-Abyssian: Night Mare-
Night Mares are very slender, fragile creatures that travel in herds across the Abyss' wastes. They are built more like dogs or deer than horses, and can barely support the weight of a small child. Short beaks tip their snouts, they have large ears, and three-toes feet with dewclaws instead of hooves. Their tails are long and taper to a thin point. Despite having the face shape for eyes, Night Mares completely lack them, though they do have nostrils which they use to identify food sources, threats, and herd members. The most defining feature of Night Mares is the metallic, stiff crest on their heads and necks. What it is or what it's made of is unknown, but it resists impact and movement a lot like metal, which is unusual compared to the delicate features of the rest of them. Night Mares also look more gaunt compared to their Ibontusk guards yet are steady on their feet. They are a glossy dark grey in color and mute.
Unlike Ibontusks, Night Mares only eat the strange spirit grass of the Abyss and they can see souls clear as day. Aside from these souls, themselves, and Ibontusks, Night Mares flee from everything on sight, their light frames making them too fast to pursue. Curiously enough, if a Night Mare is given a precious item it will calm down instantly, not running from the person. The skittish creatures cannot be ridden, but they can be kept as traveling companions, acting as an escort through the Abyss which would otherwise be hostile to a foreigner.
Night Mares have the unusual ability to transform into energy and fly when fed Illumireed; they also do this whenever a strong enough light hits them. It's unknown why this happens but it sure makes them harder to catch.
Legend says that Night Mares are the souls of people who have night terrors, hence the name. They seem to stick together and with Ibontusks for a sense of security and kinship. This may explain why gifting something important to the person makes a Night Mare significantly friendlier.
Image: A sketch of a Night Mare in front of an Ibontusk.
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