Animals

DHC will have an ecosystem full of interesting animals.  Animals will fall into a number of categories.  

  • There are "normal" animals, which exist in the real world and DHC (badgers, for example).  
  • There are magical animals that exist in DHC (gryphons, dragons and sea serpents).  
  • There are animals that exist both in un-magical and magical forms in DHC.  Frogs are an example; there are normal, run-of-the-mill frogs with no special traits, but there are also magical frogs with unique traits.  
  • There are magical animals that replace animal that exist in the real world.  For instance, I think rather than traditional bears existing, there will be some bear-like animal that fills their niche in the ecosystem.  
  • Finally, there are animals that exist in a magical variation of their real version.  Platypus are, for example, very big, the size of sheep.  The normal size we know in the real world doesn't exist in DHC.
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Ants Normal plus Magical Variations Ants are just asking for a little bit of magic; magic defenses for nests? Building complex structures? I'm not sure... 
Arctic Fox Normal For the frozen North 
Armadillo Normal plus Magical Variations They're cool; would be funny familiars... 
Badgers Normal Basically normal, but I like badgers. 
Bats Normal Bats are awesome! 
Bears Magical Alternative I'm thinking of some kind of hybrid bear option. The ones in the forest around DHC are especially fierce, and one of the reasons people don't settle there. 
Beavers Magical Variations Basically beavers, but they have the ability to build magical structures. 
Bees Normal plus Magical Variations Bees are awesome, and would be great with magical variations. 
Bobcats Normal  
Buffalo Magical Alternative I would definitely like some sort of large, free-roaming herbivore... 
Butterflies Normal plus Magical Variations  
Capybara Normal plus Magical Variations Another option as a meat/wool/milk animal 
Cats Normal Of course cats have to exist, spiced up in various ways with magic 
Coyotes Magical Alternative Small, smart pack living hunters that fill the niche below wolves...look for some sort of magical alternative 
Crocodiles Normal  
Deer Magical Alternative Some sort of pretty prey animal/herbivore 
Dogs Normal I love dogs, but there will also be other pet options for people. 
Donkeys Normal  
Dragonflies Normal  
Dragons Exists In DHU dragons are tiny (the size of a small bird of prey), and live in colonies in trees. Not especially dangerous, but they'll attack to defend their tree. Some are kept as pets. 
Ducks and Geese Magical Alternative There definitely needs to be some kind of migrating flocking birds...but with a twist... 
Eagles and Falcons Normal  
Echidna Normal They're cute! 
Elephants Normal  
Fenec Fox Normal They're adorable... 
Ferrets Normal  
Fish Normal plus Magical Variations The main food supply for DHC will be the giant fish that inhabit the lake. I haven't worked out the details yet...I'm picturing them the size of giant Tuna, and existing in tremendous amounts... 
Fleas and Ticks Normal plus Magical Variations Really, really nasty fleas and ticks are another way to keep people out of the forest 
Foxes Normal Foxes are so incredibly beautiful...they would also make good familiars... 
Frogs Normal plus Magical Variations Frogs are another perfect animal for having subtle magical variations; different sizes, colors , talents, etc. 
Gila Monster Magical Variations Giant Gila Monsters could also be good for the invaders... 
Goats Normal plus Magical Variations I like goats...maybe giant goats could be the official steeds of the Dwarves? They could live on the mountainside... 
Hedgehogs Normal plus Magical Variations They're cool...they would make funny familiars... 
Herons Normal  
Hippos and Pygmy Hippos Normal plus Magical Variations Pygmy hippos could be another kind of domestic meat animal... 
Horses Normal plus Magical Variations I love worlds that have magical alternatives to horses; I haven't figured out exactly what will exist in DHU yet, but it will be cool... 
Hummingbirds Normal plus Magical Variations  
Jellyfish Normal plus Magical Variations Could be another interesting inhabitant for the lake 
Komodo Dragons Magical Variations I always play with the idea of having the invaders using GIANT Komodo Dragons as weapons of war. 
