The xihra is a valuable animal, especially to the sylph, for its indiscriminate diet—it is one of the few creatures in Erj capable of digesting the ubiquitous ash blooms. Indeed, xi/ra in Old Sylph (and incidentally, Suneater) translates roughly as ‘beast of ingestion’.

Xihra females are kept by the sylph for use as beasts of burden, helping to transport provisions and merchandise all over Erj. Though slow, they possess great strength, and can tow enormous volumes.

Xihra males, however, remain undomesticated. Small and vicious, these agile ‘whippets’ roam the wastes in packs, and travelers of all races know to stay wary.