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« on: 13 May 2007, 05:16:45 »

KOR’OCH fey MOLOGH (Mount of Kor’och), Remusian Horse

OVERVIEW: The Kor’och fey Mologh, or the Mount of Kor’och, is the youngest of all the horse breeds, having only been in existence for the last 300 years.  They are all descendants of the progenitor stallion, Forsaken Blade.  It is uncertain which exact breeds were used to breed Forsaken Blade, see Myth/Lore, however, it is generally assumed that the Centoraurian Horse was used, probably the Rusik and the Tirpan, as well as possibly the Santharian Draught Pony, also known as the Hobbithorse.  Indeed, the Kor’och fey Mologh seems to have many characteristics of each of these breeds. .

APPEARANCE:  The Kor’och fey Mologh, sometimes simply known as the Mologh, is usually found to be a deep eophran brown in colour (a shade which the Ice tribes call "pinnipeye" after the dark-eyed seals that live there) but can range in colour from black to bay.  They may have small white markings on their face, and sometimes they may have white socks, but anything more than that and they are considered culls.  This is a colour breed as much as anything, so breeders are particular in their assessment of these animals.

They have large, intelligent eyes, a dish shaped face, high withers and in the males, a thick crested neck.  During winter months they develop a heavier coat that protects them from the elements, but this coat is softer and less coarse in the warmer months, though still heavy.Their manes and tail are usually long and thick, tails often reaching to the ground.  They have slightly larger hooves than most horses, and this helps them navigate through the snow better.  As well, they have an unusually thick tuft of hair on their fetlocks, called Kor’och’s Boot (Kor’och fey Beyout).  The Kor’och fey Mologh is one of the smaller of the horse breeds, standing from 14 to 15 hands high, though some horses do occasionally fall outside these parameters.

SPECIAL ABILITIES:  This horse is considered a good utilitarian breed as both a great riding horse, and a good work horse.  It has a smooth gait that is very easy to take under saddle, and it has great strength and exceptional endurance for work as a draught horse.

The Kor’och fey Mologh usually gives birth to a single foal; however, in about 10% of cases, a mare will give birth to two foals.  This is not a joyous occasion, however, as more often than not it results in a difficult delivery, and underweight foals.  In many cases one or both of the foals die, and often so do the dams.

A note must be made that these horses are particularly adept at conserving body heat during the coldest weather of the ice lands.  Much like wolves, these horses will lie down and curl their legs up under their bodies, while burying their muzzles under their flanks.  Often, groups of horses will do this together; their bodies huddled, thereby conserving that much more heat.  Interestingly, one horse will usually not join in this huddled group and will act as a sentry, looking out for danger.  Should a storm last long enough, this sentry horse will change places with one of the other horses, and a new sentry horse will protect the group.

TERRITORY:  This horse is almost exclusively found in the north, as it is bred by the Ice Tribes, mainly the Remusians.  It is not a breed that developed in nature, and so it has no natural environment.  The main breeders of the horse are found in Remusiat, though occasionally, some of the more northern tribes will breed them as well.  In recent years, however, it has begun to be exported to almost all regions of Santharia, often fetching large sums of money.

HABITAT/BEHAVIOR:  The mares of the Kor’och fey Mologh are very docile, and make excellent riding horses and pets.  Children are often trained to ride on mares.  The stallions of this breed are more aggressive, however, especially toward each other.   It is because of this that they are not usually wanted as war horses, as two stallions will fight each other as often as they fight the enemy.  Instead, geldings are often used as war horses, though they have to be proud cut.  This entails that part of a testicle be left when they are gelded, which happens when the horse is 4-5 years old instead of the usual 2 years old.  This is done so the horse will have the musculature and the spirit of a stallion, but not the aggression towards other male horses.

The Kor’och fey Mologh have a life expectancy of 25-30 years.  These horses have a close knit herd mentality, and the mares and geldings will often be found “talking” to one another and grooming each other.  Stallions are kept separate for the most part.  Foals that are orphaned due to a tragic birth are quickly adopted by another mare with a foal, as mares produce enough milk for two.  If twins are orphaned, they will be adopted by two different mares.

DIET:  The diet of these horses consists mostly of Hrugchuk grass, although some of the wealthier breeders supplement this with a bit of grain to build a better layer of fat to help them survive the frigid winters.  It is worth noting that this must be carefully regulated, as too much grain will cause the horse to get sick.  Many a horse has been lost to this grain poisoning.  Still, as owning this horse is tantamount to owning a piece of divinity, many breeders are happy to pay the price to make sure they have this grain.  As stated, the bulk of their diet is Hrugchuk grass, and the horses are often herded by the nomadic Icemen in large areas so that enough of the Hrugchuk grass is available.  Their hooves are sufficiently sharp enough and large enough to enable them to dig through the ice and snow to get at the hearty grass. They also eat lichens and the small shrubs that grow here.

MATING:  Because these horses were never found in the wild, they have never really developed a mating ritual.  However, when a stallion is placed in a pen with a mare that is in heat, he will follow her, nipping at her flanks until she submits to him, which is signaled by the mare's lowering her head and nickering softly.  This can be dangerous, as the mare will sometimes kick when the stallion goes to mount her, risking injury and, in rare circumstances, death.  To avoid this, most mares are tied into a breeding stall, that is too narrow for them to move, and their rear legs are hobbled to prevent the mares from kicking and injuring the stallions.

The mares usually go into heat during the last half of the month of the Changing Winds, and gestation lasts until the month of Molten Ice.  Mares that have given birth to twins, regardless of whether or not the foals survived, are usually not bred that same season, the breeders preferring to give them a year of rest due to the trauma of giving birth to twins.  Stallions are usually not capable of breeding before their second year, though most breeders wait until the third season to start using them.  Mares are left until they are in their fourth season before they are bred, as younger mares tend to have more twins.  Conversely, mares are rarely used for breeding after their 15th year, as these older horses almost never survive a twin birth.  Stallions may breed far into their 20’s.

USAGES:  The Kor’och fey Mologh is used mainly for riding while many are used as farm work horses.  Merchants like to use teams of them to pull heavily laden wagons, as they have great endurance.  The Remusian Cavalry uses this breed to a large extent, as having the warhorse of Kor’och under them gives them a sense of invincibility.  Most of the Ice Tribes use these beasts simply to pull sleds and travois that are laden with supplies or the fruits of a hunt, as their endurance makes them quite adept at this.

Some tribes have what is known as Stallion Fights, where two stallions are placed in a pen and are allowed to fight.  It is a barbarous sport, as anyone who has watched two stallions fight can attest to.  Heavy bets are often made, and family and tribe honour are always at stake.  These fights are rarely to the death, as these animals are far too valuable.  The fight is allowed to continue until one owner surrenders.  Although considered a loss of honour to lose, it is still preferable to losing an animal as valuable as a stallion.

A Kor’och fey Mologh mare can be used to create an alcoholic drink known as Yuritz.  As the mares produce enough milk for two foals, those that are nursing only one can be milked of their excess.  The milk is allowed to ferment, with tiny pieces of Hrugchuk grass root mixed in, for a period of four days in a sealed container, traditionally made of clay, but wooden containers have been used as well.

The last use that the Kor’och fey Mologh is mostly utilized in the furthest reaches of the north.  These tribes will sometimes use the culls as food.  The Remusian's are known to consider this barbaric among the other tribes, and they look down on the other's for it.  However, the northern tribes would consider starving to death a worse act.

MYTH/LORE:  The Kor’och fey Mologh was introduced by a Remusian horse breeder, Kelleroch, who took several horses of different breeds with the desired traits and through careful selective breeding, developed what he considered to be the perfect horse. It is not known exactly which breeds he used, as Kelleroch was very protective of his secrets and left no written record, and therefore it can only be guessed at. It took him years to finally achieve his goal, and when he had bred the perfect horse, which he named Forsaken Blade, it is said that he ascended to the abode of the gods, invited by none other than Kor'och to breed the horses of the gods.  The large black horse that legends say Kor’och rides is now considered by many to be this breed.

Once or twice in a generation, a rare blue coloured foal is born.  Called a Berg Pony, it is seen as a great omen.  These horses are raised until their first birthday, then slaughtered in a great ceremony that includes a feast afterward.  This is usually the only time a Remusian will voluntarily eat horse meat when not in a life or death situation.  The hide is then tanned and used to create a robe.  This robe, called Kelleroch's Cloak, is then given as a gift.  This gift can be made as a dowry, to the head of a clan, or to a noble.  It is said that the owner of a Berg Pony will receive good luck for the first year of the horses life, a gift from Kor'och to his people.   After a year, the gift must then be given away (in the form of the robe) or the person will incur the god's wrath, as Kor'och would see that as taking advantage of his good grace.
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« Reply #1 on: 13 May 2007, 06:00:26 »

A nice start, Altario.

A start :)

Have you realised, that where your horse lives, the land is permanently covered with snow? More in winter, less in summer, but always?
Look at this map, all the areas which are white have more or less snow all the year round.

I would recommend to read up the Hrugchuck Grass which would be their main diet. I doubt, that the icetribes would be able to import much grain over  great distances- from where should it come ?  Will this diet have consequences? would be great, if your horse would fit to the other animlas living there, even if only a tiny bit. It was only introduced 300 years ago. Where there any problems with the change of the diet to the blue grass??

I would be a good idea to read up the other animals as well, the thunderfoot and the Caracal.



Another quick thought : I saw recently a docu about animals living in different areas climatewise and that they are adapted to survive well. So polar animlas have small faces, tiny ears etc.. I think your big eyes would not be suited very well if you consider snowstorms , frost...
Have your horses special feet so that they can well walk through high snow? Can they swim to pass the channels between the islands?

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« Reply #2 on: 13 May 2007, 06:38:43 »

No i did not realize it was ice covered ALL year round.  I will make changes to how I plan to do this.  Thank you for the tips.

Edit:  I have decided at this point to keep it in the ice lands.  As for the large eyes etc not being suitable, yes the documentary you saw probably did state those physical adaptions that allow animals to survive in severe conditions.  However, that is an evolutionary result, and this breed was developed by man, not nature.
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« Reply #3 on: 14 May 2007, 01:05:15 »

Altario, make sure to update your first post with the latest version - the first post is always the one that is checked by commentators!
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« Reply #4 on: 14 May 2007, 01:19:21 »

I really apologize.  My puter was crashing and I could not save it there, so rather than lose my work I posted it to the nearest entry point.  Did not mean to do this, it was the first port in a storm.  I wasnt sure how much time I had.  Once again, sorry.  I do know better.
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« Reply #5 on: 14 May 2007, 01:21:10 »

Three things.  First, please don't curse or swear as quite a few people get offended by it.  Secondly, I think a second name might be in order for the horse as well.  I doubt that the ice tribes would name their horses "Mount of the whoever."  Finally please avoid the use of superlatives such as most.

Edit: Oh yeah, and the title needs to be adjusted to the standards Jonael laid out.  Look at the resource book for how to do it.  I can do that for you if you'd like.
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« Reply #6 on: 14 May 2007, 01:49:27 »

Isn't it ironic that when you want comments they seem to come so slow, but when you make a mistake the comments come fast and furious.  lol.

First, I apologise for swearing/cursing.  Actually, I never thought that I was doing it to a degree that would offend, but you are right.  It won't happen again.

Second, "Kor'och is the God of Creation and War and is worshipped by all Remusians, without exception" as quoted from the compendium, so I don't think that a tribal society would be adverse to naming a horse breed thusly.  In fact, they would look at it as honoring such an important diety.  It is the name of the breed, not an individual horses name.  Individual horse names would be quite different, I agree with you.

Third, I will use different words than most.  Like I explained to Art, I was just posting here to save it from being lost.  It was not supposed to be posted yet, just the proposal was.

Fourth, the title I will adjust.  This is similar to the third point.  Was not ready for posting but my puter was giving me error msgs and acting weird when I tried to save my work, so I posted it to keep from losing it.  At the time of the proposal, I had no name yet, so titled it as such.  I thank you for the offer to help, but you have better things to do I'm sure, and I will get it done right away.
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« Reply #7 on: 14 May 2007, 03:47:15 »

Do not forget to take into consideration the conditions of life in the Icelands. Life is really harsh over there...
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« Reply #8 on: 14 May 2007, 04:54:07 »

Altario, don't be concerned about me - I didn't even know what you said till I looked it up ! ;)

Nice to see you around, Curgan!
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« Reply #9 on: 14 May 2007, 11:52:16 »

Neat, a new horse breed!

I've developed a good many horse breeds for Santharia, including the Tirpan, which was based on the RL now-extinct Tarpan horse and the Przewalski's Horse, so I've some experience with this line of development.  I'm also our current Northern Development expert, so I'm qualified to help you on that level as well.

