So I have this tyrannical wizard with absurd powers who is the emperor of a large and powerful empire.
Part of his success is not simply down to his ability to murder people but also his brilliant administrative qualities and how he provides for the people. But he also likes to connect those helpful aspects to himself so that people are doing well but dependent on him.
This is merely for context.
Now the magical aspect can be safely ignored once the animal is already made as magic can just replace advanced biological engineering and time.
Much like how with time we could breed dog breeds, and other animals, of certain qualities the magic can just speed up and replace the process.
This also applies to the "genes" as if he made an animal 25% percent bigger then the offspring would be 25% bigger, and it becomes a new animal with the qualities he made and follows biology.
This is important as I don't want opinions, I want actual biological facts. I don't want people to say but magic can mean anything so whatever, as it does not here. The goal is to use a lot of magic upfront and then have the new animal just do its thing.
The closest example is if you can provide a caveman with a trained horse. This breaks nothing and we did train horses eventually.
Now his goal is simple: he wants to get rid of all farm animals and just make this one, or as few as possible, important animal that can do all the rules.
He does have a system of control of the existence of that animal but this is not a part of the question and again just for context.
Here is what I consider to the relevant points.
- Chicken and birds and fish are not a part of the equation.
- The magic works just like selective breeding and advanced engineering.
- The engineering parts is like if you can go into a lab and increase strength of a horse or make cows breed faster or whatever else is possible within the world of science.
- This is magic but magic can replace science in certain aspect but he is not looking for creating a magical animal. So no flying demons or anything similar as it would require massive wings and that is stupid...etc.
- The wizard is incredibly inventive, so don't hold back your imagination.
- The animal should have zero hostility towards humans and should be cooperative.
- The tech is roughly 100 AD. And much like earth at that time.
- His goal is to either replace all farm animals with it or most of them.
- No need for unwanted genes or aspects that do not serve the needs of farming.
- The needs for farming is just human farming in 100 AD. There is no magical dangers or anything new or changed there.
- The animal or animals must provide all the current benefits but should also provide extra benefits and be better than what is available to humans.
- Assume his empire is open to trade and so they have access to all sorts of animals to pick and choose traits from.
- He is not worried about the amount of magic he has to spend to create the new animal
- He is not worried about how much food the new animal will consume.
- He only wants it for agriculture not for fighting or anything else.
I think this covers it. More can be provided.
Here is an example of how I imagine this to work.
Say I want the perfect dog. So I like the color blue and as a strong wizard I will make a breed of blue colored dogs that can actually chameleon themselves to match the environment like the chameleon. I will also make the dog as big as dire wolves and provide it with claws that can shred steel and fangs that are incredibly strong. It would be short haired but resilient to all weathers and incredibly loyal with a 50 year lifespan. It is smart enough to understand complex commands and can be ridden if need be. It can also cooperate with other animals if I trained it to do so...etc
Now once I magically make a dog with all these qualities then the current dog and the new dogs will be a new breed with all the qualities above and require zero magical maintenance later. It will then adhere to the laws of biology as normal animals.
Yes evolution later can alter that but this is not part of it.
I am looking for something like this but in the agriculture world.
Now frame challenges are allowed and of course fine. That's why I left it open to the possibility of having more than one animal.
So if one animal is not enough he can create more.
I'm sorry for stressing certain points more than once. But I just wanted to make it clear as magic can be misinterpreted to: Does not matter.
So what is a "scientific" solution to our friend's problem?