THE MILCH GOAT

APPEARANCE - SPECIAL ABILITIES - TERRITORY
HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR - DIET - MATING -
USAGES - RESEARCHERS

The Milch Goat is, like the inja, its cousin on the continent of Aeruillin, an extreme survivor. It lives on the sharp cliffs of the mountains of Sharkion Zshararath and as domestic animals to the Plaindwarves in the deserts of Nybelmar. They have a very tight fur that allows them to stay relative cool under the sun and protects them from harsh winds. To the Plaindwarves it is the largest source of food and material for clothes they have.

Appearance. A bit smaller than the inja goat it stands about 2 peds from the ground, the females generally a bit smaller. Itís about 6 hebs heavy and most of the weight comes from the legs, which are sturdy. Some of the goats that the dwarves have been breeding for generations have more flesh and can weigh up to 9 hebs.

The Milch Goat has big, brown eyes and good seeing. It also has two sets of eyelids. The outer one is completely sealed and the animal canít see. The inner one works more like a protective layer on the eye in sandstorms. The animal canít see perfect, but good enough to find shelter.

The fur is speckled in beige and grey. Its about three nailsbreadth long and very tight. It helps the body keep the water it has. The head is small for a goat and the horns, which only the males get, are about a fore long and black to the color.
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Special Abilities. No matter how hot it gets, the Milch Goats keep going. This fact has made a set phrase among the dwarves. When itís really hot they say: ďEven the Milch will sweat today!Ē

The Milch Goat can stand the heat because of its fur. Itís tight and not air nor water leaves the body. Heat has little effect to the skin.

There is no magic about the goat, but alchemists among the dwarves have tried to make potions of the fur and the horns. The potions did nothing good, some test-objects even died.
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Territory. The Milch Goat can be found in the wild on the continent of Nybelmar, and especially on the sides of the Sharkion Zshararath Mountains. Some small herds have been seen on Bothon Bolion and Neytherrion Benderrath. The domesticated animals live with the Plaindwarves in the desert of Terruin Zsharath.
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Habitat/Behaviour. Big herds of the goat can be seen on the mountainsides. In every herd there is a leader and a second in command, not seldom father and son. The leader decides where the herd shall go and what ewes are his. The others rams can challenge the leader for control. If the challenger wins, the leader and the second in command is also thrown out of the herd.

The Milch Goat is shy and hunting it is a hard and in many ways a dangerous activity. First you have to climb on sharp cliffs and jump over steep slopes. If you get lucky and find a herd you better not get to close or the rams will attack you with their horns. The Milch Goats work good as a group when the herd is threatened.
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Diet. The mountains provide the goats with their favorite plant, the ten-ten. This plant is nutritious but as a taste only the Milch Goats can like as it seems. And only their hard stomach can handle it. If dwarves or humans try to eat it, they will most likely throw up.

Like many desert-animals the domesticated goats eat mostly anything, meat excluded. See Researchers.
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Mating. Like many other mammals the mating season starts at spring. The ewe then sends out an odour that attracts the rams in the herd. The leader has first choice and usually picks three or four ewes to mate with. Then his second in command chooses his ewe and then the others. It is usually around mating season that battles for leadership among the rams in the herd take place.
 
The female is pregnant for six months and gives birth to two or three kids when autumn falls. The kids stay with their mother until spring when they leave the herd or take a place by their father.
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Usages. The Plaindwarves have been trading with their cousins in the mountains for centuries. One of the merchandise items that are often traded is the Milch Goat.

The Plaindwarves use the goat for their milk, fur and meat. The milk is nutritious and sweet. The fur is used for tents, mostly for the caravan-guides. The meat is a bit chewy and tastes a bit like salty lamb.
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Researchers. The famous dwarven writer Nomli UrchaEnn wrote about the Milch Goat in the book "Sand, Sand and there is Life". Chapter 7 deals with building a perfect court for the animals, chapter 8 about finding food that the animal likes and chapter 9 about the milk, fur and meat of the goat. Nomli always wanted to go to the Zsharkanian Peaks to study the Milch Goat in the wild, but he died before he could do that trip.

"What kind of food you give them doesnít seem to be as important as how you give it to them. These are stubborn animals and if they donít get it the way they want, they wonít eat.

As I said, leftovers are perfect, mainly because you donít have to throw anything away. They will eat anything, just as long as it is served with style. Putting it on the ground is totally unacceptable and just placing a bucket in the court wonít do either. No, you have to have a low table in a corner of the court, (as I wrote in chapter 7, p. 89) that the animals always eats from. On the table you place the leftovers and the goats will eat with pleasure. The things they leave, mainly meat, you can just give to the burrow bachik.
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-- Nomli UrchaEnn: "Sand, Sand and there is Life" p. 102 f.
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