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Base Information
Classification Herbivore/grazer
Terrain Unknown
Locomotion Walker
Size 3.0 m
Speed Unknown
Strength Unknown
Social Structure Few
Weapons Unknown
Armor None
Homeworld Prilissa (Spinward Marches 3035)
Multi-world Yes
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 9

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

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Though they resemble Terran ostriches and are often described as a bird, kian are actually bipedal mammals. Kian fill many of the same functions as Terran Horses and have been exported throughout the Marches almost as widely.

Image Repository[edit]

  1. Kians being ridden by the Imperial Guard.
    Kian-Unpublished-2018-A-Suorez-R-Caswell 18-June-2018a.jpeg
  2. A Kian with a rider, a military mount.
    Kian With Rider.png

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

Externally, the Kian is a large bipedal creature with a long neck, short tail, and no other limbs (the remains of an atrophied pair of fore-limbs can be found in some species). They are thickly furred, their coats showing distinctive color patterns of brown, gold, lemon-yellow, and black. A kian's legs are powerfully muscled for fast movement over long distances. Kian's hearing and eyesight are extremely good, reflecting their predator-laden environment of origin.

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

Much like the odd Terran Platypus, they are one of the few mammalianoids that both secrete lactation and bear a clutch of eggs. Litters consist of several offspring, generally two to five pups and mating is decidedly polygynous in nature. Females outnumber males by at least 5 to 1 in most natural groupings. In domesticized captivity, much larger ratios can be maintained. [1]

Diet & Trophics[edit]

They are herbivore/grazers and will consume any number of grasses and grains. They are not known for pickiness and will also gladly consume fruits. [2]

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The sturdiness of their overall frames has made them a frequent choice for use as mounts and pack animals on the planets where they can be found.

Derived Products (Goods & Services)[edit]

The Kian is a large flightless animal that originated on Prilissa (Spinward Marches 3035) and is used on many worlds as a beast of burden or for riding.

Travellers' Aid Society Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society (TAS) classifies the Kian as non-threatening to most sophonts and makes no special advisory regarding this creature.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This creature can primarily be found in the following areas:
Charted Space:

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:

3 of 3 World articles in Kian
Capital  •  Prilissa  •  Rhylanor  •  
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References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This list of sources was used by the Traveller Wiki Editorial Team and individual contributors to compose this article. Copyrighted material is used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author. The page history lists all of the contributions.
  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak