|Scientific Name:||draco sapiens|
|Height:||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) - 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)|
|Weight:||45.35 kg (100 lbs) - 158.76 kg (350 lbs)|
|Colouration:||Pendragons may be found in any colour.|
The most dominant species to inhabit Ramath-lehi: the pendragons. These creatures are an anthropomorphic mix of feline, canine, and dragon. Because of their genetic makeup, the variety among these individuals is astounding.
Pendragon colours can range dramatically, as they have taken on all of the hues of the visible light spectrum. So it is not uncommon to see a green pendragon, or even one with rainbow-coloured stripes. Their body structure is similar to that of a wolf, although entwined with a lot of feline attributes - some even look a lot like Earth's big cats, or even like true mythological dragons. They usually have hair growing from the top of their heads that sometimes slinks down their backs like soft spikes, or even bladed hair.
Winged pendragons have also evolved for the skies. They're not as common as the ground and cave-dwelling pendragons, but have started to increase in numbers. Their wings usually consist of a feather-like makeup, but some with leather. Draconic wings have also evolved out of the tangled mess. You could make up your own style of wings if you wish, it's just that "draconic" and "feathered" wings are more commonplace.
In terms of physiological differences between the sexes, there are not very many. Both male and female pendragons are capable of telepathic thought-speak (sending messages into each other's minds). This is not the prefered method of communication, but it is still used, nonetheless. However, male pendragons commonly carry flames at the end of their tails although finding this mutation in females is not extremely rare. These flames are often reflective of a pendragon's mood or strength.
Most pendragons are marked with tattoos, usually on their left haunch, although sometimes on the right. These are symbols that their parents thought would reflect the young pendragon's personality. Usually the parents consult a seer or someone else of that nature in order to gain insight as to what a pendragon's symbol should be. Some players like to make up random designs for their character's tattoo, or even base them off of a specific creature or object.
Height and weight can vary greatly from pendragon to pendragon. Pendragons can be found in anything from mouse-like size, to even that of an elephant. But in this world, size doesn't really matter. Some pendragons even have the ability to change their size, so don't let them fool you.
Due to their unique body structure, pendragons are capable of both bipedal and quadrupedal locomotion and can freely switch between either mode. However, if one mode is favoured over the other through most of a pendragon's life then it will likely affect the shape of the body. For example, some pendragons who have spent the majority of their growth bipedal are fairly erect in posture during adulthood, similar earthen humans.
Pendragons are digitigrades, but their paws have evolved to become a little bit more than just that. They have longer "fingers" on their forepaws as well as a prehensile thumb which makes it easier for them to work and handle things. They have five "toes" or "fingers" on each forepaw and back paw. Embedded within the paws are thick, retractable cat-like claws.
In a perfect world, pendragons would have no set life span; they grow more powerful as they age. They could live near forever if it wasn't for elements, murder, illness, and accidental deaths. However, the average life expectancy of any given pendragon is roughly 80 to 140 years.
Reproduction and Social Life
Pendragons lay eggs and can be considered as monotremes (much like a platypus or echidna). They lay eggs much like a platypus, yet still hang around to suckle their young. The eggs need to be incubated and kept warm for roughly 40-50 days, about a quarter of a Ramathian year, during which time they would need to be protected by a parent until they hatched. Once hatched, the newborn would need to be protected until they are able to take better care of themselves. Though a newborn's teeth would be able to defend itself successfully to some extent. Generally pups stay with their parents until they are seven years old, and then they are shipped off for schooling.
Pendragons live in family clans, tribes, or by their lonesome. Family clans usually consist of a mother, father, and their young. Some pendragons exist in larger tribes with three families or more, and some even prefer to be alone in remote regions of the world.
Quarterly "Heat" Cycles
Every fifty days, or every season, a sexually mature female pendragon enters a two-phased heat cycle. The first step lasts roughly five days, and no noticeable physical changes occur. The female is merely receptive, and the only way this is apparent is by her "chemical signature", present by scent, particularly in her urine. Due to evolution and the development of innovated civilization, this chemical output has been muted greatly, so it is less communal when a female is in season. During this short span of time, the female's drive to mate will be greater than normal, but this is by no means an uncontrollable lust.
If the female chooses not to mate, she will not conceive, and thus she will enter the next phase of her cycle, which is much like a human's menstrual period. Because she does not need the wall of tissue in her womb in order to nourish a developing egg, the female will shed the uterine lining. This process lasts another five days, and during this time the female may choose to utilize implements much like earth's "feminine products" to stop their flow. When both phases are over, the female pendragon's body will slowly begin to acquire a new lining, and the process will continue next season.
Intercourse and Pregnancy
There seems to be a hell of a lot of confusion about this. We have seen many people roleplaying their characters all pregnant and swollen and stuff, and even giving live birth, so we highly recommend people read this and play this kind of thing out PROPERLY!
To be sure, pendragons are sexually active throughout the year, with no particular mating or breeding season. Of course, when a couple wants to conceive, they have to time intercourse so that it takes place during the thill's receptive heat phase. It is possible to conceive when she is not in this phase, but it's unlikely.
Because of the anthropomorphic trends on Ramath-lehi, mating rituals are not as simple as feral encounters. Positions, traditions, and individual encounters are left up to the players.
After conception occurs, an egg grows within the female pendragon. It remains there and grows for roughly 20 days, give or take. Once the egg is laid, it takes 40 to 50 days of incubation in order for it to hatch.
In the "internal phase," i.e., during the twenty days when the egg is still within the female, she does not show much. Her abdominal area may grow a little, but there's no major swelling. Perhaps just enough of a "bump" to tell she's "pregnant." There are probably not many physical symptoms like we have on Earth - no back pains or swollen feet. Things like morning sickness and moodiness might occur though.
In the Addfesmatt and other traditions, a seer oftentimes visits the incubating egg to bless it and meditate upon it.
Male and female are equal caretakers. Male will help to incubate the egg, as well as nurse it and care for it.
Pendragons may be found just about everywhere on Ramath-lehi.
More "In Depth" Information
What pendragons eat & their teeth.
Pendragons have large fangs for ripping and tearing. They are born carnivores, but some have slipped over and became omnivores - and some have even taken it as far as to become vegetarians. They have 36 teeth consisting of both large canines and molars, just like that of a canine or feline, but their molars are defined for grinding and chewing foods more thoroughly.
Pendragons live in family clans, tribes, or by their lonesome. Family clans usually consist of a mother, father, and their young. Some exist in larger clans with sometimes three families or more, and some even prefer to be alone in remote regions of the world. No matter where they live or how they live, they always have to answer to the Council of Thirteen.
In a perfect world, pendragons would have no set life span. They could live near forever if it weren't for elements, murder, illness, and accidental deaths. However, the average life expectancy of any given pendragon is roughly between 80 to 140 years.
Pendragons lay eggs and can be considered as monotremes (think platypus and echidna). They lay eggs much like a platypus, yet still hang around to suckle their young. The eggs need to be incubated and kept warm for roughly 40-50 days, about a quarter of a Ramathian year, during which time they would need to be protected by a parent until they hatched. Once hatched, the newborn would need to be protected until they are able to take better care of themselves. Though a newborn's teeth would be able to defend itself successfully to some extent. Generally pups stay with their parents until they are seven years old, and then they are shipped off for schooling.