The Biology of Valfalk (/Valphalk/Valstrax) with drawings and diagrams!
Author’s note: I have created a sort of Wikipedia-style biological summary of Valfalk/Valphalk/Valstrax with speculative features and explanations of its capabilities. Please note that this is largely speculative and based primarily on my very basic knowledge of biology and general observation of these specimens. Everything is labeled so you can go to specific sections if you wish. However, I have added a scoop (almost twice as many words as in the Zinogr post), and I recommend that you read the entire article. That said, longer content means a greater risk of errors. I have done two grammatical revisions and three proofreads, but there may still be some typos, grammatical errors, or editorial errors, for which I apologize. I also apologize in advance for my poor drawing skills.
(Note: many taxonomic classifications are called terrestrial species classifications because I don’t have the creative energy to find Latin words with the correct sound for each species, which simplifies the process and makes it easier to find links).
Whale Falcon is derived from the English word “valor” (bravery) and the Japanese word “farukon” (meaning falcon). The genus Dracocometa is derived from the Latin “Draco” and “Cometa,” meaning dragon and comet, respectively. This refers to the classification of the whale falcon (senior dragon), the use of dragon energy, and the frequent confusion with comets. The specific name, argenti, comes from the Latin “argenti” meaning silver, and the Greek “pteryga” meaning wings, referring to the silvery sheen of its scales, which is especially visible on its unique wings. In general, the name of the genus and species can be interpreted as “silver-winged dragon comet”.
1.size and appearance
Valphalk (alternate spelling: Valphalk. Also called Valstrax) is a poor, medium-sized dragon (Hexapoda) of which only a few specimens are known, living mostly in remote areas and at high altitudes. Particularly large specimens can reach a length of 26.75 meters, although the average length of the species is between 20 and 25 meters. They are covered with silvery scales. Upon closer inspection, it was determined that the metallic appearance is due to the thin titanium leaves on the surface of the scales. The scales are ocean blue and the iris is crimson.
The Walfalk has some basic characteristics of the Elder Dragon. For example, they have six limbs, four of which are long and slender, with an upright posture, indicating a derived species, for a ground dweller. The other pairs are located above and partly in front of the first pair of running limbs, and have elongated fingers, as in all other species of the true ancient dragons, where they often form membranous wings, although in the sphere of Ishawalda these membranes are very reduced. The digits themselves are also very large, with half slits at the bottom. The scales are medium-sized, thin and overlapping.
2. the morphology of the skull and head
The skull is elongated, thin, and pale, with the eye sockets partly facing forward. The jaws are long and relatively similar to those of birds, with the skull and lower jaw extending from the teeth to the base of the beak. The beaks themselves are made of keratin and lined with titanium, as are the scales with curved upper beaks. The teeth are narrowly toothed, laterally compressed, and serrated at the posterior edge (superficially similar to the teeth of Komodo dragons), allowing them to open and work the flesh effectively. Two or three replacement teeth are permanently poised below the functional row, ready to fall out in case of fracture. The skull bones are relatively thin, with large crevices. And the posterior bones of the skull and jaw, namely the parietal, squamosal and quadratojugal, extend into five bony arms supporting a crown of titanium-coated keratin horns. The base of the medial horn also acts as a sagittal ridge, supporting remarkably large jaw muscles that run through the temporal and supratal window and connect to the mandible, producing significant biting force. The attachment points at the back of the skull have been enlarged, allowing better connection with the powerful neck muscles and facilitating the filing of the saw. Wider nostrils allow for greater airflow, both for basic functions and jet engines. The conical bones in the nostrils deflect harmful shock waves. The brain body is medium in size and contains a fairly large brain in the shape of a shallow bird’s body.
