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|habitat = Drowda
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Norlda are notorious tunneling mammals similar to moles and gophers, with notably high intelligence. Mutated during the [[Fifth Void Invasion]], they are now one of the many dangerous creatures encountered by the [[Sihndar]] [[Affliction]] in their travels and missions across the continent. The animals have a high resilience to natural toxins and poisons, and an excellent sense of smell, although they also have bad eyesight and poor digestion. They are often pests that are a detriment to Sihndar agriculture, but they also have value to alchemists for creating anti-toxin concoctions.
Norldas are dangerous tunneling mammals similar to moles with a notably high intelligence. Mutated during the [[Fifth Void Invasion]], they are now one of the many deadly creatures hunted by the [[Drowdar]] in their fight against the [[Void]] on [[Drowda]]. Highly resistant to toxins yet poor at digesting, Norldas act as pests for the Drowdar while their body parts are eagerly sought after by alchemists.  


==History==
==History==
Norldas were once common moles that lived on Drowda back when the Drovv controlled it. Living under the ground in large burrows, the mammal was merely a nuisance in the ancient times as they could undermine the structure of Drovv buildings. However, with the Fifth Void Invasion and the release of the heavy Void Taint onto the continent, these minor nuisances grew into powerful foes. Adding extra limbs, eyes and filling their mouth with teeth, they have since been considered to be far more deadly, and a challenge to kill. To this day, the Norlda still reside only on Drowda, where they tunnel into the earth in complex tunnel systems. These tunneling patterns frequently bring them into conflict with the Drowdar if they weaken a citadel’s walls, whilst every so often the animal try to steal from the underground farms the warriors keep.  
Norlda were once common, subterranean-dwelling mammals that lived beneath [[Drowda]], that had also expanded out to most of [[Drovv]]-controlled territory. At this time, they were much smaller, but could still be a problem as their tunneling could burrow into basements, and undermine Drovv structures. And yet, some were even tamed and kept as pets, though this practice was uncommon. When the Fifth Void Invasion arrived, these were some of the first animals mutated by [[Void Essence]]. While a few grew to truly monstrous proportions, the majority became as they are seen today, and joined the [[Void]] horde in their march south. Many died when the [[Cataclysm]] took place, including the most mutated of their number, but some survived back in their homeland. Over the coming decades, they reproduced at an incredible rate and made up a lower, but essential part of the Drowda food chain. To the Sihndar, the animals became more like pests, as their tunneling tended to disrupt settlement foundations and citadel walls, along with the fact that they competed with the Sihndar for patches and growths of the [[Eluhwa]] fungus. This has remained the case to this day, with frequent clashes pushing them back from Sihndar-controlled areas, while they resist the force brought to bear against them from the natural world, their predators many but their numbers remaining high.


==Physical Appearance==
==Physical Appearance==
Years before the Cataclysm, Norldas were transformed from simple groundhog-like creatures into devastating and fierce diggers. Their skin is a dirty brown with speckles of gray and black, and sports many petite hairs on the skin. They have a lengthened body of 2.5 to 3 feet long with an average weight of 90 lbs. Dissimilar to the common mole, the Norlda has six legs, three on each side, that are equally spaced apart. The first two sets of legs have four claw-toed feet, with the hind legs possessing five clawed toes on each foot, and on the back of the body, the animal has a stubbed tail. Their heads are small with a flapped snout, small rounded ears and two sets of eyes, both close to each other on each side of the face. Their mouths possess dull front teeth made for chewing dirt and vegetation, and sharper incisors closer to the back. Their most unique adaption, likely thanks to their Void-tainted homeland, is an immunity to most poisons and venoms—due to a gland found close to their heart. Simply called the Nor Gland by scholars, it produces an anti-toxin that it then pumps through the bloodstream when it detects a harmful substance. This is most often used to fend off the venom of the [[Giant Drow Spider]].  
Norlda have greatly grown in size since their innocent days before the corruption of the Void, now reaching anywhere from between two and three feet in length with an approximate weight of 100 pounds for most members of the species. Their head is small with a flapped snout, small rounded ears, and two sets of orange-ochre eyes, both close to each other on each side of the face. Their mouth possesses dull front teeth made for chewing dirt and vegetation, and sharper incisors in the rear of their jaws, to utilize as weapons in both defense and offense, against foes. Their neck is of a medium length, pushing the head forward from their squat bodies, which have six limbs equally spaced apart. The first two sets of legs have four claw-toed feet, with the hind legs possessing five clawed toes on each foot. The animal’s body ends in a stubbed tail. Their skin is a dirty brown with speckles of gray and black, and sports many petite hairs on the surface which are densest around the legs, the back and along the face. Their most unique adaptation, likely thanks to their Void-tainted homeland, is immunity to most poisons and venoms due to a gland found close to their heart. Simply called the Nor Gland by scholars, it produces an anti-toxin that is pumped through the bloodstream when it detects a harmful substance. This is most often used to fend off the venom of the [[Drow Giant Spider]].  
 
