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« on: 01 June 2010, 14:00:49 »

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 Overview
There is perhaps no stranger beast than the Tolu. A flabby, six-legged, horse-sized, beast of burden with naught but a pipe-straw for a mouth, the Tolu is a disturbing sight indeed for any who witness it. Any of course, but the Doimo Nomads, who are well-acquainted with this particular oddity, and have in fact formed a strong cultural bond with the creature.

 Appearance

In the distance, a Tolu could perhaps be mistaken for a horse. The distance however, would have to be significant. Rarely does a horse have an extra pair of legs, or as prodigious a proboscis as the Tolu. Nor do horses have (at least not to this compendiumist's knowledge!) have what can only be described as humps - strange stomach-like sacs drooping off the beast's girthy frame.

The Tolu's six legs are not quite evenly distributed. The two hind sets of legs are stockier, and a bit closer together than the spindly front pair. The odd balance leaves the Tolu with a stumbling, rambling gait, but also offers the beast considerable sprinting power when it pushes off with the hind set of limbs. The speed is absolutely surprising to witness at first glance. The wide, splayed, hooves look unsuited for anything but slow plodding, and the creature's usual scuttle is anything but dexterous.

Contributing to the Tolu's somewhat clumsy facade is it's corpulent frame. All across the pack-beast's torso flop anywhere from two to six large, flabby humps, filled with fat. Whilst adding a certain amount of comical whimsy to the Tolu, the humps seem to serve a practical purpose as well, acting as a natural canteen of sorts. A well-fed Tolu will be distinguished by the sheer number of humps present, while one belonging to  a less-well-to-do Nomad, or perhaps an unlucky wild specimen may have only one slender hump sticking from the side.

The Tolu's final distinguishing feature is indeed the one most off-putting. It has an extraordinarily thin snout, containing a long, serpentine tongue; the tongue seems perfectly made to suck water out of hard to reach places, or to reach high leaves in the rare desert trees. The Tolu's "jaw", if one can call it that, is little more than a slender pipe. Indeed, the beast has no teeth whatsoever, instead preferring to offer a powerful kick as its preferred defense.

The Tolu typically stands at one ped and two fores at the shoulder, weighing approximately 13 pygges and six mut.

In colour, the Tolu range from a fairly common sandy brown to a more piebald white and brown colouration, more common in females than males. Besides this detail, males and females are almost identical.  


Territory
The Tolu makes its home in the Naezshan Zhunith thirstlands, a brutal land of savage heat and frigid nights. The Tolu can be found roaming throughout the thirstlands, located in Western Nybelmar.  

Behavior
Unlike most animals, the Tolu live in different sized groups throughout their lives. In this way, they are perhaps more akin to man than beast. A Tolu, in the wild, is born within a large herd. These herds often number around twenty or so of the creatures. In true communal spirit, the healthiest Tolu care for the young, protecting them and feeding them. Mature, female Tolu lactate as long as they remain fertile (up until approximately 15 years old), and any female will gladly feed any young calf.

As the Tolu matures, it will strike off on its own, wandering the desert until it finds a suitable mate. It is believed that the Tolu travel along certain paths, or else follow some secret knowledge. It is almost unheard of to see an old bachelor, or a maiden Tolu past her prime. Even in the vast expanse of the desert, the Tolu will almost invariably find a mate.

Once properly met, a couple will often travel together for years, until the Tolu is just nearing full maturity. At this point, the Tolu pair will travel instinctively to a breeding ground, where they and many others will band together, forming or joining up with a larger herd.

As the Tolu reaches old age, it will wander off with its mate into the desert. Invariably, the two will find some desolate spot, lay their heads atop each other, and remain thusly until the last of their fate wastes away, and the beasts rejoin with the sand.

When domesticated by the Doimo nomads, however, the Tolu will usually only be found in pairs, as a Tolu cannot be domesticated after it has produced a calf. The usually docile creature will reject human (or any other beast for that matter) with violent force, kicking, spitting at, and occasionally head-butting any stranger, in defense of its calf.

Diet
The Tolu gets by on meals few and far between. Most of these meals consist of fruit pulp, nectar, water, and any other soft foodstuffs the Tolu can easily suck up using its narrow mouth. Besides vegetation, the Tolu will also consume locusts and other desert insects as a particular treat. The Doimo Nomads often use the particularly tasty Morselbunch Beetle as a reward whilst training young Tolu.


Mating
The Tolu mates with the first potential partner it finds, and remains faithful to this partner all its life.
 
When the time for breeding comes, typically in the coolest months, the Tolu will congregate in one specific area, and initiate a festival of sorts. The locations of these breeding grounds are evident to any traveler, specifically downwind. The male Tolu releases a powerful musk, used to encourage the female to submissiveness.

During this time, the male Tolu grows extremely aggressive, and fights within these gatherings are not uncommon. In addition, the entire herd will often become extremely hostile to outsiders, making close study, already an unsavory prospect, nigh impossible.

Usages
The Tolu is used by the Doimo nomads as a beast of burden. Its milk is sweet, succulent, and extremely nutritious, and its hide is sturdy and tough, perfect for building tents.  

Lore
As the male Tolu mates with the first available female it comes across, when a pair of young Doimo Nomads marries without their parent's consent, the tribe will often refer to the two as a "Tolling" couple, bearing the same meaning as elopement in other cultures.
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« Reply #1 on: 01 June 2010, 21:46:24 »

ooh, i'm intrigued - want to hear more! :)
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« Reply #2 on: 02 June 2010, 00:52:27 »

Very well then! Info to follow.

Animals, Domestic/Horses/Riding Beasts AND Animals, Wild/Others

Animals, Domestic/Horses/Riding Beasts AND Animals, Wild/Others

 Overview
No other animal perhaps, is as well-suited to the desert, as hardy a survivor, and as bizarre in appearance as the Tolu. A bit of horse, a bit of goat, and a bit of something else entirely have combined to create this oddity among creatures, but they have combined superbly. Well-suited for long-distance travel on the hot desert sands of the Naezshan Zhunith, the Tolu's six legs, various humps of fat, and splayed hooves make for an excellent dry-climate beast of burden, one often put to use by the Doimo Nomads.

 Appearance
The Tolu is a six-legged creature, with four legs in back, and two in front. The hooves are wide, tapering from the lanky and lengthy legs. This anatomy allows the Tolu to run with an odd, but incredibly powerful series of leaps and bounds. The speed at which this creature moves is surprising, not only because of the spindly nature of the legs in question, but also due to its somewhat corpulant nature. Drooping on both sides of the Tolu's body, as well as on the beast's back are anywhere from two to six large, flabby humps, filled with fat. Whilst adding a certain amount of comical whimsy to the Tolu, the humps seem to serve a practical purpose as well, acting as a natural canteen of sorts.

Though the Tolu appears to hold quite a bit of food, it also appears to take very little in. It has an extraordinarily thin snout, containing a long, serpentine tongue: the tongue seems perfectly made to suck water out of hard to reach places, or to reach high leaves in the rare desert trees.

The Tolu typically stands at 1 ped and 2 fores at the shoulder, weighing approximately 13 pygges and 6 mut. In color, the Tolu range from a fairly common sandy brown to a more piebald white and brown coloration, more common in females then males. Besides this detail, males and females are almost identical.  


Territory
The Tolu makes its home in the Naezshan Zhunith thirstlands, a brutal land of savage heat and frigid nights. The Tolu can be found roaming throughout the thirstlands, located in Western Nybelmar.  

Behaviour
Unlike most animals, the Tolu lives in different sized groups throughout its life. In this way, it is perhaps more akin to Man then beast. A Tolu, in the wild, is born within a large herd, numbering around twenty or so of the creatures. In true communal spirit, the healthiest Tolu care for the young, protecting them and feeding them. Female Tolu lactate throughout their lives, and any female will gladly feed the young.

As the Tolu matures, it will strike off on its own, wandering the desert until it finds a suitible mate. It is believed that the Tolu must travel along certain paths, because it is rare to see an old bachelor, and surprisingly, couples are oft sighted throughout the desert.

Such a couple will often travel together for years, until the Tolu is just nearing, as neared, or just passed, the peak of its life. At this point, the Tolu pair will travel instinctivly to a breeding ground, where they and many others will band together.

At this point, the Tolu form a small herd-community, and the process starts over again.

