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Bativul, Nocturnal Scavengers (A to Z, B)

2 April, 2022

298px-Mariana_Fruit_BatThe Sundering did more than just shatter the world, it released a titanic amount of magical power that washed over the lands changing and empowering things.  On a distant island, which exact one is not known, it is thought a colony of bats and a flock of  carrion birds were combined into a new creature, the Bativul.  Slowly over the decades and centuries they have spread throughout the Sea of Stars.

The average Bativul looks like a large feathered bat, they weigh as much as 2kg (4.5 lbs) with a wingspan of up to 1.75m (5.75 feet).  Their mouths are full of sharp, tearing teeth backed by powerful jaws, given time they can easily strip all the flesh from a body and then crack the bones.  They are skilled scavengers and operate in small packs, eating flesh from dead bodies, rotting fruit and vegitables only turning to fresh fruits and live prey when they are not other options.  Their digestion is frighteningly efficient and they produce very concentraited waste that is rich in nitrates and often used as fertilizer.

Like many scavengers, they are nocturnal coming out at night to search for food.  They avoid people and predators, picking over the abandoned kills and leaving of other creatures, garbage piles and spoil heaps are a favored hunting grounds for them.  They are only hostile to living creatures in self-defense or if starving and then they tend to attack only the weak or wounded.

The cries of the Bativul are high and haunting and they carry far on the wind.  They communicate with each other, seeking food and avoiding dangers.  Like most carrion eaters, they are considered an ill-omen and actively hunted in some cultures.

Bativuls lay eggs but also nurse their young as they are not quite bird nor mammal.

Notes:  Scavengers are important in any ecosystem.

Image from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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