Fantasy Breed Club
Fantasy Breed Club
Purpose of club
Equus doesn’t allow fantasy breeds in our show system - but that’s no reason that we shouldn’t play with them outside it!
FBC wants to encourage people to get creative and make that strange fantasy breed that’s been knocking around in their heads - and show them off!
So encourage that crazy idea you’ve had, and join us!
We're also on slack in #fantasy throwing photos at each other and cackling. Feel free to join in.
Plans & Events
Fun challenges of fantasy disciplines or fantasy pons in normal disciplines or fun baby photos or whatever. To be decided!
In no particular order:
FBC doesn’t currently have a member list, instead we encourage any interested party to take part in the fantasy community. Make your own breed, or start a collection!
Post your fantasy breed!
Please post below in (roughly) the following format with your breed details to have it included in our directory!
History & Lore:
This post will be expanded when we think of more to write! See you then!
Fantastic Breeds and Where to Find Them
Breed Owner Napaea / Bunnyhorses Elsie Spectre
Let's get started, shall we?
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.
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.
"Vexlings mimic their surroundings by creating intricate markings on their coats to match the character of the landscape they call home. Interestingly, they seem to have individual tastes- while some are painted bright floral patterns, others choose more subtle forest tones. How they decide the shape and color of their markings is still unknown, as are most things about this elusive species, as they have proven difficult to document and even harder to study. They are typically fairly small in stature, have slightly elongated and pointed ears, and have refined, slightly dished faces, not unlike the modern Arabian horse. Their eyes are typically flat black. Manes are usually either sparse or nonexistent, though they typically have full tails (useful as they are plagued by flies same as any other wild creature.) They can manipulate their mane and tail color same as their coat. Antlers on males are rare and seem to be a recessive trait.
Though their name would lead you to believe they were capable of blending completely into their surroundings, most vexlings are not so subtle- usually they choose to represent details of their home that appeal to them, such as species of flowers, the features of other animals they share a habitat with, or repeating patterns or views they see frequently. There seems to be no true pattern or inheritability to their appearance; every individual in a herd may appear completely different despite sharing an environment and a family line. The complexity of their environment does seem to have an influence- vexlings living in vibrant rainforests will have a much wider spectrum of appearance than a herd living on a foggy, sparse moor. The expression of their coats varies hugely as well, vexlings have been reported to only have small, muted markings on their faces or shoulders, while others are completely covered in vivid floral hues. Their name and reputation for being able to disappear more likely stems from their ability to move soundlessly through even the densest forests, as well as their incredible speed. It is not uncommon for a researcher to look away from a herd for a few small seconds only for the whole herd to have vanished when they look back; a skill which probably earned them their nicknames such as "treeshifters," "forest spirits," and "foglings"'.
-More To Come-
Breed name: Ogromny (plural Ogromnies)
History & Lore: First discovered in Poland during the 1500's they were first thought to be a mad man's visions and quickly became shoved into legend and cautionary stories to tell your children. Whenever anyone claimed to have seen one they were laughed at and dismissed as mad, however insistent they were of what they'd seen.
However much people saw no reason to believe in this creature, closer to the 1800's an expedition was launched to search the remove forests of Poland. They did find a small herd of Ogromny and quickly caught the smallest they could find, foals that they separated from their dams. Bringing them back home they quickly put the foals into circuses and freak shows where they attracted large crowds, eager to see this mythical being.
In 1920 the authorities shut down any operations involving Ogromny and declared them state property, protected no matter if they were tame or wild. As a result of the Nazi's invading Poland, 1940 saw an official registry being created to monitor and further the breeding of Ogromny as a potential weapon due to their size. This breeding program also saw the creatures being sent to Germany and it's allies, forests being stripped of any Ogromnies for shipment. After the war any Ogromny that'd been sent from Poland was kept by the countries that'd received them, any private persons or companies now allowed to buy and sell Ogromnies.
In present time the population has decreased drastically due to lack of maintenance and loss of natural habitats for any remaining wild beings.
Physical Description: The Ogromny's most obvious feature is their size. Exclusive to the stallions are a heavily crested neck with thick lower legs, the mares sport thinner necks and legs. During their early years in captivity they showed a remarkable ability to, despite their massive size and weight, be quick movers and could navigate forest floors easily.
Both stallions and mares have long heads with prominent roman noses, small nostrils and ears. Their eyes are far apart, set high and deep.
Their manes and tails are always curly, often several shades lighter than the body even in suspected bays. They're also always kept long as per tradition.
There is no genetics research done on Ogromnies to determine their genetic similarities or differences with standard horses though they seem to follow the same genotypes and so their coats are named accordingly. A difference worth noting is that instead of the names cremello/perlino/smoky cream, they're all simply referred to as double cream.
What little research has been done has shown that champagne, frame overo and rabicano aren't present as they're understood in standard horses. However dun and roan are very common as well as splash white, as it was popular in the Ogromnies used in circuses. No greys have been recorded. Pangare isn't unusual and is quite obvious when present.
Photos: To be added soon!