Drifter Bay Horse Herd

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  1.   1.  Bay Horses
  2.   2.  Bands
    1.   2.1  Ghost
    2.   2.2  Ash
    3.   2.3  Smoke
  3.   3.  History
    1.   3.1  Formation
    2.   3.2  Threads

Salsola and Inferni established this semi-wild herd of horses in 'Souls, following the Boreas Conflict in 2012. These groups oversaw and protected the herds from poachers and predators until the Inferni-Salsola War.

1.  Bay Horses

Most are mustang-type horses of the American southwest; they are smaller in size but extremely hardy. A few larger draft crosses are apparent in the herd, but no horse is of purebred origin. They are all grade horses (a horse whose parentage is unknown, unidentifiable, or of significantly mixed breeding) as with most creatures that were formerly selectively bred by humanity.

Additionally, as the starting stock of the Bay Horses was of variant breeds, there is a great deal of variation between one individual and the next. There is also no selectivity in wild horses allowed to join the herds. Therefore, the Bay horses are essentially being allowed to develop as they would, forming a "landrace" of horses most suitable to the Maritime provinces. Some of the older horses (ie; those born before 2017) are branded.

Nonetheless, some dominant features are present throughout some members of the herd, and may later' become omnipresent in future progeny:

  • Average size of 13.2–15.2 hands (54–62 in / 137–157 cm) in height, 700 to 900 lb (320 - kg) in weight. Some bands are typically larger than others.
  • Stocky, muscular, and athletic -- generally with a "rugged" sort of look.
  • Small, refined heads.
  • Thick coat, long manes and tails. Can be differentiated from most of the other typical wild horses in 'Souls by this feature -- their long hair is very thick and silky.

2.  Bands

The herd is made up of three primary bands, each occupying a piece of territory between Salsola and The Waste north to Halcyon. Some horses will wander away from these, though as of yet no other bands have formed.

2.1  Ghost

  • About: The "Ghost" band has the highest variability in coloration and consists of sturdy horses, many of the original stock showing vague elements of Oriental-type horse heritage.
  • Likely Foal Colors: Amber champagne (high), gold champagne (high), Chestnut (medium), bay dun (medium), classic champagne (rare), black (rare), bay (rare), red dun (extremely rare)
  • Range: The westernmost horse band generally tends to remain close to the Pictou River, sometimes venturing to the coast and into Salsola's territory. They are wary of most Luperci and quickly became the most feral of the three herds.

History

  • Winter 2013: A few foals were born, likely holdovers from when the Boreas wolves rode these horses.
  • Summer 2013: A foal was born.
  • Spring 2016: A foal was born.
  • Spring 2018: Two foals were born.

Stallion

-- ~2006 Gold Champagne Striking, very pale in coloration -- an experienced leader, particularly vicious in defense of the herd

Mares

-- ~2006 Dark Bay
  • Dominant
  • An older equine, smart and experienced.
  • Foaled Black ~Jan 2013
  • Foaled Amber Champagne Spring 2018
-- ~2006 Bay Dun
  • Foaled Gold Champagne ~Jan 2013
  • Foaled Bay Dun August 2015
-- ~2006 Flaxen Chestnut
  • Foaled Bay ~Jan 2013
  • Foaled Flaxen Chestnut ~Jan 2016
-- ~2006 Flaxen Chestnut
  • Foaled Bay ~Jan 2013
  • Foaled Flaxen Chestnut Spring 2018
Specter ~2009 Black
  • Foaled Classic Champagne ~Sept 2013
  • Foaled Bay Sept 2015
-- ~Jan 2013 Buckskin
  • Introduced into the herd after the foal round-up in Spring 2014.

Foals

-- Spring 2018 Amber Champagne
  • Filly

-- Spring 2018 Flaxen Chestnut
  • Colt


2.2  Ash

  • About: The Ash herd was designed to produce a quick, sure-footed horse. These equines typically have the sleekest appearance of the Bay Horse bands. They have a somewhat limited coat coloration probability, with black bearing the highest probability.
  • Likely Foal Colors: Smoky black (high), black (medium), buckskin (rare), silver black (rare)
  • Range: These horses range through the flatlands of Drifter Bay and are frequently seen around the Sunflower Sunsets area.

History

  • Winter 2013: A few foals were born, likely holdovers from when the Boreas wolves rode these horses.
  • Summer 2013: One foal was born.
  • Spring 2014: One foal was born.
  • Late Winter 2016: A horse was captured by Salsola members.
  • Spring 2018: Two foals are born.

