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Species Name: Repointe Pronunciation: Reh (Like 'eh') - Poin (Like 'coin') - Tay (like 'bay') Breeds Available: Domestic, Wild Special Breeds: Permafrost, Bonfire Stats:(Here) Notes: Repointe are breedable as Juvies. Repointe customs follow the stats of whatever breed they have the fetlocks of (fetlocks or no) as juvies.
Preferred Habitat: Repointe have different needs depending on their breed. Nearly all Repointe do well in the wild (save for the Domestic) and prefer thick and ancient forests for sleeping. Some breeds spend their entire lives in the forest! The Wild prefers a thick and tangled magical wood or perhaps a jungle. The Bonfire beds down in the woods, but loves to bask in the sunlight on the plains most of the day. The Permafrost lives in the forests atop mountains if it is able, and the Domestic will love your barn or even bed or couch IF they can fit! The 'thicker' breeds of Repointe can take to more cold climates without any issue, though the 'thinner' breeds vastly prefer temperate environments.
Diet: Repointe are STRICT Carnivores, and also love to eat minerals (which they will lick). If one inspects a Repointe's mouth (not a good idea unless yours is well feed and well tamed) they will find a dentition plan much more reminiscent of a large fox than that of a traditional hooved animal! They are excellent hunters, but must be taught how to do so. A Repointe will generally hunt by itself or perhaps with an offspring, preying on small mammals and birds- and sometimes even fish depending on the breed. Repointe are strangely unable to produce their shining scales without ingesting minerals, however.
Call: Repointe are usually quiet. Even their footsteps do not make noise as they walk, with their tail hiding their footprints by sweeping over them. However, a VERY angry Repointe can and will Roar like a tiger. A particularly happy Repointe will make a soft half-bleat half-purr, and a baby will bleat gently to their parents with their own unique bleats.
Special Care Needs: Your Repointe will need to eat meat, and will need to be provided gemstones to lick for their scale and antler growth. In addition, your Repointe will need to be able to have some direction and athletic exercise for it's health. Repointe require a strong handed owner; even the juvies are big and strong willed (some are even very aggressive).
Basic Biology & Anatomy: Repointe look quite deerlike at first glance. They have cloven hooves and two dewclaws on the front legs that help them gain purchase in areas most other beasts would slip on. Both males and females grow antlers incredibly quickly, having what looks like a full rack at juvenile (it gets MUCH bigger than that as true adults). They do not shed and regrow their racks, and instead they can regrow an antler (or both) that are injured or destroyed. Repointe juvies are large enough to carry a single rider at the cost of half of their dexterity. These creatures are capable of bounding, but most of them move much more like Reindeer. All Repointe are, however, carnivorous. They have many pointed teeth in their jaws, and a powerful bite. They have a terrifyingly large voice box and can roar. Their necks are protected from the sharp hooves and horns of their enemies (they are territorial) by thick manes regardless of the body type of the breed. Repointe antlers are hard, and can be used for combat with others of their own kind. Their tails are long and brush the ground as they walk, they brush away their foot-tracks as they pass. Some breeds are thicker boned and will have thick fur as adults- these tend to be hardier breeds. Some breeds are thinner boned and have slicker fur as adults, these breeds tend to be more particular about their environment. Repointe have large ears capable of rotation, allowing for excellent hearing. Their sense of smell is also quite good, good enough to smell migrating fish in the water of nearby streams. The sight of these creatures is perhaps the weakest, as they only have red and blue color receptors and distanced sight is blurry for them. They are by no means blind, but may be surprised easily by movement if not paying attention.
General Behavioral Study: Males are generally more laid back and less territorial than the females. Males will share territory with a single other male (usually his brother but not always) and tend to have their territory overlap with a single female. A female will not tolerate other females in her territory past baby stage (not even her own daughters) and considers the males her territory overlaps to be her harem. She will defend her family to the death, and because of this females spend more time 'checking out' their loved ones and their territory for intruders. A female will have two babies at a time, one for both of her males biologically, and the babies will be nursed by their own biological father in most cases. Whenever it is time to teach the babies to hunt, the fathers will teach their sons, and the mothers will take any daughters to teach them how to watch a territory before she comes 'of age' and is chased away by her much larger mother. Repointe do not generally hunt in packs despite this, though they will share kills if they have leftovers with other members of their families. Babies are sometimes left alone for long hours, and during this time they will use their large tail to hide. Babies are licked meticulously clean of scent by their fathers until they are capable of doing this theirself. Repointe young learn very quickly to hide their tracks with their tails.
Suggested Uses: Repointe make for great mounts or animals for carrying weight or pulling sleds- but they are MUCH more difficult to train than the common equillion, and are much more aggressive than the galabex. A flashy and powerful mount that can also catch it's own food if taught properly... And defend an owner's camp from other carnivores.
Domestic: The Domestic Repointe is the 'basic' breed, but don't let that fool you! The Domestic are still dangerous, and carnivorous. Be careful with them around your small pets! Despite this, they are much more loving than their wild counterparts and will happily accept other creatures as their 'kin'. Domestic Repointe are the only Repointe that commonly delineate from the usual 'family structure' as they are designed to see their owner as their 'leader'. They are perfectly fine bedding down in your barn, though as a thick breed they vastly prefer to be cooled in the summer. Don't be surprised to hear your Domestic Repointe roar a little less and purr a little more... And beg to be let into your house and onto your couch! The Domestic Repointe have a biological 'quirk' in that when frightened, their body will stiffen up and they will fall over. Most animals think they are dead when they do this, and don't bother them. Don't worry though, the Domestic will be right up and fighting in short order! They make great draft animals that can also hunt, if you are a strong-armed trainer.
Wild: The Wild Repointe is actually the most common breed, but they have been released into the surrounding wilds about the Labs. The Wild breed are difficult to tame into taking a group even when cared for by a loving owner, so it may be best to separate them out into 'family groups' even at your own kennels. As a lithe breed, the Wild Repointe is more hotly tempered and may kick or bite. They also snarl quite often, which is not a common noise for other breeds to make even remotely. When frightened, a Wild Repointe's body naturally solidifies it's muscles. They are still capable of moving when solidified, unlike their Domesticated counterparts. They are never truly 'tame', even if they become incredibly loyal to their owners like any other beast. It is said that the Wild Repointe has managed to 'ingest' some of the magic in their home forests and jungles into their antlers by eating minerals there, as they have some slight elemental properties.
Special Breed 'Bonfire': The Bonfire is a rare breed, running along the dry plains and along the hot desert sands- sheltering in rocky outcroppings or their preferred temperate forests. This 'lithe' breed can accept the most heat out of all of the breeds, and have a slight elemental touch of fire to them. They specialize in hunting reptiles, including snakes and lizards, though they have also been known to come together for a rare hunt in small family groups to take down larger creatures (including galabex). They have been known to start fires in dry brush to 'flush out' game, and as such are considered quite dangerous indeed.
Special Breed 'Permafrost': The Permafrost is a rare breed, living in the most remote and cold mountains in the thickest evergreen forests. Once a year they will break territory and run across the landscape in huge groups to migrate to birthing grounds along the ice floes, where a female will zealously fight for and guard her two males and babies once the babies are born. As a thick breed they tend to be more even tempered, but they are fiercely protective of their territories, their families, and those they consider 'theirs'. They tend to take on the largest game of all of the breeds, since they are not adverse to hunting in their family groups regularly, unlike other breeds. Permafrost can and will drown if they fall into water, which makes their habits of running across ice floes and bounding between them to hunt more polar marine species 'a little terrifying' to watch. They have a slight elemental touch of cold in them, making for the rather interesting feat of freezing even salt water as they walk over it.
Last Edit: Apr 4, 2020 20:32:41 GMT -6 by Renathan
Species Name: Worginu Pronunciation: War - Gee (Hard 'guh' and then long 'E') - New Breeds Available: Big Bad, Hellhound Special Breeds: Red Rider, Black Shuck Stats:(Here) Notes: Worginu are breedable as juvies. Worginu customs follow the stats of whatever breed base they are the size of. Only Worginu customs with 'light wings' can follow Red Rider stats.
Preferred Habitat: Worginu can live almost anywhere... That is terrifying. There are a couple of breeds that have more specific preferred habitats, but most Worginu can survive anywhere where there are abundant prey.
Diet: Worginu are carnivorous, and pack animals. They hunt in family groups, headed by a pair of 'grandparents' (usually adults), their children and the children's mates (almost always juvies), and the babies of the group- as such they require lots of meat and are almost always hunting.
Call: Worginu can howl impressively over several miles, and they can make ferocious snarls and growls. They have a complex language that sounds like a mixture of half-barks and half-caws, but this language is not congruent with that of any sentient species. They are not quite sentient, but learn to 'understand' some of what their leaders speak from birth even if they cannot speak it ever. They have a soft whine as puppies that isn't quite that of a hound, it's more music. An adult Worginu can produce a wondrous 'sweet song' to put their family at ease, but Worginu cannot make this noise at any other life stage. Worginu also have a complex body language that allows different groups (that may have different dialects of calls) to communicate roughly.
Special Care Needs: Worginu NEED a pack, and have strong desires to form lifemate bonds. The owner can play the role of a grandparent, or fulfill that desired 'mate' role the best they can... But it is best to at least house them in pairs, and with their young if possible. If taken care of by a loving owner, a Worginu can realize their true potential, and grow into adulthood. Worginu pups are willful, don't automatically like you, and are much more aggressive and snappy than dogs. They will 'wrestle' without realizing how strong they are and may hurt people. They aren't suitable for young children.
Basic Biology & Anatomy: Worginu look vaguely canfirom, but they are actually marsupials. Males and Females have pouches, large enough for a single Worginu puppy a piece. A worginu has a curly tail that would be prehensile if it were longer (instead it curls tightly around itself) and POWERFUL front paws. Worginu have two hunting styles. Half of the members of a pack on average prefer the 'wait and pounce' hunting strategy, where they leap onto a prey item from a hiding spot above. The other half take up the 'run-down' method, in which they will chase and heckle a prey item by repeatedly tackling it and holding onto it with their large, almost thumb-like dewclaws. Working in pairs of two (sometimes accompanied by babies that are learning), a Worginu will chase and heckle a prey item until it runs under the hiding spot of their partner, who will pounce on it. They will then both hold the prey item down with those front legs and kill the prey. Worginu hind legs are small and lithe, but since Worginu are almost always carrying a puppy in their pouch, the puppy helps hold their back legs down well enough to be balanced. It is rumored that Worginu begin 'knuckle-walking' as they get older, like a gorilla... How strange! Worginu have powerful jaws that can shut with the pressure that most crocodilians have (though they are weaker in opening and can be held shut quite easily) and have a scissor bite with many sharp teeth. In addition, most breeds have an elemental 'spit' that drools from their mouth. They have special 'blood grooves' in their jowls that allow for the collection of the drool to make their bite attacks more dangerous. These grooves have the added benefit of funneling blood out of their mouths, to keep them from choking while suffocating prey items. Worginu have floppy ears that are quite emotive. They have slightly better hearing than the average human, and a very good eyesight. Their sense of smell is not any better than that of a mammalian though, so they don't use it to locate prey as much as most hounds would.
General Behavioral Study: Worginu tend to be socially monogamous, but they are not always strictly 'faithful' otherwise. Either way, a female will produce two eggs at once, and her social lifemate will carry one egg (whether it is his or not) and she will carry the other. There have been cases of multiple births or single births, in which pack members will happily help the others carry eggs or puppies if they don't have one of their own (they are, after all, their nieces and nephews!). Eggs are warmed by the pouch and will hatch quickly. The first meal a Worginu will eat will be the eggshell, supposedly kickstarting their eventual elemental bias. Then they will begin nursing! Both males and females can nurse the puppy that they carry in their pouch, and the pup will stay there until they are too big to fit in the pouch. All pouches are 'backwards facing' (face the rear of the animal) and the puppy will 'turn around' as it gets older. While first facing to the front of the parent (to nurse), the puppy will begin to face out (towards the rear of the parent) with their big ole front paws hanging out of the pouch when they're getting ready to leave the pouch. Whenever the puppy is large enough, it will exit the pouch and be fed a mash of meat and plants by their grandparents in addition to their daily allotment of meat from the hunting members of the pack. Puppies will learn to pounce on small animals from a young age, and they will join their pack's hunting soon enough. For the first few months of their lives, they are 'babysat' by the adults in the group, however. The juvies are usually the 'hunting squad' and the 'parents' of the group. A juvenile Worginu wants two things in life, to learn to hunt better, and to find a partner. It is a strong biological urge that leads about half of the Worginu away from their family group (males or females), to join another family group. As such, inter-pack relationships can be very complicated- some groups have wars with other packs over territory or food, and others have alliances (usually cemented by large amounts of these inter-pack unions). Surprisingly, adult Worginu have been seen to collect spices and vegetables, as well as fruits. They make a 'mash' that can be eaten by the puppies of the group at their youngest, or other mashes that can help wounds heal. Other ages are not seen to do this or to be able to understand this process. It doesn't seem to be true medicine, but they are capable of great feats of learning from the others in their packs. Since every group only has a single pair of adults in their pack at best (these being the defacto leaders not through intimidation or power but through being the 'grandparents' of the group) it is difficult to study them. Worginu, while not being sentient, have very complex intra-pack lives that can often seem like a pseudo-culture. Worginu do not have 'pack instincts' (the ability) naturally as a rule. Not because they don't live in packs, but because they tend to be very competitive in their packs, and don't really gain (stats) much from their packs power-wise.
