Kark Breeds

Warhound trinity

Here’s a picture of three kark breeds, a species featured heavily in my novel, The Red Tattoo. Karks are the mounts of the Chix, who are the only species small enough to ride these large predators that are a mix of canine and feline, which gives them an unnerving yowling howl. They’re able to run for hours, much like wolves, but they can also race through treetops.

On the left is the courser, the fastest breed. They’re ridden on scouting missions, in races, or for other situations that need speed and don’t require them to haul much weight.

The right creature is the common warhound. These make up the backbone of the mounts for the Chix cavalry. They are known for their loyalty and intelligence, which makes them a force to be reckoned with in battle.

The middle creature is a Saddat warhound. This somewhat rare breed originated from common warhounds who were brought to Saddat, which is colder than Chibbink. The breed is a bit larger than the average warhound, has more fur, and a thicker build. Because they can handle the cold much better than the common warhound, they are often ridden by the higher-ranking Chix during campaigns in colder regions.

Other breeds:

Pithounds, which look like common warhounds but almost always black. They’re used in pit fights and tend to be extremely aggressive

Draft karks, a species even bigger than the Saddat warhound. These are used for plowing fields and other farm work. They’re known for being extremely docile and slower moving than warhounds.

Wild karks come in two breeds, the plains kark, which resembles the courser, and the jungle kark, which is smaller than any other breed and tends to be very much an arboreal species.



About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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