Figure 1. Location of the northern part of Lake Lands on world map.
Belonging to one of the four diverse ecosystems, the Ease Plain features expansive plains and deltas, teeming with herbaceous plants, shrubs, and fruit trees. Favorable geographical and weather conditions make it an ideal habitat for friendly, massive herbivores living in packs. Their predators, though small in size, have learned to hunt in groups to counterbalance the great strength and size of their enemies. Some creatures with hulking forms have developed the ability to hide or camouflage themselves to ambush their prey.
Figure 2. The artwork is for illustrative purposes only
Feral Ghouls were once humans too, but they put a curse on themselves due to engaging in cannibalism. After being transformed, they lost their humanity and hunger for killing and ill-fated humans. They faltered everywhere, especially near where humans live.
Despite looking like a rotting corpse, a Feral Ghoul could have a speed and strength that surpasses that of a human. Ghouls are nocturnal species and hunt in packs. Though mostly hunting on human flesh, Feral Ghoul could also hunt animals or rotting corpses if their targeted predator is too hard to find.
Figure 3. Feral Ghoul concept
Cursed Roots are plants that have withered and died but are revived by dark magic. They could, therefore, capable of lifting their roots out of the ground and walk in search of prey. During the rooting process, the bare branches will twist together to appear more manlike with a head and limbs. Once found in an ideal location, the Cursed Root reverts back to its tree form, easily blending into its surrounding environment and ready to ambush careless creatures passing by.
Figure 4. Cursed Root concept
This is one of the most typical and common predators in the Ease Plain. Jumper gerbils are small in form, but their hunting habits combined with their agility and flexibility allow them to easily isolate and defeat large, slow prey.
Figure 5. Jumping Gerbils concept
Contrary to the small size of common toads found in swampy areas, the Giant Rock Toad is just like what its name suggests - they are massive predators that have gray rough skin. Because of this special skin, they have the ability to disguise themselves as large, solitary rocks in the field to trap smaller predators.
Despite having a somewhat clumsy figure, the Rock Toad can still move using the force of its two hind legs. The main weapon of this toad is its body weight, long tongue, and sharp teeth that are always ready to kill the ill-fated prey. In addition, the female giant toad has a special oral cavity to hold the baby toads inside. In some cases, it will open its mouth and spit out baby toads to join forces to attack the enemy.
Figure 6. Giant Stone concept
Having common features of the Triceratops, Shield Heads are large peaceful herbivores. However, they are ready to attack when individuals in the herd are in danger.
The most prominent feature of the Shield Head is the shield-like horns on its head and a number of longer horns that act as a defensive weapon when confronting predators.
Figure 7. Shield Head concept
Despite growing noticeably in size through time, the turtles in this region hardly change their behaviors. It is still a slow and harmless species, relying on its super-hard shell for defense against predators.
This turtle usually has an extremely long lifespan, much longer than that of other creatures in the Ease Plain. Having a large and slow body, they cannot be picky about food. They mainly eat leaves as well as any fruit they can find.
Figure 8. Deinochelys Turtle concept
Being one of the typical cattle of the Ease Plain, the Mammoth Bull is a large and friendly herbivore. That said, one cannot underestimate the strength of these bulls. Possessing massive horns and the power to launch heavy blows makes Mammoth Bull a formidable opponent in the eyes of hunters.
Despite being a natural wild breed, the Mammoth Bull can be tamed for strenuous tasks such as pulling carts or carrying goods.
Figure 9. Mammoth Bull artwork
Commonly found in the small woodland margins of the Ease Plain, the Dirt Boar is a highly independent, omnivorous ungulate. Their main source of food is mushrooms, herbs, fruits on the edges of the forest, or even the carcasses of other animals.
Dirt Boars are often solitary in their own territories. Such individualistic behavior makes for an aggressive animal that is always ready to attack any creature encroaching on its own territory. Dirt Board's main attack method is to repeatedly stab the opponent with sharp teeth until one of them falls.
Figure 10. Dirt Boar concept
Horn Houd is Ease Plain's most notorious predator when it comes to ferocity. Horn Hound bears some similarities with common wolves such as the habit of living in groups or dividing territories between different packs.
The most distinct feature of the Horn Hound is a giant horn in front of their forehead. As Ease Plain’s prey often possesses superior strength and physique along with thick skin, using teeth and claws alone might not be enough. This special horn acts as a special weapon that helps the Horn Hound to launch critical hits, piercing the target with ease.
Figure 11. Horn Hound concept
The nine-ivory elephant is a mythical, mystical, and extremely rare species of the Ease Plains. Although being an enormous creature, it is a friendly creature that is respected by all other animals.
The nine-ivory is a special creature in the culture of the Surfang people. They believe that every time the nine-ivory elephants emerge, they will bring luck and blessings to the land. Thus, they appear in many of Surfang’s temples or statues.
The nine-ivory elephants are an extremely rare breed.
Figure 12. The artwork is for reference purposes only.
This omnivorous species is known as the most ancient, monstrous, and unique creature of the Ease Plains Their diet usually consists of small fruits, flowers, and small animals and insects that are easily swallowed.
Despite having wings, this species cannot fly and relies mostly on its long legs to move on the ground at breakneck speed They have in total 9 legs and each one has an extra sharp spur to attack their enemy.
Their personality is very erratic as they can either be harmless or aggressive depending on different times.
Figure 13. Nine-spurred chicken artwork
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