Monsters of Nytefall: Bob’s Horses

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Bob loves horses to the point where he actively tries to slip them into every conversation that he has.  He judges people, towns, and kingdoms on the availability and treatment of their horses.  Chastity made stables on the other side of the road from the Scrumptious Siren because he insisted.  It was going to be simple, but Bob got his hands on the plan and made it bigger.  She won’t complain because the well-stocked and large stables have become a welcomed draw to travelers.  Still, it is another testament to the adoration that this Dawn Fang has for horses.  Why did this happen?

A little bit of an origin here to explain how this wasn’t a random choice.  Bob was one of my best friend’s Vampire: The Masquerade characters back in high school.  Everyone said I could use them if I ever did a vampire series, but things became complicated when I moved from Earth to Windemere.  Bob was the biggest problem because he was obsessed with cars.  On his character sheet, he had skills that involved using cars as weapons.  He once fired micro-machines out of a shotgun.  Game Bob kept it under control more than the book one, but I needed to find a replacement since cars aren’t a thing in Windemere and carts don’t move on their own.  Horses were the obvious choice and I made his unique power revolve around that.

Bob has the ability to craft horses using his aura.  He takes parts that he finds, but he never kills the animal.  I think he killed a camel and an antelope in the series, but those aren’t horses.  It makes it clear that he could create steeds of any kind and consciously sticks to horses.  He turns his magical energy into threads and sews the pieces together, including additions from other animals.  These threads also animate the body and restore most of its consciousness, which creates a very mild psychic connection to Bob.  He only uses it to sense their emotions and when they need repairs.  The more he concentrates on the creation, the more autonomous and long-lasting the steed is.  If he rushes the job then they fall apart quickly.  His limit is 12 horses at one time, so he is always swapping out newer models for older ones.  Those retired creations are typically buried in a personal graveyard and preserved in case he wants to revive them for a specific job.

There have been a lot of horses made in the series, so I’d have to go through every book to pick them out.  I’ve had it that Bob always has a horse for the right occasion or is able to pick up the parts nearby in an emergency.  It hasn’t been made clear because he isn’t aware of it, but he can sense horses and their parts when he needs them.  So, a dead stallion in the wild can draw him in if he needs to craft one.  I try not to make it too much of an issue since it doesn’t come up often.  There’s always a town or old battlefield nearby in Windemere during the first 100 years after the Great Cataclysm.  It’s that way now too, but less noticeable.

Just to give a list of horses that Bob has made or talked about:

  1. Speed horse that moves as fast as a cheetah.
  2. Power horse that can carry Titus.
  3. Invisible horse that can disappear with him.  Believe he named her Pumpkin.
  4. Aquatic horse . . . Think this was only mentioned.
  5. Skeletal horse in emergency.
  6. Zombie antelope in emergency.
  7. Flying horse . . . Only mentioned.
  8. Long range horse made for endurance.
  9. Camel.
  10. Considered an elephant.

I do wish I had created more opportunities for him to create horses.  It was a really fun power, but fairly niche.  He couldn’t do it in the middle of a battle or use it for a spontaneous attack.  Out of all the Dawn Fang abilities, Bob’s horse crafting is the only one that requires a lot of preparation time and doesn’t gear towards combat in any way.  Hope I used it enough for it to be memorable though.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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6 Responses to Monsters of Nytefall: Bob’s Horses

  1. L. Marie says:

    Bob’s scenes are always entertaining. His horse crafting skill is unusual and clever. How cool that he loves what he does.

    As I read this, I thought of B’wana Beast (Michael Payson Maxwell) in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, whose ability caused him to merge animals and make a chimera. I’m not saying that Bob is like B’wana Beast, just that I thought of B’wana Beast, because of an episode where Batman looked with distaste at an animal B’wana Beast formed.

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  2. I find Bob to be one of the most memorable characters. I think the guy is awesome.

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  3. This was a great story about Bob, Charles. He does have a fairly unique skill.

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