Unicorn

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A Unicorn

Unicorns are horselike animals with a single spiraling horn. They are usually solitary beings, but may allow pure maidens to ride them.[6b]

Appearance

Unicorns mostly resemble horses, although their head is more similar to a goat's and bears a spiraling horn between its eyes.[6b] They shimmer with power, being blessed with a glamour that can beguile those who come close to them. This glow also provides physical protection from both mundane attacks and hostile magic and its very presence can harm summoned or undead creatures.[3a] Unicorn horns have a faint glow that can be seen in daylight, which remains even when they are removed from the creature.[6b]

Nature

Unicorns are renowned for their elegance and grace, which makes them look peaceful. However, they are arrogant and as such unpredictable creatures, who do not mind using their cream hooves to molest a person to death and they are likely to enjoy skewering creatures on their single horn simply to show their power. Unlike horses, they are solitary creatures.[2]

Although they have gained a reputation as noble beasts, they are actually stubborn, selfish, temperamental and vain. [3a]

A Storm of Magic is a rare occasion when enough power is gathered to allow armies to harness a Unicorn's power for combat, often bonding several of them into a small but powerful unit to distract enemy troops from the main army.[2]

Unicorns are proud creatures, and will normally lie down on the ground and die rather than accept a rider without their own consent.[6a] Rarely, they may allow females to ride them into battle [1a] as they have an affinity to both females and wizards. [5a]

Death and Trophies

Unicorn horns are assigned various powers by popular belief, including the ability to cure diseases, staunch wounds, dispel creatures of Chaos and halt flatulence. Most of these beliefs are likely to be myths, but hunters often sell real and counterfeit Unicorn horns to the gullible.[6b] Many Bretonnian knights have been killed seeking univorn ivory as they pursue them into Athel Loren, often overwhelmed by Forest Spirits or Elf arrows. [5a]

When they die, male unicorns rapidly decompose, rotting to near nothing in minutes and leaving no trophy for hunters. It is said that drinking the blood of a freshly slain unicorn gives the drinker great potency. [4a]

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Unicorns are virtually immune to hostile magic and can extend this to help protect a rider. Daemons, Elementals and other magical creaures can be banished or made unstable by the mere presence of a unicorn and its attacks are fully effective against creatures immune to non-magical weapons. [1a]

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