Stallion

-- ~2010 Smoky Black
  • Inexperienced and young, but very fast

Mares

-- ~2004 Silver Dapple Bay
  • Dominant
  • Ambitious, strong-willed, aggressive
  • Foaled Buckskin Jan 2013
  • Foaled Silver Black Aug 2015
  • Foaled Silver Black Spring 2018
-- ~May 2013 Buckskin
  • Introduced into the herd after the foal round-up in Spring 2014.
  • Foaled Smoky Black Jan 2016
  • Foaled Buckskin Spring 2018
-- ~Sept 2015 Bay
  • Born into the Ghost band, later joined the Ash band.

-- ~Sept 2015 Smoky Black
  • Born into the herd.

-- ~Jan 2016 Smoky Black
  • Born into the herd.

Foals

-- Spring 2018 Silver Black
  • Filly -- unbranded.

-- Spring 2018 Buckskin
  • Filly -- unbranded.


2.3  Smoke

  • About: The Smoke herd has the largest stallion and the largest mares.
  • Likely Foal Colors: Bay (high), tobiano (medium), chestnut (rare)
  • Range: The Smoke band remains close to Inferni's westernmost border, frequently seen along the coastal areas of Drifter Bay and into the border of the coyote pack. Their experienced stallion sometimes leads them close to the mountains and the fertile grazing along the foothills of the Halcyon Mountain peaks.

History

  • Fall 2012: A dark bay mare joined up with the herd.
  • Winter 2013: A few foals were born, likely holdovers from when the Boreas wolves rode these horses.
  • Spring 2013: Rémy Lebeau releases a mare to join the herd.
  • Summer 2013: Two foals were born.
  • Spring 2014: One foal was born.
  • Fall 2014: One foal was born.
  • Winter 2018: Inferni captures many of these horses. The remaining horses, without a lead mare or stallion, become scattered. The band reforms under a new lead mare.
  • Spring 2018: A new stallion takes over the small band.

Horses

Name Age/DOB Color Other Icon (© Alaine & Aadi)

Stallion

Machiavelli 2009 Tobiano
  • Previously owned by an ex-Inferni member, Machiavelli disappeared in the autumn of 2015. He returned years later to his old haunt, and took over the herd of wild horses which remained.
  • Machiavelli is a personal NPC -- please see his allowed usage before directly referencing him in threads.

Mares

"Flower" ~2007 Chestnut
  • Dominant
-- ~2006 Bay
  • Foaled Buckskin Jan 2013
  • Foaled Buckskin Sept 2015
-- ~2007 Dark Bay
  • Joined the band in October 2012
  • Foaled Buckskin Sept 2013
  • Foaled Buckskin Spring 2018
-- ~March 2014 Dapple Gray
  • Born into the herd

-- ~November 2014 Buckskin Tobiano
  • Born into the herd

Foals

-- Spring 2018 Buckskin
  • Filly
  • Born into the herd

3.  History

3.1  Formation

The Boreas Conflict occurred, pitting Salsola and Inferni against a group of anti-coyote wolves. After some months of struggle, the packs were able to vanquish their attackers, leaving them free to loot the spoils. As the Boreas wolves had many equines of good stock, Salsola and Inferni's leadership (Ezekiel de le Poer and Sirius Revlis) came to an agreement regarding the horses. Some would be taken by each pack as spoils, and the rest would be released to roam between their two pack territories, over the Drifter Bay. The pact included provisions for the horses' future care and protection, design and application of the brand, and the later recapture of horses by both packs.

This agreement was kept in place by their predacessors, as Inferni's Myrika Tears and Salsola's Salvia Eternity further cemented their trade agreement. The horses thrived, but did not reproduce to the extent expected and so after a sucessful first roundup the groups never reorganized another. They continued to oversee the horses.

During the Second Boreas Conflict, a number of horses were captured and consumed.

Disagreements over rights to these animals occured, and would become one of the catalysts that drove the Inferni-Salsola War forward. Though largely unaffected by the conflict, in the immediate aftermath members of Inferni, under the new leadership of Vicira Tears, captured many of the horses from the Smoke Band.

3.2  Threads

  1. True Heroics Must Be Carefully Planned (And Strenuously Avoided) (25 Jul)
    Vesper defends the Drifter Bay horses from a poacher, with a little help.
  2. M sarcastic saviour (11 Aug)
    Vesper defends the herds again.
  3. Forever Free (8 Nov)
    Helotes Lykoi tracks and observes the drifter bay horse herds.
  4. through the ghost fields that remain (1 Jan)
    Draugr Helsi checks on the horses.
  5. steal these peaceful hours all away (12 Jan)
    Salvia Eternity checks on the horses, and warns a loner about them.
Categories: Boreas | Inferni | Salsola