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relatives to—and have a closer appearance to—pigs. Different from their pink skinned brothers, the Bathoggs are great in size hitting 6 feet and 500 pounds when they reach their adult age. These amazing creatures boast a brown fur with a hardened pelt, though a rarer, more hunted subspecies instead have a grey pelt. The Bathoggs have powerful tusks with a cone like shape, used in fights and during the mating of the Bathoggs, where the male with the most powerful tusk 'wins' the female. The eyes of a Bathogg have no variation and are almost always seen to be dark brown in colour. Female Bathoggs have smaller tusks than their mates. Due to this, females rarely hunt or join in on fights. Bathoggs are not hostile unless antagonised, directly touching either themselves or their relations usually results in a fully fledged charge from the males of a group.
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Natural Habitat ==
Nomads by nature, the Bathogg do not have a fixed home, instead they walk in a small herd on the [[Ithania|Ithanian]] and [[Kilika|Kilikan]] plains. Plains with high grass is their natural habitat throughout their constant migration, and is also where they hunt for their food; omnivores by nature they eat any fruit that grows from bushes and eat smaller animals by smashing at them with their tusks. During the mating season, they migrate to the swamplands, fighting rival herds for the muddiest home. During this season the males only eat swamp fruits, leaving any prey they hunted to the female to prove their ability to provide for a family.
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First Encounter ==
The first encounter with the Bathoggs happened during the conolization of Ithania. Found by [[Elf|Elves]], the Bathoggs were initially hunted down due to their strong pelt, later for their meat. Due to this, Bathogg hunting became regular practice and it is common today to see tame Bathoggs on farmland in Ithania and Kilika.
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== History ==
Since their discovery, Bathoggs have been regularly hunted by [[Human|Humans]] throughout the rise of the [[Regalia|Regalian Empire]]. Their meat is known for it's strong taste, and it is popularly served amongst the middle classes at various events and dinners. Bathogg heads are often sold as house decoration, and their tusks used as rudimentary weapons in outlying villages. It is known that [[Orc]] tribes keep tame Bathoggs as house guards and friends, naming them much like Humans would name a household pet.
== Trivia ==
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It has been confirmed that Bathoggs normally eat fruits that fall from trees or ground vegetables and berries found on bushes.
* The Bathogg tusk is normally sold as a house decoration, along with their heads.
* They have an extremely sensitive nose, allowing them to sniff out their prey and track small creatures across the plains.
* Their meat is a very famous dish served in Regalia.
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Eronidas Boar/Pig, Shoiru|
Bathoggs are known as a mighty species of Susid native to Guldar, who were transported along with a handful of other animals to Daen by the Eronidas. Stocky, independent, and domesticated, they have remained a key source of meat for the Polon who excel in keeping them. However, unlike creatures like the Wooly White Bison, they are not fully devoted to the Eronidas and a number have escaped into the wild over the years as a result. These wild members of the species are scattered across Daen, having infiltrated the plains of Daendroc and Ithania where they range in small, close-knit herds. The animal is most commonly compared to the Eronidas that brought them to the region, and while some might consider this an insult, the close connection between the Eronidas and these short examples of their livestock means that some would likely take it as a compliment.
Bathoggs originally existed back on Guldar and were likely an early creature hunted by the Eronidas Race. Tales speak of how the mammals used to be much fatter before the Great Leaving, which thinned the herds (literally), though some see this as a glorification of the old days by Eronidas storytellers. When the Great Leaving did come, it is said that the black-coated variety of the pig was eaten to extinction, explaining why there are only the two possible colors today. Whether this is true or not is unknown, but the Eronidas island-hopping strategy involved allowing Bathoggs out to graze for several years before getting them back aboard the vessels. When they reached Daendroc, these animals remained close to the Eronidas, but over the past three centuries some populations have become wild. Whether they got loose and grew up in wild conditions, or whether they were traded away and escaped, the animals have come to lightly populate the plains of Daen beyond Eronidas territory. Today, the Bathogg has a widespread population, often found domesticated and close to Eronidas, but also occasionally in the wild in and around Daen. But, from the pelt to the tusk, wild Bathoggs draw a large number of hunters in, not only for its desirable resources, but also because they are considered pests. Most wild Bathoggs are now being hunted as a result, and it appears that in time only the tamed, Eronidas aligned animals will remain.
The Bathogg is a robust species of Susid that stands at four feet tall and six and a half to seven feet in length, weighing 250 pounds. Bathoggs have large heads with short, fuzzy-tipped ears sitting on top of a scrunched-in face, with large dark brown eyes set far apart from one another. The animal’s snout, which forms the base of the face, is broad and large, facing downward at a slight angle. Their large mouths also feature another notable trait; the existence of tusks. These vary in length (though max out at the height of eight inches) and curve back towards its skull. A thick neck seamlessly connects the animal’s head to its body, which is heavily muscled and built, standing on four sturdy, hooved feet. Their bodies end in a short, pointed tail. The animal is covered in a coat of bristled chestnut brown or ashen grey hair, which covers their naturally dark pink skin.
Bathoggs have very little physical distinctions between them, the only obvious external identifying factor to gender being how female tusks are universally shorter than those of males. The gender ratio for the creature is roughly equal.
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 hair, and their tusks begin to come in. They reach physical maturity one year after being born though they reach their peak mentally at the age of three. Bathoggs live for up to twenty years, with those in captivity or domesticated surroundings living longer, up to thirty years.
Bathoggs are often gentle creatures, but do possess the mentality to sharply spike in aggression should threats present themselves. They respond viciously to any harming of their young and intrusions by hostile animals or unknown persons into their territory. Their aggression is on display during their “hunts” as they are omnivorous and tend to eat insects or fish alongside grasses and fruit. They are also aggressive during the mating season, with males 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. However, Bathoggs often become highly attached to any Eronidas keeper they possess, following after them and seeking to protect them should threats appear. As a result, herds of the animal kept on Estates by Eronidas often act as a sort of guard dogs, waddling around and snuffling away but quickly focusing in on unknown presences or invasions of an Estate’s territory. A unique feature of both domesticated and wild members of the species is their odd obsession with cleaning, hence their name. Much like the Eronidas who often rear them, the animals bathe on a bi-daily basis, trotting through and rolling in a stream, pond or body of water every two days.
Territory and Groupings
Most Bathoggs remain in and around Polon, kept by Eronidas in areas like Daendroc. In these surroundings, the animals have little to no direct herding mentality, but groupings of five to sixty get along the best. However, wild Bathoggs do exist, roaming the plains of Daen, and they travel consistently in herds of about twenty-five members.
- Bathoggs have sensitive noses that allow them to sniff out their prey and track small creatures, but they do not have an efficient way to tell poisonous plants from edible ones. Bathoggs will occasionally come across an inedible plant and grow sick over it.
Firefan96 on 05/27/2021.|
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