Suthra are the native wildlife of Dárdünah. They are primarily insects or arthropods, and range in size from the small Silk Locust to the enormous Vürtach, vicious flying predators which are several times as long as an average skyship. Some have been domesticated, and are kept as pets. Others are used as riding beasts or food. Still others are used as living weapons or armor, which requires extensive training to prevent the suthra from turning on its owner. Some of the more common varieties are listed here.
Kelléndu – A highly intelligent and easily trainable species, used as guards and pets all over the world. Some are small enough to be held in one’s hands, while others are larger than a jánah. Their wilder cousins hunt in packs deep in the wilderness.
Chinti – Used as riding and draft animals, sociable and capable of forming close bonds with their owners.
Dromi – Kept as pets, these creatures can sometimes be taught to do tricks. Some sing, or mimic sounds. Brightly colored varieties are especially prized.
Jugánu Worm – Foot-long grub-like suthra that give off light when happy. They are kept in wicker cages which are covered with veils when not needed. They glow more brightly when petted, and make a sort of purring noise, but if injured in any way they set up a continuous shrill wail.
Bandar – Native to the forested areas of northern Dárdünah, these playful beasts live in small groups and forage for fruits. They are highly intelligent and sometimes trained as pets.
Dudha – A domesticated suthra used for milk and meat; its skin is used for clothing. They can be seen grazing in the fields surrounding most villages. Wild dudha still roam the plains and mountains of Dárdünah.
Vürtach – Huge legless centipedes, naturally buoyant, that roam the upper atmosphere, using their multiple sets of dragon-fly-like wings to maneuver. They prey on other flying suthra as well as skyships, diving straight down out of the sky with a shrieking cry.