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.  Other Horses
  4.   4.  History
    1.   4.1  Formation
    2.   4.2  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. Following the war's conclusion, Salsola assumed sole control of the animals as part of Inferni's terms of surrender. When the coyote clan crossed the Halcyon Mountain, they "poached" several of the horses in order to start their own herd.

The horses live, largely, without the influence of Luperci. Due to many having experience with them, however, they are skittish and will not linger when Luperci are present.

These animals are wild horses, and ones without the protection or oversight of any pack or group, the Bay Horses can be captured by any Luperci bold and experienced enough to do so. As with any wild horse, this process can (and should) be difficult. Cooperation between individuals is paramount to success. Larger round-up type events are likely to attract the attention of Salsola, whose members have been known to attempt to ward off potential poachers and predators. The pack occasionally captures horses from among the herds. If you're looking for encounters with Salsola characters who may be in the area, Thread Requests & Plotting would be a good place to start.

If your character intends to capture one of the wild horses listed below, please be sure to edit the Wiki page to include relevant threads and reflect any changes to the bands. If you have direct questions about this process, or want to confirm that your plot follows realism guidlines, contact the 'Souls Assemblage.

1.  Bay Horses

Most of the origin for these horses came from mustang-types that originated from American southwest; smaller in size but extremely hardy. A few larger draft crosses were present in the original herds, 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 13.2–16 hands (54–64 in / 137–162 cm) in height, 700 to 1000 lb (320 - 453 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 as far east as The Waste stetching north to Halcyon. Some horses will wander away from these, though as of yet no other bands have formed.

A fourth "bachelor herd" will sometimes emerge when older colts are forced from their places of origin. This does not usually last: these animals either leave the area or are captured by poachers. In rare instances, predators cull their numbers.

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.
  • Winter 2020: The Blizzard claims the lives of several horses.
  • Spring 2020: Four foals were born.
  • Spring 2021: One foal is 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
  • Foaled Amber Champagne Spring 2020
-- ~2006 Bay Dun
  • Foaled Gold Champagne ~Jan 2013
  • Foaled Bay Dun August 2015
  • Foaled Gold Champagne Spring 2020
-- ~2006 Flaxen Chestnut
  • Foaled Bay ~Jan 2013
  • Foaled Flaxen Chestnut ~Jan 2016
Specter ~2009 Black
  • Foaled Classic Champagne ~Sept 2013
  • Foaled Bay Sept 2015
  • Foaled Black Spring 2020
-- ~Jan 2013 Buckskin
  • Introduced into the herd after the foal round-up in Spring 2014.
  • Foaled Amber Cream Champagne Spring 2020

Foals

-- Spring 2020 Gold Champagne
  • Filly

-- Spring 2020 Amber Cream Champagne
  • Filly

-- Spring 2021 Gold Champagne
  • 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.
  • Likely Foal Colors: Silver bay (high), silver black (medium), chestnut (rare), buckskin (rare), smoky black (rare), black (extremely 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.
  • Winter 2020: The Blizzard claims the life of one horse.
  • Spring 2020: Two foals are born.
  • Spring 2021: An injury leads to the death of the herd's original stallion. Shortly after, the band accepts a new one.

Stallion

-- Spring 2018 Flaxen Chestnut.
  • Originally from the Ghost herd
  • Assumed control of the Ash herd in spring 2021
  • A relatively young stallion, equally smart and strong. A very capable defender.

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.
  • Foaled Bay Spring 2020

-- ~Sept 2015 Smoky Black
  • Born into the herd.
  • Foaled Smoky Black 2020

-- Spring 2018 Silver Black
  • Born into the herd.

-- Spring 2018 Buckskin
  • Born into the herd.

Foals

-- Spring 2020 Bay
  • Filly


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 can most commonly be seen on the eastermost edge of Drifter Bay and more frequently, The Waste. 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.
  • Spring 2019: Two foals are born.
  • Winter 2020: The Blizzard claims the lives of two horses.
  • Spring 2020: Two foals are born.
  • Spring 2021: Three foals are born.

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
  • Foaled Bay Tobiano Spring 2019
  • Foaled Bay Tobiano II Spring 2021
-- ~2006 Bay
  • Foaled Buckskin Jan 2013
  • Foaled Buckskin Sept 2015
  • Foaled Bay Tobiano Spring 2019
  • Foaled Bay Spring 2021
-- ~2007 Dark Bay
  • Joined the band in October 2012
  • Foaled Buckskin Sept 2013
  • Foaled Buckskin Spring 2018
  • Foaled Bay Tobiano Spring 2021
-- ~March 2014 Dapple Gray
  • Born into the herd
  • Foaled Dapple Gray 2020
-- ~November 2014 Buckskin Tobiano
  • Born into the herd
  • Foaled Buckskin Tobiano Spring 2020

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

Foals

-- Spring 2020 Buckskin Tobiano
  • Filly
  • Born into the herd
-- Spring 2021 Bay Tobiano II
  • Colt
  • Born into the herd

-- Spring 2021 Bay
  • Filly
  • Born into the herd

-- Spring 2021 Bay Tobiano
  • Mare
  • Born into the herd

3.  Other Horses

Some horses, especially young stallions, are often chased away from their herd as they age. Though these horses frequently end up traveling together, this is not always the case.

Stallions

-- Spring 2019 Bay Tobiano
  • Colt
  • Originally from the Smoke herd

-- Spring 2020 Amber Champagne
  • Colt
  • Originally from the Ghost herd

-- Spring 2020 Black
  • Colt
  • Originally from the Ghost herd

-- Spring 2020 Smoky Black
  • Colt
  • Originally from the Ash herd

-- Spring 2020 Dapple Grey
  • Colt
  • Originally from the Smoke herd

4.  History

4.1  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.

4.2  Threads

  1. True Heroics Must Be Carefully Planned (And Strenuously Avoided) (25 Jul 2012)
    Vesper defends the Drifter Bay horses from a poacher, with a little help.
  2. M sarcastic saviour (11 Aug 2012)
    Vesper defends the herds again.
  3. Forever Free (8 Nov 2012)
    Helotes Lykoi tracks and observes the drifter bay horse herds.
  4. through the ghost fields that remain (1 Jan 2013)
    Draugr Helsi checks on the horses.
  5. steal these peaceful hours all away (12 Jan 2013)
    Salvia Eternity checks on the horses, and warns a loner about them.
  6. with a wonder and a wild desire (31 Aug 2021)
    Whisper Eternity and Velour Valentine check in on the Ash herd.

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