===Diversity===
===Diversity===
Norldas are very female-centric as they have a very low birth rate when compared to males. The ratio is currently 4 to 1, giving rise to large nests whose main focus is placed upon a nestmother and any other females present. Norlda coats are unique to the individual, but the differences are sometimes so minor between coat patterns that it would take close examination to determine that.
Norlda have a stark gender divide, with males existing at a ratio of 4 to 1 against females. Females are thus prized and not often seen outside of Norlda nests, though there is little gender dimorphism in the species. As for visual diversity, Norlda coats are unique to the individual, with offspring sometimes possessing patterns inherited from their parent’s coats within their own.
 
===Life Span and Development===
===Life Span and Development===
Norldas are always born in groups of two to four. They are pink and virtually naked during the first few weeks, where they gain all of the needed nutrients from their mother's milk. Over the next two months they continue to grow, and their coat develops its common colors. Once their teeth come in, they are forced into eating regular food as their teeth begin to hurt their mother. From here the Norlda is considered fully mature, and can go on to live for 20 years, though most die prematurely by age 15.  
Norlda are always born in litters of two to four. They are pink and virtually naked during the first few weeks, where they gain all of the needed nutrients from their mother's milk. Over the next two months, they continue to grow, and their coat develops its common colors. Once their teeth come in close to the end of this time, they are forced to eat regular food, being weaned from what their mother provided before. From here the Norlda is considered fully mature and can go on to live for 20 years, though most die prematurely.


==Mental Overview==
==Mental Overview==
Norldas have been noted for their high level of intelligence and capability to organize. They seem to have some form of rationalization; the mammal is able to avoid common hunter traps seemingly on purpose, as well as carefully select their nest sites for the most essential attributes. They are also capable of excellent organizational skills, storing food neatly and keeping room in particular areas of their tunnels for nesting while also having a vague hierarchy. Younger males serve as workers and collectors of food both underground and on the surface, while older males serve as lookouts and soldiers—attacking threats to the nest or attacking interlopers in their tunnels. Females overall do little if no work, the nestmother in particular barely moving unless provoked to action. Instead she simply issues orders through a series of snorts and physical movements from her den.  
Norlda have been noted for their high level of intelligence and capability to organize. They seem to have some capability to rationalize; the mammal is able to avoid common hunter traps seemingly on purpose, as well as carefully select their nest sites for the most essential attributes. They are also capable of excellent organizational skills, storing food neatly, and keeping adequate room in particular areas of their tunnels for nesting while also having a vague caste system. Younger males serve as workers and collectors of food both underground and on the surface, while older males serve as lookouts and soldiers—attacking threats to the nest or attacking interlopers in their tunnels. Females overall do little if no work, the nest-mother in particular barely moving unless provoked to action. Instead, she simply issues orders through a series of snorts and physical movements from her den, growing to a maximum size and producing multiple litters. However, despite this high intellect, Norlda are fierce and wild animals. Early attempts to train them by some Sihndar failed due to an intense bond the giant rodents have with their nestmates and their species as a whole. When approaching solitary Norlda, it is best to move very slowly and demonstrate that you present no threat, else their calm demeanor can grow ugly, and fast.
 
