Renathan's long ears swiveled out towards the noise again, but yet again did not pick anything up past the strange echoing noises... He strains to hear any amount of noise and eventually gives up yet again. He did not in any way want to be disturbed, and it was beginning to look as if to best keep himself and his chiryma outside of this circumstance may be to leave a bit early. However, Renathan did not want to have to resort to such things; today was bonding day after all! Of course he could try later, but he may not feel like doing this later... It certainly felt like a dilemma! The mammalian turns his attention away after a while, and looks back down at the chiryma, studying it carefully. He had no idea what to think of it really right now, he hardly knew the creature indeed and it hardly knew him! He might as well take some time out of his morning to learn a bit more about how this creature's biological functions work, after all. He did have a lot of time to waste today! The creature was softly peeping in it's sleep now atop his lap.
Renathan runs his fingertips along the tiny pamphlet he had received about chiryma, only to find that it had two pages; one for the v1 of the species, and one for the v2. The Renard knows that the little chiryma currently sleeping in his lap was certainly of the v2 variety, but he really did want to know exactly what these creatures were like before now. He didn't think he'd ever actually seen a v1 chiryma. He pulls the pamphlet apart so that he can see the pages about the v1 chiryma, while he sat in the dust of the cave. He quickly moves his little light pole over closer to him so that he could read more easily in the dim light. The pamphlet had a picture on it that could be best described as a tall long-legged bird with fluffy feathers and very short wings that could not have allowed flight. He thinks for a moment on it, tracing the printed lines with his forefinger. The tiny chiryma sitting in his lap looked nothing like this drawing at all.
Renathan was not sure if he would have raised a chiryma had he only had access to the v1. Sure, they were cute, but they looked so fragile for what he supposed might have been a meat-eater? He figures that he could ready from the pamphlet to make sure his assumptions were indeed correct. So they were large critters that needed to be able to run about; which made sense with those long legs! Surprisingly enough, they were also omnivores, but that was confusing, to say the least! He thought with those large claws that they were used for hunting... But he had indeed been incorrect! He continues to scan the document, carefully holding it's thin parchment between his padded fingers. They apparently make peeping noises as youngsters, which was cute! His wasn't making that many peep noises really, it was mostly the tiny roars; but then again he figured that might be a difference between v2s and v1s maybe? Still, he glances past the parchment to the sleeping creature yet again, warily.
Renathan was happy to see that apparently well-bonded owners could tell the difference between the different 'emotions' of the strange birds via differences in their calls; that was exciting to say the least! He really enjoyed being able to understand his creatures without the use of the various magical items available to folks in the City. The next part in the pamphlet made his heart sink though; these creatures were emotionally needy animals. That was quite different for an animal after all. Most people theorized that animals were creatures of instinct and habit only; without emotional needs like that of a human. Renathan didn't believe in those sort of things himself; his creatures were often capable of at least rudimentary understanding of his emotional nature after a while of bonding with him and vice versa. Still, the thought of a creature requiring a 'lot of bonding' with it's owner or it will get depressed; he hoped that he wouldn't depress his little critter! He had a lot to think about now. He absentmindedly places his empty hand on the sleeping creature, petting it gently.
Apparently they will pester their owners for attention after a while, and according to the guide they needed to be given it; lest they were to get depressed from lack of affection. However, their little antennae were, as he guessed previously, very sensitive and did not take to being harmed very well; the creature may be killed from the sheer shock of being struck! Apparently the v1 chiryma creatures had long and spindly feathers that were more like fur than feathers, which appeared to be the case for his young hatchling as well? The antennae allowed them to pick up the... brain waves? Renathan squints as he reads this; more than a bit shocked in fact. Did that have something to do with psychics? He wasn't sure if he liked that idea at all; but it was very interesting! The creatures apparently used this to communicate with their 'family' and 'detect prey'. That was interesting, after all! His little chiryma's 'horns' looked nothing like those 'antennae' however... He didn't know if it had the same abilities or not.
The Renard could tell from looking at the diagram of the original creature that it's legs were certainly built for stamina and speed. However, his little chiryma didn't appear to have legs that looked birdlike like that. He also didn't see any wings on it's back... That is certainly strange! He bends over slightly and runs his hand along the little chick's back until he gave up; but out of a whim started to go towards it's belly to pet it's soft belly... Wait; what was that? He gently takes the tiny appendage in his hand; an arm? Renathan was quite shocked at this small but relevant revelation that he had just uncovered. Due to the fluffiness of his little pal; he never would have known about the tiny arms until it had gotten older. Well, that was certainly a change from the v1 chiryma! He stared at the little picture for a moment, and then turned back down to the tiny chiryma in his lap. Yes, they were different after all! He didn't know just how different yet, however.
The renard gently picks up the tiny arm and peers closely at it, thanking his lucky stars that the chiryma was asleep. The little arm almost appeared to have little stubby fingers, but he felt like his eyes might have been playing tricks on him in this strange dim halflight that occurs down here in the caves. He drops the little arm gently and then carefully turns back to the v1 pamphlet, curious as to the rest of the information contained within the thin parchment. The sheet goes on to mention that these creatures were 'designed' to be 'one of the most empathic creatures in the world'. He had no idea why anyone would really want to do that; but then again, he didn't really know how to do the things that the 'Labs' tended to do; handing out these creatures. Apparently it made them difficult to hunt though; which is good but then again these were literal giant birds with huge claws, and Renathan really felt like it would be hard to adequately hunt them anyway.
Beyond that; apparently these creatures roamed in packs of up to forty in the wild; commonly! The mammalian could hardly believe that nonsense; he'd never seen packs of anything save for perhaps ungulates to roam with those thick of numbers, especially not anything that would eat meat if allowed to do so; but apparently they also had social bonds that were complex, which was at least partially believable if one also believed the whole 'empathic' thing with these creatures to begin with. It was apparently also evident that the creatures bonded with owners incredibly strongly and incredibly quickly; with the creatures caring much more for a favored owner than the rest of any perceived 'pack'. It was more believable the longer he thought about that; a lot of his creatures preferred him over each other, especially his sarane. But these creatures did not seem to have the dominance issues that sarane have, at all. He begins petting the creature's back softly again, as it laid asleep in his lap, as he squinted in the dim light to read. Certainly bad for just about anyone's eyesight.
The next thing that Renathan read, however, had him in disbelief entirely; apparently there were going to be tests run, at least at some point, to see if adult or matured chiryma that were well bonded could apparently pick up thought-images from their masters! The renard could hardly believe that such a thing would be possible; could creatures even fathom a thought image without the help of the RoT? Renathan figured that these tests never happened; since it had to have been deemed necessary for the creatures to receive a v2 'update' for some reason or another. However, he was not surprised when he read about what they were suggested to be used for, apparently it was riding. These huge creatures were large for a reason; apparently they would 'gladly' (whatever that really meant) carry a rider without even being trained! Now that was impressive, he still figured it would be smart to train the creature to ride anyway. Was that what he wanted to train this chiryma for in the future; a mount? He glances down at the fluffy chocolate-colored chick.
Renathan finally figures that the creature would indeed make quite the decent mount, if indeed that v2 were also to be used as mounts. The renard folds the piece of parchment in the document about the chiryma v1 into a smaller area, and then he places the paper into his backpack. Then he pulls forth the piece of paper that had the v2 information for the chiryma that had fallen onto his knee. After this, he is really curious about the differences between the creatures, especially since he really had no idea anything about these creatures previously of course. This parchment seemed a little thicker somehow, perhaps it was newer? This new illustration was shocking to say the least; it looked very little like a bird and much more like... A dinosaur? He hardly knew anything about them, what did they call them before... Raptors? Yeah, like that he figures. They were very strange creatures indeed! He could hardly believe that his little fluffy chicklet would grow up looking like that!
The creature in the image had long legs, but not birdlike like the v1 chiryma did, Renathan could hardly believe that this creature was even the same species remotely? The creature had shortish arms, super tiny against it's body, and a long tail with just a bit of fluff at the tip of it. The claws were much, much larger, and the bill of the creature was almost certainly a meat-eating bill. The creature had horns atop it's head instead of the delicate antennae, which certainly made him very sure that his was a v2, even though he'd already guessed it prior. The creature was certainly raptor-like, instead of birdlike. They didn't even appear to have any feathers on them! But his did; what did that mean exactly? He begins to read after tracing the little arms with a claw, curiously. Apparently they ate the same diet as the previous iteration of the species, though he could hardly believe that with all the changes. They really looked like they should be obligate carnivores... His wriggles in it's sleep, as if it is running in a dream.
Apparently these creatures also made the same vocalizations as the v1, save for apparently a roar! That made lots of sense, his tiny creature was already creating a small roaring noise, which was surprising to him altogether. These were also good empaths; Renathan was not surprised to see this word again, but once again he was a bit skeptical. The creature hadn't seem to show him any reason to believe this information quite yet. However, according to the parchment they even communicated using this supposed empathic system as well, among one another. The text stated that they had antenna, like their 'cousins' as it stated, but he was surprised to see that, since all he could see was little horns? He'd accidentally bumped one of the horns previously and the creature did not seem any worse for wear. He'd be terrified to touch a v1's antennae even slightly! The renard was surprised about this information previously of course, but now he was surprised for a different reason.
Surprisingly, to Renathan, the little running-in-it's-dreams creature in his lap would someday be that large-bird. It was super-impressive looking, he wondered if it would make a good mount on those giant spindly but also somehow dangerous looking legs... He had no idea if he could even imagine it, but he was sure he'd be able to see it happen probably quicker than he even really preferred. These creatures are apparently indeed still social creatures, like the previous iteration of the species, according to the thin parchment. However, they do not have the large social groups; that was actually a boon to the renard. He had previously been worried that he may have to somehow locate several dozen of the beasts so that his own would be a happy creature. Instead, these had little groups consisting of a female and up to three males; with the males 'leading' the female? Usually, wasn't it the other way around; that the less-numbered sex leading the group?
These creatures were incredibly odd, indeed! Just how three separate males would have enough of a mind to work together to lead a single female and her chicks was simply difficult to fathom. Thankfully, they also preferred to bond to one owner as well; incredibly strongly. He may have to find his little (previously realized as male) Chiryma a mate in the future, but right now it didn't seem to be an issue of any pressing importance since the creature was indeed so young. The little antenna were apparently hidden beneath the outer casing of what was probably an 'ossicone', as Renathan had seen on other types of creatures, which apparently protected the otherwise delicate sensing instruments from harm. The creatures had a more 'honed' empathic sense apparently, which they seemed to use for detection of prey with more finesse than the previous iteration. They still seemed to be able to communicate using these things, surprisingly enough! Even though they were covered with the hard ossicones.
The tiny chocolate-colored chiryma chick rolls over, exposing it's belly in Renathan's lap; which the Renard decided was just completely too cute. The fluffy creature had just the sweetest little tummy he could even imagine! Apparently, as Renathan turns back to the little parchment that held lots of information on this species of v2 chiryma, the babies were covered in downy fur to protect their bodies; and the adults were not. The renard was certainly not excited about this; he loved how fluffy and furry the tiny companion appeared to be with it's little thin feather-fur down. This depressed him a little more than it should have; however, he did figure that there would be ways around this development, as he got more involved with the city's culture and such. There seemed to be ways around everything. Apparently their empathy was described as more 'dumbed down'. Just why would a creature designed to be incredibly empathic have it's v2 dumbed down instead of improved?