Suggested Uses: We suggest using Worginu as Guards for your land, as they are territorial, faithful to a beloved owner, and powerful. Worginu are also great hunters, and can be taught to both hunt and fish easily. Adult Worginu are supposed to be very rewarding creatures to befriend, but they are so very uncommon. Worginu can be dangerous in packs, and they tend to gain loyalty at half rate, so it is considered impolite to take your Worginu out in public without the creature being adequately muzzled/restrained, and socialized from a young age.
Extra Note: Owners in the Labs are restricted to having, at most, two adult Worginu (per account) due to how dangerous the species is considered.
Big Bad: The Big Bad breed of Worginu is known for two features; being twice the size of the hellhound breed, and for producing an acidic drool that is quite corrosive. This breed is generally considered incredibly hard to train and tame, being so big. As Juvies, they can carry one rider (they will lose the ability to carry a rider if they become an adult- which is completely optional), though they are considered an exotic mount. This breed is no more aggressive than the standard of the species, but they are so big that it makes them dangerous. They are big cuddle-bugs to their packs though, and tend to make huge cuddle piles. Big Bad Worginu prefer Swamps and other wet areas- their paws are webbed for easy of walking on marshy ground.
Hellhound: The Hellhound breed of Worginu is uncommon, and known for two features, being very small for a Worginu (about 3/4 the base size for the breed) and producing a drool that while not being true lava, is super hot! This breed is hyper aggressive and despite being smaller than the average for a worginu, tend to be very difficult to tame. They are snappish and tend to be more 'talkative' (in the snarly, growly fashion) than others of their species. Hellhounds do not tend to take well to having other types of Worginu in their packs, and they tend to have more inter-pack fighting than other breeds (they carry their scars with pride). The Hellhound vastly prefers a hot environment with lots of rocks... It is said that the Hellhound have taken to the more 'evil' places of the world (such as The Maw) as they not only prefer these difficult habitats but also can tolerate smaller and less game as they tend to have smaller packs.
Special Breed 'Red Rider': The Red Rider is a lonely Worginu, indeed. The Red Rider Worginu tend to forgo packs in preference to a single individual (usually their mate but not always) and their pups. Pups will go off on their own fairly quickly, in search of their partner. Red Riders are said to 'take to' their owner in such a fashion that it brings out the true power of their species. A Red Rider is a creature that hunts meat as a youngster, and always seems to be somewhat... Spiritual looking, when it comes to the dead. It is rumored that as adults, they hunt Spirits, the Evil, and the Dead. Perhaps something that powerful would be very desirable for someone like a priest? Though they've been known to be used by Necromancers as well, as a counter-measure against other practitioners that may hold a grudge... Red Rider Worginu prefer lonely outposts, ghost towns, and even crossroads for their preferred environment... Anywhere considered a liminal space.
Special Breed 'Black Shuck': If the Red Rider is a lonely Worginu, the Black Shuck is the loneliest Worginu of all. A creature that roams graveyards to protect the dead and living from those that seek to harm them, the Black Shuck is considered to be horrible luck to see at night. While they aren't really bad luck, and are actually evenly tempered (and large enough to ride as juvies to boot!) for a Worginu, the Black Shuck is known to be fiercely protective of their territory (of which they tend not to leave), able to keep anyone but their owner(s) from trespassing. They tend to stand against other shadow creatures, despite being a beast of shadow theirself.
Post by Fiera Ferella on May 1, 2020 16:29:25 GMT -6
Species Name: Tailypo Pronunciation: Tay (like 'bay') - Ull (like 'bull') - EE (long E) - Poe (Like 'low') Breeds Available: Carnival, Witchcraft, Moondust (LE) Special Breeds: Maneki, Calavera Stats:(Here) Notes: Tailypo customs cannot follow Calavera stats. Tailypo customs cannot have their base stat moves/abilities switched out. Tailypo customs can only follow Maneki stats if they have the 'tail fire' addon.
Preferred Habitat: Tailypo exclusively live where people live. It is said that certain breeds may sometimes go to secret meetings (dances?) in hidden places to do... Whatever creepy thing that they do, but no humanoids have been able to make sure that it is true! Tailypo are commonplace in the Labs City's marketplaces and are sometimes considered pests.
Diet: Tailypo are finicky. They eat only the best cat food, but really want your cooked food. Who knows how they survive without people? Truth is, they are great hunters- Of fingers and toes! Be careful to keep your fingers and toes away from your Tailypos, and make sure not to make them too easy to get for the ones that roam the Labs City- which will also still bites of your street food! If all else fails, they eat trash... Oh, the Labs City has been much cleaner since the Tailypo were made, hasn't it?
Call: Tailypo are completely, eerily silent almost all the time. As babies, they may even purr for you (in an attempt to get you to give them something, undoubtedly). A Tailypo will 'honk' to get your attention sometimes, but will SCREECH like a banshee when truly terrified- freezing foes in their tracks. Reportedly, a Tailypo can learn to cackle... Is that true?
Special Care Needs: Tailypo seem to at least think they need humans. They will beg you for food, all the time, and never seem to get full! A Tailypo kitten is a nightmare and a half to keep up with, the malicious little goblins! Shredding your furniture and putting that ball right where you are about to step... Somehow getting on top of the fridge or in the cabinets, even if locked. Do not EVER try to take their tail ribbon off. Lucky for most people, they are strongly discouraged somehow from being able to touch the ribbon? Even those that tend to be resistant to psychic influence have a difficult time just reaching out to even touch that ribbon!
Basic Biology & Anatomy: Tailypo look like kittens- or maybe like goblins. They don't really look odd at first, but one notices pretty soon that they are oddly fragile and skinny looking, with big 'goblin' ears, and little fangs they are often purported to be cute. But there is something odd about that mouth! Their jaws can unhinge, allowing for them to swallow (at high speeds) things larger than their faces appear to be. Tailypo have three eyes (the third stays closed while it is a baby for protection), all of which have excellent vision whether day or night. With good hearing and good sight, it is perhaps a little ironic that the tailypo's sense of smell is apparently quite bad. As they grow older, Tailypo are rumored to become more twisted and strange. Their tails grow longer and split further, and they begin to... Float? These creatures become horrifying really fast, leading owners that once loved their kittens to throw them out into the city to begin the process anew... This is the life cycle of the Tailypo. Tailypo are external parasites of humanoid populations, using their cute charms to play the cuckoo bird, getting humanoids to raise their children for them. Tailypo have a ribbon that they are able to control using psychic powers rumored to be hidden in their third eye. A Tailypo would NEVER take the ribbon off of it's tail, because if they did, their tail would fall off, and they would die! Tailypo have a natural unconscious psychic force that naturally dissuades humanoids, making them very disinclined to remove the ribbon, or harm them in other ways. This 'glamour' makes them super cute! Tailypo are unable to truly 'get full' because their metabolic rate is so high. It makes them hungry near constantly, and forces them to get creative to find enough food. A Tailypo could never hunt enough food for both theirself and their offspring, so humanoids are tantamount to their biological niche.
General Behavioral Study: Every once in a while, a person will hear their doorchime jingle. Upon investigating, there will be no one at the front door. However, a large spotted egg will be left at the door, complete with the most adorable little bow! Humanoids find them irresistible, somehow, and will take them in, and instinctively sit them in a sun beam. When the egg hatches after a few days, they have a cute little goblin-cat causing cat-like mischief all over their house. The eggs never hatch in front of people watching them, it is almost as if they can 'see' you! The truth of the matter is that this is the typical Tailypo 'parenting' strategy. Tailypo know that they are just adorable as kittens to humans, and it allows them to get free meals for their babies without having to worry about them! Tailypo become excellent at feeling out which humans are the best to leave their babies with, and as such are quite good at judging human faces. A Tailypo may stalk a house for a few days before deciding to leave their babies there. A Tailypo that is owned may just leave it's owner with the eggs- after all, that owner has proven that they can and will provide for their kind. Tailypo are super clever, rumored to be a little psychic, and dangerous. As kittens? They really just want to learn new things (like what makes you tick!). They think they are hungry ALL THE TIME though. And look at how skinny they are? Don't you just want to feed it? Tailypo are very clever, and though no one ever sees them in the wild near other Tailypo, they are very social creatures. Tailypo have been known to take care of their sick and elderly, and are quite respectful of humans that choose to keep them and take care of them even when they 'twist'. They can always leave captivity to do whatever they want (and often do) but they always come back for food and safety. A Tailypo may be dexterous and powerful in their own way, but they are very frail and know it. The babies are especially frail and prone to death if not taken care of. Tailypo hold secret 'gatherings' that humanoids never see, far off in secluded locations at night. No one knows what they do at these gatherings, but they are always back before they are missed. What is that all about?
