat: The O'Lak usually live indense forests or jungles near large bodies of water where if need be they canswim away from larger predators. Although in some places there are still largefish that remain in the lakes that sometimes take them under when they make anescape attempt. They prefer warmer areas where they can bask in the sun to keeptheir bodies warm.
    Life-span: Thirtyor more years.
    Means of Sustenance:The O'Lakprefer to graze on leaves and fruit from trees their tall bodies can easilyreach. They also sometimes dive to the bottoms of lakes or ponds to feed on theweeds and moss that grow there.
    Favourite Food Source: Sarrianberry bushes. They have small yellow or red fruit that is very sweet to thetaste.
    Major Competition: Other herbivores.

    Mating Rituals:<st1:sn w:st="on">O'Lak</st1:sn> mating rituals are much likethe giraffe of earth. The rivals size each other up first then one of themeither lashes out with its feet or tries to bash the other with his horns. Occasionallythey will bite although this typically doesn't do much damage. If one <st1:sn w:st="on">O'Lak</st1:sn> is larger than the other usually these battles do notoccur.
    One to two <st1:sn w:st="on">O'lak</st1:sn>are born live after ten to eleven months of gestation. Their skin is usually verydark in color and is delicate; it fades and thickens after a few weeks. Theystand about three feet tall and five feet long.
    Organization:<st1:sn w:st="on">O'lak</st1:sn> caneither travel as loners or in small unrelated groups made up of either females,males or both.
    Other: The <st1:sn w:st="on">O'lak </st1:sn>have a long whistling call that can be heard for miles. This is typically usedif it is in search of others of its kind or has been separated from its group.