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Reindeer or caribou, (called klantars in the Realms,[3]) were a larger variety of deer.[2]

DescriptionEdit

The variety of caribou in Angalpuk on the Great Glacier weighed upwards from 600 pounds (270 kilograms) and were about six feet (two meters) from the ground to the tops of their heads when upright. They had arching antlers, thick coats, long snouts, and wide hooves. They were brown or gray. White-furred caribou herds lived neat the southern mountains of the Angsaas Chain.[1]

Reindeer had good stamina and a good sense of smell.[2]

BehaviorEdit

Reindeer were migratory[4] herd animals with typical groups numbering between eleven and twenty heads.[2] In Angalpuk and Nakvaligach, the herds could be larger, but rarely were as large as 100 heads.[1]

CombatEdit

Reindeer usually fled from potential threats, but if cornered or if their young were threatened, they would use their antlers as weapons.[2][1]

EcologyEdit

Reindeer lived in regions of tundra and taiga.[2] They were the second-most common land animals of the North. Only deer were more plentiful there.[3] They also lived on the Great Glacier[1] and in the forests and tundra of the Endless Waste.[4]

Reindeer ate lichen and shrubs that they could extract from beneath snow and ice.[1]

UsesEdit

Reindeer were often hunted for food, both by humanoids[2] and by predators such as wolves, white dragons, or tirichik.[1]

Reindeer could be trained to pull loads or bear a rider, but they were not strong enough to carry heavier humanoids, being able to carry at most 225 pounds (100 kilograms). A single reindeer could drag about 1,125 pounds (510 kilograms).[2] In the country of Hartsvale, reindeer were used to pull sleds called pulkka.[5]

The Angulutiuns of the Great Glacier had a culture that entirely revolved around caribou. They kept herds of thousands of the animals, and the majority of the tribes' food and clothing came from the beasts. Ulutiuns of any tribes ate caribou meat, however, and the hides of the animals were also used to make parkas, sleds, and tents.[1]

Reindeer herds were also crucial to the survival of the northern tribes of the Hordelands. A rare type of guardian creature known as shatjans protected reindeer herds far to the north.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Rick Swan (1992). The Great Glacier. (TSR, Inc), pp. 53–55. ISBN 1-56076-324-8.
  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), pp. 164–165. ISBN 0-7869-2896-4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume I). (TSR, Inc), pp. 122,128. ISBN 978-0880388689.
  5. Ray Winninger (August 1995). Giantcraft. (TSR, Inc), p. 79. ISBN 0-7869-0163-2.
  6. David Cook (1990). The Horde. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 978-0880388689.

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