|Official Name||Ithanian Lait-Blanc|
|Common Nicknames||Puremilk Cow, Blanche Bovine|
|Habitat||Ithania, Regalian Archipelago|
The Ithanian Lait-Blanc is a bovine of elegant poise originating from Ithania, where it survived and was refined from an earlier species which was lost in the Cataclysm and Wildering that consumed Daen. The animal is well known for its links to the moon in Ithanian Culture, as well as for its pure, pre-pasteurized milk produced thanks to a unique internal organ and the consumption of Fireweed. As a result, it is usually used as a dairy cow and the goods made from its pure white milk give it its name and some fame in the culinary world.
The Ithanian Lait-Blanc has an unknown, but culturally important history within Ithania. Sometime before the Cataclysm, the animal was introduced to Daen. Some believe it was a breed already present and others feel it was moved from some area of the Regalian Archipelago, but by the time of the event the bovine was present in Daen. The Wildering and the Cataclysm, however, eliminated those populations from southern Daen. Only Ithania maintained the population, and refined the animal into an animal of poise. It was also during this time the animal became associated with the moon due to its largely white coloration and its pure milk. Some Ithanian Lait-Blancs also made their way off of Ithania around 70 AC due to newly forming trade connections between them and the Regalian Archipelago. This resulted in the Anglian Cow gaining the Spotted Breed. Later, by 150 AC, the cow had become associated with chastity, for nothing more than simply associating it more with the feminine aspects of Ithanian society. Since that time, it has served as an important feature of local farm life, a symbol of Ithanian Culture and its milk is praised as the purest in the world.
The Ithanian Lait-Blanc is like other bovines though Ithanian society and its unknown past have given it some unique traits which mark it as different from those animals. The cow stands between five and five and a half feet tall, six to seven feet long and weighing somewhere in a very broad range of 750 to 1000 pounds. They have a short snout, with a large set of nostrils, a large mouth and two large blue or brown eyes. Their ears are set on either sides of their head with males having horns behind those. With time, these horns have been greatly diminished in size and are now a mere inch long (or rather tall as they are essentially bone bulges). Their neck is their weakest point, as Ithanian breeding has emphasized their bodies to be more “formed”, thus resulting in a longer and thinner neck than the average Anglian Cow. Said body is flatter than other cows and stands on four thinner, though still built, legs which give it a “slimmer” look. The animal’s body ends in a short tail with a small tuft of white hair at the end. Females have a prominent pink udder on their underside. The Ithanian Lait-Blanc’s coat is white, but some “Cloudy” Lait-Blanc do randomly appear with black spots around their head and flanks or in a slightly off-white, cream color.
Both genders also have a unique internal body organ, hidden inside of them. The Organe de Feu Interne or “Organ of Internal Fire,” as it is known in Common, exists to protect Ithanian Lait-Blancs from raw Fireweed inside of their digestive system. The organ, almost like a micro fifth stomach, detects and then drags the remains of the chewed Fireweed plant out of and away from the larger digestive system and into the small organ which breaks the plant down separately from the other stomachs. This has the result of increasing the animal’s body heat but also, in females, of almost pre-cleaning their milk as the chemicals built up in the Organe de Feu Interne are anti-bacterial in nature. This effect is often thought to be some exotic mutation, Magic or not, which was gradually bred across the entire species when the animal was standardized in external appearance.
The Ithanian Lait-Blanc is very uniform. Males and females have a similar population level as well as size and appearance. The only deviation is in their coat colors. While the majority of the animals are white, some are born “Cloudy”, with black patches around their head and flanks or are colored a slight off-white cream color. Why this happens is not known and seems to be random, as if these cows are mated to each other a pure white one, they almost always produce all-white coated children.
Life Span and Development
The Ithanian Lait-Blanc only ever produces one calf per birth. With the help of handlers, the mother will then care for the youth and do so dutifully for almost an entire year. After that year has passed, distance will begin to grow as the child is now full matured and the mother allows them to live their own life. She will, however, keep an eye out for them for several more years, meaning it is never a good idea to separate a mother and her children in a herd, at least during the early years. Ithanian Lait Blancs can live up to thirty years old.
The Ithanian Lait-Blanc is an extremely gentle spirit. Years of living among Ithanian culture with its peaceful existence has allowed the animal to feel greatly at ease. Even mating seasons, where tensions usually run high in other species, males are almost uninterested and are overall very cordial with each other. The most violence these animals engage in it some mild shoving. They are also very used to a variety of other Races, from Varran to Ailor to Nelfin, meaning they are easy to approach.
Territory and Groupings
Ithanian Lait-Blanc are family and social herd animals. As a result, they exist in large herds numbering as many as 150 in some of the most open areas of Ithania. In other regions, they are usually combined with the two manageable Anglian Cow Breeds, which suits them just fine.
- Ithanian Lait-Blanc females are believed to even know and look out for their grandchildren should their daughters be unavailable to do so.
- Cloudy Lait-Blancs were once considered impure and a result of their owns sinning, though these extreme ideas faded out when their main proponents were revealed to have the animal in their herds as well. It also faded when Anglian tests proved the random factor in Cloudies appearing.
- Ithanian Lait-Blanc are usually used for milk, though are used for meat in some areas. Eccentric Ithanians enjoy to eat this meat topped or sided with a sampling of the Fireweed pulp produced by the animal’s Organe de Feu Interne.