It's been years since I've actually drawn one of these little guys, so today I finally decided to mess with some colors for it. These critters are from Quest for the Queen, and are just one of a few original species found on the variant of Earth where the story takes place. QFTQ takes place on Earth in an alternate timeline from our own, around the end of what would have been the 1990's. Due to the existence and evolution of dragons and other great beasts in this universe, the development of human civilization is delayed significantly to the point where they have only come about as far as early farmers and nomads.
One species that has come about in response to the existence of dragons is the Karonard, a hyena-like pack animal with mammalian, reptilian, and avian features. These hardy beasts typically live in and around wooded areas, and their packs can number in about as many as 30 individuals. Karonards have eyes capable of making objects in pitch black darkness as visible as if they were in daylight, however this causes their eyes to be extremely sensitive to actual sunlight and as a result, allows them to only hunt exclusively at night. Much like hyenas, Karonards produce a cackling sound to signal to others that rotting meat has been found, which can be heard from about half a mile away from the source. Don't let their cute appearance fool you; Karonards are perhaps best known for ganging up on, overpowering, and preying upon dragons, whether they are wounded, or simply taken by surprise. This is due to the fact that the strongest members of the pack (typically the matriarch and her lieutenants) go immediately for the wings in order to permanently disable a dragon's flight. The concern brought along by potential Karonard attacks causes most dragons to instinctively seek out trees or other high ground as shelter while in forests or wooded swamps, unless they are in a group where each individual can take turns being lookout. Karonards are naturally skittish creatures, and they typically do not attack something they could not easily overpower in seconds, especially if they lose the element of surprise. If their cover has been blown, a good stern snort from a dragon is all that is needed to send an entire 30+ member pack scurrying.
Karonards are mine