There are many animals on Mi’Zhika. This is just a short list of the most important species to be found on the island. Also note that while most animals here are close to species already living on Earth and will often be compared to those, there may be important differences between them which will be mentioned here. This is why the following document will be important to keep in mind when looking at the sketches and inspirational photos.

 

Smilaa:

 

Smilaas are a type of cranes that are unique to Mi’Zhika’s Age. Such birds have also been used by the Ghortahnti as a means of transportation in several countries, as seen on some frescoes, and were already known to the Peshinooti in Kanlezhoy.

There are several types of smilaas known to the Peshinooti though only two of them exist on Mi’Zhika.

 

Smilaka:

 

Height: 2,3 metres from body to feet, plus an extra 1,5 metre for the neck.

Length: about 3,5 metres

Weight: about

Wing span:

 

Smilakas, or “flying smilaas” (from “Smilaa” and “Kahvin”, to fly), also known as “Great Smilaas”, are the second-greatest type of smilaas known to the Peshinooti. These huge birds are often slow and tend to tire fast. They were used for short travels overseas or over difficult areas (mountain ranges, deserts, forests, etc), when one needed to transfer an important amount of goods from one place to another. This was mostly true in Kanlezhoy though there are painted scenes of such travels in the Ghortahnti’s grottoes. However, the first Peshinooti immigrants who came to Mi’Zhika were so desperate when they first came that they hunted them in large numbers for their meat. There are now very few smilakas though some are still used to cross the __ mountains. A lot of them tend to hide in caves before nightfall.

Contrary to those in Kanlezhoy, Mi’Zhika’s smilakas are not entirely tame, for unknown reasons.

 

Smilavehs:

 

Height: 2,5 metres high, neck included.

Length: about 90 centimetres.

Weight: about

Wing span:

 

Smilavehs, or “running smilaas” (from “Vehvin”, to run) are no bigger than a common ostrich or pony. Their colours are slightly different than other smilaas in the sense that they are red and that their neck and belly are specked with dark brown spots. They are as quick as camels ( miles an hour) but are hard to tame.

Natives, whether Ghortahnti or Kanlezhoyti, have always valued these birds and decorated them thanks to ornate saddles, colourful bridles with pompoms and even jewellery.

 

Other types of smilaas:

 

Some Ghortahnti paintings represent a much smaller type of smilaa which resembles a duck. These, according to Peshinootis, are smilaptee. Their name comes from the word “small” in the original Peshinooti dialect from Kanlezhoy (“optee”).

It is said that there were enormous, untamable smilaas in Kanlezhoy’s most inhospitable mountains; only a handful of legendary heroes have been able to ride them. However, many doubt today that such animals did exist. Possible hypothesizes include the fact they might have been prehistoric ancestors of the current smilakas or that such animals were so feared they have never been ridden- except in legends, of course. These birds are known as smilagorees.

 

 

Ilaami fish:

 

Length: 6 cm

Weight:

Width: 2 cm.

 

Ilaamis, also known as ilaami fishes (from “laam”, which means light, or “ilaami”, meaning “luminescent ones”) are tiny translucent fishes which are as bright as fireflies. They are not unique to Mi’Zhika and have always been bred and used as a light source. People usually keep them in large pools linked to the ocean (kind of like the way “filtering carps” are kept in Japan) thanks to tiny canals and put them into little lamps when they need to use their light. These lamps differ in size, according to the amount of time one needs to use them (since the water needs to be changed each time) as well as the amount of fish needed.

They are triangular, with wing-like fins.

 

Odeesket:

 

Length: about 20 metres.

Weight:

Width: about 4 metres.

 

Odeeskets are our equivalent of colossal squids. They live in warmer and shallower water than those on Earth and are hunted at the end of summer. Contrary to those on Earth, they are bright red with orange stripes. Peshinooti fishermen are used to making boats and different types of objects with their bones. The white substance they extract from these bones are used in Peshinooti lime, mortar and bleach. It is also said that eating cookies containing this substance protects one from danger at sea.

 

Ziehlla:

 

Height:

Length: about

Weight: about

 

The ziehlla antelope is similar to southern impalas found in India and Africa, though it is of a paler beige colour, with a white belly and white legs that are striped black.

It lives in the mountains and the desert and feeds of cacti. The Peshinooti have stopped hunting them and breed them in order to ensure the community will always have decent meat supplies. Their milk is used in Peshinooti food too (cream, butter, cheese, yoghurt, sauces, etc).

Their owners usually tattoo them three days after their birth and let their herds run free unless they can afford to pay for a helper to look after them.

Their greatest predators are sand eagles.

 

Sand Eagles:

 

Height:

Length: about

Weight: about

Wing span:

 

These birds are much bigger than your common shikra though they look identical. They feed on various types of animals though they seem to prefer ziehlla antelope meat. The Peshinooti hate them although similar birds of prey must have existed in Kanlezhoy. According to several frescoes, the Ghortahnti knew how to tame them and used to hunt with them as medieval lords used to with falcons back on Earth.

Their Peshinooti name is “gestashee” (gestahn “large area filled with sand”, or desert; “woshee” eagle).

 

Kohvah:

 

Height: 30 cm.

Length: 80 cm.

Weight: about :

 

Kohvah sheep are short, black, with very thick silky wool and have four curved horns. These animals seemed to have lived all over this Age, though Peshinooti sources claim those in Kanlezhoy also had fair wool.

 

Teeyahno:

 

Teeyahno worms are basically silk worms, though they feed on leaves from bushes. Their name comes from the verb “teeyahvin”, “to glitter/shine”, due to their silk’s shine.

 

Hakytuzhet:

 

Height: 7,2 metres.

Length: about 22 metres.

Weight: about

Width: 10,8 metres.

 

The hakytuzhet is the biggest predator on this Age. Even the Ghortahnti, who seem to have been some incredible sailors, feared this terrible beast. It’s closest equivalent on Earth would have been the megalodon, a prehistoric beast halfway between a shark and whale, kind of like the wahrk on Riven. In theory, its terrifying jaw can gobble up a dozen people at the same time. It is grey-blue in colour and has at least five to six rows of teeth. Its most common preys are fishes and odeeskets. Thankfully, they only live bellow 50 metres deep due to their size, needed temperature and eating habits.

They are the main reason why the Peshinooti never wandered far from Mi’Zhika’s shores after they fled from Kanlezhoy.

 

Other types of animals:

 

There are many other types of animals on Mi’Zhika, all which do not need to be fully described since they have their equivalents on Earth. This includes several types of fish such as the “Peshinooti tuna”, which isn’t very different from the black-fin tuna on Earth, the gestaroh, a desert lark, the gestasheeka, also known as “white sea-eagle”, and the gestaren, a type of “desert fox” or fennec.

Other, far more common animals include harvest mice, rattle-snakes, gulls and robins.

 

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