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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.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Jun 7, 2021 17:23:49 GMT -6
Species Name: Catharion Pronunciation: Cath-ahr-eeon Breeds Available: Grief, Paranoia, Rage, Apathy, Panic Special Breeds: Hate, Heartbreak, Chaos Stats:Link
Preferred Habitat: Catharions tend to circle around the far edges of civilized areas, leading to stories and rumors about certain dilapidated buildings and fields being “haunted” if the people who see them aren’t familiar with the species. This measured distance is due to the species’ unique dietary habits. Catharions have the ability to absorb negative emotions, bad magic, and evil spirits, which draws them toward tainted areas and purifies those areas over time. All of this negative energy builds up inside of the Catharion, both fueling it and giving it a powerful weapon should they choose to vent this magic back out. These creatures are quite delicate however, and if their bodies are breached, all of the magic they have collected will rush back out in a lethal blast. This is the other reason they usually stay distant from highly populated areas- to avoid hurting others upon their deaths.
Diet: Catharions don’t really need to eat in the traditional sense, and instead absorb negative emotions. These emotions build up in their body over time, resulting in their colorful interiors. All Catharions can “devour” any emotion from their environment, leaving all who were experiencing those emotions feeling pleasantly refreshed. However, each individual breed prefers and is drawn to a specific emotion that they consider a delicacy, which gives them their unique abilities. Despite not needing physical food, Catharions do still need water and seem to especially enjoy mineral water for extra nutrients, absorbing it directly through their skin.
Call: Despite having no visible mouth, Catharions still produce soft, ethereal sounds, like a high pitched whale song. They softly coo to each other using these noises when they meet, and may softly serenade a person they’re particularly fond of. Being generally shy creatures, it is rare that they’ll produce these sounds for strangers. When they feel threatened, they’ll open vents from their exterior, releasing horrifying, human sounding shrieks and wails in an attempt to scare away their attackers.
Special Care Needs: Catharions prefer peace and quiet in their environments, and don’t do well in loud and busy areas. This is likely due to their empathic nature. Too many people at once overwhelms them, and may make them flee the area in an attempt to calm down. In addition, their gelatinous forms tend to collect dust from their surroundings, and as a result it’s advisable to give them the occasional hosedown.
Basic Biology & Anatomy: Catharions have no organs as we would recognize them. Even the spots that most people interpret as “eyes” are simple bulges of the skin in that area, and they can perceive objects equally from any angle and from any patch of skin that may be uncovered. They have soft, gelatinous bodies with the texture and squishiness of soft silicone. It is easily squished and pulled, but springs back into place when released, and has no internal bone structure. Inside of this jelly, they have an internal cavity where the bad energy and negative emotions they absorb is directed and concentrated into a unique mass of magic. This is equivalent to their “stomach”, and if they should stray too far from a populated area for too long, it will shrink and deform, giving the whole creature an empty, wrinkled look. This chamber is also their most powerful weapon, as they can open “vents” through their skin to direct this magic back outwards. Considering how pressurized and concentrated it is by that point, this is often explosively effective against foes, and can even be manipulated into specific pseudo-spells by significantly old and skilled individuals. In addition, Catharion can also phase their bodies partially out of this plane of reality, allowing them to pass through walls effortlessly. If a Catharion is significantly damaged, it does not require a physical body at all. Instead, it will jettison its entire gelatinous form in an attempt to distract the opponent and flee the area as a cloud of magic barely contained by pure psychic force. This cloud is incredibly unstable, and if struck in this form the Catharion will instantly perish - releasing every ounce of the energy they contained in one final blast.
General Behavioral Study: Catharions generally have a placid, distant demeanor. They are benevolent creatures, but their solitary nature means that they do not form “friendly” bonds easily, nor do they actively seek out social connections. Still, they do seem to enjoy the world around them and have been sighted gently shooing turtles off of roads or placing fish that have beached themselves back in the water. Overall, they have distant personalities, finding it difficult to form strong bonds with other creatures. Should you manage to befriend one, its individual personality will become apparent. While Catharion do not usually act out the negative or violent feelings they absorb, they do tend to be subtly influenced by them in different ways.