An image of the skull showing the muscles of the jaw:
The large eyes look partially forward and provide good binocular vision. The retina is lined with numerous cone cells that allow very fine perception of light across the visual spectrum and in the ultraviolet, and with a sufficient number of rod cells for adequate night vision. The eyes also have a deep fovea that allows for better focusing (similar to that of land eagles), and the blood vessels supplying the retina are concentrated in the pectin structure, reducing the amount of light blocked by the capillaries, as in the pectin oculi of land birds. The iris of the eyes, which glows crimson due to the high content of fly elements in the capillaries, is powerful and can accurately dilate and contract the pupil from a wide oval to a fine slit. The relatively narrow pupil limits the field of view, leading to tunnel vision and occasional in-flight collisions with airships and vortices, but also protects his sensitive eyes from excessive glare. The spiny or third eyelid membranes are very clear and relatively strong, protecting the eyes from particles floating in the air at high speeds.
The sense of smell is reduced at low chemoreceptor densities due to the absence of taste particles in the air.
The ears are sensitive enough, probably for intraspecific communication. During flight, however, the muscles close the ear openings and cover the ear canals with a quiet surface that protects them from the noise of jet engines.
The focolus, which integrates the signals from the muscles, tendons, joints and skin, occupies a large portion of the total brain mass, 7%. This system allows Walfalcus to precisely manipulate the muscles and wings of the eyes.
As mentioned above, the Valstrax scales are oval in shape, overlapping and lined with titanium. Their scales act similarly to those of fish, in that they create a streamlined flow of fluid (air) on the surface and reduce drag. Titanium is a very strong and biologically inert material. Because of its relatively high melting point, the scales can withstand the heat generated by friction during high-speed driving. The underside of the scales is lined with blood vessels and is partially exposed by overlap, allowing excess internal temperature to be released to the air. The scales can be lifted, increasing the area of the exposed cooling surfaces due to increased air resistance and turbulence, especially during cruise flight, to maintain a stable internal temperature. The lower layer of the shell, which is in direct contact with the dermis, is the insulating layer. The dermis is filled with compressible connective tissue that deforms and absorbs some energy when subjected to a violent shock. The subcutaneous tissue consists of fatty tissue and also acts as a shock absorber and insulator.
Skin and weight cut chart: https://imgur.com/gallery/ZKTTGKK
5. the morphology of the skeleton, limbs and tail.
Most Valfal bones are relatively thin and appear to be of lightweight construction, but can withstand the impact of the ground on the 1. This is due to their unique construction. These bones, like the Valstrax scales, contain thin titanium grids as a supporting structure. Titanium is not too heavy (although it is not yet fully used in bones to maintain weight), it is very strong for its weight, and it is biologically inert. The cartilage of the joints and connecting ribs is sufficiently flexible and compressible to deform and absorb shock without causing permanent damage. Joints throughout the body are also designed to flex in a head-on collision, reducing injury and fractures. Bones are populated by osteoblasts, which quickly repair any broken bones or injuries and maintain structural integrity, while the bone marrow contains cartilage stem cells, as well as other parts that are regularly exposed to high stress, namely the circulatory and respiratory systems.
The body, particularly the chest and torso as a whole, is shaped so that air flows faster through the back than through the abdomen, exerting greater pressure on the lower part, resulting in a lifting force.
The wing metacarpals can rotate rapidly forward and backward, allowing for orientation of the rays and use of the hands as gripping tools and weapons. The wing phalanges are elongated and rigidly connected to the joints by sessile tendons. The articular bones extend laterally and obliquely downward like ribs and carry large, ossified, titanium-reinforced plates between them that frame the characteristic teardrop-shaped fingers. In addition to their primary function as shooting tubes, the fingers are also used in weaponry. The scales along the distal edges and at the proximal end of the first finger are fused together and covered with thicker titanium shells that act as blades. The tips of the fingers are also fused and even more angular. The digits are also rather odd in that they are only loosely attached to the hand and can be torn off and extended for long-distance striking, with the edges of the titanium plate attached to the back of the first digit like a spear and then removed to regenerate the spaces. The three digits are connected by a very small yet important membrane. The membrane is very flexible, allowing the fingers to bend to a great extent without causing permanent damage or dislocation. There is also a dense network of blood vessels between the fingers and the membrane, which dissipates and radiates excess heat from the fingers when they are burned.
The legs of the older dragon are of medium length, the forearms and shins are a bit thin. They are scissored and walk on their highly developed toes. The three toes on the ground are close together and have shorter claws for optimal locomotion on the ground, while the toes of the hind limbs can be wide apart with the first finger(s), while the other three can swing backwards for better grip. The claws of the forelimbs are long and strongly curved, with a slightly pointed inner side. The toes also have many points for grasping slippery prey, as in the osprey on land.
The bones of the limbs and the entire body are also designed to interlock to some degree after bending to prevent excessive deformation, while the force is transmitted throughout the skeleton and absorbed in the compressible cartilage and connective tissue. For example, when the Valstrax hits a jagged target on the wings at high speed, especially when the wing is fully extended, the limb is turned slightly backward to prevent the arm from breaking for a moment before snapping into the scapula, This stops the backward motion and allows more force to be transmitted to the target, much like the spears in the rest of the baseplate armor, while all excess force is transmitted through the shoulder into the chest and compresses the cartilage between the ribs. The shoulder and hip joints of the legs will also engage if they are sufficiently tilted backwards so that they can remain tense in flight without muscle.
The tail vertebrae are rigidly attached by ossified tendon rods, which prevent tail drift and drag in flight. These rods are completely covered with titanium, which along with titanium reinforcement of the forehead shifts the center of gravity backward, reducing static stability and increasing maneuverability (a similar concept is used in some human ground technologies, such as the F-16, F-22 and Su-35). In level flight, this is compensated for by moving the lower fingers of the engine downward.
A double row of medium-sized plates with a titanium coating on the bone runs along the back of the Walfalk. The plates are arranged vertically and are only slightly curved, with the largest pair located approximately above the thigh. These plates probably serve as vertical stabilizers, preventing the calf from rolling in the wind. They can also be shifted slightly to serve as rudders for subtle maneuvers.
Photographs of the different parts of the skeleton showing the titanium reinforcement :
Femur with titanium reinforcement and ossified wing plates Titanium plates and scales on the wing Titanium lining Ossified tail tendon rods Keratinized titanium claw sheaths Claw section near the base, wider and without titanium Claw section near the tip, with titanium cutting edge
6. dragon element
(Note: This section is purely a main volcano, as there is not much information about the Elemental Dragon). All creatures in the Monster Hunter world possess “bioenergy,” a mysterious energy source, perhaps a microorganism or substance that contains large amounts of potential energy that can be released by cells and used to replenish ATP. When crudely purified, ATP becomes the raw form of the dragon element, which is highly efficient and stable, found in large quantities in all higher dragons and certain other creatures at the top of the food chain, such as Deviljo and Akantor, who can accumulate high concentrations of bioenergy for recycling. The dragon element can be further refined into a refined dragon element by further purification of impurities and/or the addition of some catalyst or oxidant. This refined state tends to turn crimson, sometimes in the form of lightning cracks (as in Styrian Zinogre, Deviljho and Alatreon), and is highly reactive and flammable. It should be noted that carriers of dragon elements tend to be vulnerable to outside dragon elements, perhaps because they are not equipped to deal with elementals aggressively delivered from outside and used only for their own dragon elements, or simply because they are under control. The purest form of bioenergy glows bright blue and tends to crystallize upon accumulation and contact with air.
Walfalk contains one of the largest amounts of crude and refined draconic elements of any sample, perhaps surpassed only by White Doom. As he absorbs nutrients, his intestinal membranes seem to secrete large impurities from bioenergetic sources, forming draconic crude elements. This process is aided by the very strong stomach acid, which completely breaks down the food for effective processing. This raw energy is used to provide their cells with more energy, increase their strength and senses to a level slightly above the standard level of ancient dragons, and accelerate biological processes such as cell regeneration. Some of this raw energy is then purified in the spleen, creating a clear and refined version that circulates with the lymphocytes of the lymphatic system and can be released into the bloodstream where needed, such as at the head to provide more energy for the brain and eyes (which also causes the iris to glow with a scary crimson glow), in the coronary artery to provide energy for the heart, in the lungs to serve as combustion chambers, and in the wings to create an afterburner.
