Typhon

Typhon (Os petalum) are a species of large, emaciated humanoid predators which can reach heights of six to ten feet. They have slimy gray, white, brown, or green skin with enormous five jointed limbs. These arms end in four long and clawed hands. Their feet and legs are similar in appearance to those of a theropod, and they are extremely adapted for climbing, leaping, and kicking.

Their heads have a unique structure, appearing to be completely faceless until their jaw opens to reveal six denticulated “petals” which open to reveal a tusked ellipsoid maw. They have highly distinctive collar and hip bones.

Biology

Ecology

Typhon are mid to top-tier social predators which utilize traps, numbers, ambushes, and flanking maneuvers to hunt prey. While they are considered the top of the foodchain in most locations, simply because of their high population, they are hunted by many other predators which can take them down. Although their meat is toxic to most sapient beings, they can still supply nutrients to certain predators.

They appear to have a symbiotic relationship with the Tanglement, as they appear to lay their eggs in its vines. The Tanglement vines then implant the eggs into hosts captured by the Typhon.

Reproduction

Typhon young are endoparasitoid, meaning they live inside a host before inevitably killing it. Typhon males are separated into Alphas, and Omegas. Omegas are standard males, usually being at the bottom of the pack’s hierarchy. Alphas are leaders, they are also the only males with the right to mate with the females.

Upon mating with a male, the female Typhon will seek out any living creature it can find. Usually, this is the Alpha or another Omega. Once it finds and incapacitates it, the female will carry the organism to the nearest Tanglement, and will lay its embryo into hollow vines in the mass. The female will deposit the unconscious organism and depart.

The Tanglement will insert the Typhon embryo into the organism, who will incubate the larva until they fully gestate and eventually consume/cannibalize the organism. Upon exiting the body, they mature through multiple nymph stages before becoming sexually mature.