Anatomy & Morphology
The Dharok is a large rhinoceros-like creature standing over 10 feet tall and hundreds of pound of muscle beneath a thick furry coat. The broad horned beast has powerfully built legs capable of moving staggering weights
Ecology and Habitats
The Dharok was originally taken from a mountain range to the far, far north and transported here by the Uderkith. They acclimated well and thrived under the Uderkith's protection and efforts but did not last after they were defeated.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Dharok's are omnivores capable of eating nearly anything and more than willing to do it. This allows them to survive in a place so starved of life and the hardy creature can indeed survive. The Dharok can survive weeks without food, building up huge reserves of fat during the summer months.
During the harsh winters at the Throat of the World Dharok grow dense, coarse fur. This helps them during the winter months when they migrate from the mountaintops to the warmer valley floors.
Dharok live in small herds of 4-6 and travel together on their constant cycle of migration.
Domesticated Dharok often have their horns filed and formed to incorporate riding tack. They are also known to have far more pronounced humps, preferred for their usefulness in properly securing saddles to the beast.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Though the meat of the Dharok is rumored to be delicious and a delicacy of the Boreal, their primary purpose lies in their immense strength. Dharok are capable of carrying or dragging hundreds of pounds and can be trained to work nearly year-round, making them ideal beasts of burden.
The most dominant feature on a Dharok's face is their broad, scoop-like horn. This horn is incredibly tough and more than capable of ripping through steel or stone alike. The creature's broad head also features a particularly large and powerful jaw. The Dharok uses this to chew nearly anything edible to paste, the omnivore has even been observed to eat their own dead bones and all.
Low intelligent, capable of being trained for simple repetitive tasks.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
The Dharok is sadly nearly blind, only able to see its immediate surroundings with any certainty. Wild Dharok often does not see its end coming until it is too late.
Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms
The Dok tick is a vicious pest that lives exclusively on Dharok. I have not ascertained where they come from but by god, their bite is like fire.
- Scientific Name
- Melkan Dharok
- 100 years
- Conservation Status
- Few of these beasts remain in Haven since the fall of the Uderkith. I had the utmost honor of being permitted to view a small herd cared for by a kind Goliath matron and her family. These wonderful creatures struggle to protect themselves and will likely never be seen again in just a few generations.
- Average Height
- 12 feet
- Average Weight
- 7,200 lbs
- Average Length
- 16 feet
- Average Physique
- A sturdy and densely muscled beast.
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- Most Dharok appears to be white though some dappled greys are born rarely.