Horned and Hoofed Mammals
The nuinrari, native to the frosty Yanuiri and South Riiga, are large and cumbersome creatures. They have very rarely been sighted, as their native lands are very dangerous but many notes have been collected on them.
Characteristics: Most obvious is that they have thick limbs and a long, heavy tail. They stand at roughly 4-5 meters and are covered in very long and thick white fur, sometimes faintly striped in brown. Instead of growing backwards, the horns of a nuinrari grow forwards, over and around the eyes, and about a foot beyond the end of the nose. These horns are roughly ribbed and very strong, usually reaching 1.5-2 meters in length.
Behaviour: They use their horns mainly as shovels for moving snow in order to find plants growing beneath, or to break the ice to reach fresh cool water. They are known to be docile and harmless creatures, though it may be seem so because they do not consider humans a threat and therefore do not display any aggression. They do not appear to be territorial, and they live in large herds.
Strength: It's not known how powerful they are, or how they defend themselves, as nothing seems to want to attack them. Perhaps that is the best indicator of their strength.
Above: At left, a giant
bull and to the right, an average nuinrari
Mavaras are peculiar cattle-like animals native to Curin, where they roam cold grasslands in herds. They also live in the mountains of Jindiara, where they encounter more formidable foes.
Characteristics: Usually white or grey with large darker patches, mavaras are known for their unique crown consisting of short ridged horns and a hard bony cap. They have a solid, round body with a large skull and large hooves and actually have very good eyesight and keen smell. They are usually around a metre high at the shoulder though the bulls can grow larger.
Behaviour: Mavaras live in large herds and graze nomadically. They are usually docile but anger quickly if there is anything bothering them. They will snort loudly and stamp their feet, lowering their head and raising their shoulders to display their crown. They do not fear any natural predator, as very few exist on the island, but they do despise uniphons and folangs and barely hesitate to trample or attack any monsters. They are very protective of their calves. The mavaras of Jindiara are essentially no different to those of Curin, but they survive just as well against the large predators there, most likely due to their fearsomeness and ferocity.
Strength: Mavaras use their hooves to trample and their crowns to slam into opposition. They have been known to knock down houses as a group simply by smashing it with their heads and getting onto their hind legs. Rarer, but still possible, is their other method of attack where they rear up on their hind legs and slam downward again with all their weight and large fore-hooves. If encountered at close range with no room to charge, they will often do this to human-sized threats.
North Nidonn, South Ideitess
Nortu are quite similar to cattle. They live in large herds in North Ideitess and are often raised to carry loads and even to act as large patrol steeds for the Legionites.
Characteristics: Their legs are shorter and thicker than cattle, and they are often blue-grey or grey in colour. They have no horns on their heads. Instead, their horns are more like spines and they grow from above each shoulder blade. The horns firstly go up and out, then they curve downwards and forwards, and then upwards again slightly so that they point forward and sit either side of the head. At the shoulder, they can reach an impressive 2-2.5 meters in height and weigh in at around 900-1200kg. Their enormous horns can reach around 2 meters in length and weigh up to 70kg.
Behaviour: They graze nomadically in herds and are lead by the dominant bulls. The nondominant bulls roam alone or travel in small groups until circumstances change. The bulls of a herd will bellow constantly to display their power.
Strength: Though they do not normally attack humans, they do run rampages if disturbed and can cause damage simply by running and trampling. When bulls fight for dominance, they use their horns and can duel for numerous hours in a battle of endurance; the first to collapse is defeated. However, when defending themselves from other predators, they use their horns to try to wound their opponents to force them to retreat.
Native to the cold open forests of Curin and South Ideitess, the garukoth is a strange blend of an orcanor and a small cow.
Characteristics: With a back made up of coarse, hard skin which acts as armour and a ring of large horns encircling the armour, garukoth have very few worries. Despite reaching barely a metre in length, they are very heavy and able to essentially secure themselves to the ground by forcing themselves downward with great energy. Despite their great defensive ability, they act somewhat dimwitted and seem to lack good eyesight, hearing, and smell, and so are often slow to respond.
Behaviour: Garukoths are solitary animals that seem to not care for anything but eating and surviving. They spend all day grazing on plantlife and sleep like rocks at night. Strangely, they also seem incapable of making any vocal sounds, and instead use body language to communicate with others of their kind. For example, they rock back and forth slightly to show keenness, and heavily to show irritation.
Strength: They only attack when cornered, and they do so simply by running into whatever threatens them. In the case of humans, they've been known to render one's legs useless due to the heavy damage caused by the front spines. Usuaully, though, they are content to squat down and hope that their foe can't be bothered working around the armour and spines.