Suggested Uses: Catharions are very intelligent companion creatures, and they make excellent minions for mages. They work especially well with mages that dabble in dark or dangerous magic as their absorptive abilities can be used to instantly neutralize miscast spells. They also make lovely companions for mentally ill or traumatized individuals for the soothing, safe atmosphere they create.
Apathy: Apathy Catharions are the most common breeds, feeding on the abundant feelings of laziness, anhedonia, depression, and exhaustion. These feelings are quite frequent in the general population and so this breed of Catharion is the most populous. Their personalities are also often the most “flat” and boring. They do usually have at least one interesting quirk per individual though, like collecting a type of item (such as broken pens) and arranging them in elaborate patterns, or meticulously cleaning a specific area. In addition, Apathy Catharions make excellent companions for authors and other types of artists as they can quite literally eat writer’s block.
Grief: Grief Catharions are attracted to feelings of, well, grief, along with sadness, loneliness, guilt, and depression. Because of this, they tend to congregate near graveyards or scenes of tragedy. While some may see them as a bad omen, they have proven quite popular in law enforcement for their ability to sniff out crime scenes and find guilty individuals. Grief Catharions are rather sluggish in comparison to other breeds, and enjoy taking naps in rainy or humid weather.
Rage: Rage Catharions are a rambunctious breed that feeds on anger, frustration, and annoyance. These fiery emotions drive them to be the most physical of the breeds, which is quite unusual for Catharions. When your body is made of jelly you probably don’t want to get into physical fights, but apparently Rage Catharions never got the memo. This breed greatly enjoys wrestling, slapping, tagging, and tugging. This is all in the name of fun though, and if they manage to actually hurt someone they immediately shy away apologetically. Additionally, when faced with a very young opponent, Rage Catharions will purposefully strike with weaker blows and roll over in mock death to better train the child's battle skills.
Paranoia: Paranoia Catharions feed on fear, delusion, and nervousness, and are actually one of the breeds most affected by the feelings they absorb. Notoriously twitchy, Paranoia Catharions are prone to fleeing and hiding at the slightest provocation along with amassing great hoards of items them find valuable. Despite their elusiveness and odd personalities however, many people purposefully seek out Paranoia Catharions for their unique powers of clairvoyance. The magic they absorb gives this breed brief flashes of the future, allowing them to better project those they care about from danger. This has been used to great efficacy in individuals prone to seizures, blood sugar crashes, or heart problems who may not otherwise be able to predict when their medical conditions are going to act up. Unfortunately, if a Paranoia Catharion is poorly trained, it’s just as likely to alert their owners to a leaf that’s going to land on their head as a heart attack.
Panic: Panic Catharions are easily the most energetic breed, feeding on all sorts of feelings that get the heart racing such as panic, mania, and anxiety. While they aren’t particularly nervous themselves, they are especially energetic after a meal, and jitter around as if caffeinated. They’re certainly the most fun loving and curious breed, and love learning and playing games with their companions. Panic Catharions are the most social with other members of their species as well, and most Panic Catharions are frequently seen in the company of another Catharion… whether or not their “friend” feels the same way. Indeed, their rampant energy can be exhausting to more laid back citizens, and their intelligence means that their energy and curiosity can easily turn to casual destruction if not carefully tempered.
Special Breed ‘Hate’: Hate Catharion are a unique breed that feeds only on one thing- pure hate. Their inability to compromise with their “food” source causes their incredible rarity, but also contributes to their immense power as well. This pitch black breed is inundated with dark energy and an impressive amount of self control. While most Catharions may release their energy in a single laser-like burst, Hate Catharions practically radiate it, ensuring nobody can even get close to them. Hate Catharions are not hateful themselves (and indeed are quite lonely), but they are very tense and will defend themselves with much less provocation than the other breeds. And who can blame them after they’ve seen the worst the world has to offer…
Special Breed ‘Heartbreak’: Attracted to feelings of heartbreak, lust, and obsession, heartbreak Catharions are most common during times of year when romance is at its peak, along with the inevitable breakups. Due to the fact that it takes two people or more to create the emotion of heartbreak, these catharions are more tolerant of larger, closely packed crowds that other Catharions loathe. As a result, they are popular with people during winter months when lots of people are cooped up away from the snow and tensions run high. These Catharions are fantastic mediators and tend to encourage clear thinking and open communication when having troubles of the heart. Individually though, Heartbreak Catharions are easily the most fickle of the Catharion breeds and their tastes in people, places, and things can change from day to day, making them appear very aloof and snooty.
