Thread Name: All the Pretty Little Horses
My apologies in advance for the length of this thread. Originally this was supposed to be a short shopping trip, but I didn't factor in the information Lei'lira would need to learn in order to make her decision on which horses to buy. This would have been better as 2-3 threads, but it takes place in a previous season, and I don't have enough extra place holders to allow for that.
Knowledge: (A list of knowledge)
Animal Husbandry: Horse; different breeds can have vastly different qualities
Animal Husbandry: Horse Breed; Apanie come in buckskin, palomino, bay, black, chestnut, and grey with a natural metallic sheen to their coat, stand 14.2 to 16 hh, and are used for riding, show jumping, scouting, and hunting. They have a refined head with a predominantly straight or slightly convex profile and long ears, their mane and tail are usually sparse, and their long back is both lightly muscled, and coupled to a flat croup and long, upright neck. Their temperament tends to be excitable and restless, so they can be difficult to control. They are a desert breed that is somewhat common in the Hotlands. But they are most well known for their "sixth-sense" when it comes to detecting predators and enemies. Possible due to their long ears, it is believed that they use vibrations in the air to know when a threat approaches.
Animal Husbandry: Horse Breed; Etan Ponies are usually either chestnut or gray, stand 13 to 13.5 hh, and are used for short burst riding, and packing. They are not the most attractive of creatures, having heavy heads, and short, thick necks. And if ridden, they are quite slow. But they are able to carry heavy weight very well and for long distances. They are a desert breed that is somewhat common in the Hotlands. Their most notable quality is that they can go three trials or longer without water and require virtually no care.
Animal Husbandry: Horse Breed; Neeraja are usually bay, gray, chestnut, black, and roan, stand 14.1 to 15.1 hh, and are used for riding, show jumping, and dressing. They have refined, wedge-shaped heads and a peculiar broad forehead. Most show a distinctive concave, or "dished" profile. They are noted for both their intelligence and a spirited disposition. They are a desert breed that is somewhat rare in the Hotlands. Their most notable quality is an abnormal organ in their foreheads which allows the Neeraja to detect sources of water from as far as 300ft away.
Animal Husbandry: Horse Breed; Namib are usually bay, chestnut or dun, stand 14 to 14.3 hh, and are used for riding, packing, racing, and combative purposes. They are athletic, muscular, have clean limbs, and are strong boned. They are short-backed with oblique shoulders, have good withers and good conformation. The Namib are one of the native wild horse breeds of the Hotlands. As such, they are feral, and spirited. They are incredibly hard to train, but once you do, they become the fiercest of all mounts. They are a desert breed that is quite rare in the Hotlands. Their most notable quality is their coat. It is an odd combination of tough hide and a semi-permeable membrane. Their skin is hard to cut, giving it an asset in combat with members of its own kind, or as a war mount. It is also breathable, allowing the Namib a tremendous resistance to the scorching climates of the Hotlands.Business Management: buying superior quality that is too young for your immediate needs over lesser quality that can be bred immediately
Business Management: buying superior quality that is too young for your immediate needs over lesser quality that can be bred immediately
Business Management: unless specializing, being able to cater to as wide a market as possible is important
Mount: Horse; it is a good idea to test ride a horse you want to use as a mount before buying it
Mount: Horse; good gaits are important in a mount
Mount: Horse; riding through a crowd
Mount: Horse; in a first mount, speed is not an asset
Mount: Horse; the proper way to introduce yourself to a strange horse
Mount: Horse; trust between horse and rider is of utmost importance
Non Skill Knowledge
Lei'lira: hopes to create her own breed of horses one trial
Lei'lira: won't tolerate the abuse of an animal
Lei'lira: is easy to read
Language: Common Sign
Common Sign: "spoken" with gestures
Common Sign: useful for street kids, and hunters
Dehasin: one of two languages spoken in Athart
Dehasin: spoken by human slaves in Athart
Dehasin: the only language specifically for slaves
Dehasin: is a hard language to learn; many slavers don't understand it
Lorien: one of two languages spoken in Athart
Lorien: spoken by the Avriel
Athart: city of the Avriel
Athart: city of slavery
Location: Eastern Settlements
Oakleigh: origin of the Oakleigh Destrier
Fame: Positive for doing good deeds - stopping a theft, helping a couple of kids, giving a slave some water, stopping a runaway horse in a crowed stockyard, and helping the same two kids a second time. Also spending as many nels as she is on horses may earn her a positive reputation as well - among the merchants at least.