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Napaea / Bunnyhorses History & Lore

Napaea (colloquially Bunnyhorses) are a species of equid believed to have evolved in Greece, and are named for a wood nymph of Greek mythos. Although far less magical than their namesake, they have until recently proven to be equally mysterious.

The 'Modern Napaea Project (1953)' has brought Napaea to the world. Combining a scientific approach to the process of domestication as well as excellence in horsemanship, the project has successfully created a Napaea 'for every rider', however a hefty price must be paid before any dreams of a long-eared leaper in your back pasture can be realised.

Wild Napaea thrive in an environment of open plain or scrub land, and are also commonly found in less-dense woodland. Being a creature with no natural defenses except a remarkable agility and speed, good visibility is paramount in herd survival.

Physical Description

Napaea are deer/antelope like horses with a light and slender frame. They have small hooves, a sloping croup and a low tail carriage. They do not have particularly good gaits but possess great surefootedness and speed, as well as a remarkable leap, making them valued 'novelty' mounts for adventurous riders.

The head is delicate and small-nosed, with large and mobile ears. The eyes are large and varied in colour, with brown most common but shades of tan, green and blue present in lighter animals. The upper canine is visible outside the mouth in both genders.

They have a lifespan of 15-20 years, reaching sexual maturity at 3-4. Baby Napaea - kits - are born after a 8 month gestation. Twins are as common as singletons, but triplets are rare. Kits do not stand or walk for some days after birth and display tan or copper coats, often with dappling, as camouflage during this dangerous part of their lives.

Napaea come in a range of colours from black to cream, usually with dark points which may vary in tone. Post-domestication a white pattern emerged in Napaea which was not seen in the wild and remains uncommon. Aside from their individual coat patterns, Napaea have a winter coat of white which covers most of their bodies.

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