Special Breed ‘Chaos’: The first thing the average individual notices about Chaos Catharions is that they are big. Far bigger than the other breeds in fact, with the oldest individuals of this breed rivaling the size of whales. They feel on pure entropy instead of any specific emotion however, and as a result time and space can seem to be warped around them, with the very laws of physics breaking down the closer you get to one. That being said, there is little to fear from Chaos Catharions as they are exceedingly rare and gentle. WELP Corp only produced a few of these unique creatures, and they are by far the most social and friendly of the breeds, playing simple tricks on their owners at worst. Their immense size renders them immune to the attacks of most would-be predators, with teeth and claws bouncing off their massive bulk. Even though most Catharions are peaceful creatures, Chaos Catharions crank this up to 11, not needing violent instincts for even self defense.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Dec 1, 2021 11:52:25 GMT -6
Species Name: Pavalx Pronunciation: Pav-alhks Breeds Available: Garden, Orchid, Lace, Peacock Special Breeds: Cryptic, Seraph Stats:Link
Preferred Habitat: Pavalx are used to living in warm environments that are covered in plants. Being insects they do not do well with the cold and cannot survive in any parts of the world that remain frozen for much of the year. While jungle and savannah-dwelling breeds remain in their habitats year round, pavalx that live in more temperate areas such as woodlands or temperate rainforests will migrate to warmer areas, traveling in small herds as they make their way through the wilderness. Their sharp eyes and careful footsteps keep them well concealed in their densely vegetated homes.
Diet: WELP Corp realized that, as apex predators of the insect world, it might be a bad idea to keep praying mantises' dietary habits the same. As a result, pavalx have had modifications to their diet to make them more similar to large herbivores. While they still have the fearsome sickle claws and sharp jaws, pavalx now feed on hay, grasses, fruit, and leaves. Usually. When they aren't feeling hormonal. While they don't have a "breeding season" due to the sterility of lab-made creatures, it's a good idea to keep some meat around in the late autumn and winter anyway. Not that they SHOULD need it, mind you. But, you know. Just in case.
Call: Pavalx are surprisingly vocal for mantids. When pleased they make a quiet clicking noise, and they make loud chirps to communicate with other members of their band through thick foliage. When threatened they make an increasingly high pitched, piercing chirp, which rises to an ear piercing screech when they attack.
Special Care Needs: Pavalx are masters at traveling through dense greenery and therefore make excellent mounts, but they require good trainingdue to their stand-offish nature. In addition, the sheer size of these creatures makes it difficult to shed their exoskeleton, which is necessary in order for them to grow. When a pavalx shows signs of shedding it is generally a good idea to slather them in special oils to help them through the process. As with most carapaced creatures, a stuck shed is inevitably deadly so it is best to make sure they get through it as easily as possible. In addition, pavalx have quite complex social structures. It is advised to give them plenty of options to socialize with other members of their species to keep them psychologically healthy as well as physically.
Basic Biology & Anatomy: Pavalx are mantids the size of large deer and capable of holding a human's weight... provided that you can earn their trust enough for one to let you on its back. And if they don't like you, they're happy to show it with the sharp raptorial scythes held just under their head. These limbs in the original mantids evolved to lash out at prey and hold them in a vicelike grip, but with WELP Corp's help they now pull ripe leaves and fruits from trees or scythe grasses off of the ground and into their mouths. Despite having six limbs like most insects, pavalx only use four of them to walk. Their forward and back (as opposed to up and down) movement make them a wonderfully smooth ride, and they are ideal for riding through dense vegetation or up steep hills. The most obvious feature of pavalx however are their massive, decorated wings. Despite their impressive appearance, these wings are primarily used in social display, making these creatures mostly flightless.
