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« on: 17 August 2007, 05:49:48 »

((Please bear with me.  This is my first attempted entry for this site.  I would be sincerly grateful for any comments you can make as for it's improvement.))
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Basic Overview of the Beast

Invisible in the jungle and everywhere the Krath Cavalry moves, the Fujin cat's pelt relflects the color around its form so that only its barely visible outline of the beast can be seen.  For the many enemies of the Krath Empire, their last moments were spent seeing startling yellow eyes float unattached in the air, followed by a brief flash of white teeth, a red maw, and a curious wondering where those set of teeth have come from.  The Fujin, with its color reflecting coat, were responsible for these wonderings.  The Fujin is a large muscular cat capable of both stealth and speed which serves as a military mount under the Grand Empire of Krath.  It is believed that this magnificent beast is largely responsible for the massive military success of the Krath Empire.  The Fujin’s capabilities of great speeds, as well as its color reflecting coat make the Fujin the ideal cat for military use.

         Appearance

A great cat of considerable stature, the Fujin is famed for its aggresive, intimidating stance on the battlefield.  A typical male of this species can grow up to 3 peds at the shoulder blades with its head resting around 2 fores above them.  Many differences lie in the shape, size, and build between the female and male of these breeds, although each possess the distinct fur of their kind.  The pelt of the Fujin is believed to consist of sleek short and hollowed hairs that reflected the colors around the beast thus making the cat hardly visible despite its massive size.  When a military general, whose name has been lost throughout the fabrics of time, captured and succeeded to come up with a way to tame these massive cats, the Fujin pelt’s color was used to the [color]red]army’s[/color[ advantage.

Fujin males reach maturity at about 10 years of age and are typically 3 peds tall at the shoulders.  They are at maximum, with their tail outstretched, between 4 to 5 peds long and they are believed to weigh around 2 pyges.  The male cat’s body is heavy and muscular in contrast to the lithe, trim body of the Fujin female cat.  Also noticeable, the Fujin is its massive jaw muscles and sharp teeth; the canines of Fujin being about one palmspan in length.  In addition to sharp jaw and thick neck muscles, the Fujin male is also noted for its broad forehead because of a extra bone plate in the Fujin’s forhead almost completely separated from the cat’s skull except for some connective flesh at the top of the bone plate.  The bone plate extends from just below the cats ears to just above the Fujin’s eyes, and extends from ear to ear in length.  The bone plate spans at its widest point around a half a ped.   

Muscles in the neck, jaw, and massive forehead are crucial in both the male Fujin’s hunting style and mating rituals. See the Habitat/Behavior section for more details on how the male Fujin fought and hunted.

In contrast, the female Fujins are noticeably smaller then the males of this breed.  A female Fujin which reaches maturity at 15 years of age stands typically about 2 peds in height.  The females are at maximum, with their tail outstretched, between 3 to 4 and a half peds in length. A female Fujin typically weighs between1 and 1 and a half of a pygge. The female Fujin is also built noticeably different from the males. 

Female Fujins instead of possessing the heavy muscle formation of the males are lithely built for speed and endurance.  The legs of the female Fujin breed make up half their height at 1 ped.  Most of their muscles seemed to be located in their legs according to pictures painted in the homes of the Peninsula of Shár region of the Empire of Krath by various artists, some of Krean origin.  The female possesses a much slimmer formed head, and their neck and jaw area while still retaining the strength of the male Fujin are nowhere near the massiveness of the male Fujin. Like the male, the female Fujin possess a massive bone plate underneath its forehead which spans about a half a ped in width.  The female Fujin is noted for its beauty and it is often seen in pictures of a great cavalry men within the Krath Empire. 

Both the males and females possess long tails about 1 ped in length, which they use to steer while maintaining the great speeds for which their breed is famous for.  All Fujin cats are born completely clawless.
         
         Special Abilities

The male Fujin is believed to be capable of great speed and is rumored to be able to cover two dashes in five blinks.    These burst of speed are very brief however, and the male Fujin is not able to keep up its fast pace over a great amount of distance.

The female Fujin is also believed to be capable of great speeds, but it cannot  obtain the fast speed of the male Fujin.  The female Fujin is believed to be able to cover two dashes in thirty blinks.  Unlike the male however, the female Fujin was able to maintain these speed for a long period of time, and is able to travel without rest for several days at a time before falling over in exhaustion, , which is what made it a perfect mount for the quick moving and always traveling army of the Earth Empire.

