Decided to create a new creature because why not? Enjoy!
••• Quiin •••
Domestication: possible, with months of kind words, pats, and mice. Afterwards, their loyalty to you is undeniable (and you can ride them!).
Biology: A horse-like body, dark or (rarely) pale skin, thin yet tall legs ending in paws, strong, snake-like tail, large eyes, long, rounded tongue, small, sharp teeth, large, curved horns similar to a deer’s (think the thestral from Harry Potter but wingless and not as spooky)
Habitat: thick forests, typically near caves and swamps
Diet: omnivorous; prefers small rodents, berries, and nuts, but is capable of eating other stranger things such as death berries, pine leaves, moss, highly poisonous snake species, and tree bark
Sound: quiin have rather deep voices. When at rest, it makes sounds similar to an owl’s, and when angered, it makes a loud shriek that can deafen prey and leave larger enemies’ ears ringing.
Personality: quiin are typically docile, antisocial creatures and live alone once they pass adolescence, however when they are in mortal danger (i.e. being hunted, gravely wounded, having a horrible illness) they will be quickly taken under another quiin’s metaphorical wing under they are out of danger or either party dies. They are easily aggravated, especially by humans, and once they are excited, it can take up to a few days for them to calm down. While they are angered, they will go on a hot-blooded rampage and attempt to attack their aggravator and anything else that they might see as hostile. If one would like to approach a quiin, they must offer a freshly-killed rodent or clump of woodland berries while bowing deeply.
Witness’ Account #492
Witness Status: recovering from injuries
“Okay. Okay, um. Alright. I was in the woods, biding my own time. Don’t ask why, because it’s none of your business. So, I happened to be near a small cave, just walking around. Not much going on. Then this…thing? Suddenly appeared out of the corner of my eye. I turned around to look at it. It was all white, so white compared to the shadowy forest that it seemed to glow, like some sort of freaky ghost or whatever. Then it started to walk all slowly towards me. Of course, I had no idea what this thing was, so I just backed away just as slowly. Then the thing started to walk faster, and as it got nearer, I could then make out its features. It had these, like, bugged-out eyes. I think the thing was blind? It looked like its eyeballs were all covered up with fog. Like, milky eyes. White eyes. I still get shudders. And it had a long horse face. I think it was something like a horse. Uh, and then it suddenly stopped right in front of me, and then realized I’d stopped moving backwards; I was so entranced by its eyes. Then it just stared at me for what seemed like eternity. Neither of us moved. I thought then that it was a nice creature, and that it was letting me pet it or something. So I did, and I reached up to its snout to stroke it, and before I knew it the thing shrieked like a demon out of hell and lunged at me like this and bit my hand. Man, that sucker hurts, even now. Then it turned around and hit me right smack in the middle of my torso with this long tail, and then I fell over onto my back. The thing then placed its feet on my chest, and I think they looked something like dog paws. It had, like, blunt claws that stuck out and dirt was stuck between the toes. I’m not sure. The thing then proceeded to stomp on my chest, breaking my breastbone and a few ribs, and, ignoring my best attempts at screaming, rolled me over and over again across the ground and to the cave with its snout. I think it wanted to eat me for dinner or something. Then you guys came along, and pulled that monster off of me and stunned it, thank the Lord almighty, and then brought me here. Yeah. That’s my story. Now, can you get me some painkillers? All this talking makes everything all sore again, agh.”