General Behavioral Study: Pavalx are vain and unflappable creatures at their core. They are obsessed with appearances and spend much of their free time grooming themselves to make sure they look as bright and shiny as possible. These (mostly) herbivorous animals travel in small familial groups of two to eight individuals and tend to be territorial against other groups. Scaring off predators and rivals is done with by flaring their massive, colorful wings and slashing with their wickedly sharp scythes. The wings are also used in the attraction of mates, and an interested pavalx will flare them out and step around the equally beautiful beau while performing a shivering dance. Should a female pavalx be impressed by a male, hormonal changes may occur that would normally lead to the production of eggs. Like most engineered species, pavalx are sterile, but the number of calories that a female pavalx desires increases with the expectation of egg production, which makes the female crave... more calorically dense sources of energy. As a result, its a good idea to not let your male pavalxes "tease" the females for too long during breeding season, or else you may find yourself with fewer pavalx than you started with.
Suggested Uses: Pavalx are primarily mounts, albeit not the fastest or friendliest in the labs. For difficult environments however, it is hard to find a steadier, smoother ride. Even through the thickest of jungles or up the steepest of hills, pavalx are surefooted. Even though they cannot fly properly, their ability to glide and flutter allows them to even traverse deep ravines and descend steep cliffs safely. They're very attentive mounts as well with their 360 degree field of vision. Unlike other herbivores, pavalx do not scare easily either and are more likely to face an opponent down than bolt in the face of danger, utilizing their sharp scythes to incredible effect.
Garden: Garden pavalx are the most common breed, but they are by no means the most common in appearance. With a beautiful emerald green carapace, they are well loved by purveyors of beautiful creatures. They are the most active breed too, able to carry their owners through a huge variety of environments without slowing in the slightest. While most pavalx are used to thick forests, garden pavalx are well adapted to open areas too, resisting even the most blazing rays of sunlight. Their only downside is that they tend to be a bit grumpier than the other breeds, but they are easily calmed by offerings of food. They're quite adaptable in their diet as well, chewing through even the toughest branches and cacti to fill their bellies. If you want a reliable mount, garden pavalx are a respectable option.
Orchid: Orchid pavalx are one of the prettiest breeds released, with a delicate pink body resembling the color of a rare and beautiful flower. Despite their cute apperance, the mantids this breed was derived from are ambush predators by nature... and the orchid pavalx would be too if they ate anything but flowers. Indeed, these creatures are happy to spend their days sitting in a meadow, munching happily on blossoms. They are one of the easiest breeds of pavalx for beginners to take care of, as they are naturally less energetic than their fellows. While this doesn't necessarily make them easier to train, it means that they're a lot less likely to make sudden moves or attempt to fight off an unwanted touch. Their affinity for flowers extends to more than their diet, however. Even outside of their dewy meadows, they have a beautiful scent and it is rumored that some can even control plant life.
Lace: Lace pavalx are a unique breed in two regards. The obvious difference is in their coloration- instead of the jewel-like colors of the other breeds, lace pavalx are dressed in stark black and white with clear lines and attractive patterns. This makes it difficult for their opponents to predict their movements, dazzling them with rapidly moving shapes and striking colors. When a lace pavalx is moving at full speed it's impossible to tell where each part of its body starts and ends. The less obvious feature of lace pavalxis their intelligence. Lace pavalx are less territorial than the other breeds and more observant. When a lace pavalx does square up against a rival in one of the species' dance battles, the battle only begins after days of observation, and they move in order to skillfully take advantage of the weaknesses they observed in their foes' techniques in that time. At the peak of a lace pavalx's abilities, its even said that they can manipulate the thoughts of their enemies, but could that really be true...?
Peacock: The peacock pavalx is the rarest breed of pavalx that was available as an egg. That's a good thing too, as they are commonly regarded to be completely insufferable. While most pavalx are vain to a degree, peacock pavalx take it over the top... along with everything else. In a group of different pavalx breeds, peacock pavalx will always dominate the others, flaring out their shimmering limbs and wings to embarrass the competition into submission. Their beautiful, iridescent bodies reflect light at every angle, and their wings are covered in a rainbow of dazzling colors, putting the other breeds to shame in terms of sheer flashiness. Their bombastic personalities mean that they never back down from a challenge either, making them the guardians of their herds. If you can manage to earn a peacock pavalx's trust, you'll never have to worry about predators stealing your small livestock ever again... if just because they scream so loudly that nothing wants to come near them.
