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Hothgra

Other Names Wall Rammer
Climate/Terrain Desolation of Shidar
Frequency Very Rare
Organization Group
Activity Cycle

Diurnal

Diet Herbivore

Physical Description

The gentle hothgra is a grazing herbivore of immense size. Physically, the hothgra appears as a cross between a mountain goat and a mastodon. An adult hothgra will stand 5 meters tall at the shoulder and weight more than fifty tons. The body is covered by layers of blubber, a very thick hide and masses of coarse shaggy fur. The great head is crowned by a pair of enormous curved horns that flank the head with the points aimed forward. It's long snout is capped by a pig like snout. Dozens of great curved horn-like spikes line the spine of the creature. Its thick legs end in enormous stone hard hooves. The hothgra also has a heavy fur covered tail that swings back and forth endlessly.

Combat

Hothgra are generally peaceful herbivores. When forced to fight, a hothgra will attack by swinging its head and knocking predators senseless. Hothgra may also charge and trample opponents to death. The tail is also dangerous and a swat of the tail can easily knock a man off his feet and break bones.

Hothgra are normally seen in family groups and are usually quite peaceful. There is one exception to this. On rare occasions, a hothgra will be infected by disease. No formal studies have been done on this disease, but the symptoms are well known. The hothgra will foam at the mouth and become restless and agitated. Unable to sleep or eat, it will become a rogue, travelling by itself. Such hothgra are enraged and dangerous and will attack any creature they encounter on sight. In addition, these “enraged” hothgra have been known to attack the Wall. It is not known why this disease would illicit such behavior, but there have been several such attacked recorded over the centuries. An enraged hothgra will charge the wall and ram it. The creature will do this over and over until its skull is split open and its brains are dashed across the Wall. Chaddamarian soldiers will fire bows and cannons at such a hothgra and attempt to bring it down as quickly as possible because the hothgra can and does damage the wall. In one incident, a particularly large male hothgra actually breached the wall and broke through to the other side where it proceeded to stampede and trample soldiers on Chaddamarian soil. The hothgra was eventually killed and rapid repairs were made to the Wall before Horde season struck. The hothgra are often called “wallrammers” by the Chaddamarian military.

The hothgra is the only creature known to be able to withstand the onslaught of the horde. Its sheer size and strength and thick hide make it so tough that even the horde cannot bring it down. However, the horde effectively devours all vegetation in the region. Because of this, the hothgra tend to bulk up prior to horde season and live off of their internal fat stores for several weeks while the Horde rages about them.

Geographic Distribution and Habitat

Hothgra are found only in the Desolation of Shidar. They are normally encountered in small family groups. They graze on the grasses of the plains, treetop leaves and so forth.

Ecology

The hothgra feeds on a wide variety of grasses, leaves and fruit. Seeds are widely dispersed in hothgra droppings. The hothgra are hunted by the omarin tribes. Because the hothgra are such hardy animals, it takes many dozens of omarin warriors to bring just one hothgra down. However, once a hothgra is killed, the omarin feast. The omarin have perfected several methods for preserving the meat. A single hothgra will feed several omarin villages for many months.

Blood vipers will sometimes draw blood from a hothgra and then, fully satiated, drop off and slither off into the grass. On rare occasions, a young hothgra is killed by a deathmauler trees or a pack of acidjaws. As such, the hothgra has an important role in the ecosystem of the region.

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