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[FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

» by Vol » 11th Mar 2018, 6:24 pm

Equines
a common four-legged herbivore

THIS IS A SUPPLEMENTAL TOPIC - WHILE READING IT WILL HELP YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF TUR, IT IS NOT CRUCIAL TO KNOW! PLEASE ENJOY THIS LORE AT YOUR OWN LEISURE.
Equines, otherwise known as horses, are one of the most commonly known species to humanoids. From the northern part of Borys, where heavily-built mountain ponies pull great sleds over snow and ice, to the lesser inhabited regions of Sauria, where the most refined four-legged beasts are blessed with near-ethereal speed and agility, horses have always fascinated humanoids in ways most fauna cannot fathom. The species as a whole vary widely in size, conformation, disposition, and use, though they are most commonly used as mounts for traveling purposes. Domesticated before the time of The Knowing Days, these beasts in recorded historical lore have often served pivotal militant, mercantile, and agricultural roles in the development of civilizations.

Listed below are a few popular horse breeds seen throughout Tur.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

» by Vol » 11th Mar 2018, 7:20 pm

Anari Bay
adaptable rugnosant horses

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The Anari Bay - so named for its bay colored mane and homeland of Rugnos - is a stout horse, versatile in use: Bays are just as likely to carry riders across country roads as they are to pull a plow or wagon. Bays have a large head, with a long, muscular neck and withers; their chest is broad and deep, their shoulders muscular and sloping. Their legs are short, relative to their body, but powerful nonetheless.

Anari Bays come in many shades - bright bay (a bright color with reddish tint), standard bay, blood bay and mahogany bay - in order of breeding preference. Bays are the most common horse found in Rugnos, seen in every facet of modern society, from a lord's boxles to a sharecropper's fields.

Name: Anari Bay
Nickname: Rugnos Browncoat
Rarity:
Wild – Uncommon
Domesticated – Common
Domestication: Domesticated Anari Bays are the most frequently seen steed throughout Rugnos, found in many boxles and tied to hitching posts across the nation.
Natural Habitat: The wilds of Rugnos - though, given the frequency of domestication, few wild Bays roam the hills and grasslands of the nation.
Diet: Herbivore: sweet grass and oats, carrots and apples.
Life Expectancy: 25-30 years
Size:
Weight – 1,250lbs to 1,400lbs.
Length – 16 to 18 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Horses are animals of prey, first and foremost, with a highly developed fight-or-flight response; when confronted with a predator, they are likely to flee at high speeds. The exception to this behavior is when a horse is protecting a foal, or feels escape is impossible.
Domesticated – Domesticated Bays are fairly docile. When confronted with a threatening entity, poorly trained Bays are likely to flee with little consideration for their rider's wishes. More highly trained Bays may stand their ground, and even attempt to fight.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

» by Vol » 11th Mar 2018, 7:21 pm

JUTHRON DRAFT
the unlucky saurian steed

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Much like the Borys Drafts, Juthron horses are sturdy workhorses often put to the plow or set to work hauling merchants' carts throughout Sauria. They are reliable in labor, but easily frighten when threatened, making them less useful for combat riders.

Both elegant and strongly built, Juthron Drafts would likely be considered beautiful horses outside of their native Sauria. As it stands, they are fairly common, and their naturally dark coats are disliked by higher society. Their temperaments are too mild to be considered for war horses or raiding parties, and thus they are a breed only loved by the working class.

Name: Juthron Draft
Nickname: Duskhorses
Rarity:
Wild – Common
Domesticated – Common
Domestication: Domesticated Juthron horses can be seen across Sauria with regularity, necessary for hauling goods and carrying riders across the Tassam Desert.
Natural Habitat: The Juthron Grasslands and Tassam desert.
Diet: Herbivore: sweet grass and oats, carrots and apples.
Life Expectancy: 25-30 years
Size:
Weight – 1,300lbs to 1,600lbs.
Length – 16 to 18 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Wild horses are animals of prey, first and foremost, with a highly developed fight-or-flight response; when confronted with a predator, they are likely to flee at high speeds. The exception to this behavior is when a horse is protecting a foal, or feels escape is impossible. Juthron Drafts are particularly flighty, even amongst other horses, and are likely to only be seen from a distance in the wild.
Domesticated – Domesticated Juthron Drafts are similar to Borys Drafts in temperament and work ethic, though built for grasslands labor. They are pleasant creatures, loyal to their handlers, but likely to spook easily. Truly gentle giants, they pull carts and carriages with little complaint, and serve as good mounts for men and women just learning to ride.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

» by Vol » 11th Mar 2018, 10:58 pm

Tassam Stallions
pride of the desert

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Tassam Stallions are strong, proud creatures. They are often revered throughout the continent as the noblest of horses -- and the most difficult to tame. Hot blooded, they are spirited and intelligent horses that do not tolerate poor training or inexperienced handlers. Once tamed, however, they are loyal to their riders. They are know for their stamina and their strength, making them valuable horses for long treks, especially across the Tassam desert.

Tassam horses carry themselves well, with long legs, high tails and curving necks. Much like their more refined cousins the Almeisans, white and grey Tassam Stallions are favored above others. Dappled grey coats are common, though they can come in a larger variety of colors and patterns.

Name: Tassam Stallion
Nickname: White Stars
Rarity:
Wild – Common
Domesticated – Common
Domestication: Domesticated Stallions can be seen across Sauria with regularity, necessary for hauling goods and carrying riders across the Tassam Desert. They are favored by both raiders and caravans alike, for their strength and spirit.
Natural Habitat: The Juthron Grasslands and Tassam desert.
Diet: Herbivore: sweet grass and oats, carrots and apples.
Life Expectancy: 25-30 years
Size:
Weight –1,250lbs to 1,400lbs.
Length – 16 - 18 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Tassam Stallions are proud creatures, harder to break and tame, and likely to put up a fight when faced with a threatening predator. They roam the deserts and grasslands in large herds, and are notoriously difficult to wrangle in the wild.
Domesticated –Fiercely proud and large in size, Tassam horses are thought to be the most difficult to break and tame in Tur. Intelligent creatures, they learn quickly, but they are also smart enough to know when they can take advantage of their masters. They must be regularly trained and exercised, lest they get unruly. It takes a dedicated and experienced handler to keep them in line. Some Stallions can become problematic even after domestication, but with a low enough frequency that they remain the easiest way for a single rider to cross the desert.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

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Almeisan
shining steeds



Almeisan horses are deeply associated with the Saurian upper class. These elegant horses are prized for both their uniquely shaped ears and their glossy coats, and generations of selective breeding have given them a very distinctive look. Smaller in size than most horses, they are narrow in body but with wide chests, and they have thin legs and necks. Their most appealing feature is their long ears, with tips that point inwards. Despite their delicate appearance, Almeisans are famous for both their speed and their endurance, and are well-adapted to survive the harsh environment of their native lands.

They come in a limited range of coat colors, the most favored of these colors being sliver, white or gold, all of which have a metallic sheen. Almeisans born with black coats, or darker ones with less of a shine, are considered undesirable and often culled or sold for cheaper.

Name: Almeisan horse
Nickname(s): Gilded Horse, Sun Steed
Rarity:
Wild – Unheard Of
Domesticated – Rare
Domestication: They are favored pets of Saurian aristocrats, especially ladies and younger children. However, “lesser” Almeisans with black coats and straighter ears can be found other places within Sauria.
Natural Habitat: Having been selectively bred into existence, only a handful of wild Almeisans roam the Tassam deserts.
Diet: Herbivore: sweet grass and oats, carrots and apples.
Life Expectancy: 20-25 years
Size:
Weight – 900lbs to 1,200lbs.
Length – 14 to 16 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Wild Almeisans are more often than not domesticated steeds that have escaped or been abandoned. They are likely to be skittish and wary of anyone approaching them, and due to their speed are difficult to recapture.
Domesticated – Almeisans are intelligent and inquisitive, and often form strong bonds with their riders or handlers. Behavioral problems can occur when one changes owners, and a bored or under-stimulated horse will attempt to escape its pen or get into other kinds of trouble. They also startle easily, and have to be regularly trained out of their natural fight-or-flight response.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

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BORYS DRAFT
faithful borysian companions



Though Borys Drafts are a common fixture in many Wilds hamlets - used for farming and hauling purposes - they are also frequently put to use in the Frostcaps. Borys Drafts native to the Frostcaps have an unmatched ability to navigate the sloping paths of the mountain range.

They are are short, but powerful, with wide bodies and deep chests, large heads and short necks, low withers and flat backs. Borys Draft horses come in only one coat color -- a dun body with a two-toned black and white mane. Their fur is thick to combat the frigidity of Borys, but their manes are often cut short to show off their strong necks and unique coloration.

