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Terha
World Taldain
Universe Cosmere
Featured In White Sand

The terha is a domesticated animal on the Dayside of Taldain.[1]

Appearance[edit]

The terha is a large quadruped. The body size and shape is similar to a rhinoceros, with a thickly muscled body and thick legs.[1] It is covered in brown carapace,[2] with a large, oval-shaped head that has two large horns or tusks in the front and rounded armor in the back that helps protect the neck.[1] Plates of carapace hang from its long tail, with a particularly large triangle-shaped plate at the end.[1] It has clawed feet that appear to have opposable thumbs.[1]

Usage[edit]

Terha are domesticated, and are used for transportation while hunting sandlings in the deep sand.[1] Like tonks, they are ridden using a saddle, bridle, and saddlebags.[1] While tonks are used for general transportation, terha appear to be much more rare and specialized. Kenton has never ridden a terha before joining Lord Raagent for a sandling hunt.[1] Terha that are raised to hunt have their carapace treated with a special substance called DoKall from infancy to prevent the carapace from dissolving when it gets wet.[1] Raagent calls them tough, and they are not as skittish as tonks.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Terha have superficial similarities to both tonks and some species of sandlings, with both having horns and water-soluble carapace.[1] It is unknown if there is a relation, natural or bred, between the creatures.

Notes[edit]

  1. a b c d e f g h i j k White Sand Volume 2 chapter 3 #
  2. The first appearance of terha is in the background of a panel with tonks in the foreground, and both animals are shown as light gray. However, this is likely a coloring error, as terha are brown in all subsequent panels.
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