Entry #801

Jimpa

Fully grown jimpa (with adult avin for size comparison)

 

Jimpas are large, strong herbivores that inhabit the Siroonian plains and the Koumulian valleys, although some have been spotted in Havarda near the borders with these last two regions. Wild jimpas live in large packs, constantly migrating in search of food and warmth. They are mostly passive creatures that keep their distance from other species, but can turn very aggressive to anyone who comes close to them, especially near their young.

A few sub-species of jimpa exist – the Koumulian jimpa is a specimen with a thicker coat of fur that allows it to survive in winter. Its Havardan cousin is a larger beast with a larger hump in the back to store fat and water for its travels through the arid region. The most common and well known one is the siroonian jimpa, which is the lightest and fastest of the family. These were one of the first animals discovered by the avin in the days of discovery.

Originally, avin hunted jimpas as a source of food – a single one could feed several of them. At some, however, jimpas were tamed and, to a limited extent, domesticated enough to serve as working animals, used mostly in construction and commerce to carry massive weights that other common work animals, such as woccos, could never handle. In addition, some jimpas are also deployed, and even ridden, jimpas as combat animals due to their strength, endurance and speed.

The handling and caring of a jimpa, let alone several, is an extremely difficult task that requires a lot of training and, thus, it’s often considered a specialized, if not risky, career. When not deployed, jimpas must be housed within a specially-built stable – large enough to allow them plenty of exercise, but with tight security features to prevent them from breaking loose and made out of durable materials. A single oversight could mean a world of trouble for any population who has to deal with a rampaging jimpa in town. For this reason, domestic jimpas are, ironically, often considered more dangerous than their wild, untamed relatives.


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