Hey guys! Here is the bio for faction number two of the vanguard race. The vanguards are comprised of 4 different races if you were curious. The Vanguards themselves, the Almera, The Maran, and the Narn. This bio is for the Almera and I hope you enjoy it as this is the dragon race! Enjoy everyone!
Almera = One Dragon
Almeran = Two or more, or describing them
The Almera as the title says are dragons. The almera are a very intelligent race which shares a planet with the Maran, the wolverine race. The almera are highly intelligence and are able to do complex equations if presented with some. If you teach one to do algebra, it will be able to do algebra. The IQ of an alerma is roughly the IQ of two humans put together. They are labeled as geniuses by the vanguard and highly respected by them as well. The almera have high intelligence but the reason why they are not a dominate race like the vanguard is because their basic animal instinct is dominate. They cannot speak nor have the bodies designed to build great moments and ships (hands- thumbs). Because of their dominate animal trait they act like animals and well, do what animals do. They hunt, preferably in packs, and when in the service to a vanguard soldier, strive to please them (like a dog would to a human). Even though they act like animals, the vanguard do not treat them as pets. They are treated like soldiers and people just the narn and anyone else the vanguard would let into their society. The almera are seen as soldiers and thus mixed in with vanguard military. Vanguard soldiers ride the almera into battle and the almera act as aerial cavalry. Usually, each legion will have roughly 250,000 Almera serving.
The almera reproduce through mating and one of the perks (if you are a male almera) is being treated like a king. For some odd reason and vanguard scientists do not know why, almeran males only live two years and then die. The Almera and vanguard can’t figure out why. To make things worse, males are rare in their species. When a male is born, the females do everything for the male like hunting, cleaning, etc. Females from all over will fly to meet the male and mate with him. An average Almeran male can mate 15 or so times a day. Each female he mates with will produce an average of 100-200 eggs. About 80% of the eggs will survive and hatch into Almeras’. In one day, an average male almeran will mate with enough females to produce 1500 eggs. They live a couple years so do the math. About one in every 1200 eggs is a male dragon.
Once the baby dragons are born, the mother will spend two weeks taking care of them and getting their stronger. The mothers will then make a yelling like sound to call all the babies to her. The babies will then latch onto her and the mother will begin flying. Once high in the air, the mother will make this vibrating motion which will startle the babies and cause them to let go. The mother does this to see which ones are strong enough to continue on. The babies will free fall till they figure out either open their wings and start flying or don’t figure it out and fall to their deaths. An average Almeran mother will lose 4-5 babies during this test. The mother will then yell again instructing the babies to return to the nest. The mother will fly down and retrieve her dead young. She will bring them to the peak of the mountain or highest location she can find (if she is not near a mountain) and give her young a burial. The remaining babies will learn how to fly better and from there proceed to becoming an adult dragon.
If a male should happen to be born, the female will not do the flying test with him. She will carry the young dragon in her mouth during the test. Even if the male isn’t strong enough to fly, she still needs him to live in order for him to grow up and make more almeras. The success rate at which males make it to adult hood is high so the almeran race has never had any problems keeping their populations high. As for food being an issue, almeras’ digest food slowly, thus reducing the need to feed often. For such big creatures, they require little to no food. This is something seen in tarantulas on earth. Tarantulas require little food and can even fast for a year or more and not have any problems at all.
Almera control half of the planet they live on. The other half is controlled by the Maran. The Maran and Almera have no beef with one another but used to clash from time to time. Once the vanguard came into the picture, fighting was outlawed and after a period of time both sides grew closer and became a family. Like the narn, both sides fell in love with the vanguard race but unlike the narn, both sides fell in love with all the battles the vanguard were in. Almera love to fight and never back down. The Almera have strong feet with sharp talons on them. Also, the almera are able to shoot an acid like blog from their mouth at the enemy. The blog is super thick and sticky, so once it reaches a person it is never coming off and will slowly eat away at their bodies.
The almeran society is ruled by a alpha female who the vanguard call a queen. She rules the entire race and acts like a queen be would. The other dragons protect her and feed her. Queen dragons are usually chosen because of their size. If a queen fails to produce suitable heirs a new queen is usually selected. Queens are massive in size and double and sometimes triple the size of an average dragon. These dragons have been identified by vanguard scientists to have a genetic error which causes this overgrowth. But, those with the genetic error do not mind as it allows them to become queen. This disorder is rare so a queen may rule for years without ever encountering a problem.
Well, that is it. If you have any questions or would like to add something please let me know in the comments below.