In addition to these massive speeds, the Fujin cats have a hightened ability of smell. This ability ,though useful in the wild when tracking prey, couldn't be exploited by the Earth Empire for martial purposes.  The color reflecting fur of the Fujin however, is a great advantage to the massive cat and the military.  Only the portions of the beast not covered by its transulent hollow hairs are visible.  These parts include its bright yellow eyes, the red of its maw and the white of its teeth, and the black pads that make up the bottom of the Fujin's paw. The Fujin’s pelt, when it was wild, gave it a big advantage over hunters and its pray for the color reflecting ability of it’s pelt made it very hard to detect. This ability made the Fujin perfect for stealth assaults or hit and run attacks, since they couldn't be noticed until striking. 


         Territory

Originally found in the Peninsula of Shár, but after being successively trapped and tamed by the military the Fujin were spread all over the Krath Empire.  It was said that in past times wherever one found a military base, one would find at least fifteen tamed Fujins.

         Habitat/Behavior
The Fujin by nature are very solitary animals and although it wasn’t an unusual sight to see a small pack of females (usually consisting around 2 to 3 Fujins) occupying relatively the same area, one would never see two male Fujin closer then 2 dashes away from their territory.  A typically male Fujin terriotory is about 5 dashes wide, and 5 dashes long, although some are wider and others are larger.

Originally wild animals, the Fujin habits changed much when they were trapped by and tamed by the military.  Wild Fujin are rarely seen since the Krath military discovered a method of taming the beast.  Keran and Viaquis Civillians were paid large amounts to report, track, and capture the wild Fujins by the Kratharian military. These paid captures, and reports dwinded the number of Fujin who remained free down to a clever (or lucky) handful.

In the military and in the wild, the males and females had two similar but different styles of hunting.  However, since the Fujin shows no hesitation about killing anything that is smaller then them, it didn’t make much difference that the military used them to track humans rather then the Fujin’s natural pray.

Male Fujin hunt by laying very quietly in the leaf-litter and wait for their prey to approach.  When a prey is spotted, the male Fujin will burst from their cover in a great blast of speed and the releasing of their tensed muscles.  The Fujin will then latch on to the exposed fleshy throat of their victim and rip about the air way of the prey.  If there is no fleshy throat present, the male Fujin will tear at the softest part of their prey.  It is also not unusual for a Fujin to attack a weaker animal, not for food, but for the pleasure of the kill.

Female Fujins, on the other hand, actively seek out their prey and will wander for days until she finds what consists of a successful meal.  When their prey is found, the female Fujin will stalk it briefly to determine the best time attack.  The female Fujin kills her prey by latching down on the throat of their prey and then slowly using their powerful jaws to constrict the airway until the prey ceases to struggle.

Female Fujins are tolerant of other female presences, and will often form what is called a click with other females after she gives birth.  A click is a group of three to four female Fujins which gather together in a single safe place to give birth to the young.  At least two females will be left at that clicks communal nest to protect the young from the male Fujin who do not hesitate to eat the helpless young or the smaller females. With the sole excetpion of the mating month, male Fujin view the smaller Fujins are as a legitmate food source, especially when the ever hungry male have had no luck hunting elsewhere.

Male Fujin in contrast are very territorial and mark their territory with special scent glands built in the cats cheeks and in the glands under the cats tail.  The scent is particular to each male, and a Male Fujin will spend at least 3 hours a day checking and redoing the territorial marks surrounding his territory.  A male Fujin’s territory usually consists of an area approximately 3 to 5 dashes wide.  When an opposing male Fujin seeks to take over another male’s territory it will often begin by marking its territory within the others male’s territory as an open challenge to the controller of the area.  Male Fujin will go nowhere without leaving some trace of their scent somewhere in the region, and this is especially true after the Fujin makes a kill.

Male Fujins however cannot stand other males in his territory.  Therefore, male Fujin are constantly smelling their territory, and they sense another scent that is not their own, they will actively seek out the other animal that belongs to that scent.
  If another male enters a Fujin’s territory, the male Fujin will stalks out the offending male until they find the competing male Fujin.  When two male Fujin come with region of each they will immediately roar a challenge to each other, and then begin to run together in what is called a rut.  The rut will last until one of the males dies, and the other Fujin male will feast off the loser’s flesh for days.

         Diet
The Fujin are meat eaters.  The Fujin are not picky eaters and will eat just about anything in the region that is smaller then them.

Since they were captured for the military however, the Fujin’s main diet consisted of the flesh of any enemy’s of the Great Empire.  In the wild, the Fujin’s favorite food was the Great Krog Draught beast.

Fujin must eat at least halft their weight in meat every day, and thus feeding the Fujin could be a expensive process to anyone beside the Krath Cavalry.

