Acretaima: The Learners
Giant of the Balvatti Brunaa
The Gea balvatii brunaa, "Gea Bal," or Acretaim (Learner) as known by the locals, are beasts of hulking size. Giants, two times larger than your average man. The bone-chilling howls that ring throughout the gloom would make any man tremble long before meeting the anger and ferocity carried in their bloodied-amber eyes.
ChangesDomesticated Gea Bal, known as Gea Bal Maidi (Lesser Vale Giant), are much more docile and friendly than their wild counterparts. They tend to be much shorter and leaner than wild Gea Bal, subsisting on a handcrafted diet of fruits, herbs, and cultivated fish. Raised since young by Morhím magisters, the bodies of Gea Bal Maidi seem to be auspiciously affected by Ynellian magics. Their serpentine-like scales seem to gleam with a faint amber light. And the dusky brown fur synonymous with all Gea Bal seems more vibrant, an umber brown in color. Faint splotches of ivory here and there. Too as many of them are cultivated and born of domesticated pets. They have an awfully proper understanding of simple commands, recognizing names when called as well. Morhím magisters still aren't sure how much the Gea Bal Maidi will change in the future. But many scholars are vying to denote it as its own subspecies. Even possibly elevating it from a 'lesser' fiasha gochaui (magic beast) to a 'common' fiasha heldiand (hallow beast). There are even rumors of higher sapience in the giants raised amongst Amarídeus nobles and Ayrgoth-born merchants.
Dietary Needs and Habits
"In centuries past, it had been their tendency for devouring men who roam the Balvatii Brunaa (Umber Plains), regardless of species, that earned the Gea Bal little love in the hearts of men. The Morhím Chavs knew not of their territorialism and omnivore diet, nor did they much care. Early Morhím Chavs took note of spots where Gea Bal were known to forage and hunt, avoiding those areas at all cost. It was only through sheer luck that magisters learned the beasts weren't strictly carnivorous, like other Gea. Some Chavs, following the example of bolder men and folktales, took to offering Gea Bal tender game and fruit as to pass through the umber valleys, unharmed. Through this, they found patterns in Gea Bal behavior, and too, their true nature."
ProcessAfterward, it was no wonder that many Morhím royals encouraged the capture of Gea Bal, this subset of giants, with hopes of domestication. Though, their first ventures ended in grisly failures. Only after commissioning many weathered hunters were they able to achieve some progress. The hunters pursued lone older Gea Bal, giving the carcasses to Morhím mages for study. Scents and furs. When Morhím mages found that wearing the preserved pelts of female Gea Bal fooled the untried noses of young Gea. The basics of domestication were born. Cloaked hunters lured young cubs with offers of sweet berries, silver grass, and fish. They carried them to specially made compounds employed by Morhím mages. These trainers would raise and condition the cubs. The domesticated beasts would then be bought as guardians for hinterland nobles outside of Dergonia. High nobles, Amarídeus Chavs, bought them as exotic pets for prestige.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
- Wild: 4 to 4.5 meters ~ (13.1 to 14.8 ft.)
- Tamed: 3 to 3.5 meters ~ (9.8 to 11.5 ft.)
- Wild: 249.48 to 331.12 kg ~ (550 to 730 lbs.)
- Tamed: 204.16 to 285.76 kg ~ (450 to 630 lbs.)
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