4. III - Manticores
3rd Augorsd 3779, 9th Eon
Mountains, volcanoes and deserts of the southern eastern regions.
The same size as griffins, being about the size of barn houses. Wingspan however is smaller, at about forty meters.
Manticores are truly aggressive, formidable and some even say amongst the university, evil creatures. To sum them up rather boldly. They have been known to kill, devour and gnaw on their prey till there is nothing left. Even if human, no clothing is left uneaten. With the barbed scorpion's tail, they inject their prey with lethal venom that paralyzes the victim by attacking the nerves, and in doing so, eventually shutting it's brain off to the rest of the body. The spines on their tales have also been known to be fired as projectiles, and whilst inaccurate and short ranged, they will still deliver the same amounts of poison as if physically injected with contact. And after taking samples, analysis has led me to believe that one drop of venom will kill a target in seconds, and one drop is enough to kill a thousand men all at once. Male manticores usually have horns crested upon their heads, and their large, bat-like wings mean that they are not as swift and delicate as a griffin or dragon, but they are still certainly able fliers.
Studying these beasts for a year, I have seen that local griffins, hippogriffs and sphinxes battle endlessly with these blood-lusting creatures. They constantly fight over territory, food or the simple fact that the manticore needed to feed. These creatures seem to show no fear, and will attack anything they can, not at all welcome in any territory by any living being. Even hunters will actively avoid them, whilst their body parts could be very valuable, to try and take one on is almost certain suicide. It will take more than a bow and arrow to down a manticore...
From what I could see, there were no other subspecies. Probably because the dominant, current species of Manticore hunted the mall down. Betrayal of Natural Selection, it seems...
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia