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Marongghovec aka Ale-Ox

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the Marongghovec, or Ale-Ox, is a large, yak-like animal native to northern Ageratos. To keep its belligerent, stubborn, and generally annoying personality in check requires an interesting ingredient.

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the Marongghovec, or ale-ox, is a large, yak-like animal native to northern Ageratos. It lives on the tundras and plains, eating sweet grasses with its long, sticky tongue. The marongghovec’s general features are yak or oxe-like, but their horns are lustrous and red, and they have aforementioned long sticky tongues. In addition, their lower bellies are a distinctive bone-white color (disguised by the shaggy fur) and are ribbed with leathery, thick skin.

The Marongghovec’s meat is tough and stringy, and its milk always tastes sour. The animal’s true value lies in its mighty strength, equal to that of three normal oxen. A marongghovec is also usually belligerent, stubborn, and generally inflexible beyond its will. There is a way to get past it, and that way is beer. Any good marongghovec-driver will tell you that the best thing to quench ale-ox thirst with is beer, good beer. Upon drinking beer, marongghovec become quite drunk, and are at first doubly belligerent, rearing up proudly on their back-hooves to show off their fine, white bellies; during this early drunken state, a rearing ale-ox may at any moment enter near-paroxysms of rage, and cast about to destroy. But soon afterward, the marongghovec becomes quite stuporously intoxicated, and thense slumborous and stray-minded; they are then quite easily led as a work-beast.



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Voted MoonHunter
November 7, 2005, 1:48
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I could of sworn I voted on this before. Well here it is. The critter is darn admusing and strange enough to have a strong sense of realism. After all, "you can't make this stuff up". :)
Voted Zylithan
November 16, 2005, 23:47
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Come on, who doesnt first get aggressive and then later depressed (depressant-style) when drinking. And I've seen quite a lot of college kids rear up and display their white underbellies after imbibing too much as well. Methinks these animals are not so much unlike us.
Voted manfred
November 22, 2005, 10:35
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The draft animal with an attitude. So if the caravan runs out of beer, it is not only the passangers that get bad mood...

A very nice piece of chrome that deserves attention.
CaptainPenguin
February 10, 2006, 0:18
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Sigh... Bump.
Voted Ancient Gamer
February 10, 2006, 2:43
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I like 'em!

Colourful description and nice ideas. Made me associate them metaphorically with something too, but that might have been your intention.

They seem mighty impractical as beasts of burden...
manfred
February 10, 2006, 9:25
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Actually, you may be right.

For common transport needs, you could do well without them, and take the horse, donkey or whatever similar creature there is. But if you need _power_, then you have to turn to this animal.

This is not the personal car, this is the big heavy-duty truck, hard to control, but very useful for its purposes.
MoonHunter
February 10, 2006, 12:50
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I think of them like I think of Musk Ox in Nepal. In the area where the Ale-Ox would be found, there would be few if any other beasts of burden. So you would be stuck with these things for everying except riding. And you may not have a riding animal available either.
Voted Murometz
April 5, 2006, 14:01
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Cant stop laughing! these are great! Everyone has already mentioned what I was going to add. What happens if you give one some 120 proof moonshine?
Murometz
December 8, 2007, 16:37
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I love this OX.
Voted valadaar
May 21, 2013, 22:44
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Made me laugh. I love the image this conjures. Good stuff.
Voted Pieh
July 9, 2014, 20:20
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Good stuff. A fun little submission for a believable creature. Moo. *hic*

I hope, wherever you are, you're doing alright, Captain.

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Hooper McFin's Two Shot Portal

       By: dudeington

Now, this ol' ramblin fellow tends to walk his talk a bit too far down the train sometimes.. So I'll be brief in my recantin' of how it was my Tavern "came to bein'" on the multiverse as a weave of it's own spell.. And how I'm even alive to tell the story!

You see it's simple really, trust me.. that's my specialty, keepin it elementary. And you can trust this old Bard.

Anyway, this one night these wizards get a ramblin' on about the temporal exististance of space and time and how it could be manifested in a weave of super dimensional space. whereupon the folded space would give rise to an infinite number of entrances and exits to one or many spaces. Now, seein' how my talkin' sometimes get's locked into the way us folks used to talk back in the ol' west. These wizards didn't know I was a master of the word. and I had heard everything they said. They were also a bit over the wagon, while I was steerin' the show.

So that's how it came to pass, I struck a bargain with the wizards. They come to me in the morning and conjure up their idea into reality and I'd pledge them my life, my existance.. in essence my soul. but in a much nicer sense of the word. So they came by in the morning a half remembering our talks the prior evenin'. And I recanted their words verbatum, and that's how it came to be. The spell was complete that afternoon. My tavern would be the super dimensional cube that would exist in this weave of space and time, folks could come and go as they please, knowin in mind some of the rules and limitations set forth.

A few of 'em as follows.

No feller can be causin a ruckus inside any of my fine establishments, as always rule number one god damnit.

n' second the portal works kinda tricky. When ya outside ya cast the spell and lend your will to luck a bit and regardless the doors to the bar will appear, the windows a luminescent amber.. you can hear the chattee but ya can't see in. And the catch is the door might be locked, in which case you chalk it up to lady luck and go walk off and try again in an hour. Now most times the door pops right open and from the outside you always come in the front door, immediately greeted by myself or one of our many fine patrons of Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

Now when ya cast the spell from inside the Tavern, another catch comes up. The back door is mainly a secret for the non-initiated staff and the regulars but for sake of the prose let's assume we all know there's a secret door in the back with a portal there. Now when you go on through this one, you got two scenario's you oughta be aware of. One is ya pop outside relative to the same spot you came out. The other is, you walk back on into this one or another of our many Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

so it's a clever quantum railroad I got my tavern and my people's caught on. But, Hey the show's sure as always goin. ohhh' rutin tootin skidoodle -

** And that's it.. that's the only notes I found on the spell, apparently out there somewhere is a Tavern caught on the mighty ebb and flow of the multiverse. Well. at least I can put to rest my torment as to the condition now referred to as "Hooper McFin's Teleportation Paranoia".

Dr. Clarke T. Mulligan - Professional researcher of Time & Space.

Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse

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