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« on: 21 April 2004, 16:27:00 »

Pronounced: Chew---Mope---Less

Basic Overview of the Beast



Considered a monster these beasts are actually quite friendly though they look quite frightening and can be dangerous. Few plain dwarves have been brave enough to actually own these animals, and ride these animals and those few have figured out that these monsters, while dangerous, are quiet friendly and useful. These beasts stand about 3 peds at the shoulder, with a downward sloping back ending in hindquarters that are 2 1/3 ped from the ground. Primarily cream colored they can very with age to darker shades of grey. Their faces look like a cat's, without the fur coating, very lightly coated on the face, they have more whisker like hair then fur.

They have long thin forelegs, a semi short body and hind legs shorter then the forelegs. They have long ears which remain normally pressed to the skull and shoulders. They can run extremely fast, fight with their forelegs and live primarily on the in Nybelmar, though they can be found elsewhere with their "masters."

Male Jumoples have long, thick ebony tusks which often reach lengths of over 4 peds and are shed yearly after mating season.

Appearance
Standing about 3 ped at the shoulder Jumoples have a sharply downward sloping back which ends 2 1/3 peds above the ground. Their length is no longer then 2 ped and they are tailless. Jumoples can come in a variety of colors depending on their habitat, but primarily are cream colored with very light, white fur sporatically spotting their body.

Jumoples gave long ears, long legs and short round faces. Their eyes rest somewhat angeled to the sides of the heads and their ears tend to rest back against their shoulders. They apparently have no neck between their shoulders and head.

Their legs are long and thin and even frail looking but they are far from frail. These animals weigh around 4 pgyee, most of which is the skeleton. Alone the skeleton weighs about 2 1/2 pygee. The bones in the animals legs are stronger  then many other animals' bones, though not strong enough to avoid breakage under severe circumstances and other normal ailments such as sprains.

Special Abilities
When fighting, they spring back to their hind legs, striking their front ones at their Foe. Slashing with sharp hooves, beating and crushing bones.

Jumoples can make a ear piercing screaming nose which, if subject to the sound too long can cause ear damage, bleeding in the ears and even death due to hemeraging of the ear canal and or brain. The sound however, bothers their own ears as well, not to the damaging extent that it harms a two-leggers- but they do not like the sound regardless.

Jumoples can run up to 70 strals per hour through all terrains due to their over-exaggerated, flexible forelimbs and short strong hind limbs. Though they can run very quickly, these animals can not climb very well nor jump. Their strong limbs are not overly flexible.

Due to their light fur, they dont like the extreme cold, or extreme heat and their flesh can sunburn within a few hours in the sun if left dry. However, when wet their flesh makes its own sunblock, and can help it avoid the sunburns for a few hours.


Territory
Jumoples are found only on the continent of Nybelmar

Habitat/Behavior
Jumpoles are active both during the day and night. They feed  16 hours per day and sleep 4-5hours a day, ussually standing up but rarely laying on their sides. They drink daily, but can go without water for up to a week. Bulls (males) drink up to

A Matriarchal clan society, th basic nits consist of a mother with her still dependant offspring and grown female daughters with their offspring. Males live in seperate groups often called bachelor herds, or alone. Being non-territorial their mating sucess depends on size and weapons. Re-growth of tusks  continues into old age making seniors the biggest tusked, and the most often to breed.

Herds of Cow (females)
Nine to eleven members in a normal herd through there have been noted larger herds which split into two seperate herds but still occupy the same home range and associate half the time. Called "bond groups" on average there are 28 related members in 2-3 famiy units. These units normally stay within 1 stral of the other.

Disturbances cause the herd to cluster around the Matriarch(the biggest female) and the calves flock to the middle. The matriarch decides whether the herd stays or flees, and if something happens to her the rest will hang around her in a blind panic. Rather then abandon her, they ussually stay at her side even if it means their death.

Cooperative nature is shown in the attempts to raise and support a fallen group member, one on each side. Under normal circumstances as a matriarch becomes old and ill she is replaced by the next oldest cow and she will usually leave to group or is abandoned.

