The Spectres of Amar Pass
Mounts and Guard Dogs
Most children who admire the armor-clad knight riding the magnificent warhorse into battle don’t realize that very knight does not ride that horse all the time, that would ruin the animal. Here you can find information on some new stocks of horses and flavor text on some local breeds of man’s best friend: the dog.
Eid Horse: This is a relatively small but very strong horse build for one thing: travel. Eid horses are just large enough to carry a medium sized rider but strong as a heavy horse. Additionally they have five gaits instead of the typical 3, one of which is called ambling. This gait allows the horse to travel for 10 hours without needing rest instead of the typical 8 hours. The breed comes in many coat colours and has a long double coat to keep it warm in the winter. Price: 30gp.
Syleian Horse: Bred by the Elves or Lor’Leian for centuries these horses are the perfect mixture of speed and endurance. Syleian horses stand about 15.2-16.3 hands high, it has long lean; yet powerful muscle mass; body due to its unique breeding. Price: Syleian Horse (Riding) 400gp, Syleian Horse (War) 600 gp.
Emu: The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 6 1/2 ft in height. They have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 31 mph for some distance at a time. These naturally nomadic creatures are the riding mount of choice amongst Halflings. For game mechanics use the rules of a riding dog, minus the scent ability, for Emu mounts. Price: 35gp.
Ostrich: Much larger then Emus, Ostriches usually weigh from 140 to 290 lb, with exceptional male Ostriches weighing up to 346 lb. The feathers of adult males are mostly black, with white primaries and a white tail. Like the Emu, Ostriches are flightless birds with great land speed and can run at over 43 mph for up to 30 minutes. Halflings use them as working animals, pulling their roaming caravans. Knowing the their prized Emus are too tiny for giant folk Halflings have trained some Ostriches to carry riders. Riding/Pack Ostriches: 70gp, War Trained Riding Ostriches: 150gp.
Work Horse: These horses are solely used to work not to carry a rider. They are strong but not very well bred. Price: 10gp.
Waterside Terrier: This dog stands about 2ft at the shoulder with a coarse black and tan coat. They were originally bred to hunt otters but make an excellent herd dog. Price: 25gp
Thrakan Mastiff: This very massive, powerful, muscular dog are bred to be vigilant guard dogs. They rarely bark, but it is in its nature to defend their territory and family, and is more a silent guard rather than a barker. Price: 30gp
Iridal Vallhound: Bred to herd cattle, catch vermin and guard the home. The vallhund were also referred to as "the little cattle dog of the Iridal” is quite a substantial dog, with short legs. Their fur is short on the head, while a little bit longer on the neck, chest, etc. Colour varies from grey, greyish brown, greyish yellow or reddish brown with darker hairs on back, neck and sides of the body. Price: 20gp
Elven Hound: The Elven hound has a distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair along its back, running in the opposite direction to the rest of its rust coloured coat. It consists of a fan-like area formed by two whorls of hair (called “crowns”) and tapers from immediately behind the shoulders down to the level of the hips. These dogs are incredibly intelligent and loyal. They may even be a fey creature instead of a dog. Price: 200gp
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