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January 23, 2006, 12:15 am

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Ranchowen are aquatic beasts that are ridden by high ranking Eshal warriors. A lot more comfortable to ride than Great Serpents and infinitely more docile,they are highly prized live stock that are bred and reared in special hatcheries by skilled Eshal animal trainers and herders.

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The Rachowen is a large but fast beast which can travel quicky in both water and land. It has a large but sleek body that normally measures 15 feet from the big head that resembles a lizard’s,to its trailing prehensile tail that is ridged with small bony protusions,used to spear small fish and has 6 strong legs that end in webbed feet. With strong,fast strides of its legs, it can cut through water easily. On land it can lope fast on those same legs,although it won’t be as anywhere as fast as is in water. The most distinguishing thing about it however,is the large,colourfully patterned carpace that covers it’s back. Resembling an over sized turtle shell,it is a wide,oval surface on which even a large Eshal warrior can rest his rear comfortably. The rest of it’s body is covered with a tough grey hide.

It enjoys quite a few advantages over the more common over the Great Serpent. Though not as fast as a Great Serpent,it can run or swim for far longer without tiring. In addition, unlike Great Serpents that are known for their foul tempers,Ranchowen are intelligent,good natured things that are easily trained,only snapping in self-defence when attacked. The one disadvantage is that they reach sexual maturity slowly and are thus hard to breed.

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Voted MoonHunter
November 7, 2005, 1:17
I just can't visualize this animal without shaking my head. It has enough description, that is not the problem. It is just the creature in general. Maybe it is just me.
Voted Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 0:30
Some posts give physical descriptions that are harder for me to follow for some reasons I don't fully understand so i empathize MH. I find this one to be in the middle. I don't know much about Eshal yet, but am interested. Not many worlds have water-going mounts. But I can imagine a world like ancient greece where ships were important, or one perhaps with evern more islands and smaller seas where people could ride animals instead of boats. Although I imagine plate mail would become very unpopular.
Voted valadaar
August 8, 2014, 11:45
So,Giant 6-legged Riding turtle?


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