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« on: 03 December 2007, 13:04:00 »

(I have chosen to finish the incomplete article on the rats of Caelereth. If anybody has any objections to this, please step forward. I will be only too happy to back down, as long as there is a reasonable explanation for these objections.

Even as I am working on this, I would like feedback, because I'm not too sure about what I am doing here, and help would be extremely wonderful. Don't hesitate to comment at any time, as it is better to comment while the work is in progress as opposed to once I am finally finished.)

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THE RAT

GENERAL DESCRIPTION - RAT DISTINCTIONS (Territory, Habitat/Behavior, Mating Habits) - DIET - USAGE/SPECIAL ABILITIES


General Description.
Arguably the most intelligent and versatile creature in Caelereth, Rats are very agile, medium to large sized rodents with short legs and relatively large heads. Rats usually have dull-colored, coarse fur; long tails; large ears; and a pointed snout. This snout houses a set of very sharp and powerful teeth, which allows them to penetrate nearly any natural substance behind which they suspect food to be hidden. They have even been known to bite holes in lead pipes.

Rats are usually nocturnal, but as is their nature, they are extremely adaptable, and may be active during the day if conditions allow/require. As a result they thrive in settlements built by Caelereth's main races, especially large human cities, a place where most wildlife prefers not to dwell. In such conditions they have few natural predators which are found in the wild, and an ample supply of food generated by their human hosts. Originally, however, all city dwelling rats came from, and still dwell in, forests and deserts. Their spread has been attributed to their ability to thrive on seagoing ships. This may well explain the vast variety of species to be found in Caelereth, as cross breeding produces new strains of rat species.

Rats are extremely prolific, breeding 1 to 16 times a year and producing 6 to 12 young in a litter. Rats will eat almost anything. Certain rat species are strictly herbivores, while others, especially those which live in towns and cities are omnivorous and will eat practically anything... much to the delight of residents who would seek to poison their unwanted guests. Some of the larger species are purely carnivorous, and assume the top-most part of the food chain in some derelict areas.

Rat Distinctions.
The following is a list of all the kinds of Rats known in Caelereth (sorted alphabetically):

THE BROWNIE RATS
Brownie Rats live in the streets and sewers of large cities and grow large, powerful, and ill-tempered. Armored with tough hide and coarse hair, large jutting front teeth, and sharp claws, Brownie Rats were soon adopted as the steeds of many of the tribes of the diminutive city-dwelling Rat Brownies, especially in Nyermersys (hence their name).

THE COMMON RATS
Common Rats vary in size and color, but are usually about a Fore in length, including the tail. Their coloring ranges from browns and blacks to whites and even the occasional paint. Pure albinos are uncommon. Their beady eyes are almost always black, and they have hairless pink tails and feet. Originally this species probably originated in the Narfost Plain or the desert to the south, where small numbers can be found, but these Rats have spread all over Santharia, Denilou, Aeruillin and Nyblemar and are commonly found in cities, village barns, ships, and other places of human inhabitance where food is to be found. Rats and mice often fall prey to cats, stray dogs, and snakes, as well as meaner Rats of their own kind, although their large front teeth and short, sharp claws can do some serious damage. For the most part, however, they are cowardly creatures, preferring to scavenge and steal, and run away from a fight whenever they can.

THE FLAX RATS
Flax Rats Sometimes referred to as the "Farmer's Friend", are the smallest of the Rat species, and dwell in more northerly climbs of Caelereth, usually no further south than Elsreth, among many different types of crop but especially flax. About 5 nails breaths end to end, they are fiercely territorial and aggressive and will bite if disturbed. These are distinguished solely for the fact that they eat farm pests such as locusts and other crop harming insects.

THE GIANT RATS
Giant Rats are enormous versions of the common rat, which can mainly be found in Southern Sarvonia but mostly in the surrounding forests of Voldar and the Auturian Woods near Marcogg. They are nocturnal animals, omnivorous and can be quite aggressive if provoked, especially the females. People of Marcogg and the surrounding region even keep Giant Rats for using their milk, which is said to give extra strength.

THE SNOW RATS
Snow Rats are only slightly larger than the Common Rat and similar in many aspects to most rodents. However, they possess several adaptations to their harsh tundra climate that set them apart from all other Rat species. The most noticeable is their coat: it is pure white, long, and very soft. The hairs also grow to cover their wide-spread feet, allowing them to scamper lightly across snow drifts leaving nearly invisible tracks. The silky hairs of the Snow Rat not only provide warmth, but camouflage as well. Their blue eyes might make one think these Rats are blind, but while their eyesight is not exceptional, their sense of hearing is acute.

