It's 11am and nothing. Still, after all this time, NOTHING! I've been awake all night and once again, disappointment. Thirteen months since the last time I saw hoofprints, and four years since I first discovered the abnormal set of tracks... It was starting to feel useless. I finished the last of my food last night, so it's a six-hour hike back to my jeep and a three-hour drive back to civilisation before I can eat again... probably should have given up last night... but I just felt... I felt like today was the day.
Well, I better pack up and make my way back, otherwise I might start eating my own
(writing trails off abruptly)
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 17th August 2015.
brown body, dark mane+tail+hooves, primitive markings (zebra stripes, shoulder bars, dorsal stripe), no white, thick short tail (dock seems usual length), thick coat, solid legs, deep barrel, roman nose profile, thick throatlatch?? Territorial behaviour, Stallion, 2m at least at the withers, long deep whinny
-Hasty scribbles, A. Banks, 17th August 2015.
He's magnificent. Just... M A G N I F I C E N T! I haven't ever been so lost for words. He's the biggest equine I've ever seen, twice the size of any horse I've ever ridden. He's alone, wandering for now by the looks of it, with very agitated beahviour. His confirmation is more similar to E. conversidens than E. ferus. I wonder if his markings are usual for his species? Is this in fact a new species?? I've followed him for 2 days, during which he's exhibited very usual wild horse behaviours. I can't follow him any longer, as I'm still out of food.
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 19th August 2015.
Subject 1, 11:00 17/09/15
Breed Information Wild, North American, Believed to have evolved from the undiscovered equid from which the modern horse, Equus ferus, diverged.
Body Type Medium to heavy type, believed to be 24-27hh (up to 280cm at the withers)
Head/Neck Type Thick jaw and mid-jaw, small sharp eyes, roman nose, solid neck/crest, beautiful sloping shoulder
Movement 3 flowing gaits, no gallop yet observed (though highly likely possible).
Common Coat Colours Only brown observed, no white markings
Uncommon/rare or disallowed Coat Colours Likely to always blend into environment for camouflage.
Markings (Identified by? Common markings?) Primitive markings on legs, spine, shoulder
Disciplines Unknown - likely to be difficult/dangerous to domesticate
Temperament/Personality More observation needed.
Here we see a blank space in the Equus Genus. I believe my discovery may fit right in. (source: Wikipedia)
Another sighting! After contacting taxonomists and Equine researchers around the world, a friend of mine - Alexander - has finally made a discovery in Russia. A grey mare! I will enter the pictures when I receive them. He really was real... I wish I could find him again, but it seems more important now that I head to Russia, as Alexander has eyes on this mare at all times, and we can finally track one of these magnificent beasts. Exciting!
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 11th October 2015.
Subject 2, time unknown 11/10/15
Observed to be larger than the Stallion I saw, and from what I can see, she's a rather different type, but many things link her to him! Their head-shape is very similar, as is their small, wide, curved ears. As predicted, she is coloured to blend right into her snowy homeland.
Today Alexander rushed me out of the cabin to see the mare before as much as a greeting! I had been in the country not three hours when I first saw her. She had no idea we were there, or if she did, didn't mind at all. It looked like she'd have a hard time foraging amongst all of that snow, but she seemed to be doing fine! Her huge hooves carried her across thick snow with ease and she seemed content eating some of the leaves and stems of other flora as well.
I'm just so in awe of her that I don't think I'll sleep tonight. Alex - as he's begged me to call him - says he's named her Таисия (Taisia, tah-EE-see-ah), but I'm still calling her Subject 2.
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 11th October 2015.
I finally have my own pictures of Subject 2 now, and it's been a week that we've followed her. Very strange to see a mare alone like this if she were a horse or other discovered equid, and it's made us wonder if they're a solitary species. Alex and I would indeed be very shocked if they were. She's a quiet mare, not whinnying once in our observation, and has never showed signs of behaviours beyond foraging, resting, and basic grooming/itching/tail-swishing. Her foraging behaviour is astounding, nevertheless. She feeds on trees and bushes no equid has been recorded to, and knows to smash ice to get to water. She's much better adapted to these conditions than the modern horse. Finally, we have observed a gallop, and it is as expected - four foot-falls in a LH, RH, LF, RF arrangement. She has also reared in fright at a fox breaking out of a snowed-in burrow, which made for a good photo. I wish I'd captured the fox as well.
I am still stunned, and I don't know where we go from here. I hope she has a herd she will lead us to, but for now, she's enough.
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 19th October 2015.
For quite some time there has been nothing much to report, and Alex has been keeping small observations in his diary. Until now, there hasn't been anything worth writing. The most amazing thing has happened - we have decided Subject 2 is pregnant! Her abdomen has dropped a little, and her udder has filled with milk. Her behaviour is the same for now, but we will be keeping a close eye on her now! We're yet to know at all when the foal is due, as we can't be sure what the gestation period is, or indeed when she was covered! Merry Christmas!
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 21st December 2015.
(there are scratches here where Aloette has erased the word "Taisia")
Subject 2 will definitely foal soon! Amazing that she's taken so long from the first signs... must be one hell of a gestation period. Her teats have filled now, and her rump has hollowed. We're on 24hr watch! It's my turn to sleep now. zzzzzzzzzz.
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 6th February 2015.
_But we missed the birth... unfortuately she decided to squeeze it out in the fifteen minutes it took me to wake Alex from his cacoon of blankets. The foal is healthy, standing and suckling, and we were lucky enough to witness her passing meconium. All the normal foal stuff! She's a real little miracle... We've collected the placenta to add to our supply of manure! Now we have some more DNA to go on.
Another amazing event today, the head equine taxonomists have agreed to begin the process of declaring this beast a new species! It could be many years yet before we reach a conclusion, and more specimens need to be discovered, but this is a huge step! Now, however, we're under the department's watchful eye. We've been given a very strict set of guidelines to follow as to how to go about our research, and a few things need to change. I've been assured everything will be okay._
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 28th February 2015.
Subject 2, Subject 3
Alex said he's calling Subject 3 "Aloette". . .
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 7th February 2015.
We're told very firmly that we're not to approach these animals, and that we're not to make any attempt to touch them, but it seems Subject 2's curiosity has gotten the best of her, and I needn't make a single attempt in order to make contact. The enromous equid crept towards me, snorting at first and making sure her filly wasn't too close, and then eventually she came close enough to brush her muzzle against my head. I was afraid to make even the slightest movement. She eventually decided - despite my odd smell - that I was no threat to her baby, and she turned to go continue grazing.
Her head is longer than my torso. . .
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 1st March 2015.
Subject 3 is now much too old to be following mummy around all the time! She explores and adventures and discovers everything, and that includes this tiny, funny-looking thing that keeps collecting her poos! Today she came over to me and nuzzled around my pockets and sleeves, all the while Subject 2 watched on, concerned but not enough to so much as call her foal away. Alex promised not to share any photos of how close I've come to these girls...
Look, I'm not touching her!
-Diary Entry, A. Banks, 31st March 2015.
End of RP
Hey everyone! This has been so much fun for me. (gosh, it's so long...)
I decided to follow the non-fantasy path for once, and create a realistic species! They're not nearly as exciting as the other entries, sorry! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did, anyway.
Here are some non-RP pics for reference.
Size compared to Aloette - She is 280cm or almost 28hh. The stallion is about 27hh.
And just in case you're interested in what it might look like to ride one!
I'm interested in making these guys actually in my RP, because I love the story so much, but not sure yet. Also totally Head-cannon that sweet, intelligent Alexander falls in love with stubborn, workaholic Aloette hehe