Will add a titlecard and intro when I can be asked to do so.
- Height: 180 cm (withers)
- Weight: 1.000 kg (not counting the horn)
- Max speed: 88 km/h
- Stamina: can maintain max speed for 4 km
Unicorns are a horned horse or goat-like creatures featured in European folklore. Though majestic and graceful, unicorns are incredibly violent creatures and lack control over their more violent impulses and could only be calmed by the presence of a virgin maiden. Their horn was said to possess healing and purifying properties and was a highly sought after item by European noblemen who were often tricked into buying a narwhal tusk, thinking it to be a unicorn horn. Seen as a symbol of purity and beauty, it is featured on the heraldry and coat of arms of several cities, counties, and heads of state.
- Horn: The unicorns carry a large spiralling horn on its forehead which it used to fend off predators. According to legend, the horn had healing and purifying properties.
- Hooves: Being a horse, the unicorn can use its hooves to kick its attackers. A normal horse can kick at a maximum average of 2,000 psi.
- Height: 120 cm
- Weight: 436 kg
- Max speed: approx 60 km/h
- Stamina: unknown, were not stamina runners
Smilodon is an extinct machairodont subfamily of the felids. It is one of the most famous prehistoric mammals and the best known saber-toothed cat. Although commonly known as the saber-toothed tiger, it was not closely related to the tiger or other modern cats. Smilodon died out at the same time that most North and South American megafauna disappeared, about 10,000 years ago. Its reliance on large animals has been proposed as the cause of its extinction, along with climate change and competition with other species, but the exact cause is unknown.
- Jaws: The jaws of the Smilodon evolved for precision killing, but in the process sacrificed bite force (which is 37, much lower than most modern big cats). To aid it in hunting the Smilodon had large canine teeth of 28 cm (11 inch) long and had fine serrations on the front and back side. Most researchers suggest that the Smilodon would target the neck. Some think that they could have targeted the belly as well, though this is more disputed.
- Claws: As with many cats, the Smilodon had retractable claws. Though these could have been used to attack, their main purpose was to allow the Smilodon to get a better grip of its prey.
Being essentially a horse, unicorns would have to deal with the same predators including wolves, bears, and of course human, who would hunt it for their magic horn. Unlike horses, however, unicorns were much more violent and lack control over their violent impulses.
An apex predator, the Smilodon typically hunted large herbivores such as mastodons, bison, and horses. They also had to compete with dire wolves, American lions, and primitive humans for prey.
Horses, and by extension unicorns, are roughly even with elephants when it comes to intellect. They have been shown to recognize simple patterns and are surprisingly good problem solvers. Just ask any horse owner if they have any stories about their horses escaping their enclosure. Unlike horses, however, unicorns are described as being wild and lacking self-control, but being able to be calmed by a virgin maiden.
Smilodons were ambush predators and would have been smart enough to stalk and sneak up to their prey before going in for the kill, which would require some smarts. That being said, their skulls are smaller than that of most modern big cats and their bodies were found in tar traps much more often than the American lion which lived in the same area, suggesting that lions were a bit smarter than them.
The battle takes place in a forrest with thick patches of bushes. Hungry and looking for prey, a Smilodon comes across a grazing unicorn. Just as Smilodon gets close, however, the unicorn spots it and engages its would-be-predator.