THE VILERATS
The Vilerat is named as such due to its revolting appearance and neglecting hygiene habits. Unlike most rodents, vilerats lack the grooming instinct. Vilerats are made up of intensely durable material which can withstand some of the strongest acids and bases which exist. Their stomachs eradicate almost every disease upon consumption, which allows them to eat literally anything which they may happen upon. Green-furred, usually due to the amount of garbage which remains clogged in their fur, the vilerats are nearly two palmspans in length and up to an od in weight.


THE WATER RATS
Water Rats or sometimes Black Rats are almost completely black in color. They are prevalent in midland and southern Santharia, Aeruillin and Nybelmar, in and around slow flowing rivers, marshes and wetlands. They are also to be found in quiet coastal waters of the Isles of Quios - in river estuaries and natural bays. Much like the Common Rat in appearance it is distinguishable from a black Common Rat only by their slightly larger size and webbed hind feet, which make them rather less agile than their land dwelling cousins, but far stronger swimmers. The front feet are un-webbed to allow them to manipulate things. They have extremely course waterproof fur and a female Water Rat may produce anything from 4 to 9 young in a litter.

THE WOOD RATS
Also known as Bush Rats or Steppe Rats, because of their fondness for living far from human habitation. The Bush Rats, which are 1 or 2 palmspans in length, are found in wooded and desert areas throughout Caelereth. They build characteristic dome-shaped nests, usually in tree branches, about 1 ped high, by weaving straw and sticks together. The exterior of the nest is studded with needle-sharp thorns by weaving in the branches of thorny or venomous plants for protection against natural enemies. In certain areas especially on the Elverground farmers may have to protect their crops from the damage these Rats can so. One method is to take grain to the Rats characteristic nests to prevent them damaging the crop. Wood Rats are slate-gray, blue or tan above and white below and can easily be identified by their hairy tails.

THE XIMAX RATS
Ximax rats are very intelligent beasts, who are not only capable of running away with your food and creating awful chaos in your kitchen, but also can avoid strategically placed mouse-traps and fool any cute furry kitten, except, maybe, their Ximaxian rivals. After a long time spent in the big human cities, Ximax Rats learned to conceal their true nature, knowing that people's interest in smart rats is for some strange reason bigger that in ordinary rats. Therefore, they are now hardly distinguished from their less gifted relatives, only their fur is generally cleaner.



Diet.
A common rat's diet might consist of insects, grains, scrap food, waste, grass, flowers, and just about anything that is available and easily scavenged. Contrary to popular believe, the rat mouth is just as clean, if not, cleaner than a humans mouth. This is due to
an interesting substance in the saliva which kill diseases and other harmful things, which allows the rat to eat a wide range of things without getting sick. Their bodies are simple enough to live off of parchment for weeks, yet their stomachs are complex enough to break down complicated food mixtures which intelligent races consume.

Smaller outdoor rats are most commonly known for the consumption of berries, grains, short plants, crops, and edible seeds. Larger outdoor rats are known for eating animals and insects smaller than themselves such as small mice, snakes, lizards, an other rodents. Indoor rats are commonly known for the consumption of table scraps and other bizarre items. These include, but are not limited to; dark meats, poultry, eggs, grains, bread, fruits, vegetables, desserts, cheeses, clothing, small shiny objects, thimbles, sewing needles, hay, woodwork, parchment, candle wax, lard, margarine, molasses, syrup, honey, milk, lead, jewelry, etc.



Mating Habits (Universal)
In general, rats reach sexual maturity in anywhere from 5-7 weeks of age. There can be as many as 6-12 young in any given litter, and they may breed as many as 16 times a year. For this reason, rat overpopulation is a serious problem in many major cities and towns where many people congregate. Rat poison can be found in almost any kitchen across the continent, as rats are not only pests, but carriers of a large variety of diseases. Not only are diseases sexually transmitted, but they can be passed on to the young as well. Diseases, just like the rat population, increase at an alarming rate. It is not advisable to keep male and female pet rats together, as you will find that they will reproduce all too quickly, and you will end up having to drown the excess rats.

It is also not advisable to keep the following specimens of rats:
Brownie Rats, Vilerats, Flax Rats, and Wood Rats



Usage/Special Abilities
The silky hairs of the Snow Rat are sought after by the middle class and semi-wealthy for winter coats. The white hairs naturally repel snow and water naturally, and they do not fade in color or stain. However, due to the size of the snow rat, and the amount of rats required to make the coat, it requires a significant amount of money to purchase. The soft silky feeling of the fur is probably one of the number one attractions to this kind of coat.

The people of Marcogg keep Giant Rat milk, as it is believed to enhance strength. Although it is not certain whether the milk of the Giant Rat has strength enhancing or restorative properties, it still fetches a satiable price in the market place for one those in the rat farm industry.

