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Balian

Balianfull name
Baal (Alter ego)nicknames
7 Yearsage
Spring of Year 10birthdate
Large speciessize
74"height
Mediumbuild
Chaotic Goodalignment
Malegender
Heterosexualsexuality
Lonerpack
31posts
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Hailing from the deserts of Egypt, Balian is a handsome young horse that gives off the impression of power and ruggedness. He is an impressive specimen in both stature and appearance as well. He is a beautiful golden dun with primitive markings across his entire body. Thanks to his lineage and wild ancestors, Balian comes to stand at an impressive 18.2 HH. So far, he is the only one of his siblings that has come close to matching his grandfathers height of 19 HH. He is a hardy horse with a brawny and strong body, broad chest, strong shoulders and a muscular neck. He has wide intelligent eyes, strong sturdy legs, and all in all is a well muscled equine.

He is an impressive specimen, the stallion bears a black dorsal stripe along the length of his back, white tiger-like stripes mar his neck and they fade into faint black stripes along his spine. Black leg bars cover the majority of his legs with white stockings overlaying the black on his front legs. His head is well defined, muscular, and proud looking. A white barred blaze ascends from inky muzzle to his forehead. He has black tiger stripe markings around his muzzle and eyes, drawing out his honey colored eyes. Lastly, the stallion bears black tipped ears and a rough and coarse black mane and tail long roughened up by the desert winds. His hair sits in disarray most of the time, sometimes looking frizzed unless he has taken it upon himself to take a dust bath...or a real bath, whichever he is forced to do.

Balian's right ear is pierced with a small bone, and wears a corded leather necklace that is threaded with small finger-like bones and a couple of hawk feathers as a pendant. He sometimes might wear beads braided into his mane and tail during ceremonies and rituals.

appearance
Balian takes after both his mother and father in equal parts. He is generally a playful and gentle creature, but is also noble and proud. He loves to run freely across the lands, enjoying the feel of the wind in his mane and the thunder beneath his feet. Power and grace can be seen in the way he moves, the stallion often walking with dignity in his step and without fear. Derived from horses of war, Balian is instilled with a sense of honor and selflessness. He is incredibly loyal and brave, often refusing to back down from danger, but he is not foolish. Even he knows when to back down from a battle he knows he can't win. Protective to a fault, the stallion will go out of his way to protect those he cares for.

Balian has the tendency to become suspicious of others upon first meeting them. While he can be selfless and kind and playful, he has his moments where he withholds trust from others. He makes his judgment before deciding, and has a keen eye to discern whether or not whomever he is speaking to is trustworthy. He takes after his sire in this aspect, for the harsh desert world often held creatures that constantly sought to hunt him and his kin down.

Another thing about him is that he grew up in a world of religion, witch doctors, and sorcery. His ancestors before him lived in a world where humans were still very much alive, and were subjected to experiments. Whatever curses were laid upon his sires and grandsires have been passed down to him, and so Balian himself is cursed with an alter-ego. He doesn't know what may trigger it, or when it will happen, but when his other self takes over then Balian becomes a violent and rabid beast! Those who happen to be nearby may find themselves quite unlucky. It is in these moments where he will go on a rampage, eyes wild and no sense left in him. All he can do is wait until it ends...but not even he knows when that could be. His episodes have been known to last anywhere from a few minutes to hours, and sometimes even days, however, the latter is rare. When he finally comes out of his rabid-like state, he becomes incredibly exhausted and nearly all his energy spent, and all he may want to do is rest.

He constantly prays to the Egyptian Gods to protect him and rid him of his curse, and believes that they are watching over him and will one day, bless him with the afterlife where he can then live curse-free for the rest of his days...

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History

Balian was born to a wild mustang by the name of Nefertari, and a war horse by the name of Imhotep. His mother was brought to the lands as an offering to the Egyptian royal family. She escaped during her transit from the ship and had been living in the surrounding desert for years with another band of wild horses. His father was a war horse for the Egyptian king, often riding into battle and serving his Gods. One day when his rider had fallen in battle and the dust had settled, Imhotep knew that the battle had been lost. Disheartened and defeated, he began his trek back home, though somewhere along the way he came across Nefertari's wild band and from there, the pair had fallen in love. Together they lived for many years, and they had many offspring.

They lived happily together, the pair expecting once more until one fateful day when a large band of humans came upon the herd. Their kin were being captured, the old and frail slaughtered, young were being taken away, and those who fled were being chased down. It was this day the herd disbanded by force, and together Imhotep and Nefertari would flee, never to look back. After many days, their pursuers would give up the chase, and the pair would find themselves at the base of the mountain at the furthest edges of the desert...

