Nature of the Empire: Flora, Fauna, and Monsters

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Nature of the Empire: Flora, Fauna, and Monsters

Postby Basilisk » Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:09 pm

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Nature of the Empire: Flora, Fauna, and Monsters

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Barghest : 
Name: Barghest
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Quick Facts: Massive, reptilian hounds. Both wild and domestic, wild ones are pack animals
Height: 36-40 inches at the shoulder
Width: 16-18 inches
Length: 48-52 inches
Weight: 150-180 pounds (180 pound Barghest is really fat)
Native to: Originally from the Central Imperial Region
Locations: Domestic Barghests can be found all over the empire and where Imperial soldiers are located, occasionally in other cities, but rare. Wild ones can be found in the Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.


Appearance: Barghests are large, scaly reptiles that closely resemble a large dog in appearance, but with some key differences. They have spiky backs and hard sides. Sharp talons and fangs give them a nasty offensive arsenal, but a soft underbelly gives them a noticeable vulnerability. With such small eyes, they rely more on scent and hearing to navigate.

Habitat: Barghests prefer rocky fields and forests to live in in the wild, but they're an adaptable species and can adjust quite well to urban or sub-urban environments if they're domesticated.

Lifespan and Development: Barghests are hatched from solid eggs and take two Arcs to fully mature. They can live for up to twelve Arcs before dying of old age.

Diet: Barghests are obligate carnivores. They can eat fruit and vegetables, but they don't gain any real nutritional value from, and have to consume meat regularly. They have a particular fondness for deer and elk meat.

Temperament: Barghests can be pretty calm and relaxed, even the wild ones don't get violent just because someone crossed their path. But they are territorial, if they feel like their home or pack/family has been threatened, they will do their very best to tear the offender to shreds. They can also be trained as war beasts, and it's not uncommon to see them fighting alongside the legions, akin to the wolves of the scouts, but far less intelligent.

Abilities: Barghest hides are incredibly tough, barring the softer underbellies. Lighter blades and spears will be unable to penetrate their scales, and even heavier weapons and blows don't do as much damage as they might. For this reason, the scales of dead Barghests are sometimes worked into a light armor.

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Ragdila : 
Name: Ragdila
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Quick Facts: Massive, tortoise-like creatures. Domestic pack animals. Very smart for an animal.
Height: 96-104 inches at the top of the shell.
Width: 48-54 inches
Length: 120-128 inches from snout to tail.
Weight: 500-600 pounds (600 pound Ragdila is really fat)
Native to: The Sacred Forest of the Eternal Empire
Locations: Found all over the Eternal Empire, and occasionally in Rharne, Yaralon, and Volanta.


Appearance: Ragdila's are huge creatures that resemble tortoises on the surface, looking much like a common tortoise but for their immense size. The biggest difference, besides the obvious size difference, is the eyes. Ragdila's are remarkably clever animals, with some claiming that they understand speech, and it shows in their eyes, which are far more alert than a regular tortoise.

Habitat: Ragdila's are most naturally found in the Sacred Forest of the Eternal Empire, with some saying they were a gift to Raskalarn from the guardian of the Sacred Forest, Maguon. They have since spread over the entirety of the Eternal Empire, with some making it to it's neighboring regions of Rharne, Volanta, and Yaralon. They dislike desert travel, however, and they are to big to ship across the ocean, so they have not spread to the Hotlands or Athart.

Lifespan and Development: Ragdila's can live for up to 200 Arcs, and they mature rapidly, being full grown in a mere 1 Arc. They hatch from soft-shell eggs the size of man's head.

Diet: Like regular tortoises, Ragdila's are herbivores, except that they eat nearly five times the food of a regular tortoise.

Temperament: Ragdila's are extremely calm, to the point where it is claimed that they are impossible to anger. This isn't quite true, as they have bitten people who abuse them in the past, but this rare. For the most part, they are docile, sweet-natured animals, to the point of being good with children.

Abilities: Aside from their size, Ragdila's are incredibly intelligent animals. While no one is entirely positive that they can, in fact, understand speech, it has been proven that they never go astray when carrying a load, meaning its entirely possible, if unwise due to robbers, to leave them unsupervised with a load of goods. It's unknown if this is due to intelligence or some ability that lets them always find their destination, however.

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Nature of the Empire: Flora, Fauna, and Monsters

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