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hey all so I’m trying to use this year to finish fleshing out the world my Feragon live in, the first piece being of these tall things the Gale Striders.

Gale striders are these incredibly tall, incredibly thin giant cat-like creatures occasionally riden as mounts by the Feragon. why ride one of these instead of flying? because nothing in their world is faster for longer by an untouchable margin. even the slowest of Gale Striders can sprint at 200 MPH  and can maneuver at this speed for hours on end. and why not? it’s what they do, packs of Gale strideres unlike most predator packs were used to don’t put their value in raw strength like wolves, but in speed. in their groups the fastest individual is their alpha, and alpha’s are choosen through ceremonial races. Alphas among them can usually be clocked at over 300 MPH with the fastest on record topping 380.

however while their speed is unmatched, and these creatures may be alpha predetors, it is not because of some ferocity in battle, its because its hard to stop something that’s blindsiding you at 250 MPH from just taking and eating your ass, luckily for the feragon these creatures have a very efficient metabolism and don’t require much food, about one petalwing a day will suffice them, two if they are going for a particularly long run. also their thin lanky design makes them quite fragile creatures and not prone to aiding in combat, at least for long, a blade swung from a Gale strider at full stride can cleave any enemy clean in two, and against close groups of combatants these teams can make all the difference, though the longer a battle goes on the less efficient they become, most riders only making 2 to 3 passes before sending their mount off, and continuing the fight on foot.

Though not everyone can ride one of these creatures, they hold their riders in a very high position of respect and expect the same from them, these creatures are smart, have their own society and language even, in their way they don’t take mates the same way Feragon do, they have what we’ve roughly translated as Mach breaker, an indivudual somewhere in between best friend, coach and mate. while they sometimes bear childeren with their mach breaker mostly they are seen as the one who pushes them to do even better in every aspect of their lives, a pair of Mach breakers can reach speeds to rival alpha’s by drafting each other. these pairs often will even break off from their respective packs to go off on their own to explore the world and push their bodies past their limits, when a Gale strider pairs with a Feragon they see them as their Mach Breaker the one they will travel with. and in turn they must travel with their strider. Feragon with stationary lifestyles simply won’t pair with striders, they bond with those who need to move as much as they do, couriors, scouts, adventurers, and soldiers all do well in a partnership with a gale strider.

so that’s the gist of these guys, i hope to make a species reference sheet for them soon-ish? i still have a lot more stuff to do before that, culminating at the end of this year with the species sheet for the Feragon, I’ve been putting that off for so long because it’s not really feasable to do that in one sheet, i need a small book.

for now though i hope you enjoyed my ranting, if you did, maybe you could leave a comment?let me know if you liked or where i can improve.

female 542,163, cat 114,986, females 14,988, verrin 140, species bio 1, feragon 1, gale strider 1, african serval 1
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Published: 2 years, 11 months ago
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