Several weeks would pass, and at last Nefertari would give birth to a colt whom she named Balian. Having lost all their other children to fates unknown, Balian would be the last known child of Nefertari and Imhotep. The trio lived near those mountains happy and undisturbed...until once again, fate would deal them a cruel hand. It was a cold desert night, Balian lay next to his mother while his father grazed nearby. Little did they know that a group of bandits would come upon them that night. And once again, disaster would strike. Balian and his mother startled when they heard Imhotep sound a warning, and immediately the young colt was being pushed up the mountain side. Confused and frightened, he didn't know what was happening, all he knew was that they were being chased and his mother and father were desperate to get him away. As they made their way up the rocky slope, Balian's father would slip, though he called to them to keep going. Nefertari, however, would not leave without him. Urging Balian to keep going and not to look back, she raced back down the slope. Out of fear, Balian would keep going as high as he could go before exhaustion eventually overtook him. He hid for what felt like days, the colt waiting for his parents return. As his belly grew hungrier and his lips grew more parched, he began to feel the overwhelming sense that he was alone. On the fifth night, Balian was in a fitful slumber. That is, until he heard the dull, uneven sound of clacking against the rocks. His head would rise, ears straining as he listened, heart racing as he tried to figure out what it was. Had those two-legged creatures found him?

No. It was his [i]father![/i] He was alive! He had found him! Balian rushed to his father's side as fast as his weakened body would allow, though it wouldn't be the most happiest of reunions. His father had suffered a broken leg, a result from trying to lure the bandits away from he and his mother. When at last his father had lost them, he had returned to find that Nefertari had been slaughtered...since that night, Father and Son remained together for near a year until Imhotep succumbed to severe infection from his injuries. He had learned all he could from his father during the time allowed, and since then, Balian has wandered far from the deserts of his homeland.

Along the way, he meets his now faithful friend and comrade, a Red-Tailed Hawk that he met during his cross of the Northern Mountains who simply goes by the name Sky.

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Relations

parentsNefertari [Kiger Mustang] x Imhotep [Criollo]
siblingsUnknown, assumed to be dead
Extended Family
Grandparents

Father's side
Felipe [Criollo] x Luciana [Criollo]

Mother's side
Bandit [Kiger Mustang] x Nidawi [Kiger Mustang]

Skills

Intermediate Fighter (30)
Intermediate Navigator (30)

Fight Form

Balian vs (opponent) for (fight type)
Round x/x
Age: (Only include: over 1 year, under 1 year, or under 6 months as applicable)
Size: Large species
Build: Medium
Companion 1: Black Howler Monkey, Male - Battle
Companion 2: Red-tailed hawk, Female - Flying
Mutation 1: Retractable fangs - Offensive
Mutation 2: Crystal hooves - Offensive
Skills: Intermediate Fighter & Intermediate Navigator
Balian vs (opponent) for (fight type)
Round x/x
Age: (Only include: over 1 year, under 1 year, or under 6 months as applicable)
Size: Large species
Build: Medium
Companion 1: <a href="https://www.ardently.org/showthread.php?tid=29198">Black Howler Monkey, Male - Battle</a>
Companion 2: <a href="https://www.ardently.org/showthread.php?tid=33398">Red-tailed hawk, Female - Flying</a>
Mutation 1: <a href="https://www.ardently.org/showthread.php?tid=37128&pid=237920#pid237920">Retractable fangs - Offensive</a>
Mutation 2: <a href="https://www.ardently.org/showthread.php?tid=37128&pid=237920#pid237920">Crystal hooves - Offensive</a>
Skills: Intermediate Fighter & Intermediate Navigator

Racing Form

Balian vs (opponent) for Race
Round x/x
Age: (Only include: over 1 year, under 1 year, or under 6 months as applicable)
Size: Large species
Build: Medium
Skills: Intermediate Fighter & Intermediate Navigator
Balian vs (opponent) for Race
Round x/x
Age: (Only include: over 1 year, under 1 year, or under 6 months as applicable)
Size: Large species
Build: Medium
Skills: Intermediate Fighter & Intermediate Navigator

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1K 12-28-2021 at 09:43 AM • 1K, To The Ends of the Earth
The Ooze Participant 11-30-2021 at 07:54 PM • The Ooze Participant, Halloween - It Begins..
The Ooze - Variation 1 11-30-2021 at 05:39 PM • The Ooze - Variation 1, Halloween - It Persists...
Treat 2019 12-02-2019 at 05:36 PM • Treat 2019, Trick or Treat 2019 | Location 3