|Common Nicknames||Hopping goats.|
|Habitat||The Yang-Tzu Islands|
Okosuto are herbivorous mammals with a passing resemblance to the Common Farm Goat. The animal stands 3-4 feet tall, the males slightly taller and stronger of a build. Usually dwelling in caves and sparse forests near mountainsides, they are incredibly territorial and will fiercely defend their own. The screams of their horns make them a terrifying foe before they’re ever sighted, and hunters attempt to avoid groups of the beasts. The Wulong and Ch’ien-Ji alike generally ignore the Okosuto, and with few hunters going after its horns and pelt, the goat like beast enjoys relative isolation.
The Ch’ien-Ji first encountered the Okosuto during the mating season when the screams of their horns and the thunder-like crashes of their impacts had reached a crescendo of terrifying noise. This discovery took place around 50 AC. The Ch’ien-Ji present thought the animals to be cursed souls bound to the land for misdeeds, forced to always howl their pain and suffer. The Wulong had always known of the Okosuto, and they understand that there is no threat. They leave the beast alone when it is not the season to hunt and enjoy their gentle song on warm, gentle breeze.
The Okosuto have a sordid past. Actively shunned by the Ch’ien-Ji, little has been known of this animal within the Regalian Empire until recent years, and even then, it is but stories of an odd, hopping goat that screams and wails as it goes. As such, there has been no desire for its soft woolen fur or its strange horns, leaving this creature free to move without constant predators through its island home.
Normally a well adapted animal, it has become a threat to many new island ecosystems as they are transplanted by the Wulong that bring them on the ships for food between islands or to help kill plants they see as ugly. As such, once lush bamboo forests and grasslands are chewed down to nothing as the Wulong urge them to eat the ugly—likely dangerous to the Wulong—plants around them. In retaliation, a small group of monks within the Ch’ien-Ji race have begun to hunt these animals and destroy their bodies with fire. By doing so they free them to return to the heavens or the underworld. Even so, they grow more numerous as they are spread to new islands with untapped food resources for them and their young. Their biggest threat is themselves on these new islands, as without the hardier plants and lichens that have withstood their presence for generations, they may run out of food sources long before the new environments can adapt to them.
They are squat but oddly agile with impeccable balance and ability to leap that enables them to move over the more barren and rocky northern islands of Yang-Tzu with ease. At first glance, they hold a very similar head and horn structure to that of goats. The same is true for their coloration variations and fur length, suggesting a common ancestry, but that is where the creature likeness stops. Unlike goats, the Okosuto have evolved to the ability to propel themselves around on two limbs. While likely quadrupeds originally, their muscular and skeletal design has shifted upwards to allow the new form of movement.
The Okosuto’s oddest feature is feared by the Ch’ien-Ji, but the Wulong simply find it amusing. The animal’s hollow horns have deep notches along the length so that when air passes over them, it makes an unearthly sound. The sound itself in a gentle breeze is rather soft and inoffensive.But, it can become a screaming torrent of noise during the mating rituals of these creatures as they bound and leap with greater speed. It will only fall silent as they meet their opponents horns.
There are two distinct breeds of Okosuto. The Mountain Okosuto are known for their longer and denser fur coats, larger horns, and smaller stature. There are also the larger, short furred Hill Okosuto that are found mostly in small family groups among the few low lying hills and plains. Beyond these two diversions, who live in separate groupings, the Okosuto are generally similar and placed in one location, the Isles.
Life Span and Development
While young the Okosuto still resemble baby goats while young, their lower half broadens and strengthens to the point they can move around on two feet by the age of 5. The fearsome beasts grow darker fur as they age and in their prime bear broad shoulders and a fearsome appearance. Young Okosuto are usually kept secluded, away from most travelling folk on the Yang-Tzu isles. The Mountain Okosuto mainly sustain themselves on mosses and lichens found upon the high steep mountains and cliffs upon which they live. Leaping nimbly along the rocky terrain and balancing on rocks and crags, they boast agility that most other animals of the islands could never hope to scale by the age of 7.
The Okosuto tend to be very protective of their groups, going into a rage when one is killed in their presence. The ferocity that these beasts will show for their own is evident by the string of bones found near their cave-homes. Beyond that loyal nature, the Okosuto seems to have a middling intelligence, never using more than their brute force to put down prey.
Territory and Groupings
The Okosuto, situated in the steep mountains of Yang-Tzu, live in small groupings of about 20. They usually mill about cave entrances and sparse forests. The young are kept in the caves by these mountains, secure and safe with many fearsome Okosuto guarding the entrance, and even more milling in the area. The Mountain Okosuto mainly sustain themselves on mosses and lichens found upon the high steep mountains and cliffs upon which they live. The Hill Okosuto’s’ diet is truly diverse as they can easily turn most vegetations, even bark and dead leaves, into fuel for their bodies. Because of this, these creatures survive even in the more barrens of the season with ease.
- Within the Imperial Fleet, they have been nicknamed ‘hopping goats.’
- Most horns of those Okosuto killed by Wulong are hung around homes and forests as windchimes.
- Some of the most prized weapons of the Wulong are made from the horns of Okosuto as they seem to scream when used in battle, unnerving those they fight.