Almost all rats are hunted for their meat, which is much more filling and satisfying than most other rodent meats. Giant Rat meat is probably the most valuable, with Common Rat meat being the least sought. Perhaps the second lowest is Brownie Rat meat, which tastes horrible to the elven and human pallet, but is said to be enjoyed by tribal orcs.

Ximax Rats are often valued as pets, although because they are the most clever of rats, tend to escape often and/or chew through precious belongings.

Upon death, the vilerat melts into a substance called Vilique, which is an extremely dangerous and potent yellow acid. It can melt through nearly any substance, but if left exposed to the air for more than an hour, it will dissipate. Vilique is most commonly used by the Kasumarii for the sole purpose of use as a powerful reagent for particularly nasty spells. Because it cannot melt through diamond, it is stored in diamond flasks and has been tipped on diamond/glass weapons in the past.
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« Reply #1 on: 04 December 2007, 02:11:10 »

Although it is customary that you request permission from the Moderator of the involved area in order to rework or complete an entry, this is a very good piece of work, and i doubt anyone will mind..

You díd miss the Vilerat though..
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« Reply #2 on: 04 December 2007, 04:29:52 »

Hmm...Genearlly it is required that you do a regular entry first, however you seem to be progressing well(I do not know how much of this is your work or the original authors.)  For now, you may continue this, but I reserve the right for Deci and myself to terminate your work should we feel you need more experience.
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« Reply #3 on: 04 December 2007, 09:31:07 »

Oh sorry. Heh, I wasn't quite sure where to start. For some reason I was under the impression that one should do reworks before they begin a whole new project. I was confused.  buck

Anyways, the overview section came from the old unfinished entry, but I added some things, removed some things, changed words, and corrected spelling and grammar. The other sections are brand new though, so...

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EDIT: Okay, so I've been looking at the entry, and it just doesn't feel finished to me, but I'm not sure what else needs to be added. Considering it is just an overview entry, I assume that I shouldn't add too much information about individual rats. If there are any sections that should be require, feel free to let me know... I guess I am going to open this for comments, but that doesn't mean it's finished yet...
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« Reply #4 on: 04 December 2007, 09:48:24 »

'Twould be nice if you could mark these changes with color. ;)
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« Reply #5 on: 04 December 2007, 09:50:21 »

Yeah sorry, I'll do that right now.
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« Reply #6 on: 04 December 2007, 22:17:31 »

I'd suggest including the fact that rats reach sexual maturity at 6 weeks of age(maybe sooner) and one rat can therfore brood a litter, who broods another litter etc. Anyways good job thumbup grin
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« Reply #7 on: 05 December 2007, 04:50:36 »

Hold your horses!

This was reserved for Nsiki....I know they havent been around recently but you suggest request their permission to work on their reservation before you continue....
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« Reply #8 on: 05 December 2007, 05:26:00 »

Well, one should be aware that reservations can't be made indefinitely. If there happens nothing with an entry for several months, then the reservation could be lifted as well.
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« Reply #9 on: 05 December 2007, 09:27:25 »

Oops, I'm sorry. I didn't know that this was taken, as I looked in Drasil's thread and there wasn't anybody listed for the responsibility of this thread.

If Nsiki would still like to do this, then I will definately let them have it, but at this point, considering nothing has happened on it, I'll keep going with what I was doing.


@Aurora: Thanks, I did not realize that! I'll put that in as soon as possible.


So, are there any other details that I am missing?? *is having brain blockage*
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« Reply #10 on: 05 December 2007, 20:37:53 »

You are fine.  Decipher, I gave him permission.  If you have problems with me doing so, you can take it up in a PM.  (We haven't talked in a while anyways, would be nice to hear from you my friend :) )


As for your entry, while at a casual glance, it appears to be solid, most of your writing is very scientific, which we discourage.  Remembe we are in a mideval setting therefore words such as antiseptic would not be used.  Tone down the 21st century tone, and this will shape up into a very solid first contribution.
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« Reply #11 on: 06 December 2007, 00:43:01 »

Now now boys, no fighting amongst eachother. Although marking the entry reserved for Koshi when you gave him permisson would've been a good idea Dras..
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« Reply #12 on: 06 December 2007, 02:16:18 »

Do a search of the site so you can incorporate information from entries other then rat ones. There are several animals that have rats as part of their diet for example. You should also be able to find some information you could summarize in a mythology section.
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« Reply #13 on: 06 December 2007, 03:30:24 »

Thats fine Drasil....But in future let me know k...I dont want angry reservers reappearing and blaming me....
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« Reply #14 on: 06 December 2007, 04:14:47 »

@ Mira:  No fighting going on.  Why is it that whenever Deci and I disagree everyone assumes we are in an argument?

Deci:  No problem.  I should have marked it, that is my fault. 
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