Name: Borys Draft
Nickname: Wayland rider
Rarity:
Wild – Common
Domesticated – Common
Domestication: Domesticated Borys Drafts are a common sight throughout the frigid, mountainous nation, primarily as powerful workhorses and unparalleled navigators of the Frostcaps.
Natural Habitat: The Wayland Wilds and Borys Frostcaps.
Diet: Herbivore: sweet grass and oats, carrots and apples.
Life Expectancy: 25-30 years
Size:
Weight – Between 950lbs and 1,100lbs.
Length – 14 to 15 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Wild horses are animals of prey, first and foremost, with a highly developed fight-or-flight response; when confronted with a predator, they are likely to flee at high speeds. The exception to this behavior is when a horse is protecting a foal, or feels escape is impossible. Borys Drafts native to the Frostcaps are incredibly talented at vanishing into the winding ridges of the mountain range, which they know intimately.
Domesticated – Domesticated Drafts are fairly docile. Regardless of training, however, Borys Drafts are hardy animals, and accustomed to the rigors of living in Borys. They are unlikely to abandon their rider in a pinch.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

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ADU TABUN
wild mountain ponies

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Despite their small size, Adu Tabun are classified as horses and not ponies. They have large heads and stocky bodies, and put on a thick coat during the winter season. They can come in any range of coat colors, but the most common colors are either dun or bay.

The more primitive relative of the Borys Draft, Adu Tabun are best known for their endurance, and their low maintenance. They need little upkeep, and can forage for food on their own, even in harsh desert environments. Due to these attributes, and their tougher temperament, it is quite common for northern tribes to use these hardy mounts as war horses.

Name: Adu Tabun
Nickname(s): War ponies, half horse
Rarity:
Wild – Common
Domesticated – Common
Domestication: A multi-purpose animal, Adu Tabun are bred both for riding and for resources. They are slaughtered for their hides and their meat, and the mares can be milked.
Natural Habitat: Can be found anywhere north of the Lowlands, although the highest concentration of wild herds live at the base of the Borys Frostcaps.
Diet: Herbivore: can consist solely on grass and will eat snow to hydrate themselves
Life Expectancy: 25-30 years
Size:
Weight – 600 to 800 lbs.
Length – 12 to 14 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Large herds of Adu Tabun wander all across Borys. There is no shortage of them, and they a frequently hunted for their meat. This has made them wary of most travelers, and they will become aggressive if they feel threatened, though their first response is to simply avoid people.
Domesticated – Hardy and faithful, these horses will go anywhere and do almost anything their owners ask of them. Adu Tabun are quick to trust, forgiving of green riders, and do not startle as easily as other horse breeds. Their largest downfall is their slowness, and their doltish nature. They are not bright creatures and cannot be trained to perform complicated tricks or maneuvers, though they serve well enough as mounts.
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Re: [FAUNA] Mounts of Tur

» by Vol » 12th Mar 2018, 4:26 am

MARSHLAND
lowland terrors

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Few people have the bravery or the knowledge required to ride a Marshland horse. They are difficult to train, and expensive to feed. Unlike their more docile cousins, these creatures are carnivorous corpse eaters. Many legends surround them, though the stories about kelpies hunting people down and dragging souls into the deeper waters of the swamps they reside in are largely false.

Rather, they are merely a related species of equine that has adapted to living in the competitive environment of the Hazgl Marshes. These reclusive animals mainly feed off of carrion, and prefer not to hunt prey much larger than a dog. They are also quick to resort to cannibalism when food becomes scarce, attacking and killing the young and the weak.

Though markedly different in behavior and physiology, Marshlands look very much like the average horse. They are large in build, though not as large as a draft horse, and come in a range of coat colors. The only difference in appearance to other wild horses is their sharp incisors and large canine teeth designed for tearing apart flesh.

Name: Marshland horse
Nickname(s): Kelpie, though this is a misnomer
Rarity:
Wild – Uncommon
Domesticated – Rare
Domestication: Due to their dietary needs and aggressive behavior, Marshland horses are difficult to tame. Few take on the task of raising one, but those who do are rewarded with a fearless and intimidating war horse.
Natural Habitat: They originated in the Hazgl Marshes, though they can be found in any location that has a temperate climate and an overabundance of water.
Diet: Carnivore: fish, birds, carrion, small mammals, and their own kind
Life Expectancy: ~20 years (in captivity)
Size:
Weight – 1,000 to 1,400 lbs.
Length – 16 to 18 hands
Aggression:
Wild – Marshland horses do not roam in herds like other equines, but rather are either solitary, or live with a bonded mate. Highly territorial, they will find a single section of marshland to patrol their entire lives. They are aggressive, and will attack anyone who crosses into their territory or threatens their young. Males are known to kill and eat the offspring of other stallions, and thus mares with colts are extremely defensive.
Domesticated – Marshland horses must either be bred in captivity or taken from the wild as colts, otherwise taming them is nearly impossible. People only recently began attempting to tame them, and thus little is documented about their temperament. Even when well-trained, Marshland horses remain wild animals at heart. However, it is possible to use a Marshland’s territorial nature to one’s advantage, and a person can “bond” with one. Once bonded, the horse will become loyal to their rider and extremely protective of their property, making them an impressive guard animal.

Credit to Bees and Scriblerias for helping us write the Equines lore! Click here to read the development of this topic.
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