         Mating
Fujin begin to mate when they reach maturity, the male Fujin at 10 and the female Fujin at 15.  Fujin mate once a year beginning in the month of the Fallen Leaf.  The mating ritual consists of a male finding a female in his area who usually signals her willingness  to mate by giving loud cat calls that resound throughout the Jungle thus attracting several males in the area.  These calls sound similar to the ‘meow’ of a cat but with a distinct growling noise to the call making it sound like a ‘merow’ instead of a ‘meow’.  If more then one male approaches the female, they will rut until one of the dies.  During the mating season only will the male Fujin leave the vanquished males body for the Fujin female to feast off of.  A single male, with lucky and no surrounding competing males, can impregnate up to 10 females.

The mating ritual done, the male will leave the area in search of another female, and the female will begin to search for a high safe place to bear her kits, this is what Fujin young are called.  The female will most likely be joined by other females in consideration of their young’s safety to form what is called a click.  See Habitat and Behavior for more details on the click.

In the military, these mating rituals between the male and female Fujin are carefully controlled so as to guarantee a safe breeding.

The female gives birth to a single cub, called a kit in the spring in the month of Awakening Earth.  She will raise the kit for five months before releasing it off on its own.  If a kit does not leave its mother care after these five months are up, then it is not unusual for the female to kill her own young.


         Myth/Lore/Origin

Gifts of the bountifulness Ankriss, godess of life, the fujin are merely one example of the wide assortment and size of life one can find in the Peninsula of Shár.

The Fujin are believed to have lived happily until the cataclysm of THe Breaking (known as the Year of Darkness on Sarvonia). The Fujin cat struggled to withstand the cold that came after the Breaking. After this year, the legend of the Fujin ceased to spread abroad.  The Fujin are still alive, but the Fujin numbers are nowhere near what they used to be before that dark time.


The Fujin are also the legendary mounts of the Krathrians cavalry, and these massive and blood thirsty beast are believed to be credited with the vast military success the Grand Empire experienced.


         Usages

The Fujin are used as a riding mount after a Krathrians accidentally inserted the wooden pole he was using to defend againstthe beast behind the thick skull plate of the Fujin.  The resulting scuffle ended up with him on the beast back followed by the discovery that when he tugged on either side, the Fujin beast went in whatever direction he tugged.  Using this method, the man tamed the beast and then in great ceremony rode the thing to his military base.

Afterwards the pole was replaced by a thick metal rod extending fore outwards from the beasts skull.  The rod has metal loops on either end so that reigns can be attached.  A Fujin beast is usually tamed at 5 years of age by a man riding on the Fujin until it begins to obey its will.  A Fujin in this state is called broken.

After being broken, male Fujins are used as scouts due to their great speed and their intolerance of the presence of other males.

Females, however, are used as the main mounts of the cavalry.

Other then riding beast and war beast, the Fujin pelts are also used once the beast dies.  When a Fujin dies, the Fujin would be skinned and then carefully preserved by tanners.  The pelt when fashioned into clothes provides an extra element of stealth since the pelt retained its color reflecting abilities.  However, only the very wealth could afford these pelts outside the military.
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« Reply #1 on: 17 August 2007, 12:39:46 »

Hey Anci, glad to see you're getting in to the groove! I'm not very knowledgable of Santharian beasts, nor the Krath Empire, but I will comment anyway. Perhaps it will be helpful!



Basic Overview of the Beast

The Fujin is a large muscular missing word; a large muscular what? capable of both stealth and speed, which serves as a military mount under the Grand Empire of Krath.  It is believed that this magnificent beast is due the credit for the massive military success of the Krath Empire. This is an awkward sentence. How about, "It is believed that this magnificent beast is largely responsible for the massive military success of the Krath Empire." I also think you need to describe its physical characteristics more, but that's just my opinion.

         Appearance

A great cat of massive size, the Fujin is believed to be slightly larger then the legendary Zyloth.  A typical male of this species can grow up to 6 peds at the shoulder blades, with its head resting around 2 fores above them.  Many differences lie in the shape, size, and build between the female and male variants of the Fujin, although each possess the distinct multicolored fur pattern of their breed.  The pelt of the Fujin is believed to consist of sleek, short and hollowed "hollowed" sounds like it is done manually; how about just "hollow"? hairs that reflect the colors around the beast thus making the beast despite its massive size. Huh? The previous sentence doesn't make sense. The Fujin’s pelt, when it was wild, gave it a big advantage over hunters and its pray for it made it very hard to detect.  When a military general, whose name has been lost throughout the fabrics of time, captured and succeeded to come up with a way to tame these massive cats the Fujin pelts color was used to the military’s advantage.

Fujin males reach maturity at about 10 years of age and are typically 6 peds tall at the shoulders.  They are at maxium, with their tail outstretched, between 22 to 24 peds long and they are believed to have weighed around 100 pyges. 22 to 24 peds? Are you sure you have your measurements right? The male cats' bodies are heavy and muscular in contrast to the lithe, trim body of the Fujin female cat.  Also noticable [omitted]is its massive jaw muscles and sharp teeth; the canines of Fujin being about one palmspan in length.  In addition to sharp jaw and thick neck muscles, the Fujin male was also noted for its broad forhead because of thick skull plate underneath the area just above it’s eyes.  The bone plate spaned at its widest point just above the eyes was about a ped and a half in width.  These muscles in the neck, jaw, and massive forehead were crucial in both the male fujin’s hunting style and mating rituals. See Habiat/Behavior section for more details on how the male fujin fought and hunted.

In contrast, the female fujins were noticeably smaller then the males of this breed.  A female fujin which reachs maturity at 15 years of age stood typically about 5 peds in height.  The females are at maxium, with their tail outstretched, between 20 to 22 peds in length. A female fujin would typically weigh between 80 to 95 pygess. The female fujin was also built noticably different from the males.  Female fujins instead of possesing the heavy muscle formation of the males were leathly built for speed and endurance.  The legs of the female fujin breed consisted about half their height at 3 and half peds.  Most of their muscles seemed to be located in their legs according to pictures painted in the homes of the Peninsula of Shár region of the Empire of Krath.  The female possessed a much slimmer formed head, and their neck and jaw area while still retaining the strength of the fujin were no where near the massiveness of the male fujin. Like the male, the female fujin possessed a massive bone plate underneath its forehead which spanned about a ped in width.  The female fujin was noted for its beauty and it is often seen in pictures of a great cavalry men with the Krath Empire. 

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I apologize for not commenting on its entirety, but it is late and I must go to bed. I may comment on the rest in the morning. Just remember to capitalize the subject of your entry (in this case, "Fujin"), use the present tense, and make sure your sentences make sense; I saw a few in there that seemed like they were missing a word or two. All in all, an excellent, detailed entry, all I noticed for the time being were small mistakes like that, and the large measurement problem:

1 ped = 1 meter

That means your cats are around 20 meters in length.
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« Reply #2 on: 17 August 2007, 13:27:20 »

*winces* I will get to work on those corrections right away.

As for the measurements the proposal proposed a beast larger then a Zyloth which is 6 peds high, I have no clue how long, and 150 pygess.

I wanted to change this to make the beast somewhere around horse size, yet I wanted to stay true to the proposal.

Do you think it would be alright if I changed the beast size to something other then already proposed?  I mean even if the beast isn't Huge, it would still make a formidable enemy because of the beast tendency to attack anything its rider tells it too.

Please tell me your opinion in this area so that I can work on that change, if neccesary, as well as the other changes I need to make.  Thanks Gaffin.
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« Reply #3 on: 17 August 2007, 14:06:55 »

one tiny little pet peeve of mine..almost embarrassed to bring it up.

Calvary is the hill where Jesus was crucified.

Cavalry is a mounted warrior.

Don't know why that has always gotten me , but it has. buck
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« Reply #4 on: 17 August 2007, 17:32:35 »

Ah Anci- You don't need to include the possibility for links...

And once you've added all of Gaffin's suggestions I will take a look it at it

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« Reply #5 on: 17 August 2007, 18:20:56 »

I notice Gaffin hasn't done the whole of your entry, so I'll do the rest:

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Special Abilities

The male fujin is believed to have been capable of great speed and was rumored to be able to cover a dash in two minutes.    These burst of speed are very brief however, and male fujin is not able to keep up its fast pace over a great amount of distance.

The female fujin also was believed to be capable of great speeds, but it could not obtain the fast speed of the male fujin.  The female fujin is believed to have been able to cover a dash in one hour.  Unlike the male however, the female fujin was able to maintain these speed for a long period of time, and is able to travel without rest for several days at time before falling over in exhaustion , which is what made it a perfect mount for the quick moving and always travelling army of the Earth Empire.

         Territory

Originally found in the Peninsula of Shár, after being successively trapped and tamed by the military they were spread all over the Krath Empire.  It was said that in those times wherever one found a military base, one would find at least 20 tamed fujins.

         Habitat/Behavior
The fujin by nature are very solitary animals and although it wasn’t an unusual to see a small pack of females (usually consisting around 2 to 3 fujins) occupying relatively the same area, one would never see two male fujin closer then 2 dashes away from their den.

Originally wild animals, the fujin habits changed much when they were trapped by and tamed by the military, and wild fujin were rarely seen after the Krath military discovered a method of taming the beast.  Peasants and lower level citizens were paid large amounts to report, track, and capture the fujin’s those dwindling those fujin who remained free down to a handful.

In the military and in the wild, the males and females had two similar but different styles of hunting.  However, since the fujin so no hesitation about killing anything  that was smaller then them, it didn’t make much difference that the military used them to track humans rather then the fujin’s natural pray.

