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Vaioa Canon Fauna Guide
Topic Started: Mar 31 2013, 07:33 PM (3,794 Views)
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Terran Imports

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Modified descendents of the Terran horse, runnerbeasts are hardy and versatile animals. They come in three major body types: draft, riding, and pony.

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Draft runners are heavy animals used for pulling carts, plows, and other heavy loads. The smallest draft runners are the height of an average man at the shoulder. They are only owned by those who need them for work.


Riding or racing runnerbeasts can do it all. They are large enough to pull some loads, but small enough to be safely and frequently ridden. They are fast, and some can be feisty, but they are generally the most popular of the three major types of runner.


Ponies are the smallest runnerbeast, usually close to average chest height at their shoulder, although some can be much smaller. Generally cheap and rarely temperamental, a pony-sized runner is a great option for light riding and driving small buggies.

Not companion animals as they were on Earth, but working animals, canines (or dogs) come in several major breeds which are important for functions in Pernese Holds.


Herding canines are the sidekick to the average Beastcrafter. Trained to watch over various herdbeasts and help the crafters keep the animals in a flock, herding canines are used to doing a lot of work. They are very intelligent breeds of canine, but can be very boisterous and like to stay busy.


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Hunting canines are usually a luxury for Lord Holders who enjoy going after game for sport, but they can be an asset to anyone living away from a hold, or even on a large farm. They are bred to chase after large game, like giant wherries, and take them down.


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Guarding canines, heavy dogs bred to bite and bark, can be seen around large Holds and kitchens. When whers aren't available (or are unwanted), they make a good deterrent for thieves and criminals. Because of their sturdy build, they are also commonly found running in treadmills for cooks or other crafters. They also make a great asset to a trading caravan, being both able to fight and carry some loads.


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Tunneling canines are the smallest of any breed. Short and feisty, they have been bred to climb in tunnels after vermin, like tunnelsnakes, and chase them out. Although they are hyper and can be hard to manage, sometimes wealthy families may try to turn one into a pet.


"Herdbeast" is a catch-all term for various domestic animals brought to Pern by the original colonists. Used for meat, leather, wool, milk, and other products, they are an important part of Pernese life.


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Genetically improved cattle from Earth, bovines come in two major body-types: meat and milk. Meat bovines are very bulky and rotund, bred for their impressive muscle mass. Milk bovines are comparatively lanky, since they have instead been bred for their ability to produce milk. Both varieties come in shaggy and short-haired, as well as a number of colors.


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Perhaps one of the most useful domesticated animals on Pern, pigs (or porcine) are a common herdbeast. While they are widely known to be a source of meat, the high amounts of body fat found on these animals make them more valuable. The fat, or lard, is not only an important cooking tool, but it also can be rendered down to make soap, candles, and even grease for machines. Porcine skin also makes a soft and sturdy leather.







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Pernese natives
There are many more species and subspecies than can be listed. Those displayed here are merely the most prevalent. None of these images are to be used outside of Vaioa.
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A native to Pern and relative to both wherries and fire lizards, tunnelsnakes are a ubiquitous animal. Despite their name, they aren't only found in tunnels, but in sand and water as well. Some are aggressive, some are venomous, and some are edible- but all of them are considered pests. Like animals which evolved on Pern, they have six limbs (sometimes reduced), and green flesh.




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Ubiquitous and annoying, rock-munchers are a voracious little pest. They live in great colonies; a large enough infestation of these creatures can destabilize the structure of underground rooms. Although they have a nasty bite, they are not especially dangerous and don't grow to be over twenty pounds in weight. Unfortunately for them, they are also edible.

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Common in the open desert, these small tunnelsnakes are known as grubtails. They spend much of their time digging through the sand and slate, though they aren't quite the notorious pests that rock-munchers are. Since they keep to themselves most of the time, and are not very active during the day, when one breaks into your food stores, it will probably be while you're asleep.


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Heavier of build than other varieties, semi-aquatic tunnelsnakes haunt riverbanks and swamps. They chase down fish or sit in shallows, waiting for unsuspecting prey to come in for a drink. With paddle-like front arms, they can swim and dig proficiently. Their reduced hind limbs help them stick into the walls of their muddy burrows. This particular species, "Striped Watersnake" or "Riversnake," have a neurotoxin in their saliva. It usually also saturates their flesh, making this species particularly dangerous to encounter or eat.

Another variety of semi-aquatic tunnelsnake, these are particularly dangerous and large. Known as "Banksnakes" or even "Saltwater Snakes," these animals can be seen along any length of rivers to their source, as well as out in open waters. Versatile and voracious, they are fast on land and pack a powerful bite. It might be possible to eat them, but going after one to try it is ill-advised. The average specimen is well over six feet long, though they are rumored to reach close to twenty feet in length.

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Found in the deepest of oceans and truly only known to those who sail, Fishersnakes are quite the monster. Known to reach dozens of feet in length, these animals will make even the most stalwart ship captain nervous. Very rarely they will beach themselves for various reasons, but this is usually only the smaller specimens. The average animal, which grows to about a dozen feet in length, can scare swimmers right out of the water.


Wherries are large, avian creatures that are distantly related not only to tunnelsnakes but presumably to fire lizards as well. While they bear a passing resemblance to Earth birds, wherries are covered in a soft fur instead of feathers.


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Common wherries were the first native Pernese fauna to be domesticated as livestock and are a staple of nearly everyone's diet, including dragons. Game wherries have their wings clipped and are penned for the consumption of both man and dragon. In the wild, these creatures are dangerous predators, directly in competition with fire lizards. They vary greatly in size, some being roughly turkey sized and others roughly the size of an ostrich.

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Darters are a small, hand-sized species of wherry. While their larger cousins are active and dangerous predators, they more closely resemble the behavior of an earth songbird, consuming mostly insects and seeds, though they will not turn their nose up at flesh if it's offered to them. While not at all intelligent, they are easily hand-reared and make interesting pets.

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Divers are seagull-sized variants that live primarily near the coast and other large bodies of water. Their diet consists mostly of fish, though they will also consume fire lizards and anything they can catch. Though they are slightly more trainable than Darters, they still don't possess any remarkable intelligence. They can be kept as pets, but aren't particularly affectionate creatures.




















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