|Social Structure||Medium pack|
|Head/Torso||Head with brain/senses|
|Limbs & Manipulators||2 fore legs, 2 rear legs|
|Natural Weapons||Scent glands|
|Homeworld||Fulacin (Spinward Marches 2613)|
|Reference||Twilight's Peak 21.|
- 1 Description (Specifications)
- 2 History & Background (Dossier)
- 3 Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
- 4 References & Contributors (Sources)
Physiology & Ecology
Individual Groats are harmless, but the outer members of a herd will attack any perceived danger in groups.
They are capable fighters, using teeth and hooves. They posses a scent gland under the tail and are capable of expelling a noxious fluid up to three meters.
Fulacin (Spinward Marches 2613) is well-known for its tainted atmosphere, which is full of toxic levels of microscopic metallics. While toxic to humans, the Groat is perfectly adapted to this tainted atmosphere and flourishes on Fulacin.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
Groats are actively bred on a number of worlds and take well to animal husbandry and livestock agriculture despite a potentially vigorous defensive instinct.
Diet & Trophics
The Groat's biggest predator is the Fulacinian Snowcat, a native felinoid carnivore/pouncer.
The Groat's shaggy hair, known as Groatle, is the most obvious resource it provides. Once sheared, cleaned, and groomed, it has a softness and silkiness rivaling the finest synthetic.
During the 2nd to 4th Century, Groatle commanded fabulous prices back in the Imperial core. Hunting expeditions went to Fulacin for the sole purpose of catching groats and passing merchants would detour just to collect a few dozen pelts. A side effect was the development of the art of groat-meat scrimshaw carving.
In 377, Moran scientists genetically engineered a variant species of Groat that could survive in environments lacking the high heavy metal content of Fulacin’s soil and atmosphere. The metal content of the pelt was maintained by concentrating what heavy metals the groats did ingest in the pelt, leaving the meat low enough on metal content to be edible; some Vargr actually developed a taste for it. Groat farms reduced the value of Groatle significantly and it soon became unprofitable to go to Fulacin for the Groat hunting alone.
Derived Products (Goods)
In addition, Groatle contains a high concentration of metal salts, which has two beneficial effects: First, Groatle cloth is proof against most pest lifeforms which eat animal fibers. Second, a simple chemical treatment brings out an iridescent, shimmering quality which is very attractive.
Groats are also raised for their meat, which is highly prized by Vargr.
Travellers' Aid Society Advisory
Groats are largely a docile livestock creature and are widely considered harmless. They have a TAS green advisory and are not considered dangerous.
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Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
- Dagudashaag Sector
- Spinward Marches Sector
World Listing: 1105