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Unpublished, non-canon fan creature design.
Base Information
Classification Herbivore-grazer
Terrain Clear
Locomotion Walker (motile)
Size 2.8m
Speed 40kph
Strength Strong
Social Structure Small Herd
Weapons Body
Armor None (skin)
Homeworld Terra/Sol (Solomani Rim 1827)
Multi-world Yes
Canon No
Extinct Extant
Reference Ade Alagoric Stewart
Animals are designed using the "Beastmaker" format, part of the T5 Core Rules.

The Brobdee is a creature lifeform that is not a sophont.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Brobdee, a large species of horse, is found throughout the Distant Fringe. The species is descended from Terran horses (Equus caballus) originally grown in GenPods. The Brobdee is versatile, adaptable and fills a wide variety of roles, particularly in poorly developed or technologically backward areas. Brobdees are primarily used as draft and pack animals.

Image Repository[edit]

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A heavy horse.

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

The Brobdee is a herbivore descended from horses native to plains terrain on Terra (1827 Solomani Rim) but raised on worlds across the Distant Fringe. The Brobdee is a large slow grazer. It is a bilateral walker classified HBS-T-LN-LN-T: Brobdees have a long narrow head, a muscular neck, a stocky torso with paired legs at either end, and a thin tail. Their primary weapons are their legs, which terminate in hard hooves. The body is characterized by a bony interior and is covered by furry skin: the neck and head have a narrow lateral mane and the tail is entirely covered in long hair. Interior fluids are blood. The Brobdee is a clear terrain walker. Based on its profile: thick, standard and large, the Brobdee is around 2.8 meters long, around 4.5 cubic meters in terms of physical volume, weighs around 1000 kg, and is typically around 1.8 meters tall at the shoulder – the neck and head, when held upright, add another meter to its height. The Brobdee's speed is rated as slow: maximum speed is 40 kph (galloping). It may also trot (at around 15kph) for periods of around an hour. A typical Brobdee has an Endurance of 10.

Brobdees are herd animals. In small groups they are generally calm and passive, spending much of their time grazing. Their primary instinct is to flee from danger. If a Brobdee fights it rears and plunges, attempting to kick and trample a foe. Brobdee may occasionally bite or kick without provocation. A Brobdee is trainable.

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

There are two genders: male (stallions) and female (mares). Foals are born after a gestation period of approximately 11 months. Foals are able to stand within minutes of birth and can gallop within a day. A Brobdee grows from a foal to an adult-sized animal in around a year, and continues to strengthen and develop until it reaches sexual maturity at around 2 years of age. A Brobdee will typically live for 30–35 years in the wild, though domesticated animals may live for more than 50 years.

Diet & Trophics[edit]

Brobdees are grazers and spend much of their time consuming grasses or similar area-producing vegetation: the species are known for their hardiness and their digestive tolerance for a wide variety of plant types. In addition to their natural grazing they will happily eat grain, some fruits and other plant-derived foodstuffs.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Brobdees were selectively bred from horses that were carried to the Distant Fringe aboard the Last Armada as embryos and grown in GenPods. Brobdees - familiar and reliable Terran creatures with relatively similar needs to humans - became common within the Second and Third Confederations and throughout the Distant Fringe region. Small populations of Brobdees became feral during the Dark Age - their descendants can still be found on some worlds.

They are closely related to Horvath's Ponies and are able to interbreed with them. Brobdees are now most commonly seen around the Yimin Jiti state but can be found all across the region.

The name appears to derive from "Brobdingnagian", meaning huge or gigantic.

Derived Products (Goods & Services)[edit]

The Brobdee is edible by humans; its flesh tastes pleasant, though humans tend to have an irrational aversion to eating horse flesh. The skin can be used to make leather and hair from the mane and tail is used for a variety of purposes.

Trained Brobdees[edit]

Brobdees are relatively easy to train and are generally placid and docile, though their temperament and cooperativeness varies with individual creatures.

They are commonly trained to at least three purposes:

  1. Pack animal: A Brobdee can be comfortably loaded with up to 350 kgs and can carry its burden at a speed of around 5 kph for up to 10 hours.
  2. Draft animal: A Brobdee suitably harnessed to a wagon can pull a load of up to 1000 kg for up to 10 hours. Teams of two or more Brobdees hitched together can pull correspondingly greater loads. A wagon-hitched Brobdee is capable of a burst of speed (up to 15kph) for around 10 minutes in every hour.
  3. Riding animal: The Brobdee can carry a rider and their personal equipment (to a maximum of 350 kg) for up to 10 hours. A ridden Brobdee is capable of a burst of speed (galloping, at up to 40 kph) for around 10 minutes in every hour, or may be trotted (at around 15 kph) for up to one hour in two. Brobdees may be trained to attack (by biting, plunging and kicking), though during such actions the rider can do little more than hang on. Brobdees are average jumpers and may clear obstacles of less than half their height, depending on the local gravity. A ridden Brobdee requires an appropriate saddle and tack.

Travellers' Aid Society Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society (TAS) classifies the Brobdee as harmless to most sophonts. It makes no special advisory regarding this creature.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This creature can primarily be found in the following areas:
Uncharted Space - Distant Fringe:

Homeworld: 1105[edit]

The homeworld of this creature is:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

Significant communities of this creature are known to be found within the following systems and worlds:

No world articles for Brobdee

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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