Suggested Uses: Keep away from small pets. Keep away from children. Keep away from the Elderly. Suggested Uses? What Suggested Uses? But aren't they just adorable? In all seriousness, they would make great familiars if they didn't grow to adult, and they are very protective of those they love... Yours love you, don't they? In addition, they are heavily desired by those looking into magic, for their supposed resistance to dangerous magics.
Carnival: The Carnival is one of the two basic breeds, and perhaps one of the more desired ones. They are brightly colored and peppy for a Tailypo. The Carnival will specifically leave their eggs for children or families with children, because Carnival Tailypo are social and love to play. They are also well-loved for their swirly coat. It is not uncommon for the elderly to have even adult Carnival Tailypo visiting them for scraps, since they tend to be mild mannered.
Witchcraft: The Witchcraft is the other basic breed, but they aren't especially well liked. The poor things are considered bad luck (that being said, they aren't actually) and tend to be tossed out as young kittens. They are especially clingy with those that choose to love them as such. They are favored by both spell-casters and by 'edgy' teenagers due to their dark coloration. Go figure.
Moondust: The Moondust is the first LE breed, sorry if you missed getting one! They were all gone by hatching, and can now only rarely be found. The Moondust are very shy of people, and tend to stick near their own. They prefer to live just outside of the city. It is said that on nights of the full moon, they convene and dance in the moonlight on top of a hillock! Which Hillock? Depends on which person you heard the rumor from, I'm afraid. They are known for their opalescent coat and pretty blue eyes.
Special Breed 'Maneki': The Maneki is a VERY lucky breed. They are heavily desired due to bringing lots of luck to their owners! They are said to bring more wealth to businesses, but it really is just that they LOVE shiny things. A Maneki Tailypo will 'steal' shiny things from anywhere they can find them, and 'bring' them to you in a weird way of 'buying' food from you. It works very well, doesn't it? Plus, they have a lovely spotty coat! So if you seem to have more money in your till than yesterday, appear to be finding more things directly in front of you when out loot gathering, or wake up to a dead salaves in your bed (okay, maybe that's not so good...) thank your Maneki Tailypo!
Special Breed 'Calavera': The Calavera breed is very spiritual, and favored by spell-casters of all kinds that work with speaking to ancestors. The Calavera is perhaps 'weaker' in body than the other Tailypo, but it is so that they can serve as familiars to those they love. They tend to be more loyal than other Tailypo, and less mischievous. They want nothing more than to provide comfort to their owners and to protect the family during liminal times. They tend to be happiest around more people and 'friends', and they often are most playful during social gatherings! The Calavera will happily eat sweets if given them, as they seem to be able to digest them much more easily than other breeds.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Dec 29, 2020 11:20:35 GMT -6
Species Name: Lindig Pronunciation: Lihn-Dihg Breeds Available: Coal, Golden, Gravel, Deep Special Breeds: Rivulet, Fairy Stats:Link
Preferred Habitat: Lindigs are an entirely subterranean species, preferring to burrow their way through life. With the exception of the rivulet special breed, they are found just about anywhere you can find thick soil, though it takes a skilled trapper to lure them out of the ground. Very rarely they can be found even further down, popping out through the walls of the mines and scaring the daylights out of miners. Lindigs are speedy diggers that can carve out miles worth of tunnels within just a couple days.
Diet: Insects and worms are the food of choice for lindigs. With their powerful noses they’re capable of sniffing out and eating every earthworm, beetle, and pupating insect they can find underground. While these high protein meals are their food of choice, they won’t turn down a juicy tuber, root, or generic pet food that meets their nutritional requirements.
Call: Due to not being very social, Lindigs tend to be pretty quiet. When content they only make a soft snuffling noise as they search for their next meal, and when upset they make short, loud alarm squeals. They may also beat their front feet on the ground to try and dissuade predators with the sight of their large claws when scared or angry, though some owners may find this more cute than threatening.
Special Care Needs: Lindigs spend most of their time underground and as a result, are not well adapted to open air conditions. Their weak eyes don’t do well with bright light, and the patches of exposed skin on their feet and nose get sunburnt easily. As a result, owners of lindigs should be careful to train them when the sun isn’t high in the sky or on overcast days so they don’t get stressed out. In addition, the lindigs weak eyes mean that auditory signals and smelly treats work best with them, as they have difficulty making out objects and gestures much further than the end of their own noses.
While lindigs are quite friendly, it is inadvisable to keep them in a home setting due to their powerful burrowing instinct. If they aren’t provided with large, deep tubs of soil to dig in they may take out that impulse on carpeting, furniture, and walls. In the Labs City, it’s not uncommon to find out that your neighbor owns a lindig due to it breaking through your wall and eating all your cereal.
Basic Biology & Anatomy: Lindigs are pretty much moles… but long. Very long. As babies, they’re pretty much little balls of jelly and fur, but as they grow they seem to stretch out further and further, as if trying to make themselves resemble their prey. Their hind legs, small to start with, atrophy further as they age, adding to their serpentine appearance.
The massive claws on their feet, despite their threatening appearance, are designed entirely for digging. They act as shovels, quickly pushing soil behind them as they practically swim through the earth. Their slick fur with its heavy layer of guard hairs assists in this, allowing them to glide through dirt while providing protection against the abrasive rocks and roots present in their home environment.
The nose is the most important part of a lindig’s body however, acting as its “eyes” in a pitch black world. In addition to a fantastic sense of smell, the tentacles lining a lindig’s nose are highly sensitive to touch and vibration, allowing them a sort of “vibratory sense” that grants them the ability to detect the movement of potential prey and predators dozens of feet away. If you drop a worm on one end of a football field and a lindig on the other, the worm will be lunch in just a few minutes.
General Behavioral Study: Lindigs are usually nonsocial with other members of their species and live a solitary lifestyle. This is in some ways necessary as each lindig requires a large number of insects and worms to survive. As a result, it's difficult for one patch of land to support more than one lindig. While they have a tendency to “wander” throughout the earth, each Lindig tends to carve out a pocket of air several feet beneath the ground with only a small tube leading back up to the surface for air. In this chamber they sleep, store interesting items, and (in the case of Lindigs that have been given serums of procreation) raise their young, returning to the chamber to deliver food for their little lindlets.
Despite not being social with other members of their species, lindigs are far from standoffish or aggressive. A lack of natural predators has left this species with no reason to fear strange creatures and a strong sense of curiosity. Because of this, they take quite well to their owners and tricks they might want them to do. In short, lindigs are an easily trained species, if not a particularly powerful one.
Suggested Uses: Lindigs are quite cute, friendly creatures and make nice companion animals if one can provide them with enough space to dig, though their destructive urges to dig make them ill suited for small homes and apartments. Gardeners may also find them helpful if one’s plants are being plagued by root chewing insects, though they may well eat all of your earthworms as well! One would think they would make nice mining companions, but their claws aren’t quite strong enough to bore through solid rock, and they have no predilection for gemstones like mining familiars do, so unless you’re hunting for cave dwelling arthropods, Lindigs aren’t particularly helpful in that field. Indeed, Lindigs' strongest skillset seems to be in tracking. The powerful nose of a lindig works just as well above ground as below, and if one can train them to recognize different scents they can track them down far better than any bloodhound.
Coal: Coal lindigs are by far the most common breed and are the most hardy as well. They tend to run the closest to the surface and as a result have developed a deep black coat to protect them from sunburn. Despite being subterranean, they are a surprisingly commonly sight (or at least their heads are, poking from the ground) in the late summer as they try to ambush and snack on the emerging cicadas and abundant grasshoppers that cover the ground while the weather is warm. As a result, coal lindig are frequently associated with warm weather and some believe that the sight of them emerging from the ground is a sign that spring has come.
Golden: Golden lindigs are very close in biology to the coal lindig, having a similar resistance to the heat and sun in comparison to other breeds. Whereas the coal lindig has a thick black coat to block sunlight before it reaches their skin however, golden lindigs have opted for more tan extremities and a highly reflective coat. This has the added effect of distracting and temporarily blinding predators as well, allowing the golden lindig to make a quick getaway after its forays to the surface. While they are just as common as coal lindigs, golden lindigs’ lustrous coat makes them a popular choice among collectors.
Gravel: Gravel lindigs are a bit further removed from coal lindigs, sporting a striped coat and brown coloration. Unlike other lindig breeds, gravel lindigs tend to live in rockier soil and are a common sight in gravel quarries, picking their way through cast off rocks to find disturbed insects. To protect themselves from the rough terrain, this breed has stony nodules along its back, resembling pebbles set into flesh. These provide extra support and protection against the boulders weighing down on them and help them camouflage into their environment. Overall, they seem to be a bit more “in tune” with stone in general and have a tendency to sit near and wind around rocks that they find special.
Deep: Deep lindigs are quite a rare breed, and are never seen at the surface unless they are very ill and confused. This is because deep lindigs are a strict cave dwelling breed, capable of slipping through tiny cracks in solid stone and slithering through underground streams. Their diet consists entirely of the few cave crawling insects that can survive in the depths of the earth. Because they are born and live never seeing light, the eyes of deep lindigs have atrophied completely, rendering them entirely blind. Their sense of smell and touch has increased to compensate, leaving deep lindigs incredibly sensitive to sound and touch, capable of noticing and crawling away from danger before anyone else knows it's even there. As a result, seeing a deep lindig is a rare, treasured event.
Rivulet (Special): Rivulets are an oddball breed of lindig. The lindig species is quite used to moving through dirt like they were swimming through water, but the rivulet breed has taken it to a new level… by swimming through water like it was water. Rivulet lindigs tend to live alongside fast moving water that has carved straight, deep cliffsides and drop-offs over the water. They build their tunnels directly into the sides of these cliffs, darting in and out of the water to catch swimming insects before bringing them back into their tunnels to eat. Their fur is extra thick and slick, holding air close to their bodies to keep them warm even in the coldest of rivers, and the internal mechanisms of their noses allow them to suck water into their nasal cavities but not their lungs, allowing them to “sniff” the water and detect prey without drowning. Their facial tentacles are carefully tuned into the currents, allowing them to detect slight differences in water movement and temperature, keeping them safe against sudden changes in the current that could sweep them away into danger.
Fairy (Special): Fariy lindig are an extra fancy breed of lindig and have a faint air of magic about them. While they have no immediately apparent unusual abilities, owners of fairy lindigs find that they have a tendency to get into places that they really shouldn’t be able to the moment they turn their backs. Despite that though, it’s not hard to see why they’re such a coveted breed. Pure white fur is combined with iridescent plates on their back and an extra fluffy tail end, giving fairy lindigs a positively precious appearance. They have an especially gregarious personality too, coming right up to strangers and begging for attention, making them one of the easiest lindig breeds to train. That friendly demeanor extends to other species, making fairy lindigs prone to adopting offspring of other species regardless of whether or not its something they’re actually capable of taking care of… and regardless of whether or not its even a baby at all! There have been more than one sighting of fairy lindigs attempting to shove fully grown orbaru into their burrows while under the impression that they were a particularly odd shaped lindlet.
Silver: Man I loooooove the aesthetic of the January mansion stuff ;o;
Jan 24, 2021 20:47:42 GMT -6
Silver: I ammended the skills announcement to include Draconics language things! :3
Jan 24, 2021 4:20:44 GMT -6
Silver: I'm so glad! I really want people to feel like they can 'do stuff' with their sentient pets, and Draconics especially! I'm excited to see what you guys come up with. :3
Jan 17, 2021 17:59:39 GMT -6
Morgan: I like the update overall.
Jan 17, 2021 17:51:56 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm legit so happy now that draconics will basically be able to communicate in draconic instead of being completely unable to communicate from birth unless classically trained or 7+ intelligence. It was so weird to try to do story breedings like that.
Jan 17, 2021 17:51:21 GMT -6
Riku: I hope things work smoothly for you, Jack. <3 // The new update looks awesome.
Jan 17, 2021 10:58:47 GMT -6
Jack: Thanks for sticking with us!
Jan 16, 2021 20:33:33 GMT -6
Jack: So for those of you not on the Discord, I would like to say I'm still around, just not as much. Had to quit my job to watch the kids, opened an Etsy shop, and I'm trying to just keep things rolling through my current bad depression.
Jan 16, 2021 20:33:29 GMT -6
Riku: I am doing well. I also hope everyone else is doing well! <3
Jan 10, 2021 13:32:14 GMT -6
Morgan: I hope everyone is doing well. c:
Jan 9, 2021 15:20:41 GMT -6