Een

'''Eens''' are a species of flightless mammalian dragon. Their anatomy is loosely based on that of a hyena, and are usually bi-colored. They are Caroline's shrine dragon and only found in the western region of Compass. It is not uncommon for them to be domesticated and kept as pets within cities and larger towns.

Caroline's shrine party consists of one female een and three male eens. There had been more before Great Rebellion, but durring the seige many members of the shrine party were killed, leaving only the four that currently reside there. The four, after the seige, were given immortal status and the female was corrinated as Caroline's emmisary adnt the leader of the shrine party.


Appearance

Eens have the general body structure of the Crocuta (hyena) family. They are noted for having four ears for being able to hear nearby (upper ears) and distant (lower ears) sounds. The back of the forelegs have a wing-like membrane that is not advanced enough for flight. A similar structure exists on either side of the spin btween the fore and hind legs. While it does not occur in all eens, most are dual colored. The body is one color while the muzzle, mane, back, and sometimes ears are another. The neck is slightly elongated to be able to have the head reach the ground easily and be raised high enough to get a better range of sight and sound.

Subspecies are generally named for the length of the mane (i.e. Maned Een, Short Haired Een), and then the area they reside in. (i.e. Plains Een, Tundra Een, Forest Een). The only exception are domesticated eens, whose area categorization becomes 'domestic' instead regional. A full subspecies name includes both (i.e. Maned Tundra Een, Short Haired Doemstic Een).

Habitat

Eens ware located in the western region of Compass, mostly in the center where the climate is the most constant.

Social Structure

Eens live in clans called "threads" of anywhere from 20 to 30. There is a hierarchy among each gender, with a position in the female hierarchy being always one position above the male equivalent. It is rare for there to be eens living outside of a thread, but those released into the wild from domesticated habitats often remain in solitude.

Females are the dominant gender in the een species, and any decisions by the alpha female are final. In times of plenty, competition over food is rare but during famine the alpha female is the first to eat, followed by other females. Males sometimes do not receive food at all. If too many members begin to starve, a thread may leave it's territory and merge with a neighboring thread to survive. A female een will remain in her thread for her entire life, while a male will leave to find a mate upon reaching sexual maturity (15-20 years). Eens mate for life and usually only have one or two mates in a lifetime.

Eens give live birth, generally 4-8 kits in a litter. Kits are born furless, with their eyes open and formed teeth. A full coat of fur grows in over a period of two weeks. Kits are raised by females who are either lame, too old, or have some other reason to not be part of the hunting party. All members of the thread at some point take an active role in raising the kits once they are old enough to leave the maternity den (6 months-1 year).

Communication

Eens communicate through a series of yips, barks, chirps, and howls. They have advanced enough vocal chords to speak human language, but it is a learned behavior and eens are not born with the knowledge.

Diet

Eens are omnivores. During times of plenty the mostly hunt deer, horses, or caribou (Depending on region), and forage for berries and sweet plants. During famine they will eat whatever they can find, humans included.


Category: Dragons // Western Compass
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