The Vannish Lion is the national animal of the Empire. Its fur is an off-white color that helps it blend in to its natural surroundings in the wintry landscape of Vangaziland. It is about half the size of what most people think of as a typical lion. The males do indeed have large manes, slightly darker in color than the rest of their fur. They are known to follow the white deer, migrating not far behind the herds that criss-cross the Vannish landscape. They are mostly nocturnal, yet the females have been known to hunt during the day.
Hunting the Vannish Lion is illegal, yet there are many poachers. One of the military's secondary goals is patrolling the frozen wilderness in search of these illegal hunters.