Elreds are among the most passive of creatures, affectionate but simple-minded and content to keep to their own most of the time. This gentle nature stems largely from how elred have no natural enemies, and if attacked, merely drain the life force of their attacker to heal themselves. This is an automatic response to physical damage most of the time, and elreds cannot attack others with this ability. They can, however, choose not to drain a life force with their magic. For reasons no one quite understands, even though they possess the potential to live forever, most elreds slowly choose to let themselves age over the course of a century or so. They continue to produce milk throughout their lives, however, making them exceedingly valuable. However, they won't ever breed to produce new elred; all elred are born female, and cannot reproduce with normal cows.
Only one in a hundred thousand cows births an elred instead of its usual kin, but these rare and majestic creatures have been cherished for many centuries. Foenara is home to the largest elred herds, and has been ever since Suru Nembosai, the ancient ruler of northern Foenara, congregated all of the known elred in the country to start a breeding program. Though elred cannot themselves breed more elred, their peculiar progeny have an increased change of producing one of their parents. Almost all Foenaran elred are descended from this herd, and similar breeding herds have been established worldwide in recent times. The lure of the elred is not for their meat, for most would consider it a grievous crime to slaughter an elred, but rather their milk. Elred milk is the primary ingredient for the fabled elixir of life, which is said to grant long life to those who drink it.
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