Special Breed 'Cryptic': Cryptic pavalx are secretive creatures. While other pavalx travel in small herds, cryptic pavalx try to stay as hidden as possible, even from members of their own kind. Their body patterns, while dull, make perfect camouflage in their jungle homes. While not overtly predatory, cryptic pavalx still have the urge to stalk prey. It isn't uncommon to feel a deep sense of dread when in one's cryptic pavalx enclosure as it follows you from the shadows, staying perfectly hidden until it finally decides it wants something from you. At that point it will probably stand directly behind you and screech loudly to let you know that it is hungry. This unique ability is not borne of sheer camouflage, however. Indeed, as cryptic pavalx age, they gain the ability to disappear from sight entirely, turning completely invisible patch by patch. For those that prefer a stealthy mount, a cryptic pavalx is the way to go.
Special Breed 'Seraph': Seraphs are the only breed of pavalx that is capable of full flight. Normally pavalx wings, while useful for spooking predators and signaling to other members of their species, are too awkwardly shaped and proportionally weak for them to flap with enough force to generate the lift needed for flight. Seraphs solve this problem by simply having... more wings. Resembling feathers made of stained glass, the wings of the seraph pavalx are still made of veined chitin like any other insect, allowing them to make sharp movements and turns with a quick twitch of their back muscles. This ability to fly works well for them in their native environment. While most pavalx live in densely wooded areas, seraphs live in savannahs, scrubs, and plains. In those environments there are few places to hide, and the sun beats down intensely. Their ability to fly makes it easier for them to escape predators and scan for food. While these creatures appear blindingly bright in direct sunlight, some of these beams do get absorbed by special cells in their wings. This light is then re-released when the seraph pavalx is feeling stressed to help calm themselves, making these creatures symbols of peace and healing in hard times.
Post by Fiera Ferella on Jul 1, 2022 18:48:16 GMT -6
Species Name: Voltitan Pronunciation: Vawl-TYE-Tuhn Breeds Available: Olympian, Vulcan, Mariana, Charybdis Special Breeds: Mons, Magestorm Stats:Here
Preferred Habitat: The massive bulk of voltitans is best supported by water, resulting in most breeds being at least partially aquatic. As a result, swamps, shorelines, and lakes are all fair game for a voltitan looking to set up its lair. Furthermore, the more privacy they can have, the better. It's not uncommon for these massive beasts to dig out large burrows for themselves, filling them with comfortable piles of moss, leaves, and the bones of their prey. These massive turtles are quite solitary creatures however, and won't live anywhere where either people or other voltitans frequent, making the sighting of this creature very rare indeed.
Diet: Voltitans are primarily carnivorous. Their size and armor means they can take down even the most fearsome creatures with ease. Their lack of speed means they usually only operate as ambush predators, resembling a pile of rocks sticking out of the mud until their prey comes close enough for them to take down with a lethal lightning strike or a devastating snap of their jaws. When easily hunted food doesn't come near however, they can make do with delicate greens like seaweed, algae, and soft grass... but it's not their favorite, to say the least.
Call: Voltitans are surprisingly vocal, though they really only seem to make noises to express displeasure. They'll make thunder-like growls that reverberate through the ground when they want someone to back off, heightening to a shriek with the volume of a lightning strike when they choose to attack. In the rare instance that a voltitan is pleased, they'll make short, repetitive grunting noises, similar to a hippo.
Special Care Needs: As reptiles, voltitans don't need as much food as a similarly sized warm-blooded creature, but they do have very specific vitamin requirements. Their thick, rocky shells require dozens of different types of minerals. Normally the combination of mud, meat, and vegetation they eat makes up for this, but in a more restricted environment (that is, the care of a sapient being), one must be careful to make sure they're getting all the nutrients they need. If they don't, malformations may occur in the voltitan's bones and shell as they grow, crippling them.
Basic Biology and Anatomy: Voltitans are massive turtles, easily larger (and definitely heavier) than a car. Their most obvious feature are their shells. While most aquatic turtles have smooth, pebble-like shells, voltitan shells build up rocky peaks over the course of their lifespan, resembling miniature mountains when they mature. The inherent magic of these beasts summons thick clouds around the peaks of their shells which crackle with lightning that they use in hunting and territorial display. They are toothless, but still have heavy, beaklike plates lining their jaws, allowing them to snip through bone and tendon like a pair of kitchen shears. Their sturdy legs bear large claws, but these are mostly used for digging and gripping onto slippery surfaces more than slashing at foes. These features combine to form a massive predator, albeit one that tends to move rather slowly and take things one step at a time. One thing about these creatures is for sure. You can't rush a voltitan, and the futures of those who try are ones filled with the smell of burning hair and ozone.
