An Introduction to Mahid
Fauna of Mahid
In the arid biosphere of Mahid, reptiles and insects are more common than mammals, but all three may be found in a wide variety and occasionally in stupendous size.
Many earth species exist there, or at least something similar enough that using a different name would be counterproductive, but new and strange creatures are often to be found as well. Many of these, insectoid or not, possess more than the usual four limbs, the better to distribute their weight across shifting sands.
The sentient creatures of Mahid have domesticated a few lesser beasts; horses, camels, oxen, and thoats, the latter being large and fearsome eight-limbed reptiles most commonly used as war-mounts, though their speed cannot match that of a good horse and their temperament is notoriously wild.
Outside the support of intelligent species, a pervasive, diverse, but also thinly spread biome survives between the inhospitable ice caps and equatorial regions, mostly centered around isolated oases and forgotten stretches of Canal. The slopes of such brim with hardy mosses, lichens, and grasses. In lower areas there are cacti and scrub whose lengthly taproots can reach moisture far below. With this as the base, the figurative food chain extends upwards through all manner of small creature, finally to support the great predators; imposing lizards and wurms, giant insects, and cunning, haggard mammals, such as the ubiquitous hyena.
In addition, there are occasional reports of strange creatures on the face of Mahid which seem to fit no ecological niche, or even follow the natural order at all in some cases. Absurdly colossal cousins of more common beasts, Repulsive undead, gibbering aberrations and yet more horrifying creatures have all been claimed, but determining what is real and what is merely the sun-drunk tales of bored old sandskippers can be difficult. It is speculated that some of these alleged monstrosities might have been created by powerful sorcery, gods, or the ancients for purposes unknown.
Certain notable species are listed below: