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Introducing The Myotragus Hi everyone! My name is NeddyTheNoodle and I'm submitting my idea for a resource-scouting companion called the Myotragus! Please support and upvote it if you'd like to see it in-game! Historical Background This mountain goat is based on a genus that actually went extinct around 4,500 years ago (according to Wikipedia). This goat unlike your average herbivore, had stereoscopic eyes pointed towards the front similar to primates and many carnivores. Myotragus Dossier Wild On the surface, Myotragus sensorem looks like a regular mountain goat. Upon closer inspection however, this creature is a lucky thing to come across. In the wild, Myotragus sensorem is passive, though defensive when attacked. Myotragus are capable of scaling the steep slopes of the mountainous regions. This verticality, combined with their high fortitude when in the presence of certain resources, makes them a dangerous foe if they are attacked in areas containing high quantities of materials often useful to survivors. The sharpened horns of Myotragus allow them to pierce the flesh of creatures and survivors alike, causing them to bleed. Combined with this, Myotragus are about as large as an adult survivor. Thus, it is wise to avoid violent confrontation with Myotragus unless necessary. Domesticated Perhaps the most unique capability of Myotragus is its strange propensity to sensing various local resource deposits along with creatures in a given area. Tribes have found that upon showing Myotragus specific resources, it will point its human companion in the right direction. While Myotragus are not effective gatherers on their own, they have the unique ability of having an easier time carrying the resources which they can sense. This makes them efficient at helping survivors find resources to then carry back to their encampments with ease. The unique jump-height, verticality, and weight carrying capacity of Myotragus, combined with its ability to sense local resources, makes it an excellent companion to have in these harsh lands. Utility -- Why Is This Important? 1. Lets get right into the details of the Myotragus. What makes it useful or unique, and why should you vote for it? Well my idea is this goat would have the utility of 'sensing' resources and or creatures in an area around it. This sensing ability could be strengthened through levelling, and each Myotragus could have a unique set of resources or creatures it can sense, similar to the Gacha. In addition, Myotragus could be fantastic weight-reducing travel mounts for carrying goods. Potential resources Myotragus could find may include: Raw Metal Obsidian Crystal Gems Oil Sap Sulfur Silica Pearls Black Pearls Fungal Wood Raw Salt 2. Beyond sensing resources, perhaps Myotragus could also sense creatures in a new way -- pointing survivors in a direction from much further away than for example a Parasaur. Maybe you are looking for a Thyla for example and can't find any, but your Myotragus is able to scout out Thylas in particular. So even half way across the map, it can sense a creature from afar -- perhaps with a general hint or direction and not an exact coordinate / position. 3. I would suggest Myotragus can track down Explorer Notes, similar to the Direwolf. Except Myotragus would be able to do it with ease, and scout out notes from much further away. Players have historically had a very difficult time tracking down the vast hundreds of explorer notes in the game, and an ability like this if done correctly would make collecting them much faster, easier, and more fun in my view. 4. Myotragus would be a secondary source of Mutton, though not as much as Ovis. The goat should not overrule the Ovis in the sheer density of harvestable mutton, but it should at least be an option available to survivors if need-be. Perhaps for every 10 raw mutton an Ovis grants, survivors collect 1-2 from the Myotragus. Combat The Myotragus is comparable to the male Megaloceros in the bleed damage it can dish out with its horns, however it is not a combat-heavy mount. This goat is focused on resources, creatures, and explorer notes! If you're someone who loves to roam around on the ARKs collecting new things, exploring, and doing it all safely and carefully, the Myotragus is a great guide that helps avoid combat instead of engaging with it. Travel As a fantastic creature for scaling vertical regions of any ARK, as shown in the dossier the Myotragus could scale nearly 90 degree angles with how effectively versatile it climbs. Acting similar to the TEK Boots, the Myotragus is careful and precise with its hooves allowing the creature to escape foes with ease, and gain a vertical advantage for spotting resources, explorer notes, and any creatures it has a particular interest in. Taming Taming Myotragus involves the resources it is such a great scout for. Not unlike taming Gachas, Myotragus are intrigued by survivors handing them strange new resources. Eventually if a survivor does this enough, and with a wide enough variety, the Myotragus can be tamed, and survivors can reap the benefits of having a resource, explorer notes, and perhaps creature scout, all in one self-contained mountain goat. How's that sound? Concluding... If you like my pitch, please upvote this post, and tell the community about the Myotragus! The dossier above was concepted by myself over a year ago, and it is pretty awesome to have the opportunity to bring it back for a second round and try and get it implemented. #VoteGoat today and let's make this happen! Thanks, survivors!
The Pyrenean Ibex (Pyreniaca Medisal) is an intriguing creature, one with powers unlike anything I've seen in my travels around this strange world. It appears that it can detect what is in metal nodes simply by the taste of the stone, with subtle differences amplified by it's permanent quest for salt. And rumour has it, it can revive the dead, for a cost... The creators of this strange land must have really studied the Ibex's natural behaviors while it was alive, as it has a permanent longing for salt. This insatiable craving is a driving force for the Ibex, and is the reason why it can tell what is in stone nodes simply by taste; the taste buds on its tongue are so adept to searching for salt that they can pick up and decipher bare traces of almost anything you could possibly find in a stone node. The ones on Aberration can even find hidden bits of crystal. There is another side to this creature other than an adorable salt-seeking goat mount: They can raise the dead... sort of. I believe, that as a reference to this particular species's de-extinction in 2003, whoever decided to put this creature into the Ark gave it a special ability: If given the fresh corpse or, much harder to do, the dermis of a creature, it can resurrect them with only a few health points left. To do this, however, requires 2x the amount given to the resurrected creature taken away from the Ibex resurrecting the creature's health, along with a fair amount of salt as payment for this incredible act. Example: Say your favorite Lystosaurus just wandered off a cliff. You bring your trusty Ibex down to your unlucky pet's corpse. You have it bring the Lystro back to life with 75 health points left. Not much, but hopefully enough to bring it back up the hill to your base. This action takes away 150 health from your Ibex, 2x the amount it revived your Lystro for. It also requires 75 salt as a reward for sacrificing some of it's own health for your little buddy. Now, say you're walking back up the hill to your house. Suddenly, your Lystro gets attacked by a Raptor, killed, and subsequently eaten by the Raptor. You fight it off, but your Lystro is gone forever. Or is it? Suddenly, you remember you took its dermis before it fell. You rush back on your Ibex's strong back, nearly vertically up the hill to your house. Good thing its used to steep mountains! You grab your dead Lystro's dermis and hastily give it to your Ibex, and resurect it with 50 health left, but in the safety of your base. This takes 250 health (5x) from your Ibex, with a fee of 125 salt. Now, there would be a 10 minute cool down for any resurrection to make it more balanced, but this is a close approximation of a normal resurrection. So, how would you tame this incredible creature? Well, there are 2 ways. 1. Lead the Ibex to some salt nodes and let it lick them. After each one, give it some raw salt. This will progress the taming bar. 2. This is the arguably less moral method, but it may take a lot less time. Ibexes are naturally kind to most of the forest dinos, so if you bring it a dead creature (naturally dead or killed by you, doesn't matter) it will resurrect the creature, and then you must give it some salt. This will only require a few resurrections due to the long ability cool down. Trivia: Wild Ibexes will destroy trees with a vengeance, due to the last Ibex being killed by a falling tree. Tamed ones will reserve their hatred until you put them on Wander. This makes them somewhat useful for clearing forests. Ibexes will sometimes spawn with a baby in tow, and taming the mother tames the baby too. The baby can not have the Imprinting stat boost, nor can it be tamed without a mother Ibex nearby.