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« on: 15 November 2002, 00:27:00 »

Appearance

The full grown white bear can reach a height between 3.5 and 4 peds. It appearance resembles the typical bear except for the skyblue eyes and, of course, it distinctive white fur. The white bear is a carnivorous beast. For that reason they have a full set of sharp teeth, all meant for tearing and chewing their prey. They medium size arms and feet (about 1 fore and 2 palmspans) are equipped with large and strong claws measuring about 5 nailsbreadths each. On their feet pads they have fur to keep grip on the ice. They walk an all fours and have a fragmentary tail. They have fat to keep warm, as well as sustain them during hibernation.

Special abilities

These bears are extremely good swimmers and enjoy staying by the water. Travelling from island to island is an everyday promenade for them. In the water they can reach great speed (20-25 strals per hour) but in the land they are slower (10-15 strals per hour). Itīs  huge strength is also something to take on account and beware of.
Their sense of smell improves during the mating season, allowing them to find a female companion.

Territory

With a population of lesser than 400 individuals, due to the hunt by the Kasumarii and the Cyhallrhim elves, the greatest concentration of white bears, talking about the 90 per cent of their population, can be found at the Cyhalloi continent. Other place where you could find them are The Icelands. But they are able to survive and inhabit in any cold and near-water place.

Habitat/Behaviour

The white bear is not a territorial beast. In summer, autumn and spring, they love to wander between islands and just pass the night by the coast. In winter they hibernate in a cavern, choosing it because of the safety and comfort of the place. They are solitary beasts that only stay with another of their kind during the mating period. In spite of this lonely behaviour, they have a taste for human proximity and you can find them usually following the Kasumarii carryhomes. The white bear is a peaceful beast that avoid conflict if possible.
A typical day for one of them should be describe as eating, eating and eating to cover their highly day quote of food. When no eating, you could find them swimming or sleeping.

Diet

The white bear diet consist basically on fish. They need to eat between 5 or 7 hebs of meat daily. From time to time they include some carrion and seals on their diet. They donīt eat human flesh except after being a long time without eating anything. When this happens, their survival instinct prevails and they attack the first prey they came upon (meaning by this anything that smell and taste like meat). In those cases, human are a valid prey. The tundra inhabitants know of that and take special cares after the hibernation period when the bears start leaving their caves and look for food.  

Mating

After reaching it fifth year, the white bear starts mating. They will mate once every two years during the spring. Feeling the pressing need of finding a female companion, they look for her. After finding one, the first one they came by, they copulate. They stay together until winter. On that season the male leave looking for a cave to hibernate. The female stays alone and give birth to the cubs (an average of 2 or 3 cubs) sometimes during hibernation or just after it. She will raise them for a year and a half. When they reach that age, they are full grown and ready to survive on their own.  

Death ritual

When a white bear feels the nearness of death, they travel to the south and look for a crimson rose field. They just lay there, between the roses. A white spot breaking the crimson purity. They smell the flowers and enter a deep sleep from which they will never wake up. The roses continue with their life and death cicle, covering the body of the beast with wither petals. It seems that the corpse of the bear function as a fertilizer because, after its death, the flowers start growing in more quantity.  
The Kasumarii know about the ritual and usually search the crimson fields for a dead bear, to take its fur and meat.

Myth/Lore

There is a legend about a beast that ravage the tundra that may refer to a white bear.
Some accounts are included below:

"The beast is huge! it has to be at least 3 peds in height - and covered in fur! Or ice... I'm not sure. But it looks like a bear, walking erect with blood red eyes."
-- Estoor, Kar-ii Greendeath

"Had taken down a goat with my bow at 20 peds out, I did indeed. Saw the goat fall and everything... but when I got there, all I could find was a bloody mess. No goat anywhere. The thing took my kill and wasted my time. Next time I see him, he'll be MY meal."
-- Ammos, Kar-ii Korenjaan

"Child and I among bush. Pick of berries near Tower. Beast appear; hair like ice, eye of flame. Roar like cold wind entangled bear. We ran indeed."
-- Yo'inlia, Cyhallrhim


Also, because of it peaceful nature and their taste for human nearness, some people say that they may have a human soul within their bodies.




Edited by: Sahndorf at: 11/18/02 6:37:43 am
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« Reply #1 on: 15 November 2002, 01:56:00 »

Hm.
Like a Polar bear.
Icebear!
Hee.
Anyway.
I think such a large animal would have a difficult time feed on only fish. I think you should knock down the size. Unless that 4.5 peds is measured on it's HIND feet, then it's fine. You'll want to include withers height wne he's on all fours, then. He'll also need to eat more. Like, almost constantly. You should also add that they have large amounts of fat to keep warm, as well as susatin them during Hibernation ( Yeah, Polar bears hibernate! Even weirder, they give birth to the cubs during hibernation.) And they keep grip on the ice with fur on the pads of their feet.
And Polar bears feast mostly upon carrion and Seal, and some fish. They would have a HARD time catching a goat. So perhaps that will need some changes.
This is also going to need some more detail.
Sorry if I'm harsh, but the Icelands are harsh as well, and I don't want to just make a White Bear, but a TRUE Beast of the North.