Large Primates Magical Variations Should the great forest have some kind of large primates? Solitary ones like orangutans or group animals like Gorillas? I like the idea of solitary Orang like large primates, and group based small-monkeys (see the Monkey-squirrels) 
Llamas and Alpacas Magical Variations Some sort of llama like animal could be a good domestic animal for wool, milk, pack animals and meat... 
Lobsters Magical Variations Some kind of shellfish would be another good food product for the lake; but that would mean having a shallow area where fishermen can reach the bottom...which makes sense; the depths are offshore... 
Manatees Normal They could be meat animals, although they're so cute... 
Mantis Normal  
Mice and Rats Normal  
Mole Rats Normal plus Magical Variations How could there be a world without mole rats? 
Moles Normal plus Magical Variations  
Moose Magical Variations Really tough Moose could be another way to keep people out of the forest 
Mules Normal  
Ocelots Normal I don't know that they fit, but they're beautiful... 
Octopi Normal plus Magical Variations They're fascinating... 
Opossum Normal plus Magical Variations  
Ostrich Magical Alternative Maybe some sort of alternative ostrich could be a source of eggs and meat. 
Otters Normal  
Owls Normal Popular magical animals and familiars, of course 
Platypus Magical Variations Two words; Giant Platypus! The size of sheep. Maybe they'll be food animals in DHC? 
Prairie Dogs Normal  
Pudu Normal plus Magical Variations Pudu are the world's smallest deer. They are also just about the cutest animals ever... 
Puma Normal An actual predator species... 
Rabbits Normal  
Ravens Normal plus Magical Variations A classic magical animal and popular familiar... 
Rhinonceros Normal plus Magical Variations I want the Orcs to have some special heavy duty animals they use; maybe rhinos would be a good choice? That would be cool, because I love rhinos... 
Seals Normal  
Sea Serpents Exists They exist in the DHC lake; they mostly stick to the unplumbed depths, eating anything that goes to deep, but they occasionally visit the surface; they are BIG, but usually just ignore people and boats. 
Sea Turtles Normal plus Magical Variations What can I say; they're cool! 
Sharks Normal The sea serpents need something to eat... 
Sheep Magical Alternative I'm not sure what the main source of "wool" and meat will be; I'm thinking something that combines cattle and sheep... 
Skunks Normal plus Magical Variations Skunks with special attacks would be awesome! Another non-lethal way to keep people from settling in the forests as well...hmmm maybe really, really tough skunks (like bears) that also have a crippling non-lethal attack; Giant Skunk Bears! I like it... 
Small Monkey/Squirrel Hybrid Exists I'm thinking that the niche filled by squirrels in North American will be filled by some sort of interesting and mischievous monkey/squirrel hybrid. 
Snakes Normal plus Magical Variations I like snakes, so a range of interesting magical snakes sounds great... 
Spiders Normal plus Magical Variations BIG spiders...that talk? I like spiders, so some sort of sympathetic smart spider should show up at some point; maybe as a familiar? 
Squid Normal plus Magical Variations Hmmm...could be an alternative to sea serpents; big squid; or maybe what the sea serpents eat... 
Stingray Normal  
Termites Magical Variations Another great way to keep people from settling in the forest; very aggressive termites.. 
Turtles Normal plus Magical Variations Magical variations on turtles; different sizes, magical qualities, magical patterns, etc. 
Unicorns Exists There should be some in the world, although I don't have any particular plan... 
Walrus Normal plus Magical Variations Fascinating... 
Whales Normal  
Wild Boar Normal plus Magical Variations Another fierce but non-lethal animal that could keep people out of the forest... 
Wolverine Magical Alternative Another good way to keep people out of the forest; animals that are tough and crafty; they don't directly attack humans, but they can defend themselves, and take pleasure is sabotaging human settlements 
Wolves Normal I like wolves, so I would expect a fairly positive portrayal 
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