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[✗] [Animal Lore] Red-Furred Boars

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The following is clarification and extension of this Creature Index creature. 

 

 

 

Introduction


 

Basic Physiology

 

Growing from 5 to 6 feet, and some even bred to be as tall as a typical Paint Horse, Warboars have thick, dense and explosive muscles and light bones, allowing them to suddenly sprint forward in a burst of speed and charge down almost any foe, far quicker than a normal horse, and faster than even a Lur wolf. Despite this they are not nearly as savage and independant in combat as the Lur wolf, relying on the control of their owner to make them an effective tool. Their tusks grow long and sharp like scythes, with two sets growing on both sides in many cases.  Their skulls are thick, allowing them to withstand impact from their charges, and their necks are tall and strong, evolved from their days of digging up roots from the ground. Finally, the Gorkil Warboars are famous for having mud-red fur, whilst also being thick and wiry, allowing them to withstand the moderate cold, and protect them from the sun.


 

General Mental Characteristics

 

Typically skittish and temperamental in the wild, a boar is likely to either charge or flee in an instant upon seeing someone.  A mechanism commonly used for charging, and subsequently goring, any who would dare approach them. Their brains are hard-wired to be the first to react, and their bodies have evolved to be the quickest animal on the plains.  For a tamed Warboar, the instinct to flee can be dulled and dampened when bred right, and the right training can make almost any Warboar instantly charge upon command, or when trained to recognise certain foe. The pure reaction time of a Warboar, and the speed at which it accelerates on a foe is usually enough to finish someone off out-right, and afterwards, the Warboar is likely to begin eating it’s target’s corpse.  Although a brutal and smelly beast, once an Orc has tamed a Warboar, it will immediately form a strong bond with its owner, and if it is the alpha in it’s farrow, the entire farrow themselves may adopt that Orc as their leader. Similarly to Orcs, Warboars breed from the strongest. The alpha Boar gains most of the mates, whilst the lowest in the chain tend to get bullied, and often cast out from the farrow. A harsh behaviour, but when a single female Boar, a sow, can give birth to as many as 12 Warboars in one pregnancy, and sometimes give birth to yet another dozen in the same year, Warboars find themselves to be their worst enemy, and as such, there’s little point in allowing the runts and weaklings to eat from the food-source when they serve no use and only worsen the gene-pool.

 

 

 

Breeds of Warboars

 

Despite ‘war’ being in the name, Warboars were once simply large wild boars, and not all tamed for the sole purpose of war. While every boar can be used in war, some are willing and better suited to assisting orcs.  In the wild they developed into two general categories, or breeds. The first breed, named the Brizzlebak, are typically taller and faster, while the second breed, named the The Grishdur, are typically stockier with greater endurance. A Brizzlebak is far better suited, generally speaking, for speed and combat. A Grishdur on the other hand makes an excellent beast of burden. 



 

The Brizzlebak

 

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(An Abstract rendering of the Brizzlebak mid-charge.)

 

As previously mentioned the Brizzlebak are one of two base breeds of Warboar naturally found in the wild. They are taller and leaner than most Warboars, their slightly longer legs able to propel them forward at greater speeds than their brethren. They can be identified not only by their size and build, but by the redder fur on them and the pronounced mangy mohawk ‘mane’ that runs down their spine, starting at the base of the head and down until it tapers off at the tail. Not only is this where this breed draws its name from, but can be grabbed by the rider for extra stabilization when reaching top speeds.

 

Their temperaments are typically more high-strung and gun-shy in the wild, not changing too much when raised or bred in captivity. With their high energy, skittish temperaments and ability to reach high speeds, taming and bonding with a Brizzlebak can be a wild ride. The taming process might only last anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes, but they will buck wildly and attempt to throw you off in a very all-or-nothing, last ditch effort before submitting. When bred in captivity the bucking is tamer, but their endurance much higher due to efficient breeding techniques. The typical height of a Brizzlebak would be around the 6 foot range, weighing in around 450 pounds. Their top speed is around 40 MPH.


