Blood Spirit (species)
|(Spiritus Sanguinis Albionis)|
|Average mass||0.15 kg|
|Average length||90 cm (wingspan)|
|Average height||20 cm|
|System||Classic BattleTech Companion|
The winged reptile known as the Blood Spirit (Spiritus Sanguinis Albionis) is a genetically modified Albion Vampire Bat, a predator native to the subtropical regions on the world of Albion in the Kerensky Cluster.
Because the Vampire Bat was a danger to their livestock, Clan Burrock scientists engineered the Blood Spirit to reduce the Vampire Bat population through a genetic modification. The modified species was made more attractive for mating to dominate the gene pool, yet including a negative trait: Female offspring have white pigment, intended to make them easy prey at night.
Unfortunately, the genetically enhanced species was also significantly more powerful and dangerous.
Male Blood Spirits are dark olive in color, while females are white due to the genetic tampering that created their species.
Abilities and Lifestyle
Blood Spirits usually live in colonies ranging from 20 to 120 specimens. Their enlarged sonic organ not only serves for orientation in flight, but also to paralyze nerves of victims around the creature's bite. As a result, while a single Blood Spirit is harmless, a swarm can easily paralyze even an elemental with their enhanced natural sonar.
Clan Blood Spirit
It should be noted that the Blood Spirit took its name from Clan Blood Spirit; it was not the namesake of that clan or its totem animal. In fact, Clan Burrock (who maintain a feud with Clan Blood Spirit) named them Blood Spirit after their enemies as an insult.