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Moorbounder by Anna Molla

Fan art of Moorbounder, by Anna Molla.[art 1]

Moorbounders are tailless, panther-like creatures native to swamps of southern Xhorhas.[1] Moorbounders are bred, trained, and ridden as mounts.[2]

DescriptionEdit

Appearance Edit

Moorbounders are muscular panther-like creatures with no tails. Their head combines with their muscular neck to create an aerodynamic profile that slopes all the way back to their haunches. They have wiry dull gray-purple fur that is matted along their back but fluffs around their muscular shoulders and pits. Their eyes are fish-like and lidless. Their nose is described as a cat's skull nose, but with skin over it and two slits. They have a toothy maw with two upward facing tusks.[3] Moorbounders are over six feet tall at the shoulder, and 14-16 feet in length fully grown[4].

CharacteristicsEdit

Moorbounders are carnivorous and naturally aggressive. Baby moorbounders in the same litter attack and eat each other.[5] Adult moorbounders will eat any kind of meat. The moorbounders purchased by the Mighty Nein engaged in pack hunting when left alone overnight.[6]

A rider must form a bond with a moorbounder before it will obey them. Zorth warns that trying to bond a moorbounder to more than one creature is dangerous because it may get confused and choose one of the two to eat.[7]

Moorbounders require approximately 16lbs of food to eat every 24hrs (vs. only 9lbs for a traditional mount), based on the 3rd level Cleric spell "Create Food and Water," which produces 45lbs of food - enough to feed all 7 characters of the Mighty Nein, along with roughly 1.5 moorbounders.[8]

AbilitiesEdit

Moorbounders are capable of leaping thirty feet[9] and running faster than a riding horse with a speed of 80 feet per round.[10] One moorbounder can carry two medium creatures and a third small creature.[11]

Known Moorbounders Edit

Moorbounders are sold as mounts in Asarius. The Mighty Nein purchased three moorbounders from a livery called Zorth's Pits run by a goblin named Zorth. They were left behind in Bazzoxan when the party teleported back to Rosohna.[12]

TriviaEdit

  • When Zorth was suspicious that Nott hadn't heard of moorbounders, she lied that she was from the south of Xhorhas and that moorbounders were called "swamp panthers" there.[16]

References Edit

  1. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:15:53.
  2. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 59:49.
  3. See "Feral Business" (2x52) from 59:49 through 1:02:08.  Matt describes the moorbounders for sale in Asarius.
  4. See "Cornered" (2x53) at 0:53:31.
  5. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:20:59.
  6. See "Agreements" (2x61) at 47:45.
  7. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:20:07.
  8. See "A Dangerous Chase" (2x64) at 1:15:45.
  9. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:17:50.
  10. See "Chases and Trees" (2x65) at 1:00:53.
  11. See "Feral Business" (2x52) at 1:18:49.
  12. See "Causatum" (2x70) at 2:51:46.
  13. See "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:05:48.  Caduceus names his moorbounder Clarabelle
  14. See "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:06:21.  Jester names her moorbounder Yarnball
  15. See "Cornered" (2x53) at 1:05:30.  Caleb names his moorbounder Jannik
  16. See "Feral Business" (2x52) from 1:16:08 through 1:16:29.

Art:

  1. Fan art of Moorbounder, by Anna Molla (source).  Used with permission.
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