THE SEA HORSE
This mythical creature is only existent in sea tales and sailor reports, however no one can ensure that the beast is real, as it is usually seen before either great fortune or folly. The Sea Horse is said to prefer the sea bottom, but will come to the surface from time to time. While the beast is called Sea Horse in the Tharian tongue, the elves have named it Másyr'Ph'tóg (Styrásh: Másyr'Ph'tóg, lit. "fish-horse") and the merfolk, who tell the most tales of the creature call it the caapriicoorn (capricorn). The term "Capricorn" by the way may also be used in Tharian tongue now aside from the typical name "Sea Horse".
Picture description: The Sea Horse, a mythical creature of many sea tales. Image drawn by Viresse.
The Sea Horse resembles a horse on its upper half; a
mesh of green fin makes his mane, cloven hooves, and a slick hide not unlike
the dolphune. Its
eyes are green as the deepest sea, a glint of silver in its depths. Other than
the green tint of its horse hide, the Sea Horse could be
mistaken for a true steed swiming among the waves. The
lower half of the Sea Horse resembles much of the
merfolk; a scaled green fish-tail, with
elaborate curled fins capable of being as long as its body.
The Sea Horse moves along the sea floor by either flicking its strong fish-tail or crawling along the sea-bottom with its front hooves.
Mating. No one has observed more than one Sea Horse at any time, so their mating rituals have not been observed. Furthermore, sailors cannot conclude if the Sea Horse has more than one sex (and how it could reproduce therefore), or even if there is more than one at all. Well, does it surprise that people doubt that it really exists?
Origin/History. Tales abound that the Sea Horse was created when Baveras, the Goddess of the Sea, became jealous of the land-locked horse. She pushed a heavy wave ashore, scooping up a herd of the maginficent beasts, then dragged them back to the ocean. With her power, she twisted their hind legs to form a fish-tail, ran her webbed fingers through their manes to make it fin-like, and breathed sea-water into their lungs. This gave the half-horses the ability to breathe underwater. Baveras called them the Capricorns and set them free along the ocean floor, where she could watch them.
Interesting Facts. The Sea Horse is considered a signpost to sailors; the sign of fertile and active sea movement. If one is sighted, it can be assumed that the surrounding ocean is clean, pure and stocked with fish. Unfortunately, the Sea Horse has time and time again been recorded to appear before a great storm, typhoon or tidal wave. Beautiful as they are, they are more of a warning than a blessing.
There has been a shore-tale that seems to be heard at every sea-port; of an innocent girl who attracts a Sea Horse close to shore and befriends it. Unfortunately every tale ends with a brutish man hurting the beast, causing it to never return. However, no one ever seems to know who exactly the girl was... some assume it to be urban legend.
Information provided by Viresse