Male fujin hunt by laying very quietly in the underbrush (The Peninsula of Shar [which you attribute as their home] is a jungle area- so perhaps lying in the 'leaf-litter would be better?) and wait for their prey to approach.  When a prey is spotted, the male fujin will burst from their cover in a great blast of speed and the releasing of their tensed muscles.  The fujin will then latch on to the exposed fleshy throat of their victim and rip about the air way of the prey.

Female fujins, on the other hand, actively seek out their prey and will wander for days until she finds what consists of a successful meal.  When their prey is found, the female fujin will stalk it briefly to determine the best time attack.  The female fujin kills her prey by latching down on the throat of their prey and then slowly using their powerful jaws to constrict the airway until the prey ceases to struggle.

Female fujins are tolerant of other female presences, and will often form what is called a click with other females after she gives birth.  A click is a group of three to four female fujins which gather together in a single safe place to give birth to the young.  At least two females will be left at that clicks communal nest to protect the young from the male fujin who do not hesitate to eat them.

Male fujins however cannot stand another male fujin within 2 dashes from his territory (How does he know exactly?).  If another male enters a fujin’s territory, the male fujin will stalks out the offending male until they find the competing male fujin.  When two male fujin come with region of each they will immediately roar a challenge to each other, and then begin to run together in what is called a rut.  The rut will last until one of the males dies, and the other fujin male will feast off the loser’s flesh for days.

         Diet
The fujin are meat eaters.  The fujin are not picky eaters and will eat just about anything in the region that is smaller then them.

Since they were captured for the military however, the fujin’s main diet consisted of the flesh of any enemy’s of the Great Empire.  In the wild, the fujin’s favorite food was the steppe deer (Steppe dear are found on another continent- since the Jungles of Shar are part of my expertise I would reccomend their favourite prey being- Krog? Its a large reptile...).

Fujin must eat at least their weight in meat every day, and thus feeding the fujin could be a expensive process.

         Mating
Fujin begin to mate when they reach maturity, the male fujin at 10 and the female fujin at 15.  Fujin mate once a year beginning in the month of the Fallen Leaf.  The mating ritual consists of a male finding a female in his area who usually signals her willingness to mate by giving loud ‘merow’ (shoudl this be 'meow'?) calls that resound throughout the Jungle thus attracting several males in the area.  If more then one male approaches the female, they will rut until one of the dies.  During the mating season only will the male fujin leave the vanquished males body for the fujin female to feast off of.  A single male, with lucky and no surrounding competing males, can impregnate up to 10 females.

The mating ritual done, the male will leave the area in search of another female, and the female will begin to search for a high safe place to bear her kits, as this it what fujin young are called.  The female will most likely be joined by other females in consideration of their young’s safety to form what is called a click.  See Habitat and Behavior for more details on the click.

In the military, these mating rituals between the male and female fujin are carefully controlled so as to guarantee a safe breeding.

The female gives birth to a single cub in the spring in the month of Awakening Earth.  She will raise the cub for five months before releasing it off on its own.  If a kit does not leave its mother care after these five months are up, then it is not unusual for the female to kill her own young.


         Myth/Lore/Origin
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The Fujin are believed to have lived until the Year of Darkness?  After this year, the legend of the fujin ceased to spread abroad.

The fujin are the legendary mounts of the Katharian cavalry, and these massive and blood thirsty beast are believed to be credited with the vast military success the Grand Empire experienced.


         Usages

The fujin were used as a riding mount after a Kratharian military man (Military man? Sounds a little weird doesn't it...Soldier perhaps?) accidentally inserted the wooden pole he was using to defend agaisnt the beast behind the thick skull plate of the fujin.  The resulting scuffle ended up with him on the beast back followed by the discovery that when he tugged on either side, the fujin beast went in whatever direction he tugged.  Using this method, the man tamed the beast and then in great ceremony rode the thing to his military base.

Afterwards the pole was replaced by a thick metal rod extending fore outwards from the beasts skull.  The rod has metal loops on either end so that reigns can be attached.  A fujin beast is usually tamed at 5 years of age by a man riding on the fujin until it begins to obey its will.  A fujin in this state is called broken.

After being broken, male fujins were used as scouts due to their great speed and their intolerance of the presence of other males.

Females however were used as the main mounts of the cavalry.

Other then riding beast and war beast, the fujin pelts were other used.  When a fujin died, the pelt of the fujin would be skinned and then carefully preserved by tanners.  The pelt when fashioned into clothes an extra element of stealth since the pelt retained its color reflecting abilities.  However only the very wealth could afford these pelts outside the military.



You seem to have on many occasions miss-spelled 'Krath' or 'Kratharian'...but despite that this is a very good debut...I like to see some more creatures for my Jungles...Could you please capitalise all of the 'fujin's...
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« Reply #6 on: 19 August 2007, 12:27:54 »

Okay, I've made all the suggested changes except for Gaffin's suggestion of changing the size.

