21- Feral War Ostrich by Jay042

21st Apr 2020, 4:42 PM in Jay042
21- Feral War Ostrich by Jay042
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21st Apr 2020, 4:42 PM
Jay042
During and after the Ostrich War ended, a large number of the ostrich cavalry mounts got loose. The soldiers just shrugged it off, but the biologists were appalled. It turns out the war ostriches were not just bred for combat, but had been genetically altered to increase their size, stamina and aggression.

These creatures were a new subspecies that were introduced into the wild, and were quickly overtaking the native ostriches. Locals also noted the increased ferocity of the birds, and reports of deaths and injuries from the creatures were increasing.

Biologists are trying to contain the new feral species, they've worked with veterans of the war to try and locate likely where the creatures might have been released. But all these years since the war mean the species has probably taken hold.

Comments:

21st Apr 2020, 5:26 PM
Microraptor
I am still marveling at the fact that we started with a hotel in Monaco and are now somewhere in Africa...

This conceptionally has vibes of the Africanized bees, the feral camels in Australia... and that rhea population in Germany...
21st Apr 2020, 7:42 PM
Jay042
Well, all these aspects of the Ostrich War do interlace with what's been established.
22nd Apr 2020, 9:46 AM
Microraptor
BTW...

"Biologists are trying to contain the new feral species, they've worked with veterans of the war to try and locate likely where the creatures might have been released."

That sounds like a good premise for a future story with the Cryptida core team plus Selene Wildebees...
(*mentally jots that down*)
21st Apr 2020, 5:59 PM
lirvilas
Why am I seeing busted up veterans of this horror, giving up on the mundane misery of peace and disappearing into the bush?

"When the birds bite and kick a wounded man to death, they do so openly, without hypocritical pretensions of mercy." -Von Hayek
26th Apr 2020, 11:03 AM
Jay042
Your quotes from Von Hayek remind me a lot of the flavor text on Magic the Gathering cards. And a Feral War Ostrich does sound like a 3/2 white creature with trample
26th Apr 2020, 3:08 PM
Microraptor
Oh, just imagine, an Ostrich War trading card game....
Or even an LIR/AB/Kaza&Gwenna/Cryptida/et cetera-verse trading card game in general! 0.o
26th Apr 2020, 9:05 AM
JammyTheBirb
The ecological implications are bad, but as a bird, I must love it...
26th Apr 2020, 9:18 AM
lirvilas
^ best comment ever