- "Loathsome wyverns that dwell in caves and other dark places. All but blind, Khezu hunt by smell, using electric shocks to paralyze their prey before pouncing on them from the walls or ceiling."
- ―Hunter's Notes
Khezu is a bipedal wyvern. It has gray clammy skin that is partially transparent, revealing pulsing arteries underneath. It's wings are small, it's tail is short and stubby, and it lacks claws in favor of sticky toes. The beast has no eyes, and it's head is simply a highly flexible neck with a pair of jaws.
Khezu are cave-dwellers, favoring dark caverns that are often chilly, where they can navigate with ease by smell. They often hang on the ceilings waiting for an ambush, paralyzing and feasting on small prey that wanders in.
While they are probably one of the most concerning things that live in dark recesses, they are by no means the top predator in the regions they inhabit, as they are ill-equipped to fight many of the more powerful fauna.
When forced to battle, Khezu are slow, but deliberate, with bite and body slam attacks as their main source of melee damage.
Khezu have sticky feet and a tail that can act as a suction cup, allowing them to easily scale walls and ceilings.
The Khezu's neck can extend almost ten times its original length and can twist and turn, giving it's deadly jaws some surprising range.
Khezu's body has a number of vein-like electrical organs under it's skin, which glow when in use. The wyvern can perform potent discharges, or fire electric orbs that travel along the ground and paralyze targets. Usually Khezu needs to charge up for a brief moment before using these attacks though.
Khezu is naturally vulnerable to fire, and it's soft body is ill-suited for fighting off well-equipped enemies. Additionally, while it has an advantage in darkness, foes will have a massive advantage over it in illuminated areas, as Khezu's reliance on smell makes it slow to react.
Khezu's face and chest can be scarred.
A subspecies that is rare, but more dangerous. Easily distinguishable by it's blood-red skin and abnormally loud screech.
Hunters can acquire unique hide and meat from a dead or captured khezu, as well as more common spoils like thunder sacs, monster bones, and wyvern gems. Khezu is also one source of a rare extract known as pale extract, highly valued due its ability to augment stat-boosting items like demondrugs and armorskins.
Khezu gear usually features its bloody pale skin, with armor looking like mage robes, and the weaponry often having a disturbing resemblance to medical equipment like razors or syringes. Weaponry usually has a good mix of damage, sharpness, and the electrical element. The armor boasts high electrical resistance, and is focused on improving self-healing.