Bull Herds-(Male groups)
Males leave the cow herds at 12 years.They tend to wander alone or associate with other bulls, typically in herds of 2-12. Bulls wander further then cows during periods of sexual inactivity. Very old bulls are the most sedentary, living out their last days where the grass is in water so they can still consume quantites needed as their last set of molars wear out.

Diet
Jumoples eat all types of vegitation when adults, and when they are young they feed primarily on regurgatated grasses from the females in the herd. Jumoples have been known to swallow rocks and stones as well to help with their digestive system tear apart the leaves and stems of the plants eaten.

When around females in heat males do not eat. Instead the spend their fat reserves fighting and breeding.

Mating
Most mating and births occur near seasons of rain. The males grow their tusks within a few weeks and they eat nearly double what they would eat normally. First conception at 10-11 years, gestation 22 months with an interval between calves of 4-9 years. Bulls begin competing reproductivly at around the age of 25, but normally bigger bulls over 35 monopolize matings.

Usages
The first travelers to Nybelmar came across shed tusks and have been using the thick bone like structures to make jewlery as well as many other things.

Because most Santharians know little about the continent, Jumoples have gone for the most part unnoticed save the myths and legends regarding them.

Edited by: Sammykins at: 4/30/04 23:26
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« Reply #1 on: 22 April 2004, 12:50:00 »

Sammykins, you are still thinking in feet? I'm using peds in RL already - got some weird looks, I admit!

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« Reply #2 on: 22 April 2004, 12:59:00 »

Yesh... I still think in Feet... LOL.... Like I said.. Ill update that info when I go through and finish editing.... My Final.

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« Reply #3 on: 23 April 2004, 15:53:00 »

Are those from the Hansen movie "Dark Crystal"?

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« Reply #4 on: 23 April 2004, 17:24:00 »

The Dark Crystal... And... Yes... Somewhat...

MY Version of them....

As I am not done yet, the differences are not quiet see-able yet



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« Reply #5 on: 06 June 2004, 03:16:00 »

Are you done here already, Ashen, so that we can check? Don't forget to post a message at the end of the thread saying that you're done;)  


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« Reply #6 on: 13 June 2004, 22:15:00 »

Thosea aren't something you'll run into in your everyday zoo. They look kind of bony to be useful as anything, but Ill bet it's just cuz they got an exoskeleton and that's one of your changes, or hard covering instead of fur.

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« Reply #7 on: 15 June 2004, 10:31:00 »

I'm pretty sure that she's gone again Art.

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« Reply #8 on: 16 February 2010, 22:38:10 »

Does anyone know what happened to this entry? I was searching for Nybelmar fauna and this came up...
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« Reply #9 on: 17 February 2010, 20:57:18 »

Got filed under 'extinct species' i think..

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« Reply #10 on: 17 February 2010, 21:43:05 »

These look interesting, with some tweaks... Would anyone mind my claiming them and trying to get them on the site? Considering that this was last edited almost six years ago, I don't think the owner would mind.
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« Reply #11 on: 17 February 2010, 23:35:39 »

I'd say go for it, Irid. There is not much there to update anyway. Might as well have it completed and up.  thumbup
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« Reply #12 on: 17 February 2010, 23:56:40 »

I'd say go for it, Irid. There is not much there to update anyway. Might as well have it completed and up.  thumbup

Except for language  rolleyes

... and some other stuff
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« Reply #13 on: 18 February 2010, 04:02:34 »

It's good if ideas that were pretty far developed can be picked up and finally be brought to fruition. And it also doesn't hurt at all if someone else gives it his/her spin while reworking it, making sure that it also becomes the baby of the one who dives into the entry and revives it. So yup, would be great of you can do it, Irid!  thumbup
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« Reply #14 on: 23 February 2010, 07:15:37 »

I have to say that those are the ugliest thingies I've ever seen in my whole entire life *g
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