General Behavioral Study: No one's sure that there's ever been a "friendly" voltitan. They are solitary creatures by nature, who prefer to stay as far away from each other as possible, only coming out to hunt. If two do face off in the wild, they'll put on an amazing show, opening their jaws wide at one another and firing lightning into the air in an attempt to show off how big and intimidating they are. Despite their aggression, these displays rarely come to blows, with the less impressive voltitan hesitantly accepting defeat and leaving the others' newly claimed territory. Even the ones that have been socialized since birth have a begrudging, put-upon air to them. Blunt and curmudgeonly, voltitans only seem to obey commands because they think it'll make you leave them alone a little bit faster. That being said, they have an air of superiority and power to them that's very well earned. Voltitans tend to be apex predators within their territories, and few can say that they've fought one with zero casualites.
Suggested Uses: Voltitans make excellent battle companions. Their resistance to harm combined with their brute force elemental powers make them beasts to be reckoned with on the battlefield... so long as you don't mind them being a little slow to get started.
Olympian: Olympian voltitans are considered to be the holotype breed of the species, the most easily acquired. This is due in part to their ease in breeding. When given a serum of procreation (as creatures created by WELP Corp are just as sterile as any other Labs creature), they produce clutches easily double the size of the other breeds. Even though they are the most common, the power of olympian voltitans is nothing to sneeze at. Stormclouds forming around the peaks of a voltitan's shell is a normal occurrence, but the shells of olympian voltitans are laced with conductive metals that grant them a boost in electrical strength and accuracy, allowing them to charge up and fire explosive blasts from their clouds. The lightning they can produce is incredibly diverse, with some skilled individuals even managing to create "homing bolts" that can follow prey around corners!
Vulcan: Vulcan voltitans tend to cluster around arounds of high geological activity, staking their claim on fissure lakes formed by earthquakes or volcanic springs. This species has a natural resistance to the high heat of their environment, able to sit in water that is scalding hot or filled with caustic chemicals without batting an eye. It is here that they lay in wait for their prey, waiting for them to fall and hurt themselves on new unstable rock formations or to succumb to toxic gasses released by the earth. That being said, this breed isn't as reliant on meat as its cousins. Instead, vulcan voltitans have been seen eating freshly cooled lava rocks from their environment, deriving rare nutrients from the stone. While they still need some regular food, so long as they have access to these mineral-rich rocks, they are satisfied. The stone that isn't digested however is instead stored in a special chamber inside the peaks of their shells. When threatened, this breed can heat up the stones and fire molten rock at their opponents, making this breed a force to be reckoned with.
Mariana: Mariana voltitans are some of the hardest to find in their natural habitat. This isn't due to their rarity so much as an inability for normal creatures to reach them. This breed only inhabits the very darkest depths of the ocean, clambering around hydrothermal vents and waiting for fish and crabs to drift by. These vents gush all sorts of boiling hot minerals that these voltitans incorporate into their shells, giving them a form of camouflage. The metabolisms of these beasts are so slow that they only need to come up for air once a day, making the long swim back to the surface in the dead of night. They take a few huge, deep breaths before going back down to the deep to hunt another day. Unlike most voltitans, the sparse distribution of life in the abyss means its easy for a voltitan to "overgraze" a particular area, making this one of the few breeds that moves on a regular basis. Whenever they find an area with enough life to make up a single meal, they hunker down and utilize their breed's unique power. Within a few seconds, they can bring the water around them to a scalding boil, instantly cooking any animals in a twenty foot radius that the mariana Voltitan then goes and eats at its leisure.
Charybdis: While most voltitans tend to live inland or around rocky areas, charybdis voltitan are some of the few members of their species that can stand to live in the open ocean, miles away from land. Each charybdis voltitan will lay claim to possibly hundreds of miles of open water, patrolling every inch of it to catch any creatures that might pass through it. Booming echolocation can be heard when passing through this breed's home as they sound the empty deep for miles to find prey. Once they find prey however, there is no escape. Each charybdis voltitan has excellent control over water, and can bend the tides and currents to their will, dragging its prey toward it faster than they can swim away. Even whales are no match for this breed as they can even summon massive whirlpools to drag their quarry to its doom. When not hunting however, most charybdises will spend their time sleeping, resembling tiny rocky islands that dot the ocean waves.
