Species: T. Arthrotine
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Found mainly in underground pockets with high levels of oxygen and moisture; more typically in the southern hemisphere of the planet. But have been observed to sometimes venture onto the surface in search of more food or to find more suitable places of habitation, particularly in places with large amounts of fungal growth.
Mid-sized animals of imposing stature; they are very commonly found roaming alone. They can range to heights of anywhere from 4-6 feet tall. Being arthropods they carry an exoskeleton, however unlike other arthropods, the Thrall has evolved a particularly tough and resilient chitin. It's Exoskeleton/Chitin is stronger than steel and it's even more durable towards the front on it's horn. Large horns is found only on female members of the Thrall species, and can be seen to grow as long as half of the Thrall's length. However in males the horn is less prominent but they as an individual are generally taller ( though not larger ) than their female counterparts.
The Common Thrall is a solitary creature most of the time, and despite it's imposing appearance it is most usually passive unless provoked. However if it is provoked, the Thrall will charge at the attacker with its horn at a high speed, however its ability to turn is hampered by its chitin, and thus will not be able to turn when its running/charging. However when a Thrall does manage to charge successfully towards its provocateur, it'll use it's use its horn to either flip the target into the air, or more rarely; impale it.
They feed solely on fungus, more typically the variety found underground as it is thought the Thrall and other larger Arthropod species are to have originated from underground cave systems with pockets of high oxygen and moisture. And like other species of Thrall, it produces a special dew from the fungus it consumes; which it uses to feeds its young, or be to be harvested by people are able to work with Thrall in domestication.
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Some of you might think that most, if not all, cosmetics in Dota 2 are just random non-canon additions that only serve to spice up your favourite hero and you might just be right! But we have been proven wrong a few times, some sets actually have connection to the lore of the game and show aspects of the heroes we didn't know before.
Now I want to take a look at one of the sets for Nyx Assassin that came out a little over an year ago Chitinous Stalker!
Despite Nyx Assassin having 8 limbs instead of 6 to be classified as a proper insect he is regarded as one in the lore, in fact he is called an entomological curiousity, entomology is the study of insects for those of you that don't know. He is classified as an eusocial insect, more precisely a scarab from the assassin caste, there are worker, soldier, reproductive and assassin castes within these scarab's colony. So we can safely assume that Nyx Assassin is a proper insect.
Now we get to the Chitinous Stalker set! It's obvious that the set is based on a crustacean possibly within the Decapoda order, nothing so special so far, some other heroes also received a crustacean themed set but what sets Nyx's apart is the pure brilliance behind it! Few people know that technically insects are crustaceans! How does that work? Well it is believed that insects arose from a crustacean millions of years ago, possibly a Remipede common ancestor, in fact insects and crustaceans are grouped together in the clade Pancrustacea.
So in a way Nyx receiving a crustacean cosmetic set is far more logical than most other sets!
For those of you interested to see how exactly arthropods are related to each other and where insects and crustaceans belong be sure to check this marvelous image: