Collab Race Description Updates

Thread in 'World Building' started by Shriker, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Shriker

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    A few bits of the rewrites that I'm currently working on...

    1. Anubi

    The Anubi are a scarce race that almost met extinction due to targeted biological warfare.

    They are fiercely protective of their culture and see all other races as inferior. Some are so strong in their beliefs that the Anubi bloodline should remain pure that they have turned to illegal cloning and genetic alteration laboratories.

    Anubi have tall pointed ears, narrow faces with long snouts, lithe and muscular frames, and long, thin tails.

    They appear naturally with the following combination of colours: tangerine, rust, beige, silver, tan, white, and black. Those with untrue colours to the Anubi race are often considered unclean by other Anubi. Eye colourations are gold, amber, black, dark brown, blue, green, or white, and sometimes are completely without visible pupils.

    Both male and female Anubi have slender and feminine appearances.​

    2. Aquabat

    3. Feydragon

    4. Khell

    Khellin are the oldest subspecies of Pendragon. This ancient and mystical race, known for their exemplary prowess in Machina Technology, Enchanting, Dream Weaving, Jewellery, Smithing, Technical Engineering, Sculpting, Architecture, and Alchemy, are native to the frigid Trilok continent. Originally Khellin were thought to have been born from the frozen mountain earth, as they would often spring forth from their subterranean labyrinthine mega-cities to surprise foes.​

    Unlike their lithe northern Yki cousins, Khellin have very stocky and muscular builds with small ears and short tails. They are generally larger and weigh more than the average Pendragon due to their bone structure. Khellin have evolved to fit a very specific ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for extremely cold temperatures. They are insulated by several inches of blubber and have superbly dense underfur. Longer guard-hairs (up to 15 cm long for females and 40 cm for males) adorn their arms, legs, and ears, for extra warmth. It is not uncommon for Khellin to shave their fur when visiting or living in warmer climates, as they are prone to overheating in temperatures above 15 °C (59 °F). When exposed to extremely cold temperatures, Khellin secrete special oils which makes their fur even less susceptible to frost. It is these oils that make their fur very soft and luxurious to the touch.

    Khellin are highly carnivorous and are unable to survive on a vegetarian diet. They possess large scooped claws which are amazing for digging through earth and ice, and have special molars that allow them to rip apart meat or carrion that has been frozen solid.​

    5. Lukuo

    6. Pendragon


    Extremely versatile and telepathically connected to Fronima, the Pendragon is the most prolific race on the planet Ramath-lehi. Pendragons have furry bodies and long whip-like tails. All Pendragons fall into one (or two) of the following appearance types:

    Felid. Short or sometimes non-existent snouts, sharp triangular ears, and small noses. Canid. Long snouts, large ears, and fleshy noses. Draconic. Long snouts, sometimes no protruding ears, and serpentine nostril slits.

    Most male Pendragons have flickering Fronima flames on the tips of their tails. The tail-flame mutation can also occur in females, but it is not as common. 85% of male Pendragons have tail-flames compared to 27% of females. Males born without tail-flames are often called Nullfires, which holds negative connotations and implies that the individual lacks magical heritage or power. The colour, size, and appearance of a tail-flames is reflective of a Pendragon's mood and health. Both male and female Pendragons are capable of telepathic thought-speak.​

    7. Takula

    The Takula are a Pendragon subspecies that has been separated in the more remote jungles and dense forest parts of Ramath-lehi. They have evolved to be far more lizard like than any other species, being cold blooded and scaled. They are large, powerful and brooding creatures shrouded in mystery and legend.

    The Takula are a small subspecies of Pendragons that are not less evolved but defiantly more acclimatized to certain areas.

    They are almost completely reptilian, are cold-blooded and have various other reptile adaptations.

    Takula live in packs and tribes but may also be found leading solitary lives. In these tribes they usually have very specific roles they fill out. The tribes themselves are somewhat violent and fight quite often, taking food and prisoners from each other. A strange oddity is that the captured Takula immediately ally with their captor's tribe, completely switching sides. Therefore tribe wars can often be very bizarre with large amount of the tribe members completely switching around.

    They are naturally taller than average Pendragons (six feet tall is the minimum height for a Takula) and it not uncommon for them to be a total of eight feet tall when fully grown. The males being naturally more brutish and larger than females but the females are by far more intelligent. They have broad necks, shoulders and all in all resemble reptiles far more than any other creature.

    Takula have no fur whatsoever. They are covered in scales that are often very bright and vivid in colours that range from tropical greens to vibrant oranges and reds. Their hands are large and made up of two thick fingers and an opposable thumb. All fingers have wicked two-inch claws on them that can be re-grow if broken and are very helpful for climbing trees and stone surfaces. Their heads often vary quite a bit from individual to individual. They range from having different sized horns to brightly coloured fins or even quills running down the backs of their heads. Takula all have thick tails with the same rules of tail flames as a normal Pendragon, some however have spikes and/or extruding bones showing.

    Takula can be very slow and dull witted. However this usually only applies to the males of the subspecies. Though if you cross their paths in the morning when they haven’t had time to bask in the sun, then they all are. They are not stupid though and posses a certain cunning and survivability instincts that not only keep them alive but make them formidable. They can speak English but not perfectly and can sometimes struggle with the language. Takula do not naturally know how to speak Ramathian but the smarter ones can learn it. Takula can write as well but their written language is very simple. They write using a form of hieroglyphics (pictographs).​

    8. Yki

    The Yki are slight and fox-like upon first glance. Their pelts consist of a thick, downy undercoat that traps heat against the body and a long, wiry outer coat that is made up of hollow hairs that capture and retain heat. They have large ears, but their hair grows especially long around them, sheltering the sensitive organs from frostbite. The Yki are also able to fold back their ears, tucking them into the thick fur of the back of their head if needed; their ears are incredibly flexible, thanks to well-formed muscles at their bases. The leather of their noses is almost always black, the only individuals with pink or pale nose leather being albinos and half-Yki. Yki paws are adapted for travel over slick and cold surfaces; their paw-pads have ‘treads’, raised ridges that are unique to each individual. Yki claws are long and hook-like, perfect for snaring a meal or gripping slippery ice. Between their toes grows long, course hair that protects the feet from the elements. The lower portion of their legs also has longer fur, although it is the same fur that is found all over the body.

    Yki introduced to warmer climates will shed their outer coats, leaving only the incredibly thick and luxurious undercoat. When reintroduced to their homelands, the Yki will re-grow the outer coat within a matter of days.

    Yki always have white coats, with a secondary colour for markings, hair, and tail flame. Occasionally a male will be born with a black base instead of white, but this is a rare occurrence; it happens no more than 1 in 100 births. If a single kit in a litter bears a black coat, chances are it's litter-mates will as well. The only exception to the white/black base rule is half-Yki, who's pelt colour may be affected by their non-Yki parent.

    There is a particular hereditary gene found in a few Yki families, particularity the Jori and Tuggheja clans. The gene is recessive, and carried by the female, although it only seems to manifest itself in males. It affects the Yki's secondary colour, reversing the pelts colours so that the secondary colour overwhelms the white base. To all appearances the affected Yki seems to be a reverse of a normal individual, with white markings on a colour base instead of the opposite.

    Tribes identify each other by facial tattoos, given when a kit turns five. These tattoos are unique to each tribe, and are added to as the Yki matures; given in recognition of specific events, much like the grading process in use in other parts of the world. A few of the more southern tribes grow out their fur and hair and wear it in dreadlocks, and then adored with beads and other ornaments made of coloured stones or metal.

    Yki vary widely in size, although females are usually larger than males. Muscular, but lean, the Yki are hardy, and able to heal incredibly quickly. They are built to be compact, and light enough to travel over hard packed snow and thin ice without breaking through.

    Unfortunately, they are susceptible to respiratory disease, and whole clans have been wiped out by a strange, pneumonia-like illness. Some of the clans are elitists, and do not condone mating with others outside the tribe; as such at least one clan has been having problems with the newest generation falling victim to genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia.

    Yki are almost strictly carnivores, although the tribe inhabiting the most southern parts of Dhruv do enjoy the occasional vegetarian addition to their diet. Those who live near the coast are excellent fishers, adapting to occasional dip by acquiring an oily secretion on their outer coat that waterproofs their fur.​
     
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