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{{Info fauna
{{Info fauna
|officialname = Northerne Moose
|officialname = Northern Moose
|nicknames = Grandhorns
|nicknames = Grandhorns
|classification = Mammal
|classification = [[Mammal]]
|habitat = Jorrhildr (Formerly Ellador)
|habitat = [[Jorrhildr]] and [[Ellador]]
|domesticated = No
|domesticated = No
|status = Rare
|status = Rare
|}}
|}}
The Northern Moose once openly roamed the forests and tundras of [[Jorrhildr]] and [[Ellador]], but have since been pushed nearly to the brink of extinction due to over-hunting primarily at the hands of the [[Urlan]]. For generations, hunters have sought after this massive yet majestic herbivore for its large antlers as a prized trophy, and for it’s thick, wooly hide in the use of luxurious cloaks, rugs, clothes and other household items. Due to the animal’s resistant and fierce nature in the face of opposition, it’s now become a symbol of northern culture and pride.


The Northern Moose is a massive mammal that openly roams the landscape of [[Jorrhildr]]. Standing taller than the average Ailor, the Northern Moose is truly a majestic sight to behold, given it’s popularity among the locals. Due to the animal’s resistant nature, it has come to be widely accepted as the symbol of Jorrhildr and its denizens, acting as a testament to their much bolstered hardiness.
==History==
==History==
In the year 250 BC, the Moose was still a reclusive creature. However their habitat was encroached upon by early settlers of what would one day become the [[Kingdom of Hedryll]] in [[Ellador]]. Eventually hunters came across one such moose, readying their arrows to fell the beast. They loosed their bow shots, but they could not bring the mighty creature down. After nearly two hours of tracking and striking out from the snowy brush, the hunters successfully bagged their prize. The men brought the carcass home, feasting on their catch for nearly a fortnight. This led to a period of savage and needless hunting which pushed the Northern Moose to the brink of extinction. Their salvation was brought upon by their dwindling numbers, as what few of the species remained huddled to forming large, daunting packs. These protective herds proved too arduous for the natives to butcher, and so the Northern Moose was left to repopulate.
The Northern Moose has an ancient, though sometimes vague history. While some believe they have been alive since the time of the [[Seraph]] due to unconfirmed reports of murals showing the animal alongside that progenitor race, [[Elven]] records indicate the [[Drovv]] as the first with documentation of the event. They hunted the animal minimally, and it ranged over a vast distance of northern Ithania to eastern Ellador. Unfortunately, this apex came to an end in the [[Fifth Void Invasion]]. Instead of suffering mutations, the Moose was killed outright by Voidlings and other infected creatures with the [[Cataclysm]] further devastating their numbers. The animal might have been able to make a comeback, but the rise of the Urlan on Jorrhildr put an end to that as well. Further compounding the animal’s survival was an increase in notoriety with the [[Velheim]] [[Ailor]] of [[The North Belt]], who sought the animal as the greatest example of a hunter’s skill but also because it possessed quality meat, bone and hide, all key tools of survival in the harsh climate. Over the years, this has reduced the Northern Moose to near extinction several times, but they are always able to retreat to parts unknown or areas too harsh for hunters to regroup, recover and grow. Most recently in 304 AC, the Bone Horror Crisis helped the animal as those who sought to hunt them now had to contend with many new and far more vicious obstacles and for now, this barrier of frozen flesh and bone helps the Northern Moose more than it hinders them.
 