 

The Grishdur

 

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(A shorter, stout Grishdur boar)


 

The Grishdur are the second breed of Warboar found naturally in the wild. They are shorter, stockier  and stronger than the Brizzlebak but also much slower. Their shoulders and neck are stronger and significantly wider, able to generate significantly more torque than a Brizzlebak. Their fur is slightly browner in hue, with no significant markings or patterns outside of the standard mane. While a Brizzlebak could use its speed to harass an enemy flank, a Grishdur would find himself at the front of a charge with the intent of causing pure, unadulterated chaos as it barreled through the enemies front lines with little resistance. Due to the larger front quarters, the skin is slightly thinner in their front chest and shoulders, a massive weak spot. Their name is derived from the Old Blah words ‘Strong’ and ‘Blood’.

 

The temperament of a Grishdur is rather reserved, until provoked, like a wet stick of dynamite. While describing the Grishdur as docile would be incorrect, as they are still great beasts capable of free thought, they would be both more inclined and suited to pull something, like a wagon of slaves, should the necessity arise. Taming a Grishdur is significantly different than the taming process of a Brizzlebak. Their thick front quarters cause them to buck slowly but with a significant amount of power, which they are able to keep up for several minutes. The average height of a Grishdur is just above 5 feet, the typical weight being around 600 pounds.





 

Hybrid Breeds

 

While there may be significant differences between the two breeds, these physical differences do not prevent them from cross-breeding in the wild or in captivity.  While Warboars may breed with any suitable mate they find in the wild, the Gorkil Boar Herders have worked for centuries to develop then finest hybrid warboars possible. While it is impossible to predict the characteristics of an offspring, the boar herders constantly breed the more desirable boars with sows that show good promise.


 

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(A goblin who has tamed a rather runty Grishdur boar)


 

Lapus

 

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(A heavily armored Wargoth charging into battle on his large Lapus.)

 

The alpha of the alpha. A Lapus, naming meaning Lead or Metal in old Blah, is a hybrid boar that grows to have the broadness, weight and muscular density of a Grishdur, but the height and speed of a Brizzlebak.  A Lapus is extremely rare for a sow to birth, and it is extremely hard to determine before it reaches maturity. These are the boars that typically grow as tall as paint horses, and are often saved for Wargoths, a Gorkil Rex or some sort of clan elder to tame. An inexperienced rider and tamer would unlikely make it out of the taming pit alive when up against a Lapus.

 

A Lapus would additionally be slightly smarter than an ‘average’ boar, although that is difficult to measure. It would simply boil down to if the Lapus trusted their rider they would be more likely to take evasive or defensive action for the rider without prompting or resistance. One interesting ‘layer’ to the physical characteristics of Lapus’ the hair. As Lapus are hybrids they are not really guaranteed any specific from either base breed. As such, not all Lapus would have the distinguished fur mane down the spine that a Brizzlebak would have. While it would be little more than personal preference to a Rex or Wargoth, the Lapus themselves see it a symbol of pride. A Lapus with a mane would likely be more confident and alpha to a Lapus without one.

 

Their temperaments are typically volatile unless tamed and trained by an experienced Orc. Taming a Lapus is obviously the most difficult as the characteristics match those of both breeds, sporadic and fast but with a power to it. The one Should a Rex or Wargoth with little experience riding and taming bond to a Lapus, they would need to remain extremely vigilant taking their boar out on an excursion, or the results could prove exceptionally disastrous for those unprepared. Should a Lapus be born and reach the age of maturity he would be given priority in breeding in hopes of producing fine Waghboars, or a Lapus offspring.


 

Waghboar

 

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(An Orc warrior atop an armored Waghboar.)