I would have like to have made that cat slightly smaller, but since the proposal wanted the Fujin to be larger than the Zyloth, I stuck to the proposal unsure if I would be allowed to do otherwise.

In addition the changes suggested, I also made a few changes of my own paritcularly to the Myth/Lore section.

Please let me know if there is anything I can change to this...which I'm sure there is.

I'm also trying to find a picture for the entry, but so far, I haven't had much luck, and since this isn't my main concern at the moment, to tell the truth, I haven't really tried.

Thanks for your patience and time.
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« Reply #7 on: 20 August 2007, 02:17:05 »

most entries are pictureless...it isnt a problem...
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« Reply #8 on: 20 August 2007, 10:51:09 »

I've added more detail to the basic overview and the apperance section.

Is there anything I need to change, add, delete, or correct?
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« Reply #9 on: 20 August 2007, 14:51:50 »

I've only skimmed this so I don't have many comments the Fujin is menitoned in the  Gopag entry as an example of prey for the giant gopag.

It would make since if it hid in grasses and bushes as well as in trees too.
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« Reply #10 on: 20 August 2007, 19:17:37 »

Oh! Thats the reference I missed...but it doesn't seem to have any signifcance to this entry though...
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« Reply #11 on: 20 August 2007, 22:39:12 »

I can easily add it to the entry if you wish Decipher.

Anything else?
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« Reply #12 on: 21 August 2007, 01:52:13 »

Here's my Check- Note these are content comments...not grammar corrections


Basic Overview of the Beast

Invisible in the jungle and everywhere the Krath calavry moves, the Fujin cat's pelt relflects the color around its form so that only its barely visible outline of a distinct separate texture and separation of color can be seen.  For the many enemies of the Krath Empire, their last moments were spent seeing startling yellow eyes float unattached in the air, followed by a brief flash of white teeth, a red maw, and a curious wondering where those set of teeth have come from.  The Fujin, with its color reflecting coat, were responsible for these wonderings. (Very Novel and Original approach to the Overview...i like it)

The Fujin is a large muscular cat capable of both stealth and speed which serves as a military mount under the Grand Empire of Krath.  It is believed that this magnificent beast is largely responsible for the massive military success of the Krath Empire.  The Fujin’s capabilities of great speeds, as well as its color reflecting coat make the Fujin the ideal cat for military use.

         Appearance

A great cat of massive size, the Fujin is believed to have be slightly larger then the legendary Zyloth.  A typical male of this species can grow up to 6 peds at the shoulder blades with its head resting around 2 fores above them.  Much differences lie in the shape, size, and build between the female and male of these breeds, although each possessed the distinct fur of their breed.  The pelt of the Fujin is believed to consist of sleek short and hollowed hairs that reflected the colors around the beast thus making the beast hardly visible despite its massive size.Only the portions of the beast not covered by its transulent hollow hairs are visible.  These parts include its bright yellow eyes, the red of its maw and the white of its teeth, and the black pads that make up the bottom of the Fujin's paw. The Fujin’s pelt, when it was wild, gave it a big advantage over hunters and its pray for the color reflecting ability of it’s pelt made it very hard to detect.  When a military general, whose name has been lost throughout the fabrics of time, captured and succeeded to come up with a way to tame these massive cats, the Fujin pelt’s color was used to the military’s advantage.

Fujin males reach maturity at about 10 years of age and are typically 6 peds tall at the shoulders.  They are at maximum, with their tail outstretched, between 22 to 24 peds long and they are believed to weigh around 100  pyges.  The male cat’s body were heavy and muscular in contrast to the lithe, trim body of the Fujin female cat.  Also noticeable, the Fujin is its massive jaw muscles and sharp teeth; ; the canines of Fujin being about one palmspan in length.  In addition to sharp jaw and thick neck muscles, the Fujin male is also noted for its broad forehead because of thick skull plate underneath the skin tissue just above it’s eyes.  The bone plate spans at its widest point around a ped and a half.   Muscles in the neck, jaw, and massive forehead are crucial in both the male Fujin’s hunting style and mating rituals. See the Habitat/Behavior section for more details on how the male Fujin fought and hunted.


THIS CAT IS HUGE- PLEASE SCALE IT DOWN TO AROUND TIGER SIZE PLEASE!!!

