These simple creatures are docile and kind. They are used for transport most commonly in the land of Maalta in the South East, they are less commonly found in the forest of Tedepris, they are very similar, but have certain aesthetic changes.
Trodders resemble camels, but instead of having two humps on its back, it has four humps, two on each side, with a flat back. The males are also blessed with three curved horns, curly horns, if you will. One sits atop the center of it's head and the other two sit on their shoulders, smaller than the other.
Trodders are strong, enduring creatures. Much like camels, they store fat in their humps to later use and stay alive over long, harsh terrain. Their side humps have a separation between them where bags can be placed and held with ease. They can walk for hundreds of kilometers non stop. These creatures are also very friendly and often create relationships with their owners. They are loyal and there are countless stories of Trodders saving their owners.
It was a day like any other, I was walking through the sandylands of Maalta with my tribe near the ruins of ephera when my Trodder stopped, all of our Trodders did. We were confused, yelling, pushing, pulling, they wouldn't move. We didn't know why, we couldn't wrap our heads around it. Then, they started rearing and backing up, acting very out of the ordinary. We were all very confused, we had no idea what was happening. A good half of us walked back with our Trodders, but the stubborn ones walked on, leaving their Trodders with us. Later that night, word came through of our other halves terrible demise. It turns out that there were Amathyzards settled nearby. They were slaughtered, from then on, we relied on our Trodders instinct.
Height: 1.8 - 2.0 meters
Weight: 400 - 600 kg
Limbs: 4 legs, 1 head
Feet: Split hooves, much like a camels
Fur texture: Although it looks soft, it is coarse and rough.
Fur color: A red beige, the same color as the red sands of Maalta
Markings: A white stomach, white freckles on their face and flanks
Male Trodders grow to be about 2m in height while Females tend to be about 1.6-1.8m in height. They resemble camels in face shape and skeletal structure. The main differences are colour and hump placement. Trodders have a red beige type fur. They have white stomachs, they lie down on their backs when they get too hot and reflect the suns rays while they cool down. They also have freckle like spots on their faces and flanks, but they are not sporadic, but instead aligned with one another. It is believed that they got these markings from the ancient settlers of Maalta painting their fur so many times that it became permanent. Trodders have 4 humps, two on each side of their body with flat backs which makes travelling with bags easy. They are also very strong and enduring meaning they can carry a lot for a long time. Trodders of Maalta also have three curled horns, a large one sits on it's forehead and has two smaller ones located on each of their shoulders. They use the horns on their shoulders to dig into the ground for water, the people of Maalta have trained the Trodders to dig. Trodders are dressed differently depending on what profession each of their owners. For example, Jewelers often have rich purple and gold colors with gemstones here and there. Their fur is a coarse, spiky texture due to the constant sandstorms they have to endure
Height: 1.5-1.8 meters
Weight: 200 - 400 kg
Limbs: 4 legs, 1 head
Feet: Split hooves much like the camels
Fur texture: As soft as it looks
Fur color: A deep brown with cyan tips on each piece of fur
Markings: Sapphire colored "socks"
These Trodders do differ from those found in Maalta. These Trodders have longer, softer fur to help them deal with the colder temperature. Their fur is a deep brown with the tips of each strand of fur colored blue from the natural spores in the air at night. They have developed blue socks on their feet, it is believed that they were gained by standing in the shallows parts of the river for too long and absorbing it's color, the people of Acrylicarion refuse to kill them because of this as they believe the river to be holy. These Trodders do have horns, but they differ from the Maaltens Trodders' horns as they are not curled, they are instead long and slightly curved, like the unicorns, for they have no need to "drill" out water like the Trodders at Maalta, they use their horns as a sign of dominance, the bigger their horns, the more they control the rest. They do, however, are the same when it comes to humps, as they do also have 4 humps, two on each side, but as they do have more access to resources, they do not need to store as much fat and thus their humps are smaller. Speaking of smaller, the average height and wait of these Trodders are indeed shorter than those in Maalta because they have had to adapt to the short trees an thus have shrunk down shorter. These Trodders are used to transport spices, foods and potions as well as similar resources to and from Breace where they are distributed across the main kingdoms. (Vesuvula and Klinkidok)
Genetics and Reproduction
They are apart of the mammal family and thus give birth to live young. Trodders mate 3 times in a year and give birth to one calf at each point.
Growth Rate & Stages
They grow from calf to stag to adult to elder. It takes a year from calf to stag and two years from stag to adult hood it then takes 7 years until they reach the title elder (Which is unusual). They have a usual life span of 10 years and sometimes they can age to 20 years.
Ecology and Habitats
MaaltaThese Trodders are on the move all the time just like the people there. They dig for water under the ground or drink from little puddles here and there when there is rain or from the oasis called Tranquility. They eat most of the small shrubs and succulents o the ground level, but can also reach the high palms when food is scarse.
TedeprisThese Trodders live in the The Weeping Woods , they do have small settlements in the open areas here and there, but usually travel in herds when needed. They have an uncanny way of detecting poison and know which plants to eat, they are often offered food by settlers to see if it is safe to eat. These Trodders drink from the lake and do not eat from the tops of the trees as they do not have the height, but they do eat from low hanging branches on certain trees, usually the oak trees.
Dietary Needs and Habits
These creatures are herbivores who eat leaves and berries and similar. They don't have many known habits
They stay coherent throughout the year aside from seasonal cange of coat. (Summer and winter coats)
They are often used for heavy lifting and travel across long areas due to their high strength and endurance
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Baggage carriers and transport
Alot wiser than you would expect them to be
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
In Maalta, they have particularly bad eye sight due to the heavy sand storms, but their hearing and sense of smell is excellent. They don't have any magic or anything like that. The Trodders in the Weeping Woods have extremely good eye sight and night vision due to the darkness of the forest during the day and the night. Their hearing is okay and their sense of smell is without competition due to the many spices and resources in the forest.They have no magic or anything similar
- Scientific Name
- Trodderimeleus, Mammalia, Tramelidae
- Trodders are the parent species which have multiple subspecies of Trodders.
- 10 - 20 years depending on the state of the year. (Eg. Drought or Famine)
- Conservation Status
- The Trodder population is in wide variety. They live long and breed alot so there are many MANY Trodders available.
- Average Height
- 1.6 - 2.0m
- Average Weight
- 200 - 600kg
- Average Length
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