While now a far rarer prize for a hunter, the Northern Moose is one of the most highly sought after animals in the rugged landscape. Its pelt sells for a high price, as do the antlers due to their absurdly large size. Though naturally, as a result of their now highly reclusive nature, it is as rare to see these items in the market as it is to see the beast in its natural habitat.
==Physical Appearance==
==Physical Appearance==
This hulking example of a mammal is built with large amounts of muscle and is covered in a very coarse and stiff fur pelt. Their legs are one of the highest concentrations of muscle mass in their body as they use their legs to charge or sprint and speeds of up to thirty-five miles an hour, enough to tackle numerous bulky warriors to the ground in an instant. These creatures often weigh around one thousand pounds, but can go up to nearly one thousand five hundred. Their antlers are often very round, and are on rare occasions fashioned into shields by skilled warriors of the North, with each holding a tale of how they’d felled such a mighty beast.
The Northern Moose stands anywhere between five to seven feet at the shoulder and six to nine feet in length, making it tower over most would-be hunters. The Northern Moose’s head has several unique features, such as their eyes that are unlike most other cervids with a distinct pale yellow color and an iris-shaped like a goat’s which gives them impressive eyesight. Its ears are slightly longer and sharper than the more common deer or elk, stick up from the head while its snout is more akin to a horse’s with a paler color. The most noticeable trait they possess is their massive antlers, which spread almost at a straight horizontal from their head. They are dish-like, with a large slowly curving flat area closest to the head which feeds off into several points of bone. However, they only appear in males. To help support these horns is their heavily built bodies, especially reinforced around the neck and legs. The neck and head region of the Northern Moose is often covered in dense muscle to help the beast support its impressive antlers that usually weigh well over forty pounds. However, even with the added weight of its remarkable antlers, the Northern Moose is capable of lifting a grown man with its head and neck alone. The legs of the Northern Moose are very dense and riddled with muscle that helps the Moose run and journey over the vast expanses of Jorrhildr. It can use its legs to significant effect in charging hunters though it can just as well deliver a kick which could shatter bone. The body of the Northern Moose is covered in a faded silvery or beige coat of bristle-like fur with multiple layers to help keep the moose insulated during the harsh winter months. It also uses its coat as camouflage in helping it avoid being seen as quickly in the snow-covered landscapes it calls home.
The Northern Moose is commonly found with an almost silver pelt, though this varies throughout the species. The odd moose here and there can be found to have a brown tinted pelt. Their pelts are collected and made into large cloaks, signifying a skilled and patient hunter. The antlers are considered a prized possession among not only hunters, but the nobility in most Northern regions as well due to their exceeding rarity. As such, they prove to be excellent prizes for contests of brawn, alongside gifts to be traded across prominent tribes and villages as a show of good faith, or even to commemorate an occasion such as a wedding.
===Diversity===
===Diversity===
The only notable regional differences of the Northern Moose is its With females being increasingly more rare than males (around one in ten) the amount of offspring being produced is starting to dwindle.
The most notable differences between the sexes is with males (known as bulls) of the species being increasingly rarer than the females (known as cows) due to excessive hunting for its antlers. Males grow much larger than the female variety and have longer tufts of unkempt hair around the neck (and sometimes underbelly) that sometimes seem to grow like a mane or beard. The second most notable is the difference is that the fur coat changes dependant on the region. The moose further north boasts the typical silvery coat while the southern variety is more beige in coloration.
===Life Span and Development===
===Life Span and Development===
On average, the Northern Moose lives around twenty five to thirty years. Over the course of its life, the male moose (bull) will grow their trademark antlers as well as an unkempt thick coat of fur. The female moose (cow) though, only sees a growth in height and weight as it ages.
Between mid-May to early June is when a female Northern Moose will give birth to a newborn calf. The gestation period of the Northern Moose is roughly around two hundred and forty days, and during this time the bull will spend no more than two weeks courting the female before moving on. When the calf is born, the mother will seek to defend the newborn calf vigorously from predation. While the Northern Moose takes up to sixteen to twenty-eight months to reach full maturity, maturity and growth are often influenced by climate, hereditary traits and the availability of nutrition. In regards to the Northern Moose’s lifespan, it can live anywhere from between ten to twenty years in the wild. In captivity, the Northern Moose can live up to twenty to even forty years given the right nutrition and care. Females of the species only grow regarding length and height while the males will grow the impressive and iconic antlers the species is known for. The males of the species go through cycles each year with their antlers. In the winter they will shed the velvet off their antlers only to grow new ones during the spring and summer time months the next year. During the fall the male Northern Moose will use the new antlers during the rutting season.
   
   
==Mental Overview==
==Mental Overview==
The Northern Moose has yet to be domesticated and many have given up trying. Fortunately for those who may still seek to tame one the beasts, they are friendly to Ailor who approach carefully. They protect their young fiercely however and if one makes the mistake of going too near a moose calf, they will be charged. They also tend to do this to each other as a territorial animal.
During most of the year, the Northern Moose is often solitary and reclusive, only herding together with other Moose out of pure necessity or during the rutting season. During the season when bull Northern Moose compete for both territory and mates, they become hyper-aggressive to outsiders. Many deaths of would be-hunters are often around this time, as the bull Northern Moose will relentlessly charge and attack the intruder. Females of the species are also often very protective of their calves during the spring-- while they do not sport the antlers the bulls of the species they still have mighty muscular legs. A kick from even a female Northern Moose could prove fatal.
 
