Developed by Fridgar
The Scalv Ziemia has made it's home in Northern Gauthrel, though they still cling to the underground and dark caves. They were brought to Uthaldria by an incompetent pirate, transporting valuable eggs. Little did he know the eggs were fertilised and very capable of swiftly killing him when they hatched. Since then, the Scalvs have been free to flourish with plenty of prey to fight and lots of land to make their own.
The Scalv Ziemia originated in Scalvoris, once believed to be ordinary sized snakes that found their way to the vast quantities of Roipo and Permanently altered their genetics with generations of exposure to the magical nectar. This has only helped them survive the harsh conditions of Uthaldria. Where they were the Apex predators of the small Island of Scalvoris, they are now but little fish in a very big pond. On the other hand, The Scalv now has plenty of subjects to feed their enormous appetites.
Lifespan and Development:
Scalv Ziemia hatch in groups of four to five in the nectar of Roipo pots. They're often 5-6 feet long as hatchlings and weigh roughly 110-140 lbs. Upon emerging from the eggshell, their scales are soft and very delicate, they break like paper, their scales are often white without any patterns at the age of 0. Thanks to the prolonged effects of constant absorption of Roipo Nectar over dozens of generations of Scalv Ziemia, they mature very quickly over the space of 30 trials.
At 10 trials old, the Scalv Ziemia has grown to 20-25 feet long, they weigh in at about 300-500lbs. Their scales have hardened up enough and can take a little more punishment than the skin on people and animals, their scales usually change pigment at this age to a grey or brown, depending on the stone native to the Scalv Ziemia's place of birth. Their fangs develop at this point too; Large, dagger sized points of super hard bone, some claim it to be harder than steel. This makes the young Scalv Ziemia very susceptible to poachers as their fangs sell for a pretty nel. They often leave the nest at this age, ready to take on most prey and predators alike. They hunt with stealth, striking at the very last second and crushing their prey in their coils at 90-95psi and swallowing them whole, often still alive.
Come the age of 20 trials, the Scalv Ziemia Is barely recognisable, stretching as far as 46-52 feet long and weighing in at roughly 1020-1150 lbs, they gain considerable thickness in their tails which add greatly to their previously mentioned crushing power. Their scales are harder than the stone itself at this age, they shrug off most attacks by humans and other animals alike, they are immune to bladed weapons including axes. Bludgeons do little unless the wielder is also an expert in strength. Their bones are harder than steel at this point and tear through plate armour like cardboard. The creature is very dangerous at this age. Their scales are now completely to their transition of either brown or grey and along their backs, dark patterns have formed in brilliant tapestry, stretching across their body, sometimes touching the under belly of the beast. The marks are often black but have been seen in deep shades of red, blue and green. Scalv Ziemia are notorious for feeding on farmer's livestock, their accelerated growth requires a lot of sustenance, five times its weight in meat.
Finally, at adulthood, the Scalv Ziemia has fully grown at the age of 30 trials. Their long bodies stretch from 60-74 feet long and weigh in between 1400 and 1950 lbs. Though the largest Scalv Ziemia ever recorded measured at a staggering 80 feet long and weighed 2160lbs. These creatures are monstrous in appearance, wielding fangs like short swords, stronger than most conventional metals. Their scales don't develop much at this age, having already achieved near enough to their peak of toughness at 20 trials old, except for spines that grow in pairs along their back, in the colour of their markings. Melee doesn't affect the Scalv Ziemia unless the wielder is at master strength or above, and even then, the Scalv Ziemia is ridiculously hard to break through, it is recommended that you wield a pickaxe should you be dull enough to fight this thing with a melee weapon at all. Explosives and cannons are often needed to dispose of these creatures. They have all but abandoned the crushing method for their prey and often swallow small and medium animals, sometimes large, whole without difficulty. it's rare that these behemoths emerge from their caves or underground nests however.
Scalv Ziemia live for up to 10 arcs and can settle down to start their own nests at any age after 30 trials, when their massive metabolisms slow down to half their body weight in food a week. Similar to the jacadons of Rynmere, the Scalv will turn to stone upon death. This process can take up to a break or finish almost instantly, depending on how abrupt the cause of death was. Colossal statues of packed stone stand in guard of what used to be their nests.
Carnivorous, during their younger days the Scalv Ziemia needs constant access to massive volumes of meat. Most Scalv Ziemia perish, due to lack of sustenance, to their enormous appetites and accelerated metabolisms.
Aggressive before adulthood and will often go out of their way to kill and eat anything in its vicinity. Though calm significantly at the age of 28 trials. Scalv Ziemia often end up either underground or hardy workers for human races that tame them at the age of 30 trials. If the owner of the beast can provide massive amounts of food for the creature, they don't see much harm in lending a hand to the weaker animals. Should a master forget to feed their new companion, they best hope that their beloved pet doesn't turn on them for their next meal.
Massive strength, tremendous weight and super thick, incredibly hard scales. The Scalv Ziemia are tanky, heavy and bulky serpentine monstrosities forged on an Island you'd least expect - Scalvoris. Their eyes are hyper sensitive to light , which gives them full night vision with light as little as the shining stars.
Carnivorous, during their younger days the Scalv Ziemia needs constant access to massive volumes of meat. Most Scalv Ziemia perish due to lack of sustenance to their enormous appetites and accelerated metabolisms. They cannot go out in sunlight without eye protection in fear of going blind.