|Lower Taxonomy Ranks
|Raptors are cold-blooded, serpent-like beasts that inhabit dense forest regions. They often hunt their prey in pairs, with one acting as the decoy and the other lying in wait until the prey is tired, then taking it unawares. Even though hunting the raptor can prove a lethal endeavor, the risk is often undertaken due to the combined value of the raptor's skin and venomous fangs, which fetch handsome prices from practitioners of alchemy.|
The raptor is a sharp-set and full thirsty serpent, and naught but the lifeblood of man or beast may slake his bitter thirst, as it is said coldness of the raptor's blood driveth him to murther.
In bolts and copses, raptors scheme and forge a plot between them: one acteth the bait, and lureth their quarry on a chase over root and knot, and when their quarry waxeth weary, the second leapeth forth from hidden boughs and by great subtlety of guile, slayeth the prey and drinketh his blood anon for to warm himself.Yet in spite of divers perils, he is oft for his silken skin of scales hunted and flayed, and his venomous claws be accounted good and profitable in working of Alchemic.
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