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Longhaired Antelope are a species of ruminant native to the cold lands of northeastern Borea. They have been domesticated as a wool and meat animal, widely herded by the peoples of the northeastern Borean tundra and taiga.

Does are usually 1.6 to 2 m long and weigh 80 to 120 kg; bucks are larger and heavier, usually 1.8 to 2.2 m long and weighing 90 to 210 kg. The largest individuals stand 1.5 m high at the shoulders. Bucks are the only sex to carry horns. The longhaired antelope is recognizable by an extremely unusual, over-sized, flexible nose structure. The nose uses the animal's body heat to warm up and moisten inhaled air and condense moisture from exhaled air.

They are protected from the elements by their woolly white double coats. The fine, dense wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of longer, hollow hairs. In the winter, their coats help them to withstand temperatures as low as −46 °C and winds of up to 160 km/h.

DomesticationEdit

Large semi-domestic herds are important to the culture of the Yon Islands and northeastern Borea. They provide meat, hides, antlers, milk and transportation.

Most animals are not large enough to ride. However, herders will castrate a few of he largest, most promising males. This select group is used to manage the herd, and can be ridden by women and relatively light men, although they tire quickly when bearing heavier burdens or larger men. Some groups hitch domestic antelope to wagons or sledges to haul tents, gear, and other goods.


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