I've a couple of questions for you to consider (this is not a critique, just some things for you to keep in mind while you are writing your entry)

You say that this is a totally domestic breed and was designed by a people that wanted to create "the perfect horse".  How would they define the perfect horse?  Since these people are Ice Tribe dwellers, they are going to look for very different features in their "perfect horse" than someone from the desert lands, for instance.  Such things as a thick heavy coat, extreme stamina and high endurance, are going to count for a lot more than speed or size in this breed.  You may want to clarify what, exactly, their expectations for "the perfect horse" were.  You've mentioned coat colour.  Is beauty important? Muscular power?  Long/short legs?  What is the height requirement (how many hands tall should it be?)
Perhaps they have a special hoof structure that protects their feet from picking up clumps of ice or snow?
Things like that.  You have talked a bit about some of these things but I think that you need a few more specifics. 

Most people who are not Ice tribe members would probably just call it the "Remusian Horse", so you may want to include that as a name for it.

I'm a little uncertain about the coat colour.  Any colour is acceptable as long as they only have minimal white markings?   And BTW, a reddish brown coat in a horse is usually called "chestnut", I believe, though or course you could make up your own name for it, or do a search for "Colours and Hues" to find the specific colour you like., or adapt one (e.g. "adlemirene brown" horses could be called "Mirenes".)

 What do they do with the "culls"? Sell them? Kill them?  Just prevent them from breeding?  Turn them loose?

Like I said, these are just things to keep in mind while you are writing.  I realize you are not done but this should help you effectively realize your horse.  I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your work and help you with more comments/suggestions whenever you are ready for them. 


And one more note--Your writing is really a pleasure to read, with minimal grammar or spelling issues, and you have a knack for painting an attractive word picture.  Do remember, however, that it is almost impossible to have too much description and the more  Santharian references you can throw in, the better (to a degree.)    Congratulations on what you've achieved so far, and you can always check with me if you have any questions or concerns about your entry.  I'll be quite happy to help wherever I can.

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« Reply #10 on: 14 May 2007, 14:50:45 »

I know, you are not done.... but, it would be nice to have some  similarities with the other animlas living up there.. e.g. some could show a hint of blue in their coat or an occasional blue foal would be born which maybe is more adapted to the environement than the others.

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« Reply #11 on: 14 May 2007, 20:46:30 »

They eat the culls, of course!  Horse meat is still a delicacy in parts of Europe (I've had it, smoked.  Mmm!) and they wouldn't waste such a ready source of protein.    I remember reading that the main part of the Inuit diet was meat - huge amounts of meat and fat - to sustain the body's energy demands in an intensely cold climate.

Little quibble:  A culture that has never seen an adlemir tree will not have the colour name 'Adlemirene'.... just as only a folk familiar with chestnut trees' fruit would think to use the word 'chestnut' to describe a glossy brown.   But the etymology concept is a good thought nonetheless - perhaps we could find something from the Ice Tribes culture that would be the desired shade?

Eg. the blue-shaded foals might be called 'Berg Horses' after the hues at the heart of the huge icebergs that must float by the coasts... and would certainly be cross-bred back to each other to create the most desirable horses..   Perhaps that could be integrated into the History - they are still working towards getting 'berghorses' consistently each generation with no 'throwbacks' to the original white and multi-hued horse ancestors?  :)
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« Reply #12 on: 15 May 2007, 00:54:34 »

the term "perfect" is an overstatement for the Ice tribes. They are too backward to have a taste! Maybe "best suitable for the region" would describe it better.

BTW not all Europeans eat horses, Judy! Here in Greece not only we do not eat it, but we consider it something like a sacriledge even killing it when it's old. However, the Icemen would eat anything, given the environment they live in!

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« Reply #13 on: 15 May 2007, 01:57:39 »

Do I have to feel bad now if I say, that I have eaten already horse saugage several times  and that it tastes nice ????   buck
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« Reply #14 on: 15 May 2007, 02:24:39 »

De coloribus et gustibus non disputandum est...

There should be no argument over colours and tastes said the romans and they were right.

Horse eating/killing etc is usualy considered bad, because it serves human faithfuly throughout it's life. That's why it's unfair to kill it when its old (and the horse sausage you 've been eating were made from old horses). On the other hand horses are very clean animals and tasty as I hear, so ...

PS the horses are been eaten in nothern europe and italy  right?
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