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« Reply #2 on: 15 November 2002, 13:18:00 »

hmm I like the thing... and it allows me to do a Knightly order I as thinking of without doing an animal first... of course it would mean the killing of a few of these guys... actually Sahndorf would u be able to contact me and I'll tell you what I have in mind, maybe we can work something out...



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« Reply #3 on: 16 November 2002, 00:28:00 »

Edited.

Letīs go for the TRUE BEAST OF THE NORTH!!!!!!!! :D

Aylix, I have sent you a mail.

Best Regards,  Sahndorf.

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« Reply #4 on: 16 November 2002, 09:06:00 »

Sahndorf, no need to add this of course, but I find the fact fascinating, that the icebears have indead a BLACK skin and that their hairs are constructed in a way that  the sun light is carried to their skin, just like a glass fiber transports light. You might invent some other details who make this beast even more interesting? Maybe it has a distictive favour for the Crimson rose and visits the south now and then to feed on some? Maybe it needs the poison to stay healthy? LOL, was the only thing which came to my mind just now.But the red and white together, what a pic! ;)  

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« Reply #5 on: 17 November 2002, 01:30:00 »

Interesting information what you tell me Talia. I didnīt know about that and sounds really wonderfull.

About more interesting things to add, Aylix was planning something about a Knightly order that should be part of the entry. As soon as he mails me I will be editing it I think.
Red and white, nice contrast. What everyone think about adding the following lines?:

When a white bear feels the nearness of death, they travel to the south and look for a crimson rose field. They just lay there, between the roses. A white spot breaking the crimson purity. They smell the flowers and enter a deep sleep from which they will never wake up.

Something like this, If it is accepted I will work more on it.
Iīll also think in a few more things.

Thanks for the help and best regards, Sahndorf.

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« Reply #6 on: 17 November 2002, 05:02:00 »

This is a marvelous idea Sahndorf, exactly what I meant but didn't think of for myself. This last kick an entry needs. You will always remember from this entry the white bear in the roses and not forget it the day after you read it!

What happens to these dead bears though? Are they staying there? The roses growing over their corps and covering it completely? Maybe you could add,that the roses flower abundantly over such a place the year after?

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« Reply #7 on: 17 November 2002, 09:30:00 »

Oh, this is going to be a good one, Sahndorf - that image is certainly memorable.  Perhaps one of our artists could make it iconic - the white fur sparkling against the crimson velvet of the rose petals, the giant curled ursine form in the midst of the green bushes.... very dramatic!

I also like the 'accounts' you have included - a nice variation on the typical legends.  Although I might write you a story of the Princess and the Bear (many such tales exist in the Scandinavian area) which you could link to as well...

Carry on filling this out, and let me know when you are happy with it, or if you need any assistance.

Regards from your temporary new Bestiary forum mod,
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« Reply #8 on: 17 November 2002, 10:35:00 »

Hmmm... knightly order... and this beast? As I take it this bear can only be found on Cyhalloi and in teh Icelands of Northern Sarvonia?
A Santharian order would have more than only a few problems to connect his ideas with this beast, Aylix!
Just keep that in mind, otherwise I'm excited to see your ideas!

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« Reply #9 on: 17 November 2002, 22:27:00 »

" Princess and the Bear" I like that story!


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« Reply #10 on: 18 November 2002, 00:49:00 »

"The Princess and the bear"
Coming soon in your nearest dream.   :D

Will be waiting to read it with great expectation, my new mod Bard. Iīm planning on editing the entry tomorrow and as soon as Aylix send me the mail with his idea I think it would be ready. I will let you know. Thanks for your assistance proposal. You know itīs always welcome. Letīs say for now on that everyone of my entries are a shout looking for  assistance so feel free to do it without being asked for.

Thanks Talia for your comments and your trigger. That idea is also yours.  

All the best for everyone and till the next post, Sahndorf.

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« Reply #11 on: 19 November 2002, 01:12:00 »

Editeeeeeeeeeeeed.

I think itīs ready now. Just waiting for your thumbs up.

The only things left should be the link to "The Princess and the bear" story (when itīs finished) and maybe some idea Aylix told me (but he havenīt mail me yet).

Best Regards, Sahndorf.

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« Reply #12 on: 19 November 2002, 05:54:00 »

Yea sorry about that mate, I havent had chance since friday to email you again... with any luck I'll get one off today...



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« Reply #13 on: 19 November 2002, 23:13:00 »

See the beginning of the story in the Library Forum.... The Princess and the White Bear!

“The three principal endeavors of a Bard are to learn and collect knowledge; to teach others; to make peace and put an end to all injury. To do contrary to these things is not usual or becoming to a Bard.”  

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« Reply #14 on: 21 November 2002, 12:30:00 »

I like it :) ..very well written.

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