K’moran Animals: The Ašo

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The ašo (ah-shoh) are a family of camel-like animals that had been bred to some very specific uses by the Anyuvin prior to the Čiruk invasion.  The largest of the species, and the one that goes by the generic name ašo, is a beast of burden bred to move a family’s encampment from one šigari (waterhole) to another.  It most closely resembles the two-humped Bactrian Camels of terrestrial origin.   Like almost all K’moran animals, it has a secondary water bladder to sustain it between water holes.  Ašo  are a herd animal and will huddle with others of it’s kind for warmth during the night.

They can also be ridden, much as this guy is riding the camel.

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“Riding Bactrian camel Nubra” by John Hill – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riding_Bactrian_camel_Nubra.jpg#/media/File:Riding_Bactrian_camel_Nubra.jpg

More often, however, it is the smaller, and far more nimble, ketašo (keh-tah-shoh, or “fighting ašo”) which is ridden. These are pony sized ǎso, about 12 hands at the shoulder (52” or 130 cm)  with a shorter neck than the larger ašo and less pronounced humps.  Their coat, like the larger ǎso, is long, and the mane more pronounced.  They are sort of a mashup of the camel above and they Icelandic Horse shown below.

 

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“IcelandicHorseInWinter” by Andreas Tille – Own work: http://fam-tille.de/sparetime.htmlImage with Information in EnglishBild mit Informationen auf Deutsch. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IcelandicHorseInWinter.jpg#/media/File:IcelandicHorseInWinter.jpg

Smallest of the ašo breeds, standing at about 36” (90 cm), is the nerašo (neh-rah-shoh), an animal somewhat resembling terrestrial sheep.  Indeed, while all of the ašo have long fur that can be woven, the coat of the nerašo provides the softest, warmest wool.  (Narašo are also kept for eating – very tasty with činya sauce…)