Wyndchild
Singular: Wyndchild
Plural: Wyndchilds
Wyndchilds are a species of quadruped common to the Ryuutenshi Valley. Superficially, they resemble horses.

Gender distinctions
Male: Drakel
Female: Elliy
Young (generic): Wyklin
Young male: Draklin
Young female: Elliyon

Appearance
Generally horse shaped with horse-like heads, manes, and tails. They all sport shaggy, two toned coats in colors that were largely different from those sported by any other species of equine they’d ever seen. They bear markings that run from the base of the tail, up the back of the neck along the hairline, down the nose, continuing under the chin and down the front of the neck to continue along the belly and back to the back legs. Swirl patterns that are unique to each individual mark them, making it easier for an outsider to tell them apart. Some have more, some have less.

On their shoulders, they each have tufts of fur that mark where their wings come out. The long legs are furred only to the knee on the front legs and to the hock on the rear ones. From those points down, the legs are covered in scales down to the top of the shiny black cloven hooves. Fully grown and mature males, called Draklin, have whiskers sprouting from just behind their nostrils.

Society and Diet
Wyndchilds are herbivores, preferring to graze on the long grasses that make up the Ryuutenshi Valley. They occasionally enjoy fruit and flowers.

They group together in herds. Unlike a herd of horses, all of the mature drekels breed, not just the leader. They have very good memories and can list their genealogy back at least five generations. This is to prevent accidental inbreeding. It’s not uncommon for the younger herd members to break off and roam on their own, joining other herds of forming one of their own.