During periods of aggression and stress, they release more dragon element into their fingers, head and claws, increasing their afterburn effect and infusing their attacks with this element.
7. blood circulation
The Kestrel has a very high density of relatively fine red blood cells that retain oxygen when flying at high altitudes, especially since respiratory activity is greatly reduced during combustion (as will be explained later). The small size of the red blood cells facilitates blood circulation. There are also proteins that bind oxygen in the body’s muscles, as well as in some animals that live in the depths of the earth. The heart is extremely large and powerful to pump dense blood efficiently. The walls of the blood vessels are thick and regenerate quickly to prevent wear and tear. The spleen also produces extra red blood cells that carry oxygen and can be released when oxygen is needed, such as by valvular blood doping. The blood vessels are intertwined with the muscles of the limbs in such a way that the Falcons can selectively squeeze these muscles, namely the legs, tail and neck, to restrict blood flow to certain areas, thus preventing blood stagnation during high speed and/or high G maneuvers.
- Respiratory System
All older dragons have developed a respiratory system similar to that of birds and flying flies (as well as land flies), consisting of a pair of lungs and a series of air sacs: Throat sac, interclavicular sac (upper thorax), anterior thoracic sac, posterior thoracic sac, abdominal sac (stomach sac). Air flows through the lungs and air sac, delivering fresh, oxygenated air to the lungs with each inhalation and exhalation and ridding the lungs of stagnant air. This air-bag system provides older dragons with the oxygen they need for their metabolism and reduces their overall weight.
Basic representation of the parts of the respiratory system :
Airflow pattern during inspiration with normal respiratory activity :
During inhalation, the chest cavity of the clove expands and draws in air through the trachea, which passes through the posterior air sacs. Some of the air escapes into the lungs where gas exchange occurs. Oxidized air leaves the lungs to the anterior alveoli.
Airflow pattern during exhalation with normal respiratory activity :
On exhalation, the chest cavity of the clove is compressed, forcing the remaining oxygenated air from the posterior air sacs into the lungs for gas exchange, while the deoxygenated air from the anterior air sacs is forced through the trachea, exits through the pneumatic humerus in the forearm, and exits into the fingers. This respiratory cycle allows fresh, oxygenated air to continually circulate through the lungs, both when inhaling and exhaling, eliminating stagnant air.
However, in the Valfalk, the breathing system has also been modified to function as an advanced continuous-jet propulsion system that works by compressing air and burning the refined energy of the dragons as fuel to accelerate the dragon through jets in the wings.
Inhalation airflow pattern during jet movement :
https://i.imgur.com/F8h0qYn.jpg inhalation steps for jet lag :
A glandular pump in the throat (as in guard lizards) dilates the trachea, drawing air into the lungs. When the chest cavity expands, the ports that connect the anterior chest pouches to the openings in the chest wall open, and much more air is sucked into the lungs than would be possible with the trachea alone. Air is sucked into the small tubes, increasing the pressure somewhat. The abdominal muscles contract (they start forward and move backward) or undulate (a rapid cycle of partial expansion and contraction) to continually compress the air in the posterior chest and abdominal sacs and bring it to the lungs for combustion. The posterior thoracic and abdominal sacs and the shoulder air sac are relatively thick and composed of highly elastic connective tissue, with an outer support layer that is usually loosely connected, so that a rupture of the inner side does not result in complete rupture and compression and can heal. The lung is divided into two parts. The lower part, which occupies about 25% of the total volume, continues to function for regular gas exchange. The upper part secretes specialized mucus on the inside. This mucus has three important functions: the outer layer prevents oxygen from entering the lungs and holds it for combustion; the lower layer binds escaping CO2 so that it does not accumulate in the bloodstream and become poisoned by Valphalk; and the middle mucus layer serves as a very effective insulator and protects the lungs. Small breaks in the mucus layer occur, allowing the refined dragon element to flow through the dense network of blood vessels in the lungs before they quickly close and fill up again. The highly refined dragon element spontaneously fuses under the pressure of sufficiently hot and oxygenated air. The hot combustion mixture is accelerated into the interclavicular air pocket, where a separator plate prevents it from mixing with normal air and expanding. Normal air withdraws some of the heat from the lung tissue, which passes through the mucus layer in the alveoli and throat. The mixture of hot kite and air passes through the expanded air pocket in the wings and reaches the fingers. As it moves through the digits, more constituents of the kite are released into the stream, greatly increasing the combustion temperature and thus the speed and thrust of the air, essentially acting as an afterburner. This air is blown out through a narrowed orifice and creates forward thrust. The interclavicular and cervical air sacs are filled with a much denser than normal network of blood vessels, which extract heat from the heated air and dissipate it through the open surfaces with blood vessels beneath.
