The amalfa of Adamadas would be recognisable to people of Earth in this age. Many features are similar. Amalfa are the land animals of the planet. Like Earth’s animals, amalfa generally have four legs and two eyes. However, it is usual for them to have four ears and three nares or nostrils. Predators such as hanthas wear their nares stacked vertically along the nasal structure; herbivores such as jhepe have theirs arranged side-by-side at the tip of the nose; omnivores will exhibit a combination of both arrangements. Another feature of many amalfa is the rump flare which is used primarily for attraction display. Although the flare appears sharp and rigid when raised the filaments are lymph-filled sheaths, like enlarged hairs, and are soft to the touch; they can be emptied and lowered to form long, flattened, triangular ‘scales’ that lie neatly over the top of the rump. Some amalfa, such as the hari of Redlands (which you will meet in Book 3) have a crest, instead of a flare, that begins on the head and continues along the spine to the start of the tail. This display is for threat rather than attraction.
Colouration tends to be more vibrant than what we are generally used to in Earth animals with green, blue, purple and red not uncommon. Stripes, spots and combinations of both are also common. The famed Shuzh’Altira have a metallic look to their hides which makes them highly prized as riding amalfa. Shuzh’Arbs include a black variety with gold-orange stripes and white accents (manes, tails, flares) and these, too, are a popular breed.
RellimNyl began gathering information on the characters in the Adamadas Chronicles while working as a history research assistant at Alkebula University in K’nyika-Zambwe, the university headed by Kabaka Kalen who Asha meets at the Tenanoal Conference at The Edj when she is seventeen. RellimNyl’s careful research uncovered the stories behind the Chronicles and the maps and other graphics on this website which he gleaned from old school material, notably by Petya (Book 2, North of Himal, yet to be published at time of this writing) the daughter of Orien, Ganna Sh’rath of Zhahar in The Zhrebat. It is RellimNyl’s sketches and slides that illustrator Mavis Stucci has used to portay the creatures and characters of Adamadas.
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