In contrast, the female Fujins are noticeably smaller then the males of this breed.  A female Fujin which reaches maturity at 15 years of age stands typically about 5 peds[ in height.  The females are at maximum, with their tail outstretched, between 20 to 22 peds in length. A female Fujin typically weighs between 80 to 95 pygess. The female Fujin is also built noticeably different from the males.  Female Fujins instead of possessing the heavy muscle formation of the males are lithely built for speed and endurance.  The legs of the female Fujin breed make up half their height at 3 and half peds.  Most of their muscles seemed to be located in their legs according to pictures painted in the homes of the Peninsula of Shár region of the Empire of Krath.  The female possess a much slimmer formed head, and their neck and jaw area while still retaining the strength of the male Fujin are nowhere near the massiveness of the male Fujin. Like the male, the female Fujin possess a massive bone plate underneath its forehead which spans about a ped in width.  The female Fujin is noted for its beauty and it is often seen in pictures of a great cavalry men within the Krath Empire. 

Both the males and females possess long tails about 1 ped in length, which they use to steer while maintaining the great speeds for which their breed is famous for.  All Fujin cats are born completely clawless.
         
         Special Abilities

The male Fujin is believed to be capable of great speed and is rumored to be able to cover a dash in two minutes.    These burst of speed are very brief however, and the male Fujin is not able to keep up its fast pace over a great amount of distance.  (This is very slow...a Dash is only 100m...the World record on Earth for that is around 10 seconds)

The female Fujin is also believed to be capable of great speeds, but it cannot  obtain the fast speed of the male Fujin.  The female Fujin is believed to be able to cover a dash in one hour (This is snails pace...speed this up as well) .  Unlike the male however, the female Fujin was able to maintain these speed for a long period of time, and is able to travel without rest for several days at a time before falling over in exhaustion, , which is what made it a perfect mount for the quick moving and always traveling army of the Earth Empire.

         Territory

Originally found in the Peninsula of Shár, but after being successively trapped and tamed by the military the Fujin were spread all over the Krath Empire.  It was said that in past times wherever one found a military base, one would find at least 20 tamed Fujins.

         Habitat/Behavior
The Fujin by nature are very solitary animals and although it wasn’t an unusual to see a small pack of females (usually consisting around 2 to 3 Fujins) occupying relatively the same area, one would never see two male Fujin closer then 2 dashes away from their territory. (How big is a normal male's territory....remember 200m isn't very far)

Originally wild animals, the Fujin habits changed much when they were trapped by and tamed by the military.  Wild Fujin are rarely seen since the Krath military discovered a method of taming the beast.  Peasants and lower level citizens (Peasants and 'Lower-Level'....what constitutes 'Lower-Level') are paid large amounts to report, track, and capture the wild Fujins. Dwindling the number of Fujin who remained free down to a clever handful. (This last sentence confuses me....could you reword so it makes more sense)

In the military and in the wild, the males and females had two similar but different styles of hunting.  However, since the Fujin shows no hesitation about killing anything that is smaller then them, it didn’t make much difference that the military used them to track humans rather then the Fujin’s natural pray.

Male Fujin hunt by laying very quietly in the leaf-litter and wait for their prey to approach.  When a prey is spotted, the male Fujin will burst from their cover in a great blast of speed and the releasing of their tensed muscles.  The Fujin will then latch on to the exposed fleshy throat (What if there is no exposed fleshy throat?) of their victim and rip about the air way of the prey.

Female Fujins, on the other hand, actively seek out their prey and will wander for days until she finds what consists of a successful meal (example).  When their prey is found, the female Fujin will stalk it briefly to determine the best time attack.  The female Fujin kills her prey by latching down on the throat of their prey and then slowly using their powerful jaws to constrict the airway until the prey ceases to struggle.

Female Fujins are tolerant of other female presences, and will often form what is called a click with other females after she gives birth.  A click is a group of three to four female Fujins which gather together in a single safe place to give birth to the young.  At least two females will be left at that clicks communal nest to protect the young from the male Fujin who do not hesitate to eat the helpless young or the smaller females (Why do they kill them?).

Male Fujin in contrast are very territorial and mark their territory with special scent glands built in the cats cheeks and in the glands under the cats tail.  The scent is particular to each male, and a Male Fujin will spend at least 3 hours a day checking and redoing the territorial marks surrounding his territory.  A male Fujin’s territory usually consists of an area approximately 3 to 5 dashes wide.  When an opposing male Fujin seeks to take over another male’s territory it will often begin by marking its territory within the others male’s territory as an open challenge to the controller of the area.  Male Fujin will go nowhere without leaving some trace of their scent somewhere in the region, and this is especially true after the Fujin makes a kill.

Male Fujins however cannot stand other males in his territory.  Therefore, male Fujin are constantly smelling their territory, and they sense another scent that is not their own (Perhaps include this powerful smell sense in Special Abilties), they will actively seek out the other animal that belongs to that scent.  If another male enters a Fujin’s territory, the male Fujin will stalks out the offending male until they find the competing male Fujin.  When two male Fujin come with region of each they will immediately roar a challenge to each other, and then begin to run together in what is called a rut.  The rut will last until one of the males dies, and the other Fujin male will feast off the loser’s flesh for days.

