Afeahyalhtow

Winged life-form native to the Aslan homeworld, Kusyu (Kilrai’ / Dark Nebula 1919). These carnivore/killer flyers mass roughly 1 kg, and have a wingspan of .75 meters. Their lower limbs have evolved as grasping claws to carry prey or perch on tree limbs or high rocks. Afeahyalhtow have sharp eyesight, that can adjust to a wide range of lighting conditions. They have one claw can inject a poison which paralyses within a few minutes. Its effects wear off after about an hour. The venom is not usually harmful to creatures over 5 kg, but can be deadly to humans who develop an allergic reaction. The primary purpose of the poison is to slow the prey or render it unconscious, allowing the afeahyalhtow to feed (it prefers live meat).

Domesticated long before the Aslan achieved star flight, afeahyalhtow are popular as pets, and are found almost anywhere Aslan are found. They are independent, somewhat aloof, but capable of strong affection and attachment – often likened to cats in human space. As pets, they are relatively gentle and companionable, but most humans find their feeding habits distasteful. Domesticated afeahyalhtow are raised and trained much as falcons and goshawks in human space. Properly trained, they can be used to track and hunt prey; such trained hunters will administer poison to the prey, but will feed only when permitted to do so by their owner.

Afeahyalhtow respond poorly to being caged; they become listless, lose their hunting spirit, and eventually die. Most owners let them fly free, after attaching small straps around their feet to prevent the stinger claw from functioning. On a starship, they usually require an hour or two per day of flying in the ship’s cargo compartment or some other open space. Afeahyalhtow are not common in human space, except on worlds heavily settled by Aslan colonists. Some humans do keep them as pets, and they command high prices commercially.

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