Desert Goats Species in Arda Almayed | World Anvil

Desert Goats

Herds of the Uluswa

"Hey- Gabril, look over there!"
"By Kirïal the Shepherd. Is that a herd of goats? How in the world are they alive? We just passed a entire family of lions!"
"A pride Gabril, its a pride of lions. Anyways, I think they belong to the Uluswa- only way they can survive."
— Dialogue between two (stranded) Danatelian travelers

In most Uluswa tribes, there are about 5 goats for every human. These goats are the Uluswa's main ressource, and they are treated with respect and cared for with love. In exchange for the milk and food they produce, the Uluswa protect their herds of goats from predators and storms, help cure their illnesses and injuries. For the Uluswa, the goats are not their property- instead, the relationship is viewed as co-dependant, for neither could survive long without the other.

Goat Herders

If one meets a group of goats roaming the Lands of the Wind, they will likely meet goat herders too. These individuals, mounted on horses and aided by a few dogs, are responsible for surveilling the group, following them around and keeping them safe from danger. They are some of the tribe's best warriors, able to kill a lion with a single well placed arrow.

Danatelians believe all Uluswa to be nomads, but in truth it is only the Goat Herders. They travel in groups of 10 to 15, returning to their home village every few weeks. Occasionally, herds of different tribes may bump in the vast fields of the lands of the Wind. If the tribes are on good terms, the encounter will be amicable. But if there is bad blood, Goat Herders might attempt to charm the rival herd into following them- though rare are those who would spill blood needlessly.

Killing a Goat

As per the Cult of the Three Suns, the Uluswa believe all living creatures to be kindred souls. They do not place themselves above them, and when a goat is killed it is done with the respect and ceremony granted to their fellow tribeskin.

The animal is put to death by a Käban, under a night sky. Its body is then treated in accordance to the tribe's death rituals, and the Uluswa will make sure to use every last part of the body, so that the death was not in vain. What they do not use they return to nature, so that scavengers and other animals may feed, and so that life may continue.
CW: animal death
Type: Goats
Habitat: Lands of the Wind
Temperament: Stubborn, playful, friendly, loyal
Coat: Short hair, grey or light brown
Life span: 15 or so years
Produce: milk, cheese, pelt, meat, bones

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Jul 6, 2022 16:22

I love how the Uluswa treat the goats with such great respect and how it all ties together.   Keep up the good work! :D

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Jul 6, 2022 16:35 by TC

Thank you for your kind words! Hopefully I manage to keep it up for another 24 days haha

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Jul 6, 2022 19:35 by A

Oh, goats in the desert? That, that was not what I expected but at the same time, nomads in the Sahara have used animals in this way as well if I remember correctly.   Cool idea! And when I read about it there is a culture coming alive as well with them (looking at you food/respect ritual). Good work!

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Jul 6, 2022 20:33 by TC

Hahaha, I'll take that as confirmation I nailed the prompt then xD. Thank you for your kind words!

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Jul 6, 2022 20:35 by TC

(Oh and I confirm, there is an ethnicity article coming up along in a day or two ;) ! )

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Jul 6, 2022 20:28 by Caitlin Phillips

I love the sense of harmony and respect that radiates from this article. I love the Uluswa's way of treating the goats so reverently and using everything, so their death is not in vain. It has given me many feels.

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Jul 6, 2022 20:35 by TC

Thank you so much for your kind words <3 its nice to hear the feeling came across! And happy to see you back <3 !

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