Nenivaga Species in Starstruck | World Anvil


The luckiest steed in all the land, nenivaga were blessed with a cute appearance and an easy life. Those who ride and care for a nenivaga are granted good fortune. Common in the north and the Midlands, nenivaga are typically the steed of choice for traders and adventurers who don't want to go into battle with their steed.

Basic Information


The nenivaga is essentially a very large dog. A few different breeds exist, but most are only slightly smaller than a horse, but a little stockier.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Nenivaga generally prefer having only one owner, though they do like all people! They just like that one best. Other than that, nenivaga like meeting other lucky dogs, and having them around. The wolves that they were domesticated from were group oriented and that probably has a lot to do with it.

Average Intelligence

As smart as a good dog. A very good dog.

Civilization and Culture

Common Myths and Legends

One lucky dog that stands out in history is the steed of Rin Pinelsoi. Rin was an explorer back in the 1300s BC, and charted most of the Koni Mountains and the north coast beyond. Much of the north coast was poorly mapped as the freezing cold temperatures and deadly weather made it a tough prospect. Pinelsoi was determined to be the first to claim that knowledge and set off in 1346 BC to discover it all.

Pinelsoi had a nenivaga with a thick coat named Mudrin, which is oft credited as the only reason she survived the journey. Rin enjoyed only mild snowfall at worse, and during the night, Mudrin would sleep beside her, warding off the cold. In one particular incident, a path that Rin was previously going to take was buried under an avalanche just days before. On the new route, Pinelsoi found a village, rare in the deep mountains, called Muzanai. There she was able to restock supplies, and sleep under a warm roof for the first time in months.

After four years, Rin came back on Mudrin's back, and doted on her nenivaga until its last days. She also enjoyed great fame, but that's not truly the point of this story.
15 - 25 years
From the Minyi for 'lucky dog.'
Varnenda Highlands
Geographic Location | Oct 22, 2018

The Quiet Hills

Profession | Jul 11, 2019

Explorers and Hunters


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14 Jul, 2019 22:44

One thing that struck me is that the way this is written is almost as if you are someone in the world itself, chronicling this: "that's not truly the point of this story", for instance. Despite this not being the most lengthy of articles, I am actually struggling to think of points to help flesh the article out. One thing could be a paragraph explaining why they are used as steeds instead of the more traditional horse? Perhaps also how rare are they? Also, just a little thing and it's probably just my personal preference coming through here, but I would tooltip the BC to explain what it stands for? It's only used once so it's not a big deal, but I find it helps track dates easier for returning viewers at least.

15 Jul, 2019 00:00

Cute article. However, how do people manage to feed enough food on a daily basis for such a large dog? How did Pinelsoi manage to travel with Mudrin in a barren landscape and feed her/him appropriately? It sounds like a really expensive steed to keep.   Aside from that, the article raised many questions for me. For example, it may be worth mentioning whether regular dogs exist in your world (you mention them in the explanation, but I'm not sure if that means that they exist). If they exist, are they related? If they are, who descends from who: the nenivaga from dogs, or dogs from nenivaga? Another thing I would like to know is how do people ride them: do they use harnesses or a saddle? Why do people not use nenivagas for combat? And finally, in regards to the good fortune of those who ride them: is it really luck, or a myth?   This is the danger of making a dog steed, people want more details ;)   PS: a picture or art would be nice, it is not too hard to find nice pictures/art of dogs.

15 Jul, 2019 03:59

Thank you!
Frankly, I'd suspect that's why the nenivaga are so lucky: to get food. I'll try to write more about that aspect, though I did already suspect these were a pretty expensive steed to have, haha.
Normal dogs do exist, and I think they were probably domesticated from another type of wolf? I'm not sure, but I think that sounds logical. I have no clue how they ride them, but I assume a saddle is involved? I don't know nearly enough about how riding equipment works.
I suppose you could use one in combat? They're probably less easily scared than a horse, but if someone want to ride something into battle, they generally lean toward my giant bird ones instead.
It really is luck. They just really are that lucky.

I mean, who wouldn't want to know more about a dog steed?   And I don't have any time during July, but I'm planning on illustrating it myself!!

15 Jul, 2019 01:30

I agree with MCGatta, it is a very cute article, definitely in its infant stage. You've opened a lot of doors for this one but have yet to step through most of them. My biggest critique here will mostly be about just adding on to the article in the future, since you've laid the foundation, but haven't constructed the house yet.   First, the last sentence of your first paragraph:  

"...nenivaga are typically the steed of choice for traders and adventurers who don't want to go into battle with their steed."
  You use steeds twice here on both sides of the equation. When I look at it, I see people buying nenivaga because they don't want to go into battle with their nenivaga. I'd change the second word to add some clarity on constitutes a steed separate from a lucky dog (a horse? motorcycle? ant?)   Second, under Intelligence, you say:  
"As smart as a good dog. A very good dog."
  I understand this article is in its beginning stages, but this sentence is too vague to give me a good picture what you mean. You might know what constitutes a "very good dog" in your world, but this gives me exactly nothing to work off of. One way you could work on this would be by adding comparisons from nenivagas to other creatures, especially direct ones. Like, "Nenivaga have superb intelligence, so much that they are able to enroll in schools like a normal human being would." With also one sentence, I've established a clear baseline for what "super smart" is.   Hope this was all helpful! Have a great summer camp!

~ Tristan