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Thundoxen

Thundoxen are large beasts of burdens favoured by caravaneers due to their typically docile natures, incredible strength and hardiness, and ability to defend themselves when threatened.  

Anatomy

Thundoxen are quadrupedal mammals that look similarly to oxen. They have a long head and rough mane around their neck that curls a lot. They are about 50% larger than a typical ox, and domesticated thundoxen have been bred to be twice as strong, also. The main difference between oxen and thundoxen are their horns. Rather than a pair of smooth horns, thundoxen have branching antlers made out of an incredibly conductive material that hasn't been identified yet.

Special Traits

Thundoxen are rather docile, preferring not to injure threats directly. They can stomp their hooves, and in unison, it sounds like a loud thunderstorm. They can also course electricity through their horns, causing them and their markings to glow brightly. As a last resort, they can ram threats with their electrified horns, causing great damage from the impact alone, let alone the electrocution that would likely happen.

Colouring & Markings

Thundoxen usually range from a light blond to a loamy-soil brown. Special domesticated breeds have been able to produce white, black, and even bright blue thundoxen, likely a rare colour mutation that could happen in the wild. Their eyes are always dark brown or black, despite vanity breeders trying everything under the suns to change it.

Markings on thundoxen are only visible beneath their thick coats of conductive hairs. They're always the colour of their horns, and light up and become electrified when the horns do. Most thundoxen have a line down their spine, but many also have stripes that come down from the spinal line. Rarely, they'll have facial markings or markings on their legs, and this seems to be a rare (and valuable) mutation.

Ecology & Habitat

 

Domestication & Uses

Alternate Names
Brighthorns, Thunderhooves
Average Height
XXXXX
Average Weight
XXXXX
Average Lifespan
XX years
Conservation Status
Near Threatened

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