THE HO'LOCH GOAT ("HORNED ANIMAL")

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

The Ho'loch is the Kuglimz name for the domesticated goat that they keep. This long domestication has allowed a more stable food source and thus has allowed it to become a bit larger then others of its breed. They average a little over 2 fores at the shoulder and slightly more then a ped in length. They average 1.8 pygges in weight. This is more then their Santharian cousins, and this is due to the extra fur and fat the animal has to allow it to survive the colder climate. The mountain variaties are the smallest at 1.5 fores at the shoulder and two fores in length. They weigh only 1 pygge. This allows them to be much more quick to escape predators, especially the Snobyrr of the Prominent Mountains.

Appearance. The Ho'loch has a hard cloven foot with a thick pad on the bottom of it to protect it from thorns and sharp rocks depending on its habitat. Its fur is half a fingerslength and somewhat bristly, though the goats further Norh have longer, curlier hair. Its colors range from a dull yellow to a dark brown coloration. White is common in the Northern wild goats. Black goats are rarely seen and if it is male it is taken as a good sign of fertility.

Their heads are shaped much as an arrowhead. The small, moist nose acts as the point, the snout then flares out allowing a small muzzle to be able to reach into small crevices and holes in search of food. Hard, blunt teeth allow the Ho'loch to grind through about any material. Bulbous eyes protrude from the head slightly and are often golden in color. Their pupils are black ovals. Small, sharp horns grow angled out of their heads towards their back.
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Special Abilities. Ho'lochs are very quick on their feet and can step daintily along the top of a wooden fence or stone wall, in places where seemingly even a cat could not venture. Ho'lochs have even been found up trees, nibbling on the fresher young branches! Return to the top

Territory. The Ho'loch in its various forms can be found throughout most of Northern Sarvonia including most mountain ranges. There are only two exceptions to this. The first is the Kanapan Peninsula as it has long been isolated from outside herds and the original goats of the region perished in the Great Cataclysm. The other are the furthest points of the North as the climate is too extreme for them to survive well.
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Habitat/Behaviour. Throughout the lands the Ho'loch is seen as something akin to a prankster. Domestic ones are known to head butt an unwary horse causing the rider to fall off much to his chagrin and the joyous bleats of the goat. The wild ones are known to play tricks with those that hunt them. They will often lead the hunter on a merry chase only to scramble up a steep slope and bleat at the hunter from a distance, seemingly mocking the hunter for not being able to get to it.
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Diet. It is not known if the general lack of vegetation has made this goat able to eat anything or if it simple likes to try new things. The domesticated ones of the Kuglimz will often satisfy themselves on the alth'ho that grows in the plains. Though for a variety they seem to also like to eat their owner's clothing, jewelry, and seemingly anything else that will fit in their mouth. The wild goats will eat almost any plant whether is has thorns, leaves, fruit, or nuts. It doesn't seem to have too much of a preference. The only plant they don't eat is the alth'mon.
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Mating. During the midst of summer the female goat creates a musky scent that drives male goats wild. This scent will be produced until the female is impregnated. It is not unusual to see male goats butting heads in a ritualistic fight over mating rights. Once the female is impregnated she will carry the kid for five to seven months depending on the physical situation. Domestic goats average a shorter gestation period as they receive all of the necessary nutrients to aid in the forming of the kid. Once the kid is born it will stay with its mother for at least three months, this varies in wild goats depending on the available food sources in the area.
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Usages. Both the domesticated and the wild goats are used for their meat and their fur. It is one of the main food sources in the more mountainous and desolate areas due to the lack of vegetation to feed other grazing animals. The domestic goats are used more often for their milk and fur than for their meat. Kuglimz combine fermented goat milk, honey, rik'tyan spice, and several other ingredients to create a potent beverage which they call "Rik'hol", also known as "Rickle Mead" or "Ho'loch Cream" in the south.

Ho'loch horns make excellent small containers such as tinderboxes or coal-carriers, and can be carved into buttons and buckles with a bit of care and muscle. They have also been known to be used as handles on knives used for eating or common day chores.
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