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Name: Cairon

Category: Mounts & Monsters & Useful

Type: Mammalians

Size: Large

Region: Mountains

Rarity: Rare

Lifespan: 9`-14 years wild, 12`-18 years in captivity

Appearance

Cairon are thought to be closely related to the azani due to their similar appearances. Like azani, cairon have very large, powerful bodies, coming in at around five foot tall from shoulder to floor, and around eight feet long from snout to rear with a two to three foot tail. Females are the dominant sex for the species and the alphas can be even larger than the standard size, with the most dominant females recorded measuring over ten feet long and over 6 feet tall.

Cairon fur is very sleek but course and rigid. Their thick coats protrude at their joints, though instead of jutting straight out like the azani, the tufts curve in varying patterns. This coat is typically a blueish-brown color, but on occasion an albino is born. These albinos are abandoned by their pack in the wild since in adulthood they tend to have more health problems, but are conversely more valued by the Elysian? elite for their rarity. Trainers tend to take special care should they be lucky enough to find one.

Cairon have eyes that are vaguely reminiscent of human ones, appearing with irises in shades of green or blue. Their ears have a triangular shape and come off their heads at a wide angle but are also able to articulate in order to pinpoint sounds while hunting.

Cairon have concave paws, which allow them to grip surfaces. They also have rather sharp claws which allow them to climb and travel amongst the trees they encounter in their natural habitat. Cairon must be careful with this kind of travel however, as they are very heavy and in general only the thickest of branches can hold their weight.

Behaviour

Cairon live in groups of around eight at a time. Generally, a given pack will have no more than three males since females are far more dominant in the species and are also born more frequently. Although their den will house this many, hunting parties tend to consist of no more than four at a time unless the pack is attacking an exceptionally large target.

Cairon are valued as battle mounts because of their remarkable endurance. Although they are significantly slower than their cousins (maxing out at about 30 miles per hour) they can keep up this pace for the majority of a daylight period. At night they instinctively slow down considerably since their vision is half as keen after dark as it is during the day. If traveling for long durations a cairon must be allowed to rest for two hours after every six hours of running.

They are able to leap over fifteen feet forwards from a stationary position, and around twenty feet when given time and space to build up speed first. They can also use this to jump upwards along cliff faces they are climbing, or to catch flying prey, though gravity will reduce their jump some.

Cairon are very pack oriented, and can be trained to obey multiple masters. If a person is dominant enough than a more submissively inclined cairon will defer to them almost immediately (unless they feel threatened), regardless of training. Alpha females are nearly impossible to train, and currently none are owned in captivity.

Cairon cannot travel as quickly or as deftly on flat land as they can on uneven and craggy land due to the way they have adapted to hunting in the mountains. Their very thick and practically ungroomable coats also make them overheat rather quickly when in warm climates. This excess of heat forces them to rest far more frequently while traveling in hot weather. They also begin to slow significantly when carrying more than 300 pounds of weight, usually becoming too overburdened to even move at around 400 pounds.

Diet: Meat and bones of any creature. They also consume various plants in general to maintain their health. For general life cairon can eat as little as two times a week provided those meals are large. While travelling, however, cairon require smaller meals at each of their resting points.

Habitat: The highest and coldest portions of the Dusky Mountains? and the Apolli Mountains?.

Breeding: Cairon breed rarely, usually only when a member of their pack has died or grown gravely ill. Because of this, it is not uncommon for a beast to die without having a single off-spring of their own.

Special Information

Strengths/Abilities:

  • Fast running speed (Max of 30mph)
  • High endurance for traveling.
  • Can carry a decent amount of weight. (Burdened at 300lbs, unable to move at 400lbs)

Weaknesses:

  • Cannot travel well on flat surfaces.
  • Cannot handle warm climates.

Uses:

  • Cairon make great mounts, particularly in battle.
  • Their pelts are sometimes used for clothing and armor made for cool weather, though the difficult taming their fur makes this kind of product very rare and costly.

Origin: Cairon were discovered long ago by a group of Therians? who made the fatal mistake of crossing them while they were hunting. A few members of the group survived the encounter and returned to their home bloodied and beaten. It took centuries after that for tamers to be able to capture one of them, and because of their refusal to mate it has been very difficult to breed them in captivity.

Warriors in need of land mounts still value them for their prowess, though, and it is rumored that somewhere within Acheron? there is a battalion of fully trained cairon waiting for war.

Creator: Russ?

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