Special Breed 'Mons': The Mons breed is the largest and heaviest voltitan breed, though it can be hard to tell by looking at them. Unlike other voltitans, they reside primarily in deserts, laying claim to the rare oases. Their presence obligates passing creatures to thus be quick and clever if they want to get enough water to survive, or else to make... unfortunate sacrifices. This task made even more difficult due to mons voltitan's ability to make the desert even more harsh to drive more prey towards their oases. They can whip simple breezes into raging sandstorms and raise small rocks out of the ground into impassable boulders, forcing traveling animals to pass through their territory and straight into their jaws. For mons voltitans, hunting is usually just a matter of lying in wait. Due to the rarity of viable territory for these creatures, Mons Voltitans are also the most territorial, making them the strongest of their species as well. After all, being ousted from an oasis means a long trek into the harsh lands that they themselves created, with a strong chance of meeting a karmic fate.
Special Breed 'Magestorm': Magestorm voltitans are easily the rarest breed, and thank the gods for that. This breed was the result of a bit TOO much magic making its way into the biology of this species, resulting in a creature stuffed so full of magic that it's practically radioactive. Seriously, don't touch this thing with your bare hands. Its magic tends to affect biological forms more than anything, causing every member of this breed to grow two heads. Unfortunately, they aren't more social than other voltitans, meaning that these conjoined twins tend to bear a seething hatred of each other, thinly veiled by their mutual need for survival. Still, this roiling anger only fuels the crackling storm above their heads. Their very presence seeps outward, warping and mutating anything that comes near the storm. In short doses, this usually just sends a tingle up one's spine, or scares off smaller animals. But with a particularly strong strike of lightning, magestorm voltitans can twist other creatures into gibbering mockeries of their former selves, an act that brings them not a small modicum of glee.
Zenjesi: Hey Silv - how do you pronounce Kodakai?
Nov 17, 2023 18:23:56 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Not to mention the baby mosca with wolf skin from Elvye and the sparkling owl of Xentus. <3
Nov 14, 2023 10:27:52 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like the Donnor one not just with looks FF, but the description, funny as heck.
Nov 14, 2023 10:26:27 GMT -6
Zenjesi: yours both made me laugh, FF! They're very expressive
Nov 13, 2023 21:57:46 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Woooow Twilight, I love that witch drawing!!! :0 It's so pretty! And Zenjesi I think Spectral is my favorite out of yours lol. Just looks happy to be included. and silver now i wanna know which pets youd pick for the other legendary beasts. XD
Nov 13, 2023 21:37:45 GMT -6
Silver: Ah I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! I love everyone's drawings they're all so cute. ;o;
Nov 13, 2023 17:31:37 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I like that one as well yeah, loved the old nootnoot image from quest prizes, so that one went perfectly with that particular costume being based around it. X3
Nov 13, 2023 15:23:13 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The jewelry on tail or at the head definitely tends to be their most recognizable feature for a Mosca, and sadly their pharaoh chin piece as well. XD
Nov 13, 2023 15:21:07 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Your peanut costume is hilarious and adorable too!
Nov 13, 2023 15:14:29 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Yes you're correct! I guess I did a decent enough job with the drawing!
Nov 13, 2023 15:05:27 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: It still looks good on Synkka. She is a shaman Mosca I'm guessing? Its mostly the tail that makes me think of it.
Nov 13, 2023 15:00:42 GMT -6
Zenjesi: I definitely like Spectral's the most too! I sort of cheated by drawing Synkka with a cloak because I do not know how to draw feathered wings, haha ^^'
Nov 13, 2023 13:45:15 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Which one do you like the most out of the three you made?
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:48 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that compliment! Though I know with the water it doesn't look entirely great, I love the latter one I made the most.
Nov 13, 2023 12:09:30 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Silv - both of yours are cute and would make fun stickers!
Nov 13, 2023 9:18:10 GMT -6
Zenjesi: Aw, thanks, Twilight! I really love the way you drew the water/swimming motion in yours. Wand in the mouth is also a cool pose!
Nov 13, 2023 9:13:03 GMT -6