11. X - Pegasi
2nd Janune 3783, 9th Eon
Pegasi occupy most of the west, rather than the east. The swampy and dank air of the east does not offer great living conditions for them.
The same size as a wild horse, mare and stallions, but their wings expand nine feet long.
Pegasi are creatures that have lived only recently in history. Fossil remains of the first horses growing wings can be seen. They were not large wings, granted, like the pegasi of today have, but they were developing wings nonetheless. We can imagine horses developed wings to escape ground based predators, which would indeed enhance their survival. Until when evolution caught up, and the ground based predators grew wings too, such as manticores and griffins. But yet pegasi still do very well for themselves, spreading throughout the westlands.
Pegasi are usually depicted in drawings and art as white and radiant, or garish and black. But this is simply not the case at all. Pegasi are all manner of colours, from brown, to ginger, to grey, to white and black. A multidude of colours, but why they are depicted as white commonly is they are a sign of purity and hope, like the dove. But Pegasi are some of the fastest creatures known to us, on the ground and in the air. Yes, despite even their massive wings, they can still run a top speed of fourty miles per hour, and fly even faster at about sixty miles per hour. And this is the reason they are not "hunted" per say, but captured and raised for military purposes. Pegasi are extremely expensive, so only the rich or the army own them for cavalry, like normal horses. To be a Pegasus Rider is a tremendous honour to any worthy knight.
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia