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Koji Maelstrom
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« on: 18 July 2002, 16:18:00 »

Name - Remusian War-Horse

Overview - a horse especially bred for war by the Remusians for use in their icy climate.  Remusian War-Horses were originally Kev'Lor horses that wandered far up north, and were captured and trained by the Remusians.  They are a little shorter than their Kev'lor cousins, but are faster and heavier, and have become especially accustomed to their cold habitat.

Appearance - The Remusian War-Horse has larger and stronger muscles than the ordinary Kev'lor for carrying the armor and the knight himself.  It stands at 5 1/2 fores tall, and weighs an increble 250 hebs, and its snout is a tad bit larger and more stout.  Its tail and neck hair are silver in color.  The War-Horse also generally have silver fur on their forelegs, but it varies from horse to horse.  The War-Horse has short, velvet black fur and a large layer of fat to keep it cozy.  With the armor on, the only thing that is exposed is the backs of the stallion's legs.

Special Abilities - None, except for the fact that the Sor'moson can run up to nearly 70 sph (stral per hour), and can withstand extreme cold.

Habitat - The Remusian War-Horses are especially bred to be able to withstand extreme cold.  It can easily trek through a few feet of snow and on top of ice without slowing down in the least.  Generally live with other Remusian Horses to keep warm and breed (with the males).

Diet - Generally lives off of dried Alth'ho grass, varying fruits, and/or a mixture of grains and oats.

Behavior - The Remusian War-Horse is a gentle horse, but only through friendship can one hope of bringing its full-potential in battle.  With proper training, the horse will keep a cool head in battle, and can kick and jump upon the rider's discretion.  The males are harder to keep focus, thus giving bored trainers/riders more of a challenge.  Because of the males' short attention span, many riders prefer the mares.

Mating - The Remusian War-Horses usually mate with the mares once every 2nd-3rd year.  The stallion picks a mare, and stays with her for life.  If one should die, the other will simply choose another soul mate.  Remusian Mares give birth to one baby at a time.

Origin - about the year 10,000 b.s., a large group of Kev'Lor's wandered far into the north, and were discovered by the Remusians.  They saw the potential in the Kev'Lor's, and bred them specifically for battle, and the Kev'Lor's slowly became less and less like Kev'Lor's, and more and more into the Remusian War-Horses today.  The process took about 2,000 years, until the War-Horses became probably the best war-horse in the land, because of ability, and immunity to the cold.

Edited by: Koji Maelstrom at: 8/4/02 7:05:19 pm
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« Reply #1 on: 18 July 2002, 16:55:00 »

erm... a couple notes:
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stallions to keep warm and breed


the word stallion means male horse. males can't breed with other males. ;)

sorry hon- can't help but laugh at that... but here are a few more serious questions that you might consider....

* are the war horses ONLY male? and if so- where are the females kept? (and what are they called?)

* what are the size and weight differences [if any] of the horses?

* birthing periods/cylces? how long is the gestation period? ( you say here:
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The Remusian Stallion usually mates two-three times a year

so they have 2 to 3 foils a year? what is the infant death to live rate?)

* where are the horses popular? in what region did they originate?

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Generally lives off of specially imported grass and fruits like apples, pears, whatever

so- would i be correct in assuming that they are kept by nobles/the abnormally rich? i'm sure if they eat only imported food they would become rapidly an expensive mount. (also- might want to check out the veggies and fruits that are around here somewhere.. not sure if we techincally have apples/pears- but i could be wrong ;)  )

enough for now i think... :)  just some things to think over...

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« Reply #2 on: 18 July 2002, 17:20:00 »

Ahh, Koji, theres a couple problems here. First of all you should fix Anaea's things (I don't want any gay horses), then the appearance, the northlands are... well, COLD. I'd make them smaller, and with somthing more like fur. Change their diet, these arn't only owned by the rich. Make them eat somthing less expensive. Remusia isn't a very rich country. I think that's the only problems I see. But for the most part good.

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« Reply #3 on: 18 July 2002, 18:17:00 »

Okay, I had no idea. Originally it was going to be War-Mustang, but Stallion sounded better.  The mares are kept in stables in the castles.  They are basically used only to breed.

Stallions are about 20 lbs (or whatever that equals in Sorren.  I forget) heavier and are about 3 inches (or whatever that equals in Sorren.  I forget) larger than the mares.

I really don't know that much about horses.  I'm going to change to birthing cycle now that I've got more info.  The gestation cycle takes about 2-3 years.  The death:life ratio is about 1:3 because of illness and/or weakness (Remusians only use the best horses).  The birthing cycle takes several months, afterwhich the foil is born.

