Roan is a marking that adds a lighter colored, textured blanket on the upper half of the beast.
It will never have a solid color like Sable or Sooty for example. Instead the general appearance resembles more a soft cloud which is slightly see through, which means you will always be able to see at least a little bit what lays benath it.
There is also the option to add small holes throughout the blanket, so called “cornspots”. They are optional though and do not have to be added!
Additionally, Dire Worgs have the option of a special kind of Roan: it will cover almost the entirety of the body and show the underlying design through large, symmetrical holes.
This marking was inspired by the roan coloration on horses, feel free to take them as inspiration if you have troubles designing your beast!
Relevant to: Base
Edge: Textured (Soft)
Can be white: No
Hides other genes: No
Quick Facts Guide
Roan is relevant to and will always be lighter than the base coat color of the beast.
Roan must be textured with a soft edge.
Special Roan option for Dire Worgs
Using this option Roan may cover almost the entire design, even outside the official ranges. However, since it may not cover more than 80% of the design, there must be large, symmetrical holes added.
The edges of these holes may be textured, just like the regular Roan, or be hard-edged.
Generally, the appearance of Roan stays the same though: it has to keep its slightly see through quality.
Combinations with other markings
Roan has no distinct minimum range, but must be present in a noticeable way on the beast.
Feel free to search for this marking in our CaveSpeaker gallery to get some inspiration or a better grasp of the marking.
However, be careful of old designs as they might be illegal by now due to previous rule changes!
Please do not just copy existing designs either, as those are the property of their designer!