Airflow pattern on exhalation during reactive motion :
Expiration stages during reactive motion :
A dental pump seals the trachea, preventing air from escaping through it. The chest cavity pushes, pushes, and pushes the air left in the anterior chest cavity into the posterior sacs. The deoxygenated air in the cervical and interthoracic sacs is also pushed into the flow and quickly mixes with the oxygenated air, lowering the proportional oxygen content that compensates for the amount of air itself, compared to inhalation. The abdominal muscles partially dilate, allowing the air to flow more easily through them and into the lungs. The air left in these pockets can be used for the following abdominal compression during inhalation. Separation, combustion, and cooling take place as described above. Heated and oxygenated air enters the newly deflated interlavicular and cervical sacs. The afterburn effect occurs as described above.
- Food and Nutrition
Information on the ecology and diet of the Kestrel is limited because it inhabits relatively inaccessible habitats. However, based on observations, it can be concluded that surface aquatic animals, such as Ludroth, are part of their diet. Their keen eyesight and highly developed brains allow them to detect aquatic prey at a distance and adjust to the break before stopping and rushing to their prey. When they hit the water, whale falcons close the openings in their chests and nostrils, and their comfortable webs remain closed to their eyes. They catch the slippery prey with their crooked claws and short fingers, squeezing the remaining air from their jets to get out of the water and back on the move. If the prey is not immediately killed by the blow and the claw blade pierces its internal organs, it will likely die or be neutralized by the G-forces of sudden acceleration. Their foraging mechanism resembles a combination of land falcons and Komodo dragons: they grab onto food, pierce the flesh with a hook, and pull furiously at the muscles of their necks, moving back and forth with the clenched teeth of a zypodon. They can’t swallow much in one gulp, but they are able to tear up and process the flesh very quickly. Underwater prey are also unable to hear the sound of their reactive thrusts.
While there is no direct evidence, it is possible that they also feed on small and medium-sized dragons whenever possible. Valfalk’s entire body and his attacks are loaded with the dragon element, which is a weakness for most other Elders, but not for Valfalk himself. Although Valfalk has a number of other elemental weaknesses, his extensive use of the dragon element can quickly generate the dragon effect, somewhat neutralizing the advantages other Elder Dragons have over him. This also explains his extreme adaptation, as he wants to strike as quickly and as hard as possible. After he surprises flying Senior Dragons with a devastating blow, he uses his kinetic clout to make the most devastating blow possible. This method of hunting bears is similar to that of a land-based Peregrine Falcon (although reduced to 6-7 tons by moving at a rough Mach 1 and using titanium spears loaded with a substance toxic to other Senior Dragons), while the Nergigant’s tactics are closer to those of big cats, bears, or eagles. Rather, they dive from several, perhaps more than a dozen kilometers above the Old Dragon to gain as much speed as possible before alerting their prey to their presence with a sound signal. But since most Old Dragons usually have sharp senses, the Whale Falcon may have intentionally deafened them by the sudden roar of its throws. This hypothesis could also explain how they effectively feed the dragon element. Furthermore, they could go without food for a long time if they fed on the Elder Dragons, as they have high energy and bio-energy levels that give them the peace and solitude they need. If a dragon sees too little, it relies on other prey, such as Ludroth, to maintain its normal bodily functions.
