Kaiyogon Species

This is an original species created by Zed Shirogane.

This page is currently a Work In Progress: updated infographics coming soon

Kaiyogons (K-ai-yo-gon-s) are a subspecies of water dragons, their name is based on the Japanese word for “Ocean”. They are a dragon-like aquatic reptilian, based off an illustration I made in 2013.

  • Feather gills near horns
  • Lots of segmented fins
  • Long, powerful tail
  • Tail fin splits into 4 individual fins
  • Long serpent like bodies
  • Intricate designs along the sides of the body
  • Four limbs: 2 arms and 2 legs
  • No webbing between claws
  • Dew claws very similar to thumbs
  • Bioluminescent patterns
  • Sharp teeth: carnivorous
  • Horns (approximately 2-3 on head, 1 on snout)
  • Many have more than 3 horns and come in all shapes and sizes
  • Fins tend to be sharp and boney
  • No wings

Environment
Kaiyogons live in a great variety of ecosystems. Their most common population is found in sea caves, as the darkness enhances their bioluminescence but the pressure isn’t very hard on their bodies. However, Kaiyogons have been spotted thriving in almost every large body of water: deep sea trenches, arctic seas, swamps, lakes, rivers, tropical reefs, and even on island beaches. Kaiyogons that are found in other bodies of water tend to have different coloration, patterns, and other traits that are adapted to suit their territories.

Diet
Kaiyogons are carnivores. Most eat fish, ranging between large tuna to sardines. Some have been spotted carrying rays, sharks, crustaceans, and even some porpoises in their mouths returning from hunting. Their diets are relatively open, as their stomachs can digest spoiling meat; however, they cannot digest very large bones. This has been confirmed when a researcher witnessed a group of Kaiyogons eat a whale carcass and leave all the bones intact. They are not picky eaters when it comes to protein. Many have feared that they could attack a human, but it was discovered that Kaiyogons are taught to eat certain animals from their parents when they are young. If a young Kaiyogon has never eaten a shark, it will never even attempt to when it has matured. There are no reports of Kaiyogons attacking humans in the wild.

Sexual Dimorphism
Female Kaiyogons are in general larger than males. Female Kaiyogons use their size to guard dens and nests from predators and other aggressive females. Males on the other hand are more nomadic and tend to spend most of their lives traveling the seas. Males only stay in one place when helping the female that they chose raise their children. While the female stays in the nest the male goes out to hunt for food and bring nesting materials for the female. Females tend to have brighter bioluminescence and also have very elaborate and complex patterns on their bodies. They use these as well as size and posturing to attract males. Males on the other hand tend to be able to camouflage into their surroundings more easily and can evade predators better. Females can be territorial, and sometimes when resources are low some females can attack other nesting females to crush their eggs and steal their nest. Female fights over nesting territory and materials can get brutal, but usually the fights don’t break out and the winner is chosen through posturing and flashing bioluminescence. Kaiyogons can be extremely diverse in pattern and coloration, which creates interesting tussles over territories.

Life Cycle
Kaiyogons live around 70 years. They reach maturity at around 20 years old. Kaiyogons are a child nurturing species, parents will spend 15+ years caring for their offspring and will still spend time with their offspring later in their lives. When a male Kaiyogon reaches maturity, it heads out into the oceans to explore territories and hunt. When a female Kaiyogon reaches maturity, it stays with its parents for a few more years as it tries to find a territory near its birthplace to inhabit and build a nest on. This behavior helps keep inbreeding within the species to a minimum, as males never seek mates from the same area as it grew up in, and keeps the gene pool diverse. Female Kaiyogons eventually settle in territories and spend the rest of its life living there and protecting it. If a female fails at keeping its territory, it leaves in search of a new one to claim. Kaiyogons are fertile until age 50, which by then they would have mated for life and have had children. After around age 50, the mated Kaiyogons give up their territory to younger couples. Older Kaiyogons are respected by all others, and are taken care of and prized within a community for their wisdom. All territories are open for an old Kaiyogon, as they are docile and do not provoke others. Older Kaiyogons usually spend the rest of their days peacefully and happily, passing on knowledge to the other generations.

Language
Kaiyogons have a spoken language, however it is not their primary language. The Kaiyogon culture has a lot of body language and even bioluminescent pattern language. Kaiyogons also have a written language, although it is not used very often. It is mostly used for sculptures and temples. Folklore and storytelling is a large component in Kaiyogon culture, and is often told by much older Kaiyogons.

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