An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, throughout the year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. In the textile industry, "alpaca" primarily refers to the hair of Peruvian alpacas, but more broadly it refers to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca hair, but now often made from similar fibers, such as mohair, Icelandic sheep wool, or even high-quality English wool. In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster.
The Importance of the Alpaca in the MultiverseEdit
The alpaca is found remarkably in only a handful of Realities outside of Genesis. This rarity combined with the luxurious texture of the wool it produces makes the alpaca a precious commodity in the Multiverse Trading Houses. It's worth has made poor agricultural dimensions wealthy and affluent almost overnight. The alure of it's warm supple textile has driven even the most stalwart to rash action. It is rumored The Order invasion of Great Texas is partly inspired by their large native alpaca industry.
The Alpaca of the Isis Pleasure Reality are intelligent and can speak English fluently as can the native Llama population. They are revered as sages there and to kill one is a sacrilege.
"No One shits on the SCARS Fleet,....except the alpacas." -Sky Captain Whitaker
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