A race of winged horses, who fly with a mixture of physical strength and magic. They come in a variety of colors, and their body types can be anywhere from more heavy draft breeds, to the light and airy warmbloods. They can be found with feathery wings, or webbed; one pair is most common, but more have been recorded.
Average Lifespan:: Immortal
Average Height:: 14 hands
Average Weight:: 1 ton
Location Found:: Abroad.
*all statistics based on averages; extremes in any direction, or found in odd locations, are always allowed.
Fairy Horses Those born with insectoid wings, like a dragonfly, bee, or butterfly, are considered ill omens and are banished from the herd to roam on their own. None know what causes a foal to be born with such wings, but it's thought to be an odd mutation, one to be avoided.
Species info credited to Blazeh/Verridith, Maul, and Daweia.
Appearance Pegasi are a breed of horselike creatures that sprout wings from their back. They can be of any horse breed, from the bigger drafts to the small, delicate, elven breeds, with one or more pairs of wings. Most often, a pegasus will be found in a variety of colors, from natural hues (bay, black, grey, chestnut, etc) to most unnatural colors. Their wings can be feathered or webbed, or any combination of the two. Very rarely will a pegasus be born with insectoid wings.
Most pegasi will have hollow bones, built like a bird's, to remain light in the air. Those that do not - called the Grounded by those in the herd who may fly - cannot do more than glide short distances, unaided by magic. The Grounded tend to leave their flying brethren to form herds of their own, with other heavy-boned pegasi, or those with wings too small to fly.
Culture The pegasus is an exceptionally social individual, intelligent and cunning, with many forming small bands or herds led by either a single stallion, or a lead mare. The social hierarchy is established at a young age for a foal, and their position remains generally stable, barring extreme changes in temperament. More aggressive individuals, those willing to push forward and take charge, are generally higher in the hierarchy, and the most dominant individuals are the leaders of such herds.
Unlike traditional herds, herds of pegasi can be found to have multiple stallions and mares, with breeding rights being open to all. The lead stallion, or mare, may ban individuals from mating if they've broken herd law, but otherwise foals are born to multiple mares by a variety of stallions in the herd. Most herds have specific grounds to drop their foals, including sky-continents like Stroen'na, or the unique settlements of keht'shu.
Abilities Pegasi fly with a mixture of physical ability - large, flightworthy wings - and magic. Very few are able to fly with just their wings alone, and when flying, appear to be galloping across the sky. Otherwise, they may master a large variety of abilities, both elemental and non, and can be exceptionally powerful.
Deep beneath the stormy skies and away from Death's reign of terror fled L'zayn, alone; she settled in a crystalline cavern far from all, near a glowing pool that reflected the beautiful walls tenfold. In its light, the goddess looked at her reflection, and was surprised to see tears course down the sides of her cervine face; Death had separated her from her fellow gods, and for the first time in a millenia, she felt the touch of true despair in her heart.
All they had been able to do was hide, run, and create in the hopes that, someday, he might be able to be destroyed. Most of their creations were strong, yes; but they were fleeting, or ungraceful. But it was not too late; no, it couldn't be. She knew what she wanted to create, and she stepped into the crystalline pool, dipping her muzzle into its glittering depths.
Her tears slid down into the waters, and shone with golden light where they touched; each tear turned into a drop of glowing metal, sinking to the very bottom. As they fused with the crystal beneath, the waters began to bubble, and she stepped out and turned to watch, as form began to grow from the first, crystals rising above as the single tear split into two, shimmering as eyes in the glittering mass. Carefully, she shaped the form to have four strong legs, and froze the water dripping from it into long, hanging icicles; two ears she gave it, an equine head and neck, and a long, curved horn.
Reaching forward, the goddess brushed her muzzle against the crystal-equine's, and its shimmering veneer shattered and fell away - it revealed a large, drafty equine creature with cloven hooves, a short tail, and a branching horn rising from his nose. You are the First Auroch, she told him, as he pawed and snorted; awakening his mind, she smiled, and let the others form into the rest of the first auroch herd. You will grant your strength and beauty to this land, and rule the forests and grasslands justly. For you are Auroch, blessed of L'zayn, and you are the beloved of the gods.
Gorg’rauth’s war was a time of great trouble for Millirand, and even the Ten were wracked with anger and grief, for only their struggle against Death in the First Realm eclipsed the conflict they now faced. L’zayn especially fell victim to deep sorrow, overwhelmed by all the grief in the Realm due to the long war, and withdrew into solitude.
The rest of the Ten tried in vain to comfort her, save for wise Gaz’in. Instead, he likewise withdrew into solitude, devoting much time and energy to his thoughts, refusing to meet with the other gods. After a time, he wandered across Millirand, and discovered a particularly majestic auroch, grazing in a field. In the guise of a great owl, he landed lightly upon the auroch after circling azily around her so as not to startle her.
She snorted, and gazed back at him for a moment before shaking her mane and returning to her grazing, unaware of the magic flowing through her. Her body lightened as her bones hollowed, and muscles became less massive but remained strong and lithe. The horn upon her nose fell and shattered, disappearing forever; two great, feathery wings sprouted from her shoulders and ran from shoulder blades to hindquarters. Her body took on a more equine shape, much like that of a horse, but her majesty was unrivalled by any of that simple breed.
Lastly, her mind awoke as if from a deep, half-remembered slumber, and her voice was unchained. She turned wondering eyes upon her wings, and upon the great owl perched upon her back. Hesitantly, she spread her wings and took to the air as the owl beckoned her to follow. Gaz’in was pleased by his new creation, and was keen to share the first pegasus’ majesty with L’zayn.
He found her where she had secluded herself, beside a crystal-clear pool of water in the guise of a mare. She spared him not the slightest regard, and he made no attempt to draw her attention. However, the first pegasus, saddened by the look of despair upon the mare’s features, approached the goddess and gently nuzzled her ear. At this L’zayn finally looked up, and for a long while, neither goddess or pegasus moved, merely gazing into each other’s eyes. Then L’zayn rose to her feet while the pegasus knelt before the goddess, finally recognizing her for what she truly was.
When L’zayn finally looked away from the pegasus, Gaz’in had already gone, carried away unnoticed on the silent wings of the owl. A small but genuine smile crossed L’zayn’s face, and she in turn gentle nuzzled the pegasus, and bade her go forth into the Realm, and enjoy her new life. As she watched the pegasus take flight, L’zayn’s smile didn’t waver. Millirand faced great trouble, but the Realm and its people would endure, just as she would endure.
In the days and weeks that followed, a good many more pegasi appeared to join the first, and it wasn’t long before several small herds could be found all across Millirand, enjoying life as L’zayn had commanded.
The First Auroch is a large and powerful male with long fur and a strong build. His single horn is large and branching, erupting from his nose much like that of a modern rhino. His ears are long, but rounded, and can swivel back and forth in both expression and sound detection, with fluffy insides. Each cloven hoof is very large and thick, and the ground thunders beneath him as he walks, trots, and gallops. The thick fur that covers his body is in alternating shades of silver, white, and grey, shimmering with light.
Erasmos is known to be a proud defender of any who is weaker than he; his wrath is one to shake Realms, and his fury is feared by all. He is arrogant and egotistical, seeing himself as above and beyond even the rules of gods, refusing even direct orders without power in their words.
Classification: Horned pegasi. Location: Abroad.
A subtype created long ago when a herd of unicorns decided to interbreed with a herd of pegasi, resulting in the cerapter: a horned pegasus. These animals have unicorn horns and pegasus wings, and are much more adept at magic than their parents.