 

While not quite as tall as a Lapus, a Waghboar would be considered a typical hybrid boar bread for combat. They would be not as wide as a Grishdur, but wider than a Brizzlebak. They typically are just a couple inches shorter than a Brizzlebak. These boars are bred for one purpose; war. Their front hide is thicker than that of a Grishdur, able to withstand slightly harder blows or cuts. Ideally their tusks have a nice curve to them for firing enemies, but do not curl back on themselves like a rams horns would. Right before they reach maturity they begin being trained, starting simple with a bleating animal being put into an arena with them. When a Waghboar is formally tamed by a rider the duo works diligently to become an effective fighting machine, often training for many hours a day.

 

Their temperaments are fiery and fierce, likely to gore a rider should they falter and show weakness, or simply a random Orc or slave unluckily to walk by at the wrong time. Taking a Waghboar is similar to taming a Lapus, however on a lesser scale. Their taming process has a lot of the same characteristics of that of a Lapus, however their endurance and fast-twitch muscles fibers are no match for the Lapus.




 

Notes on Taming

 

The terms taming and bonding can be used mostly interchangeably when discussing submitting a boar to your will. Both entail an orc wrestling or riding a boar until the point of submission or exhaustion. It is at this point that a boar would defer to the orc, roughly the orcs companion. From that point the Orc must train the boar and show his dominance or the relationship will not continue. The downside to these relationships could be highlighted in the heat a battle. Should a rider be thrown from his boar mid-battle and attempt to ride another boar, the second boar would attempt to throw them off.

 

It is important to note that unlike a Lur and their wolf, a Gorkil and a boar are not two inseparable beings that essentially need to coexist for the other to survive. This is amplified by the fact that a boars typical lifespan is roughly 20 years, however few live to that age as their prime ends around 12-15 and would typically be killed by an orc for food or by a younger pig looking to assert himself.

 

An orcs relationship with a boar is as the boars superior. When an orc tames a boar he is showing the boar that he is the superior in that moment. Should an orc lose his way and become dishonorable or run from a fair fight, the boar will sense this and turn on the orc. Additionally, the boars are intelligent creatures. They understand that loss is not necessarily weakness, it is how one process loss. A boar will not see a lost klomp as weakness, unless the orc becomes moody and acts disgracefully afterward. This is the case for any boar, regardless of what intent it was bred with. If a boar does not respect the rider or breeder, it will not conform to their wishes and will rebel as it sees fit.

 

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(A Brizzlebak boar that has not yet fully matured and reached its full height.)


 

Notes on Training

 

Different methods of training a boar simply depends on the breeders end result for the boar once it reaches maturity. While these boars will likely never be domesticated there are certain things that a breeder can do to tame their temperament. A boar that the breeder desires to be used more along the lines of a utility animal might be separated from the sounder (group of pigs) starting at a young age in attempts to create a more docile creature. Additionally it may be dressed in a leather ‘jerkin’ to get it used to what a yoke might feel like. Boars that are bred for speed will often grow up in more open areas, either a field or next to a mountainside so that they can be ran about and taught to be agile.

 

Boars that are bred for war are often kept in a large sounder and encouraged to fight amongst themselves. Following the natural order of things, if a boar is born weak it will die and be eaten by the other boars. Boars bred for war may also be pulled from the sounder at a young age and be put in a pit with smaller animals in attempts to help the boar think of itself as dominant over all things, until it one day is bested by an orc.

 

 

 

 

REDLINES:

-In order to tame a Warboar, they must be physically bested. Tricking them into forced captivity is not enough to effectively tame them.

-You must RP taming them, “implied RP” is not enough.

-A boar must be ridden and actively controlled in order to be used in combat. If the rider falls off, is knocked unconscious, or otherwise incapable of action the boar cannot be emoted for outside of running away from the fight. 

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Very nice. 

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About time an animal that’s been in Clan Gorkil for 8 irl years gets it’s own forum post lmao.  Good job

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10/10 Best Animal 

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Very nice.

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This lore has been denied as per this thread: click me. 2 weeks were given to reformat and correct the submission to match the current criteria, which were not done.

 

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