An excerpt from the zoological text The Hunter’s Encyclopedia of Animals (First Edition).
CHAPTER V: An overview of the white kirin
The kirin (Psevdaisthisi
chaetes) is an electrogenic ungulate, and one of two species in the
The commonly used term white kirin
collectively refers to the three recognized subspecies. Despite numerous
references to it being an equid, the kirin is not a true horse, but rather a
phylogenetic relative belonging to the suborder Hippomorpha. While horses and their immediate relatives adapted to
grasslands, the kirin diverged away from the equid lineage, instead retaining
its ancestral traits for woodland dwelling. A combination of folivorous
dentition and leg morphology allowed the kirin to flourish in forest
ecosystems. To date, the kirin’s range includes the jungles, temperate forests,
and taiga of Goldorolis. Wide distribution across several biogeographic realms
has resulted in many genetically diverse subpopulations. Proximity to the equator,
ecotone habitation, and climatic conditions influence exaggeration of
phenotypes, and greatly restrict polymorphism. An adult kirin can measure from
494 to 676 centimeters in length and weigh between 317 to 476 kilograms
(roughly 700 to 1050 pounds), depending on the subpopulation. Both sexes can
live between 30 to 34 years of age.
the jaw morphology is suited for non-graminoid mastication, kirins primarily
eat soft plant matter. Subtropical and temperate kirins consume 60% fruit and
25% leaves. The remaining 15% includes a combination of seeds, shoots, flowers,
and nuts. Kirins found 40° N of the equator depend almost exclusively on
the foliage of deciduous trees, perennial herbaceous plants, and berries
endemic to middle boreal forests. Kirins live in small nuclear families
year-round that consist of the parents and biological offspring. Largescale
aggregation only occurs in the early spring, when kirin natal herds and
bachelor herds convene in one location to reform their seasonal breeding herd.
Reformation of the breeding herd begins in the spring, and coincides with the
onset of the female’s estrous cycle. Herd dissimilation back into separate
family units occurs at the beginning of autumn, when anestrus begins.
among mammals, the kirin is bioelectrogenic, capable of discharging up to 600 V
from the apex of its horn. The only other mammal to share this feature with P. chaetes is the rajang (Rakshasa pugilis).
The eastern jinouga (Hoplycan orientalis)—once thought to be another electrogenic mammal—was found to rely on a symbiotic relationship with
fulgurbugs (Lampyris tonans). The kirin’s silverhorn serves a secondary function as a
defense mechanism for goring predators. Because of the horn’s value in
traditional medicine and as part of religious ceremonies, there was a sharp
population decline 125 years ago. Management efforts through the CDIHG in the
last twenty years have restored the species’ numbers to an estimated 300,000
individuals globally. Although classified as near threatened, hunting is still
legal during the fall and winter. Hunting bans are placed on kirins during the
reformation of the breeding herd, in order to limit human casualties and avoid
disruptions to their reproduction.
other so-called “elder dragons,” the kirin isn’t widely associated with
malignant characteristics. It’s often regarded as a symbol of luck, wit, and
merciful judgment, and has strong ties to alchemy. Body parts are used in a
range of products, from braided kinhair jewelry, to alicorn-fashioned hunting
equipment, to even home decor.
He was exceptional. He was the town hero, the best hunter there was; he was even good at decoration-antlers made a room in his opinion- and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind he was the largest and most handsome of men.
Gaston on Gaston; from BatB novelization
(pssst he’s a keeper! I mean, the guy has some taste here lmao)
You barely recalled falling
asleep but you awoke nestled against Thranduil on his bedroll. Your shift hung
loosely around you and a thin woolen blanket laid across the both of you. The
king was still bare chested beneath and held you to him with an arm around your waist. You admired the serenity of his features as he dozed and slipped out of his grip with reluctance.
Oath of Devotion: Sunlight on drawn steel, red roses in bloom, shields raised against arrows, grand and humble temples lovingly cared for, the song of grand choirs roaring their love, a single candle light in the dark, a pair of gauntlets grasping a sword in one hand and an olive branch in the other.
Oath of the Ancients: Rays of sunlight piercing a canopy of trees, an old temple overtaken by vines and nesting beasts, antlered helmets that still have velvet growing on them, the ambient music of the wild with that of a human singing in harmony, a group consisting of all peoples leaning on each other in comfort as wild figure tends a fire.
Oath of Vengeance: Sunlight scorching deserts bare, fire overtaking rotten foundations, blood repurposed as war paint, war drums and the banners of the crusade risen high, an armored figure draped in fire and light obliterating a shadow with axe and spear.
I’m wearing a Wirt ft. the Beast costume this year for Halloween–just got this head mounted on the backpack I’m going to build the rest of the puppet on! I’m really excited to have something that glows because I am a simple human and I like pretty lights.