         Diet
The Fujin are meat eaters.  The Fujin are not picky eaters and will eat just about anything in the region that is smaller then them.

Since they were captured for the military however, the Fujin’s main diet consisted of the flesh of any enemy’s of the Great Empire.  In the wild, the Fujin’s favorite food was the krog.

Fujin must eat at least their weight in meat every day, and thus feeding the Fujin could be a expensive process to anyone beside the Krath calavry.

         Mating
Fujin begin to mate when they reach maturity, the male Fujin at 10 and the female Fujin at 15.  Fujin mate once a year beginning in the month of the Fallen Leaf.  The mating ritual consists of a male finding a female in his area who usually signals her willingness  to mate by giving loud cat calls that resound throughout the Jungle thus attracting several males in the area.  These calls sound similar to the ‘meow’ of a cat but with a distinct growling noise to the call making it sound like a ‘merow’ instead of a ‘meow’.  If more then one male approaches the female, they will rut until one of the dies.  During the mating season only will the male Fujin leave the vanquished males body for the Fujin female to feast off of.  A single male, with lucky and no surrounding competing males, can impregnate up to 10 females.

The mating ritual done, the male will leave the area in search of another female, and the female will begin to search for a high safe place to bear her kits, this is what Fujin young are called.  The female will most likely be joined by other females in consideration of their young’s safety to form what is called a click.  See Habitat and Behavior for more details on the click.

In the military, these mating rituals between the male and female Fujin are carefully controlled so as to guarantee a safe breeding.

The female gives birth to a single cub, called a kit in the spring in the month of Awakening Earth.  She will raise the kit for five months before releasing it off on its own.  If a kit does not leave its mother care after these five months are up, then it is not unusual for the female to kill her own young.


         Myth/Lore/Origin

Gifts of the bountifulness Ankriss, godess of life, the fujin are merely one example of the wide assortment and size of life one can find in the Peninsula of Shár.

The Fujin are believed to have lived until the Year of Darkness(?).  The Fujin cat unable to withstand the cold that came in the Year of Darkness (?). After this year, the legend of the Fujin ceased to spread abroad.  The Fujin are still alive, but the Fujin numbers are nowhere near what they used to be before that dark time. (This confuses me...What does this mean?)

The Fujin are also the legendary mounts of the Krathrians cavalry, and these massive and blood thirsty beast are believed to be credited with the vast military success the Grand Empire experienced.


         Usages

The Fujin are used as a riding mount after a Krathrians accidentally inserted the wooden pole he was using to defend againstthe beast behind the thick skull plate of the Fujin.  The resulting scuffle ended up with him on the beast back followed by the discovery that when he tugged on either side, the Fujin beast went in whatever direction he tugged.  Using this method, the man tamed the beast and then in great ceremony rode the thing to his military base.

Afterwards the pole was replaced by a thick metal rod extending fore outwards from the beasts skull.  The rod has metal loops on either end so that reigns can be attached.  A Fujin beast is usually tamed at 5 years of age by a man riding on the Fujin until it begins to obey its will.  A Fujin in this state is called broken.

After being broken, male Fujins are used as scouts due to their great speed and their intolerance of the presence of other males.

Females, however, are used as the main mounts of the cavalry.

Other then riding beast and war beast, the Fujin pelts are also used once the beast dies.  When a Fujin dies, the Fujin would be skinned and then carefully preserved by tanners.  The pelt when fashioned into clothes provides an extra element of stealth since the pelt retained its color reflecting abilities.  However, only the very wealth could afford these pelts outside the military.



I will give another check when this is finished- But the entry is definetely on its way Anci....
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« Reply #13 on: 23 August 2007, 03:21:16 »

I believe I've corrected everything you noted, Decipher, but I'll double check to be sure.

I'm also rechecking the measurments in this describition to make sure that they are accurate and believable.  Unfortantly, I'm still having trouble equating measurments here since I do not use the Metric system myself, and I'm having trouble understanding the conversion between Santharian measurments to Feet, Inches, and Miles rather then meters, kilomaters, and centimeters.

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The Fujin are still alive, but the Fujin numbers are nowhere near what they used to be before that dark time. (This confuses me...What does this mean?)

I seem to remember reading somewhere that the Krath Empire remained in prevelance until the Year of Darkness.  Although that could have been a mere misconception, or misreading on my part.  So I thought perhaps, it was the loss of many Fujin's (or a decrease in the Fujin population numbers), that caused this.  Please correct me if I'm wrong, and in the meantime, I'll see if I can make this clearer.
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« Reply #14 on: 23 August 2007, 03:47:02 »

A meter, I believe, is somewhere around 3 feet in length. Lemme see....

Wikipedia says 3.281, but 3:1 should do.
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