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The Provan magic crisis resulted in the extinction of what may be thousands of species of fauna on Prova; the wild animals left over represent some of the most resilient creatures that not even magic could eliminate.

Vostruo

The Vostruo are a species of predator mammals that possess a large mouth on the tip of their tail that connects directly to their digestive system. This tail - a mutation resulting from magical influence - is a large, stretchy orifice that Vostruo prefer to eat with rather than the mouths on their heads. They are voracious hunters, and use their strong claws to take down prey. The kill is then swallowed whole by the tail-mouth and slowly digested over a matter of days - a desperate Vostruo can go weeks without eating before coming upon a large meal.

Vostruo possess a single sex, reproduce sexually, and bear live young. They are intelligent and gregarious, living in loosely organized prides, and spend much of their non-hunting time playing and socializing with other pridemates. Vostruo prefer to hunt alone, and do not share food with other members of the pride.

The Jasemi have domesticated the Vostruo for use as "guard dogs", defending their fields from wayward wildlife looking to steal food. The Jasemi are the only sentient species that have been able to domesticate Vostruo, presumably with the aid of their spiritual magic powers.

Pufbulo

Pufbulo are small prey animals that have been domesticated by the Kagzar. They range from 18-20 inches tall, have bright and colorful fur, and are roughly spherical in shape with four hoofed legs. They have large fluffy tails and enormous round noses and tend to be very colorful with each Pufbulo having unique markings. Pufbulo are single-sexed mammals, giving live births to litters of two at a time.

Pufbulo are herbivorous, grazing herd animals who congregate in large groups in the wild and in captivity. Each herd is lead by an Alpha Pufbulo, typically the largest one, who leads the herd to find fresh sources of food and to stay away from hungry Vostruo. Pufbulo have little natural defenses aside from their speed, and rely on herd tactics to escape from predators.

Kagzar herd Pufbulo for their meat, milk, fur, and leather. Pufbulo noses are a delicacy among the Kagzar for their mild flavor and chewy texture, and Pufbulo jerky is a mainstay for Kagzar in any tribe.

Darmegon & Nusi

The Darmegon, and its domesticated counterpart the Nusi, are insect-esque mammals who secrete viscous substances from their tails that are highly prized by both Jasemi and Kagzar.

Darmegon are small winged creatures that somewhat resemble an Earth cat. The differences are highly striking: Darmegon have large insectoid wings, translucent stomachs, and have a large crystalline scythe growing from the end of their tails. Darmegon are agile and independent hunters who use their sharp scythe-tails to kill their prey. The scythes grow naturally from a combination of chemicals that constantly leak from a gland near the tail's tip; developing from a natural crystalline substance produced from the gland, they grow indefinitely until they are inevitably shattered from use, and a new one quickly grows in its place. The gland also leaks a narcotic poison that coats the scythe, adding a toxic sting to the blade. A Darmegon's preferred method of capturing prey is to leap upon it from above with a wingpower-aided jump, and quickly kill or incapacitate its target with a venomous swipe of its tail.

Nusi are a domesticated variant of the Darmegon, distinguished by their greater size, lack of wings, and their tails growing into round orbs instead of a blade. Owned by the Jasemi, the Nusi are both companion and food animals. The narcotic toxin secreted by the Darmegon is coveted by the Kagzar and Jasemi to use as an intoxicating drug. While the Kagzar prefer to hunt the agile and wily Darmegon to claim their poison as a trophy, the Jasemi domesticated the Darmegon and bred it to become more useful for their ends. Tail-poison produces euphoria, dissociation, lack of pain, and increased empathy. It has little negative side effects, aside from being addictive. Kagzar culture views tail-poison as a ritual consumable reserved for special occasion, but among the Jasemi its use is almost universal.

Kotfisk

Kotfisk are the non-sentient cousins to the Kotfisken. They are, in a word, fish - a large family of fish, spanning from the size of a fishbowl goldfish to a large grouper. (The Kotfisken themselves are approximately the size of a dolphin.) Kotfisk are prime food for any Kagzar who cares to fish, with some coastal Kagzar tribes preferring fishing to herding Pufbulo. Even the Kotfisken enjoy eating their nonsentient cousins, with various breeds of Kotfisk making up a large portion of the Kotfisken diet aside from farmed algae and seaweed. The Kotfisken hold Kotfisk in very low regard.

Agagl

Agagl are bipedal insects with a very primitive intelligence. Standing about two inches tall, Agagl have large eyes, "scythe" hands, and antennae resembling rabbit ears. They are common household pests, getting into your belongings and chattering in their mysterious Agagl chatter, but with time, patience, and frequent offerings of food, Agagl can be trained to be household helpers. Particularly wise (and very patient) Jasemi have trained little swarms of Agagl to wash clothing, sweep floors, and even cook food. The Agagl appear to enjoy these little tasks, provided they are given enough portions of food as a reward; neglect to pay them even once, and they will return to wreaking havoc.

Agagl are highly magical creatures with an extraordinary talent: wish granting. When a special bond is made between a sentient creature and an Agagl, the Agagl may grant its benefactor a single wish. Many of these wishes tend to be minor - a better harvest this season, or a stroke of inspiration upon a difficult work of art - but some Agagl's powers are so great they could resurrect the dead or change the path of fate.

Onward

These are some of the most common animals living on the Center, but even more fauna lives in the north and south. The Kotfisken claim that fluffy, winterized Vostruo live upon the north, tended to by strange bird-folk with small hooked beaks, much unlike the Jasemi. To the south, they claim there are savannas inhabited by sleek and agile Vostruo, which chase speedy Pufbulo that have legs as long as stilts. The neighboring deserts are inhabited by large species of electrical lizards, hunted by tiny desert Vostruo that, for some odd reason, lack the tail-maws.

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