“I’m not proud of what I did but it had to be done. I beat a man to within an inch of his life, took his taksomut and strange pet, and because of this, I survived the days after.” This piece is part of a story I’ve been developing.
Taksomut, of the genus aurochs, are livestock characterized by a muscular frame and armored shellback composed of keratin. Though their milk has a sour quality when compared to that produced by other species of aurochs, the quantity which they are able to produce makes them an invaluable resource for societies residing in arid climates with limited access to fresh water. Taksomut are able to produce a limitless supply of milk with only dry brush and grass as their nutritional requirement. Scholars theorize that they are able to pull moisture from the air through microscopic chambers in their hardy armored shellback, allowing them to thrive in deserts and badlands where other animals are more likely to perish.
Sex specific features of males and females may vary to some degree. Females are typically larger and their armored shellback is thicker and contains a higher density of microscopic fluid chambers. This evolution is likely meant to accommodate the burden of gestation, to protect offspring during times of drought. The male taksomut is sleeker and leaner in body, but the shell on their foreheads is thicker and more robust. Males will butt heads with other males to compete with one another, even outside of mating season. Their limbs are also significantly stronger and clawed; an adaptation for digging shelters under the earth that provide moisture and shade in their arid habitat, as well as safe havens for taksomut 'Camelots'. These Camelots consist of groups of taksomut with young offspring.
The taksomut offspring are quite hardy themselves; their flexibility allows them to roll into tiny spheres as they follow their mother about on the the surface. This ability offers them protection from smaller predators and would-be scavengers who might seek to make a meal of one. Unfortunately, after their first few months of life, this ability is lost as their bodies grow and their shells harden to become more rigid.
“She was flattered they had sent him to do the job. It meant that what they were doing out here really mattered; that finally after all this time those weasels would pay for their desertion.” This piece is part of a story I’ve been developing.
Character Bio: Standing nearly seven feet tall, he is easily identified as one of Old Kingdom’s native born. Adonis bears the mark of those touched by the stars, a cosmic signature worn proudly by the people who fight on in the name of the Forgotten King. His silent nature belies a quick wit. His bluntness highlights his integrity. He inspires immediate trust in those around him despite his fearsome frame and size, making him a mercenary without equal.