Updated: Jun 5
Knights of Terrova Creature Design: The Moon Sheep, Ovis misterioluna
Physical Description: The moon sheep is a remarkably cute little animal. Standing only 3 feet tall (91.44 cm) and weighing 50 pounds (22.6 kg) they are the average size of a medium dog. What is remarkable about them is their beautifully striking wool inky jet black sparkled with whites, purples, blues, yellows, reds, and greens, their coat often resembles the night sky or an old-world rendering of a galaxy. One feature that sets this sheep apart from its old-world ancestors is its pupils, rather than being rectangular they are shaped like a child’s rendering of a star (five-pointed) and royal purple irises with golden flecks of color sparkling in them. These sheep are born with a soft golden fleece that gives off a soft glow almost as if looking at a fading star. The Moon sheep have a soft wool caricature of a celestial body on the tip of each horn, this determines the effect their wool will have once harvested and distilled into potions.
Diet: Moon sheep are remarkably adaptable herbivores able to feed on whatever ruffage happens to grow in the area from grasses to the toughest bark on a dried log. This makes the animal extremely easy to care for with shepherds able to let their flocks graze in even the driest and desolate pastures. This is not to say that they do not have a preferred meal, Moon sheep will crowd around areas with clover and have been known to follow shepherds with clover for long distances.
Behavior: Flocks of Moon Sheep can get quite large with some shepherds having well over 10,000 sheep in their herd. Generally speaking, feral flocks will tend to stay around 100 animals or smaller, it is not an uncommon sight to see 5-15 moon sheep grazing roadside. Males of this species are notoriously aggressive to outside males and unknown people. The moon ewes and moon lambs, often called starlings, are extraordinarily friendly. Moon sheep can often be found foraging in the most unlikely places cliffsides, rooftops, alleyways, even occasionally they will be found to invade people's homes to raid their pantries. When threatened Moon sheep will flee and release hormones from their wool that cause a sense of extreme peace and relaxation to fall over their aggressor, this defense mechanism means that those folks that work with moon sheep have to wear gas masks to ensure they do not fall asleep and accidental release the herd or injure a sheep when shearing them.
Ecology: These are not native animals, and must not be released from their pens under any circumstances! When feral Moon sheep have been known to overgraze areas to the point of ecological collapse as, due to the chemical released from their wool, they have very few predators in this region. They are extremely durable and can survive some of the harshest weather conditions New England can throw at them.
Lifecycle: Moon sheep will give birth in early spring with the herd’s ewes lambing within days of each other. This synchronized birthing provides the lambs with the added protection of numbers. Ewe’s will often have single lambs during their first lambing season but have been bred to have twins or triplets after their first lambing. Born with soft hooves and an extremely soft coat these starlings are defenseless and often the fascination of shepherd’s children. Starlings will reach adulthood at 9 months of age. These sheep live for an average of 13 years.
Relationship with humans: Most Moon Sheep are kept for their wool although there are many other uses for them. One such use for the species, in general, is their meat having healing properties and soothing chemicals eating moon mutton is often prescribed to treat mental illness. Due to their aggressive temperaments, Moon rams are often kept as “guard dogs” for poorer families as they will attack intruders and protect children. Starlings are often kept as nightlights for the shepherd’s children as they faintly glow and love to sleep in soft beds cuddling with their owner. This has led to the development of the “Teddy Lamb” this breed of Moon sheep will never reach maturity keeping its juvenile characteristics and size for their entire lives, this particular breed is created by combining sheep with the symbol of Neptune and the symbol of the moon and is believed to bring good dreams to the person they sleep with. When distilled the wool of the moon sheep can create interesting potions depending on what celestial, or combination of, body(ies) they represent.
Sun: The Sun represents willpower and good health. A Moon Sheep with the symbol of the sun will produce wool that heals grievous injuries and gives the consumer a temporary steel will. These sheep have brighter colors their coats often depicting old-world renditions of galaxies.
Mercury: Mercury represents the mind and listening. A moon sheep with the symbol of Mercury will produce wool that distills down into potions of mindreading. These sheep will often have coats that resemble a clear night sky streaked with meteors.
Venus: Venus represents beauty and romance. A Moon Sheep with this symbol will produce wool that is often used in beauty products and creating scented candles. These sheep have fleeces that resemble a pink sunset in a grassy flower-filled meadow.
Earth: Earth represents life. A Moon Sheep with the symbol of the earth will produce wool that is used by farmers to produce healthier crops and revitalize barren fields, many druids use this wool to enhance their powers. These sheep have coats that resemble a mountain with the Aurora Borealis sparkling above it in a clear inky arctic night.
Moon: The Moon represents peace and sleep. A Moon Sheep with this symbol will produce wool that brings rest and a sense of peace and familiarity to its consumers. These sheep will tend to have softer colors often resembling a peaceful night sky.
Mars: Mars represents Passion, anger, and war. A Moon Sheep with the Symbol of mars will produce wool that causes extreme anger, aggression, and strength in its consumer. These sheep will tend to have fleeces that depict fires against a clear night sky.
Jupiter: Jupiter represents travel and protection. A Moon Sheep with the Symbol of Jupiter Produces wool that can be distilled into either potion of teleportation or potent potions of physical protection. These sheep tend to have coats containing lots of blues and usually depict clear bright nights on their wool.
Saturn: Saturn Represents history and karma. A Moon Sheep with this symbol produces wool used by law enforcement to determine guiltiness when given to a criminal the wool will cause the person to begin to exposit tales of their crimes, this can be avoided if the person is adept at the arcane. These sheep tend to have browns and blacks in their wool often resembling a dark inky night with a single large bright comet streaking through it.
Neptune: Neptune represents good dreams, water, and calmness. A Moon Sheep with this symbol will produce wool that calms, brings good sleep, and can be used to craft potions that will allow you to float easier in the water. These sheep tend to have deep calm colors their fleece often resembling a peaceful night sky reflected in a still pond.
Uranus: Uranus represents Lightning and surprise. A Moon Sheep with this symbol produce wool that gives it’s consumer lightning powers. These sheep often have fleeces that depicted a fierce lightning storm on a dark night.
Pluto: Pluto represents void and nothingness, A Moon Sheep with this symbol produce wool that can be used to make powerful void magics. These sheep have fleeces that are deep black, so black that it gives the impression that this sheep sucks in light.
Foot Note: Many breeders refuse to breed Pluto and Mars Moon Sheep together, this cross is often illegal in many countries of the new world.