Despite this high intellect, Norldas are fierce and wild animals. Early attempts to train them by some Drowdar failed due to intense bond the giant rodents have with their nestmates and their species as a whole. When approaching solitary Norlda, it is best to move very slowly and demonstrate that you present no threat, else their calm demeanor can grow ugly fast.
 
===Territory and Groupings===
===Territory and Groupings===
Norldas operate in nests of 80 to 100 focused around their nestmothers and the females. The nests are found underground in the forests and plains of Dorwda. Sometimes smaller dens are built closer to the Xaster Citadels, but these are soon cleared out by the Drowdar.  
Norlda operate in nests of 80 to 200 focused around their nest-mothers and the females. The nests are found underground in the forests and plains of Drowda, with a few even reaching into subterranean caves beneath mountains. Smaller dens are sometimes built closer to Sihndar settlements, given the relatively easy access to food, but these are often disrupted and cleared before they grow too large.


==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*Norldas are omnivorous rather than carnivorous and eat large amounts of [[Praeter Stew Horn]] throughout their lives. This diet is due to the Nor gland, the Void sacrificing the ability to digest well for the anti-toxin substance.  
*Surprising many, Norlda are truly omnivorous rather than carnivorous and eat large amounts of Eluhwa. This diet is due to the Nor Gland, the Void sacrificing the ability to digest well for the anti-toxin substance.  
*Giant Drow Spiders as well as other insectoid monstrosities on Drowda have been known to wait until a Norlda nest is well established before forcing the Norlda out and taking over the perfectly formed tunnels and rooms for themselves.  
*Drow Giant Spiders as well as other insectoid monstrosities on Drowda have been known to wait until a Norlda nest is well established before forcing the Norlda out and taking over the perfectly formed tunnels and rooms for themselves.  
*Norlda leather is a traditional fabric found in many Drowdar clothings or objects.  
*Norlda leather is a traditional fabric found in many Sihndar objects.
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Latest revision as of 21:44, 15 December 2021

Norlda
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Fauna
Official Name Norlda
Common Nicknames Devilmole, Void-Tunneler
Classification Mammal
Habitat Drowda
Domesticated No
Current Status Common

Norlda are notorious tunneling mammals similar to moles and gophers, with notably high intelligence. Mutated during the Fifth Void Invasion, they are now one of the many dangerous creatures encountered by the Sihndar Affliction in their travels and missions across the continent. The animals have a high resilience to natural toxins and poisons, and an excellent sense of smell, although they also have bad eyesight and poor digestion. They are often pests that are a detriment to Sihndar agriculture, but they also have value to alchemists for creating anti-toxin concoctions.

History

Norlda were once common, subterranean-dwelling mammals that lived beneath Drowda, that had also expanded out to most of Drovv-controlled territory. At this time, they were much smaller, but could still be a problem as their tunneling could burrow into basements, and undermine Drovv structures. And yet, some were even tamed and kept as pets, though this practice was uncommon. When the Fifth Void Invasion arrived, these were some of the first animals mutated by Void Essence. While a few grew to truly monstrous proportions, the majority became as they are seen today, and joined the Void horde in their march south. Many died when the Cataclysm took place, including the most mutated of their number, but some survived back in their homeland. Over the coming decades, they reproduced at an incredible rate and made up a lower, but essential part of the Drowda food chain. To the Sihndar, the animals became more like pests, as their tunneling tended to disrupt settlement foundations and citadel walls, along with the fact that they competed with the Sihndar for patches and growths of the Eluhwa fungus. This has remained the case to this day, with frequent clashes pushing them back from Sihndar-controlled areas, while they resist the force brought to bear against them from the natural world, their predators many but their numbers remaining high.

