Monday, January 23, 2017

Florae and Faunae

Broken world has several unique species of plants and animals, not simply because of the mutations that are now common. There are many species that have existed naturally, as well as some mutations that have survived to breed and now have become established.

Aurakor: These reptilian beasts of burden were common in Sytheria and called Aess'skor before the breaking. When disease ripped through many types of livestock, the hardier nature of Aurakor allowed them to shrug off the disease. Since then, Aurakor have become the mainstay to pull carts and caravans. Humans, never content with nature, have begun selecting bloodlines that show a propensity towards speed and agility, and a small number of sleeker and faster Aurakor are now beginning to appear in markets. Unfortunately, the meat of Aurakor is toxic, making it a poor substitute for cattle in this regard.
(Size: Large)

Azlipoeotli: Though physically similar to an extremely large bat, this species has sprung from a mutation in hyena in Umbrachtlan. They are medium sized, winged predators that hunt in packs and have a natural resistance to cold. They have large eyes and ears, and can hunt via echolocation in the dark, frozen wilderness.
(Size: Medium)

Berkara: The Berkara is a large, herbivorous bird that was native to Zynos, and was used as a mount for centuries. The Berkara is now the most common mount for medium sized peoples.
(Size: Large)

Chenar: This small melon is sweet and nutritious, but spoils quickly unless preserved. Traditionally from Quesaras, many places now grow it and it is becoming a common breakfast treat for harvest season.

Darkweed: this large leafed plant feeds off psionic energy, and is considered an invasive weed. Many people wishing to guard their homes against psionic visitors. It is also the main ingredient in the psionic inhibiting poison Phrenican.
(Size: Diminutive)

Dentipura: These venomous, wingless beetles are mostly used as mounts by Dromites, but some goblins and Blues have begun to adopt them too.
(Size: Medium)

Elasmother: This large horned beast roams the rocky plains of the Hordelands, and its horn is made of psionic crystal, making it a prime target. It is ill-tempered and attacks both physically and with Psi-like abilities.
(Size: Huge)

Filnara: This bean plant that grows naturally in Quesaras is an excellent foodsource, though it is slow growing. A single Filnara bean can feed humanoids for a day, providing slow release nourishment and suppressing the appetite. It grows slowly, each plant making a single bean pod per season, but has yet to ever be affected by mutations, and is easily stored for several years after drying.
(Size: Medium)

Ghelina: this plant was originally native to Northire, but only survives now and cultivated in the Imperium. Its leaves are dried, shredded and smoked by many in the Imperium.
(Size: Large)

Hakdor: one of the few beneficial mutations of animals, this arachnid creature was originally a species of tarantula. The species now weaves webs of thin but strong crystal filaments, and seems to gain nourishment from background psionic energy filtered by the web. The Hakdor is non-venemous, and can be safely handled. In addition, when trained, can expend psionic energy into a cognizance crystal.
(Size: Usually Tiny, but can range from Fine to Small)

 Ire-roach: This carnivorous roach is capable of a nasty bite, but usually not a threat. However, the Ire-roach will sometimes form aggressive swarms that can do serious damage and even kill.
(Size: Fine (Individul) or Varied (Swarm)

Jalukmup: This huge bird-of-prey flies high on thermal currents along the south of the continent from Northire to the Hordelands. It roosts on high cliffs and mountains, and when food is scarce will attack Humanoids.
(Size: Large)

Kileflower: Previously found in Kile, now grown by enthusiasts, this flower is incredibly delicate and fragile. It has a sweet smelling fragrance, and was traditionally used in perfumes.
(Size: Fine)

Manaroot: This tuber is a boon to spellcasters of druidic magic. It is impossible to cultivate, and is found by foraging. When ground into a paste with a druids own blood, it allows a variety of magical effects for the druid.

Quadrapod: this strange creature is the mutated offspring of the crystal sea greater octopus. A small number adapted and survived as the waters turned salty, becoming apex predators. Each of their arms has fused to another, leaving them with 4 powerful tentacles covered in vicious suckers.
(Size: Colossal)

Renak: This huge insect is now farmed for its meat, which is nutritious but bland. They are mostly docile herbivores, native to the wastes, that have been domesticated. They breed quickly, and their eggs are also an excellent source of food, but grow slowly, taking up to a decade to reach maturity. They have voracious appetites, and often their delicate inner wings are removed to prevent them escaping.
(Size: Huge)

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