Adult valembats construct massive tunnels up to a hundred feet long in which to live. During the dry season when food is scarce, valembats will dig for juicy roots and tubers to sustain themselves, and in the wet season, they can occasionally be spotted wandering outside their burrow's entrance at night to graze. The majority of a valembat's diet consists of grass, and although a mature valembat is only about the size of a large cat, they require massive amounts of grass to sustain themselves. As they live deep within the grass forest, and are usually only seen at night, valembats rarely come into contact with humans except when they make their biennial migration. Although herbivorous and less than intimidating to behold, don't be fooled -- valembats are armed with long incisors and powerful claws that can inflict painful wounds. They are heavier than they look, too, and it is not unheard of for valembats to charge and bowl people over when threatened.
Natives of Foenara, valembats are typically found deep in underground burrows within the Grass Forest. While not inherently foul-tempered, valembats tend to be solitary and territorial, except during their short breeding season that occurs every two years. Male valembats prepare for this time by digging out the reddest roots and tubers, which pigment their fur a bright pink color when eaten. The males with the brightest and pinkest coats attract the most mates. About two weeks before the start of the breeding season, all of the valembats begin the short migration to the hill on the edge of Foenara, disregarding farms and villages as they make their march to their traditional breeding grounds. The ground in the particular hills when the valembats congregate are soft, with layers of ash mixed in with the soil, and provides an excellent substrate in which the female valembats can build temporary nesting burrows. The males leave soon after mating, but the females stick around, using the safety of their numbers to deter predators while they raise their joeys.
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: PKGriffin