In The Shadow of the Dead Gods
Gaj dwell in extensive burrows that interconnect to form a community but, aside from pain tyrants, they hunt alone or in mated pairs. Each gaj or pair has its own tunnels and rarely interacts with its neighbors. The community does band together to defend the colony, and to engage in group hunts led by pain tyrants. But when the larder runs low, gaj turn on one another – including their mates.
A gaj uses it feathery antennae to invade the mind of its prey, ripping at its victim’s thoughts and creating paralyzing terror. Gaj telepathically mocks enemies for their weakness and goads them to foolish action. Gaj pain tyrants are longer and more slender then mindhunters. Their vestigial antennae, though useless as limbs, compel obedience through agonizing psychic lashes.
Gaj are prized in arenas across the Tyr Region for their cunning and ferocity in battle. Thus they command a high price, and monster hunters take great risks to capture live specimens.
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