History of Napaea
Napaea (colloquially Bunnyhorses) are a species of equid believed to have evolved in Greece, and are named for a wood nymph of Greek mythos. Although far less magical than their namesake, they have until recently proven to be equally mysterious.
Napaea were commonly known as far back as ancient Greek times, however their cultural link to myth and legend prevented any large scale domestication and distribution of the species. Relics of mosaic and decorated pottery lead us to believe that tame Napaea existed in small numbers in outlying areas as individuals or in small herds. None of these taming efforts are believed to have created a lasting domesticated bloodline.
The 'Modern Napaea Project (1953)' has brought Napaea to the world. Combining a scientific approach to the process of domestication as well as excellence in horsemanship, the project has successfully created a Napaea 'for every rider', however a hefty price must be paid before any dreams of a long-eared leaper in your back pasture can be realised.
Small herds of wild Napaea can be found in their native land of Europe, with herds spotted as far west as France, and as far east as Kazakhstan and Iran. Although Napaea are not native to the North American continent, their burgeoning popularity of has caused feral herds to have an increasing presence in North American mustang roundups.
Wild Napaea thrive in an environment of open plain or scrub land, and are also commonly found in less-dense woodland. Being a creature with no natural defenses except a remarkable agility and speed, good visibility is paramount in herd survival.