They were originally Kev'lor horses, but were kept and bred to the Remusian's arctic climate.

Yes, Remusian Stallions are expensive to maintain and have, and thus only high knights are allowed to ride them.  I'll edit my previous post for the updates.  Is that good?

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« Reply #4 on: 18 July 2002, 19:20:00 »

I would say yes, much better except the Remusian word for "war-horse" would be... somthing along the lines of .... Sor'moson ? anyway thats as close as I can get so use that. Otherwise very good.  

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« Reply #5 on: 18 July 2002, 20:32:00 »

Needs to be longer, more detail. I saw that in those other two creatures (one's off what was the dual post, and should be reposted in it's own right), too. Yea, they're horses... but still. I'm sure there's more you could do. Sorry if I'm not real helpful, short on time.

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« Reply #6 on: 19 July 2002, 01:24:00 »

This shows much the same problem as the other thing. Why make it? The Kev'lor would suite just fine. The north is already cold, so the Kev'lor would probably be just fine with Remusiat. So why make a Kev'lor v2.0 entry that just has a different name and is shorter?

And if you don't think the Kev'lor would withstand the cold, just have a sentence put in to the Origin on the Kev'lor that says "Some fleeing soldiers on their Kev'lor found their way farther north to the Remusiat, however, where the Kev'lor was bred for colder conditions and the bloodline maintained their great stature and bulk." or something. It would serve the same purpose.

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« Reply #7 on: 19 July 2002, 07:10:00 »

War-Stallions - sounds impressive, but in practice humans have found that stallions are too easily distracted.  Mares   may whinny when in heat, but won't go chasing off to round up every other horse of the opposite gender at unpredictable times!  

Stallions are generally kept solely for breeding, (and then only a few - most are castrated and become geldings, gentler and more reliable mounts) and mares are preferred.

Any actual horsemen out there who would like to comment?  This is at the minimum what I've read as historical fact, but don't know about in practice....

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« Reply #8 on: 19 July 2002, 08:40:00 »

Don't know for sure but stallions were kept for bred.

Stallions might be also have been used as real warhorses (as horses trained to kill people on the battlefield) because of mentioned temperament.
That would be the Middle Ages.

But I guess in "modern" cavalry units (18th century) most horses were either mares or geldings(?) because you needed calm horses that would ride in formation of dozens and were "schußfest" (not running away from gunfire).

At least that much of fragmentary history I have in my head from my sister (who is a rider) and some of her books.


For the entry I'd suggest to take either Icelanders(The Scandinavian horses) or Mongolian ponies as reference. Maybe you find some infos about them.
They were sturdy horses ith high endurance, used to live in cold and harsh regions.

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« Reply #9 on: 19 July 2002, 12:25:00 »

Ok, so just no one listen to me then, great.

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« Reply #10 on: 19 July 2002, 12:56:00 »

Well Tarquet, the only thing I see wrong with the Kev'lor is they are noted as being highly prized, therefore expensive. The Remusians do not have knights persay, so the average cavalrymen would not be able to afford a Kev'lor, and I severly doubt that myself, (as the Lord of the city) would take money out of the state treasury, to pay for a overly expensive horse for the average soldier. That why I had koji do this, to make a less expensive breed for the common soldiery. As for the horse gender comments, ??? I know almost nothing about horses, so I leave that to someone who knows what they're talking about.

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« Reply #11 on: 19 July 2002, 18:39:00 »

They're expensive in the area that was once the Mynian Kingdom, which is where they used to be. If some Kev'lor made it up north and they were bred for the cold and in great numbers, they wouldn't be that expensive. I'm not saying present day, but back when the Mynian Kingdom fell.

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« Reply #12 on: 19 July 2002, 20:01:00 »

Hmmm, didn't consider that they were bred in great numbers... Well koji, mybe you should just modify the Kev'lor... I guess I have to think about it.

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« Reply #13 on: 19 July 2002, 21:37:00 »

Stallions can be jerks. And if you take too long to geld ( essentially neutering them...) then they'll be jerks without the equipment.
Properly fixed males can STILL be a hassle in breeding season. Females will be in heat, and they will be agitated. Naturally, males will be Males, and will be curious... and FORGET a lady riding a Stallion, especially at her time of the month.
Seriously, male horses can be mean. They can be trained, but they are still animals which have the Prime Natural Directive programmed into their genes.

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« Reply #14 on: 21 July 2002, 13:45:00 »

I'll be honest.  I don't know dittly-squat about horses, and only picked stallions because I thought it sound best when combined with "War".  Since most people say to go with mares, I'll do that, but since its essentially Timeras' horse, it's up to him.  I'll add some more about the horse and how it came to be.

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