An Elgwan is a large mammalian quadruped, with a turtle-like - but soft - shell covering its back. It stands about 3m tall and is about 5m long from top to tail. They are used as both pack and riding animals. A variety of the species, the Giant Elgwan, is found in Ch'angagriel. Minstrum Yerin informs April that in the desert they can smell water from more than half a day's walk away.