|Common Nicknames||Great Boar|
|Habitat||Daen and Regalian Archipelago|
Bathoggs are known as a mighty species of boar that has stood the tests of Daen, namely, the rise of the Elven Empire and its ultimate collapse. Despite its ferocious appearance, the creatures can be tamed, and are often bred and raised to encourage docile behavior. It is also notable for its kinship to Orcs when kept in domestication as the species have similar traits, such as copious amounts of hair and facial tusks.
Bathoggs were originally a species of wild susid that roamed the great Ularen Wastes in the early years of the Elven Empire. Despite its large size, they proved no less difficult to tame and then domesticate as Elven civilization spread northward. Over time, the animal became a staple farm animal of the Elven Empire, reaching into Ithania and later, the Regalian Archipelago through specimens that escaped crashed ships or the slave outposts found at the edges of the island cluster. Following the Cataclysm however, their original homeland became too hazardous. The rise of the Avanthar and the advent of Orc power forced what wild herds remained north into the open fields of Ithania. Today, the Bathogg has a widespread population, of both wild and domesticated members of their species. They are found in wild populations in the Ithanian plains and several southern areas of the Regalian Archipelago. They are also found domesticated in all three areas, but also occasionally in tribes of Orcs on the western coast of Daen who can appreciate the animal’s aggression and tusked face.
The Bathogg is a massive, robust species of boar that weigh up to 250 lbs, and from leg to shoulder height stand on all fours at four feet. From snout to bottom, the Bathogg is approximately six and a half to seven feet in length. Bathoggs have short, furry ears that stand perpendicular, and their eyes are dark brown, set far apart from one another, the base in between extending into its snot, which in contrast to pigs, is not flat and forward-facing, instead of facing downwards at an angle. Sprouting from just below the upper lip, the Bathogg has tusks that vary in length (though max out at the height of eight inches), curving inwards towards its skull. The animal is heavily muscled and built, though this is covered well by the thick coat of bristled fur they wear. Their hooves are developed for open terrain and are colored black. Bathogg pelts are typically chestnut brown, but also come in rarer ashen gray.
The eyes of a Bathogg have no variation and are almost always seen to be dark brown. The largest distinction that sets females apart from male Bathoggs are their smaller tusks. Due to this, females rarely hunt or join in on fights, and tend to be less aggressive than the males. While Bathoggs do not vary in coat, there is a rare breed that possesses ashen-grey pelts in Ithania. The ashen Bathogg is growing increasingly rarer due to the demand for its pelt.
Life Span and Development
Piglets of the Bathogg will be born in varying numbers but never exceeding a dozen. At this stage, they appear hairless, miniscule and purplish pink, but grow rather quickly to their enormous size. Within six months they are already covered in their first layer of fur, and their tusks begin to come in. They reach physical maturity two years after birth though they reach their peak mentally by the age of three. Wild Bathoggs will average a life expectancy of seven years, whereas those kept in captivity under good care can reach up to fifteen.
Bathoggs are often gentle creatures but do possess the mentality to spike in aggression sharply. They respond viciously to any harming of their young as well as any Humanoid race that seeks to challenge them in combat directly. As for settlements and travelers as a whole, they avoid people though farmers know to keep a close eye on them as they are known to nibble at planted crops. Their aggression is on display during the “hunt” as they are omnivorous and do seek out small mammals or fish to eat alongside grasses and fruit. They are also aggressive during the mating season, claiming a female and then fighting over their choice should anyone want to challenge their claim. In a domesticated setting, many of these traits remain though they are much more friendly to their caretakers and lack the aggression seen during hunting or mating periods as they often mate in private and are provided for by the herders who keep them.
Territory and Groupings
Most Bathoggs remain on farms, kept in areas like Ithania, Regalia and even Colonial regions of Essalonia. They can also be seen in Orc areas of Daen. However, wild Bathoggs still exist, roaming the Ithanian plains and southern areas of the Regalian Archipelago in groups of up to 50 members.
- From the pelt to the tusk, Bathoggs draw in a large number of hunters for its desirable resources. Most wild Bathoggs are being hunted to endangerment once again, and it appears that in time only the tamed will remain.
- Bathoggs have sensitive noses that allow them to sniff out their prey and track small creatures across the plains, but they do not have an efficient way to tell poisonous plants from edible. Bathoggs will occasionally come across an inedible plant and grow sick over it.