Physical Appearance

Norlda have greatly grown in size since their innocent days before the corruption of the Void, now reaching anywhere from between two and three feet in length with an approximate weight of 100 pounds for most members of the species. Their head is small with a flapped snout, small rounded ears, and two sets of orange-ochre eyes, both close to each other on each side of the face. Their mouth possesses dull front teeth made for chewing dirt and vegetation, and sharper incisors in the rear of their jaws, to utilize as weapons in both defense and offense, against foes. Their neck is of a medium length, pushing the head forward from their squat bodies, which have six limbs equally spaced apart. The first two sets of legs have four claw-toed feet, with the hind legs possessing five clawed toes on each foot. The animal’s body ends in a stubbed tail. Their skin is a dirty brown with speckles of gray and black, and sports many petite hairs on the surface which are densest around the legs, the back and along the face. Their most unique adaptation, likely thanks to their Void-tainted homeland, is immunity to most poisons and venoms due to a gland found close to their heart. Simply called the Nor Gland by scholars, it produces an anti-toxin that is pumped through the bloodstream when it detects a harmful substance. This is most often used to fend off the venom of the Drow Giant Spider.

Diversity

Norlda have a stark gender divide, with males existing at a ratio of 4 to 1 against females. Females are thus prized and not often seen outside of Norlda nests, though there is little gender dimorphism in the species. As for visual diversity, Norlda coats are unique to the individual, with offspring sometimes possessing patterns inherited from their parent’s coats within their own.

Life Span and Development

Norlda are always born in litters of two to four. They are pink and virtually naked during the first few weeks, where they gain all of the needed nutrients from their mother's milk. Over the next two months, they continue to grow, and their coat develops its common colors. Once their teeth come in close to the end of this time, they are forced to eat regular food, being weaned from what their mother provided before. From here the Norlda is considered fully mature and can go on to live for 20 years, though most die prematurely.

Mental Overview

Norlda have been noted for their high level of intelligence and capability to organize. They seem to have some capability to rationalize; the mammal is able to avoid common hunter traps seemingly on purpose, as well as carefully select their nest sites for the most essential attributes. They are also capable of excellent organizational skills, storing food neatly, and keeping adequate room in particular areas of their tunnels for nesting while also having a vague caste system. Younger males serve as workers and collectors of food both underground and on the surface, while older males serve as lookouts and soldiers—attacking threats to the nest or attacking interlopers in their tunnels. Females overall do little if no work, the nest-mother in particular barely moving unless provoked to action. Instead, she simply issues orders through a series of snorts and physical movements from her den, growing to a maximum size and producing multiple litters. However, despite this high intellect, Norlda are fierce and wild animals. Early attempts to train them by some Sihndar failed due to an intense bond the giant rodents have with their nestmates and their species as a whole. When approaching solitary Norlda, it is best to move very slowly and demonstrate that you present no threat, else their calm demeanor can grow ugly, and fast.

Territory and Groupings

Norlda operate in nests of 80 to 200 focused around their nest-mothers and the females. The nests are found underground in the forests and plains of Drowda, with a few even reaching into subterranean caves beneath mountains. Smaller dens are sometimes built closer to Sihndar settlements, given the relatively easy access to food, but these are often disrupted and cleared before they grow too large.

Trivia

  • Surprising many, Norlda are truly omnivorous rather than carnivorous and eat large amounts of Eluhwa. This diet is due to the Nor Gland, the Void sacrificing the ability to digest well for the anti-toxin substance.
  • Drow Giant Spiders as well as other insectoid monstrosities on Drowda have been known to wait until a Norlda nest is well established before forcing the Norlda out and taking over the perfectly formed tunnels and rooms for themselves.
  • Norlda leather is a traditional fabric found in many Sihndar objects.

Accreditation
Writers HydraLana
Processors Acosmism, festiveCorvid, WaterDruppel
Last Editor HydraLana on 12/15/2021.

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