When domesticated by the Doimo nomads, however, the Tolu will usually only be found in pairs, as a Tolu cannot be domesticated after it has produced a calf. The usually docile creature will reject human (or any other beast for that matter) with violent force, kicking, spitting, and occasionally head-butting its aggressor.

Diet
The Tolu gets by on meals few and far between. Most of these meals consist of fruits, necter, water, and other soft foodstuffs the Tolu can easily suck up using its narrow mouth. Insects are a particular favorite.
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Mating
The Tolu mates with the first potential partner it finds, spawning the phrase "Easy as a Tolu" among some of the desert-folk. Upon finding a mate, the Tolu will travel together and remain strictly monogamous. When the time for breeding comes, typically in the coolest months, the Tolu will congregate in one specific area, and initiate a festival of sorts. It is at this point when the males release their musk, and the females become extremely submissive.

Myth/Lore
Story: How the Tolu got its humps.

Usages
The Tolu is used by the Doimo nomads as a beast of burden. Its milk is sweet, succulent, and extremely nutritious, and its hide is sturdy and tough, perfect for building tents.  
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« Reply #3 on: 02 June 2010, 01:13:26 »

Desert? Well that rules out my area... :P

I think if this creature is well researched, well integrated and especially well written, it can be accepted as a Masterwork. Get to work! Whip
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« Reply #4 on: 02 June 2010, 02:05:55 »

If you put this in the Rahaz Dath you will be entering Talia's domain.  I would suggest getting her opinion on the idea befoe you spend too much time on it.
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« Reply #5 on: 02 June 2010, 04:28:14 »

There's always the option to place such a creature also in one of Aeruillin's vast deserts, there should be more leeway there where they can live as its way less inhabited than Sarvonia. Though if it's a sort of camel it might be used by people for transporting stuff etc., so then you'd probably place it somewhere where people have access to it. At any rate Talia might have a word on that, as Aeruillin is also partly her thing.

At any rate I support a new approach on a masterwork with this idea, Nsiki!  thumbup
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« Reply #6 on: 02 June 2010, 06:02:33 »

This reminded me of an idea I had a while back, of a cross between a spider and a camel. Ah well, great minds think alike, eh? At any rate, I love the idea. Have a great time completing it :)
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« Reply #7 on: 02 June 2010, 07:48:49 »

Well, this is a bit of a surprise - I didn't expect the permission to go ahead with a new masterwork so quickly! Well. Let's see what we can do here. I like the idea of Aeruillin - I'll go bellring Talia!
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« Reply #8 on: 02 June 2010, 08:52:12 »

Ideally, these fella's would be paired up with a nomadic tribe: and oddly enough it seems Aeruillian lacks one! Perhaps an offshoot of one of the tribes that only occupies a city or two? Or maybe the Shendar could use it? Eh, perhaps not... ideas appreciated! 
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« Reply #9 on: 02 June 2010, 09:02:19 »

There are a few elven nomadic tribes down there, like the Tiraelhon.
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« Reply #10 on: 02 June 2010, 09:19:20 »

Sand Elves? How come I have never known this tribe before? How fascinating! An elven desert tribe. And that entry is wonderful, oh so many good ideas there! Oh we need to bring back the Aeruillian development.  :D
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« Reply #11 on: 02 June 2010, 09:30:32 »

Yeah, I considered playing one on the RP side but there's not much to do on Aeruillin at the moment. grin

I wouldn't mind starting something over there, like the Hirafan mentioned in that entry, but Lady Tiaa (the writer of the entry) disappeared long ago, it seems, and it says that Aeruillin is closed to development. Ah well  rolleyes
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« Reply #12 on: 02 June 2010, 09:44:10 »

I suppose elves would work - I've always preferred humans ;)
Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #13 on: 02 June 2010, 09:51:12 »

Well, a nomadic human tribe on Aeruillin is the Sor’inyt, if that's any help. Both tribes could use these creatures, maybe even fight over them. Then again, it is your masterwork, so completely ignore me if you want.
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« Reply #14 on: 03 June 2010, 03:34:39 »

Hey, hold your horses, Nsiki - need to get some more voices in on the masterwork thingy, just pointed out my opinion ;)

Anyway, guess Talia is on vacation or something right now, so it could take a while until you hear from her concerning this idea!
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