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Brantas were herbivorous ungulates common to the North.[1]

DescriptionEdit

A branta had a horse-like body but with a longer, thick-muscled neck. Its hooves were surrounded by large folds of skin that spread out its weight for walking atop deep snow and for increasing its traction on slippery ice, making its feet appear like clubs in shape. The animal's snout was covered in a massive ridge of bone, which ended in two stubby nose horns.[1][2]

BehaviorEdit

Brantas were timid creatures who usually bolted when faced with danger. They use their long necks for browsing for food among the high pine boughs and their nose horns for uprooting plants. They prefer to eat in places where they can scout for danger with their long necks.[1][2]

CombatEdit

If cornered, a branta could be dangerous. Rearing and turning with a skid, it could suddenly charge at its attacker, attempting to butt with its horns and fling its attacker into the air after vigorously shaking.[1][2]

EcologyEdit

They lived in many terrains except for the most rocky and forest-covered. Brantas were immune to harm from the cold, so adapted they were to their environment. In contrast, they were especially sensitive to fire and heat.[1][2]

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Like many animals, brantas had a highly developed sense of smell.[1][2]

A group of branta was known as a hala. They also could be spotted in pairs or alone.[1][2]

UsesEdit

Branta seemed impossible to truly tame, but branta halas were sometimes walled-in by orcs or even dragons in mountain valleys. Branta meat was light-colored and tough but very nourishing.[1][2]

AppendixEdit

TriviaEdit

In the real world, hala is a word for "clan" for the Manchu people.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 120–121. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 W. Baur, J. Jacobs, G. Strayton (September 2004). Frostburn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 113. ISBN 0-7869-2896-4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rich Baker and James Wyatt (2004-03-13). Monster Update (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 7. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.