Although they are usually passive and silent when not hunting, whale hawks pose an extremely dangerous threat to enemies of all kinds when provoked. Despite their unmatched flying speed and respectable maneuverability, they prefer to fight on land, using their wings as weapons. When they spread their wings, they can flap their wings and strike with the edge of their fingers. In their normal stance, they can disable the second and third fingers protruding from the first by releasing pushers that work like a giant spear, before quickly turning their entire body and hitting the tips of their fused and frayed fingers. They can unleash long blasts of dragon energy from thrusters, preventing the attacker from burning, melting or scorching. They can also fire short bursts of burning dragon energy in flight that are contained in their slime. Under extreme stress, they enter a state of fight or flight, filling their bodies with the subtle dragon element that escapes through their horns and claws and ignites on contact with the air, giving their wings an intense afterburn effect. In this state, their senses are heightened, their muscles become more powerful, and each strike is charged with dragon energy. When even this is not enough to deter or kill an attacker, the Walvalk performs a seemingly suicidal attack, climbing to a great height, circling around to accelerate and lock onto its target before diving, seeming to break the sound barrier, and crashing onto the target with its extreme wings and body now covered in dragon energy. This usually results in broken bones, shattered cartilage and some internal bleeding in the calf, which then quickly recovers by activating large reserves of stem cells and dragon energy that accelerate cell regeneration. Meanwhile, with the exception of the strongest and most massive monsters, the target usually ends up dead or crippled, suffering from shattered bones, organ damage, severe internal and external bleeding, and an overdose of basic dragon energy.
3. reproduction and life cycle
There is no information available on the reproduction and life cycle of Ishwald Shara, although it is possible that they reproduced asexually, as Doom and Nergigante did.
As an older dragon, a whale falcon probably has above-average intelligence. They can execute and precisely control their complex attacks and aerial maneuvers. These maneuvers also require them to process information effectively, although they may suffer from limited vision and may accidentally fly between airships or other monsters. They can also discern the actual location of underwater prey from a fractured image. They also appear very passive and do not engage in unnecessary conflict unless provoked. Their intelligence to solve problems requires further observation.
Classification and evolution :
The evolutionary history of Valphalcus is largely unknown, although it is probably more closely related to that of the Ishawalde Shara, as both Elder Dragons have a similar body structure, reduced wing membranes, and a complex respiratory system with the ability to suck air through the thorax and excrete it again through the wings. Yet the two species are probably only distantly related, as they look very different and probably have different eating habits. The pressure that led to the development of its jet propulsion system (as well as Ishwald’s balloon guns) is almost a complete mystery. One possible explanation is that this feature initially evolved to improve control and flight speed, while slowly being adopted as the primary mode of propulsion. The addition of the kite element was a gradual change, adding small increases in speed that initially burned light and then increased as the respiratory system built up resistance to heat and pressure. These highly specialized adaptations could rise above the competition of other altwarans and/or, if the above feeding hypothesis is correct, drive out altwarans.
See also :
Biology of Doatalis: https://www.reddit.com/r/MonsterHunter/comments/jx10ag/the_biology_of_fatalis/.
Vaal Hazak Biology:https://www.reddit.com/r/MonsterHunter/comments/k57iww/the_biology_of_vaal_hazak/
The biology of the Ischwald bulb: https://www.reddit.com/r/MonsterHunter/comments/ke8hfr/the_biology_of_shara_ishvalda/
Zinogra Biology: https://www.reddit.com/r/MonsterHunter/comments/kt1obd/the_biology_of_zinogre/.
Nargakugi Biology: https://www.reddit.com/r/MonsterHunter/comments/l4nwov/the_biology_of_nargacuga/.
Avian Respiratory Anatomy: http://people.eku.edu/ritchisong/birdrespiration.html.
Properties and Validity of Metal Bones: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369702110700201#:~:text=The%20bones%20in%20your%20body,all%20three%20of%20the%20own%20properties.
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