Asperii appeared as normal horses, averaging around 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall. They had hides that were dun, gray, or white and long manes that were most often light gray, silver, or white.
Asperii were rarely surprised, boasting natural true sight and the ability to see into both the astral and ethereal planes. Their powerful eyes also made them immune to the abilities of creatures whose gaze was dangerous. Cold-based and wind-based attacks had no effect on asperii either. And though extremes of heat did not especially faze them, fire-based attacks hurt them more than usual.
If forced to defend themselves, asperii did so quickly and efficiently. With sharp teeth and powerful front legs for kicking, they would attack the faces and wings of their opponents.
An asperii's agility in the air served them well defensively. Though for every 150 lb (68 kg) or so of weight they carried aloft, they slowed noticeably. Their flight was based on a natural levitation, combined with an ability to 'ride' wind s— the stronger the wind, the faster they flew. It was an incredibly smooth ride too, allowing riders to cast spells from atop a speeding asperii with no difficulty.
One night during the Time of Troubles of 1358 DR, the adventurer Rellamyn and his two companions rode asperii to catch Kyriani when she jumped out of Castle Waterdeep and over a cliff. They dodged flaming arrows over the castle before he returned Kyriani to the Selûne's Smile inn.
Although unlikely to be encountered in numbers greater than three, a herd of asperii could be up to twenty-strong, frequently led by a 'noble' (a more powerful offshoot of the species possessing an iridescent hide and powers of suggestion) around the upper slopes of rarely traveled mountains.
Asperii usually kept to themselves but herds with a desire for fish were known to raid coastal communities and fishing boats for their catch. They considered hippogriffs and griffons their mortal enemies and almost always attacked them on sight. Rocs were also sometimes attacked, but usually left alone. Conversely, asperii got on well with pegasi.
Their young, known as doffs, were amenable to training as mounts by neutral, lawful neutral, and neutral good-aligned individuals. Once a rider was accepted, an asperii became devotedly loyal to them, never accepting another unless asked to by their first.
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