Over the years some have tried to domesticate the Northern Moose, and many more have given up trying. While never genuinely domesticated, some particularly skilled herders have been able to “tame” the Northern Moose into accepting their presence and that of other people. While rare, it can be done for those patient and fortunate enough to brave the daunting and majestic beast. Any attempt to tame a Northern Moose must be made outside of rutting season, as to approach a bull moose during rutting season is a death sentence. However difficult, once the trust of the Northern Moose is earned they are generally very friendly and approachable.  
===Territory and Groupings===
===Territory and Groupings===
While the mammal tends to roam the frozen tundra alone, there are reports of small herds forming during the harsher months of winter. Unfortunately, they are a territorial species, which often leads to infighting and can in some cases cause a herd to disband.
While the Northern Moose is mostly solitary and reclusive, there are reports of smaller herds forming during the harsh winter months of the tundra for protection. Sometimes when mates and food are scarce, they will also join together in herds. Most herds that do form consist of a harem of females with calves and a single adult bull protecting the herd, though unfortunately, they are a territorial and aggressive species which leads to a lot of infighting, forcing many herds to disband after the need is met. The Northern Moose normally roams the tundra and pine forests alone most of the year until rutting season in the fall.  
   
   
==Trivia==
==Trivia==
*The Northern Moose has very few natural predators, those being Dire Wolves and Northern Wolves.
*The Northern Moose has very few natural predators. Usually, only the biggest or boldest of Jorrhildr’s predators will even attempt to hunt the Northern Moose. Their dwindling numbers is almost solely the result of hunting from [[Baal-Urlan]].
*The Ur worship the creature; this is due to their “leader” receiving a vision from one of the moose. The vision incident sparked a cultural reverence to the animal which most Ur now subscribe to.
*There exists folklore about a Velheim warrior who once rode a Northern Moose into battle and killed scores of his enemies, unfortunately, his name was lost to time. Many have unsuccessfully tried to replicate the tale. It is far too easily spooked and made defensive. However, some have managed to ride and tentatively use it as a work animal successfully.
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Latest revision as of 23:33, 18 April 2022

Northern Moose
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Fauna
Official Name Northern Moose
Common Nicknames Grandhorns
Classification Mammal
Habitat Jorrhildr and Ellador
Domesticated No
Current Status Rare

The Northern Moose once openly roamed the forests and tundras of Jorrhildr and Ellador, but have since been pushed nearly to the brink of extinction due to over-hunting primarily at the hands of the Urlan. For generations, hunters have sought after this massive yet majestic herbivore for its large antlers as a prized trophy, and for it’s thick, wooly hide in the use of luxurious cloaks, rugs, clothes and other household items. Due to the animal’s resistant and fierce nature in the face of opposition, it’s now become a symbol of northern culture and pride.

History

The Northern Moose has an ancient, though sometimes vague history. While some believe they have been alive since the time of the Seraph due to unconfirmed reports of murals showing the animal alongside that progenitor race, Elven records indicate the Drovv as the first with documentation of the event. They hunted the animal minimally, and it ranged over a vast distance of northern Ithania to eastern Ellador. Unfortunately, this apex came to an end in the Fifth Void Invasion. Instead of suffering mutations, the Moose was killed outright by Voidlings and other infected creatures with the Cataclysm further devastating their numbers. The animal might have been able to make a comeback, but the rise of the Urlan on Jorrhildr put an end to that as well. Further compounding the animal’s survival was an increase in notoriety with the Velheim Ailor of The North Belt, who sought the animal as the greatest example of a hunter’s skill but also because it possessed quality meat, bone and hide, all key tools of survival in the harsh climate. Over the years, this has reduced the Northern Moose to near extinction several times, but they are always able to retreat to parts unknown or areas too harsh for hunters to regroup, recover and grow. Most recently in 304 AC, the Bone Horror Crisis helped the animal as those who sought to hunt them now had to contend with many new and far more vicious obstacles and for now, this barrier of frozen flesh and bone helps the Northern Moose more than it hinders them.

Physical Appearance

The Northern Moose stands anywhere between five to seven feet at the shoulder and six to nine feet in length, making it tower over most would-be hunters. The Northern Moose’s head has several unique features, such as their eyes that are unlike most other cervids with a distinct pale yellow color and an iris-shaped like a goat’s which gives them impressive eyesight. Its ears are slightly longer and sharper than the more common deer or elk, stick up from the head while its snout is more akin to a horse’s with a paler color. The most noticeable trait they possess is their massive antlers, which spread almost at a straight horizontal from their head. They are dish-like, with a large slowly curving flat area closest to the head which feeds off into several points of bone. However, they only appear in males. To help support these horns is their heavily built bodies, especially reinforced around the neck and legs. The neck and head region of the Northern Moose is often covered in dense muscle to help the beast support its impressive antlers that usually weigh well over forty pounds. However, even with the added weight of its remarkable antlers, the Northern Moose is capable of lifting a grown man with its head and neck alone. The legs of the Northern Moose are very dense and riddled with muscle that helps the Moose run and journey over the vast expanses of Jorrhildr. It can use its legs to significant effect in charging hunters though it can just as well deliver a kick which could shatter bone. The body of the Northern Moose is covered in a faded silvery or beige coat of bristle-like fur with multiple layers to help keep the moose insulated during the harsh winter months. It also uses its coat as camouflage in helping it avoid being seen as quickly in the snow-covered landscapes it calls home.

Diversity

The most notable differences between the sexes is with males (known as bulls) of the species being increasingly rarer than the females (known as cows) due to excessive hunting for its antlers. Males grow much larger than the female variety and have longer tufts of unkempt hair around the neck (and sometimes underbelly) that sometimes seem to grow like a mane or beard. The second most notable is the difference is that the fur coat changes dependant on the region. The moose further north boasts the typical silvery coat while the southern variety is more beige in coloration.

Life Span and Development

Between mid-May to early June is when a female Northern Moose will give birth to a newborn calf. The gestation period of the Northern Moose is roughly around two hundred and forty days, and during this time the bull will spend no more than two weeks courting the female before moving on. When the calf is born, the mother will seek to defend the newborn calf vigorously from predation. While the Northern Moose takes up to sixteen to twenty-eight months to reach full maturity, maturity and growth are often influenced by climate, hereditary traits and the availability of nutrition. In regards to the Northern Moose’s lifespan, it can live anywhere from between ten to twenty years in the wild. In captivity, the Northern Moose can live up to twenty to even forty years given the right nutrition and care. Females of the species only grow regarding length and height while the males will grow the impressive and iconic antlers the species is known for. The males of the species go through cycles each year with their antlers. In the winter they will shed the velvet off their antlers only to grow new ones during the spring and summer time months the next year. During the fall the male Northern Moose will use the new antlers during the rutting season.

Mental Overview

During most of the year, the Northern Moose is often solitary and reclusive, only herding together with other Moose out of pure necessity or during the rutting season. During the season when bull Northern Moose compete for both territory and mates, they become hyper-aggressive to outsiders. Many deaths of would be-hunters are often around this time, as the bull Northern Moose will relentlessly charge and attack the intruder. Females of the species are also often very protective of their calves during the spring-- while they do not sport the antlers the bulls of the species they still have mighty muscular legs. A kick from even a female Northern Moose could prove fatal.

Over the years some have tried to domesticate the Northern Moose, and many more have given up trying. While never genuinely domesticated, some particularly skilled herders have been able to “tame” the Northern Moose into accepting their presence and that of other people. While rare, it can be done for those patient and fortunate enough to brave the daunting and majestic beast. Any attempt to tame a Northern Moose must be made outside of rutting season, as to approach a bull moose during rutting season is a death sentence. However difficult, once the trust of the Northern Moose is earned they are generally very friendly and approachable.

Territory and Groupings

While the Northern Moose is mostly solitary and reclusive, there are reports of smaller herds forming during the harsh winter months of the tundra for protection. Sometimes when mates and food are scarce, they will also join together in herds. Most herds that do form consist of a harem of females with calves and a single adult bull protecting the herd, though unfortunately, they are a territorial and aggressive species which leads to a lot of infighting, forcing many herds to disband after the need is met. The Northern Moose normally roams the tundra and pine forests alone most of the year until rutting season in the fall.

Trivia

  • The Northern Moose has very few natural predators. Usually, only the biggest or boldest of Jorrhildr’s predators will even attempt to hunt the Northern Moose. Their dwindling numbers is almost solely the result of hunting from Baal-Urlan.
  • There exists folklore about a Velheim warrior who once rode a Northern Moose into battle and killed scores of his enemies, unfortunately, his name was lost to time. Many have unsuccessfully tried to replicate the tale. It is far too easily spooked and made defensive. However, some have managed to ride and tentatively use it as a work animal successfully.

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