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106  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 16 August 2004, 05:36:00
Who me?  NEVER!

Actually I was finishing up school then I went on a camping trip and now my friend's down from oregan.  I hope that's spelled right.  Anyways, I'll finish this one up soon ^^;

107  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 22 July 2004, 20:11:00
Yes ma'am!

108  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 16 July 2004, 23:30:00
I died actually.  Computer crashed and school stuff piled up.  I'm back now though.  And I'll finish revisions prolly tomorrow ^^

109  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 02 July 2004, 14:21:00
Yay, as long as it gets done eventually.  No real rush ^-^

110  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: ... on: 29 June 2004, 13:10:00

"half a ped is maybe a bit exaggerated, if they are normally only a handspan long - where from should the food come over a longer period of time? I would propose at least Ąup to a foreď. Maybe you could mention here Drogos Celestial Mountains, for there the air is so unbreathable at places, that birds f.e. flying there and other animals striding past occasionally could get slightly poisoned and therefore be an easy prey"

The half a ped is in captivity.  Meaning they have an owner that feeds them ^^;

"I want more about the whiskers, hey, you have a reptile with whiskers, you need a kind of explanation or at least you have to write a bit more about this strange detail , a researcher will be fascinated!"

As I said, the wiskers and tail are for balance.  I may change them to have sensory purposes too though (maybe smelling with them?)

"The sentence ĄActual ears would waste too much body heatď doesnĎt belong here in the de*****ion""

Eh, humans have known why elephants have huge ears for thousands of years.  At least I think they have.  But I can remove that if you want.

The burning stones are gone ^^

"I think, you need to feed it a bit more - it has to sustain its body, even if it stopped growing - or does it sit around ll day without doing anything,to not to need to feed? you could ad, that it needs more food when mating season occurs. Btw, when and how does this happen, what triggers it?
And there is another contradiction: if they were so abundant before chased down, they surely have mated more often.
Do they have eggs, or are they born alive, dangers for the little ones?"

Eh, they're supposed to be very low consumption animals when they're little.  But I can up it some.

Mating comes later, as you can see I don't have that section done yet ;)

"To the domesticated: it might well be, that a domesticated gets bigger than a wild one (food), but what limits the growth then? Maybe think up something strange, that the scales are not growing in the same speed, that they get ill some how, think of all the poor deformed cats and dogs due to breeding. though this is no breeding, you could come up wit some thing similar"

Age is going to be the only restriction.  I do need to add how old they get though.  I'm thinking 30-ish in captivity, 15-20 in the wild.  But if you stuffed a firerat, he could grow to the size of a building, provided he didn't die.

Dear Beth.....

111  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: ... on: 26 June 2004, 17:40:00
to late, they already poop them out ^-^

the poop-burning stones aren't as potent as the real ones, and they're a lot smaller though.  Is that okay o.O

Dear Beth.....

112  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 26 June 2004, 14:34:00
[zoidberg voice] Hey everyone, I'm loved! [/zoidberg voice]

A lot of stuff is going to be addressed when I finish the entry.  

The planned diet was going to be insects and the like.  But I was going to have them crap out burning stones, or turds with the same qualities as burning stones.

These things are found all over the world.  But people hunt them for the fluids, scales, and whiskers, so they now only live in harsh environments where nothing can bother them

The whiskers are going to be extremely strong, stronger then a strand of mithril of the same width.  This is gonna be why they were hunted so heavily.

Will alter the description for the researcher thing.

Coren, they're found all over the world.  If you can get me a desert or a volcano or some other hot, arrid environment in Nybelmar, I'll get you firerats

They're tiny little things usually.  They are between 1/2 and 1 palmspan.  But the size depends on how much they get to eat (will be covered in the diet section)

I thought about making them red.  Too cookiecutter ^^

160 degrees was farenheit (or however it's spelled >.<)  160 C would boil the water in it's body and kill it.  I'm thinking about making the body temp (i know it doesn't really matter, but it does to me) 98 c.  That way, it would still have liquid water in it's body, but it'll burn a normal human if they touch it's guts.

ANYWAY, the rest will be coming soon.  I'm glad you guys like it ^^

113  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Firerats on: 26 June 2004, 02:55:00
Okies, took out all the contradictions.  Talia, thanks for pointing those out :hug    

I want the name to stay the way it is.  These were inspired by a newbie who wanted a heat resistant coat of armor made of firerat skin.  I think that inspiration is enough reason to keep the name ^^;

Basic Overview of the Beast : The firerat is a rare beast, not because of it's numbers, mind you.  This beast simply lives where nothing else can.  While it's name implies that it is of the rodent persuasion, this creature is actually a reptile.  Whether or not  they qualify as dragons has been hotly debated among researchers, and often ends with a debate about what constitutes a ďdragon.Ē  Regardless, the firerat is still rarely seen in Santharia and only a lucky few have had the opportunity to study such a creature.

Appearance : Fire rats are small creatures, between one and two palmspans normally.  They have been known to grow to massive proportions of up half a ped long in captivity.  There are rumors of certain druids domesticizing firerats and allowing them to grow large enough to ride, but there are no documented cases of this.  The true limit to a firerat's size is how much it eats, but the largest recorded individual was two peds from nose to tail.

The fireratís body is rather elongated, similar to that of a ferret.  Itís thin frame is completely devoid of fat: instead it has a porous material which, along with itís scales, insulate itís body.  The material has been nicknamed ďskelĒ because of itís resemblance to bone.  The skel is soft and spongy.  

It has four legs which seem rather short for itís body.  The ends of those legs have no distinct feet.  Instead, the legs divide into four smaller finger-like structures.  Each finger has a small, hooked claw on the end used for climbing and digging.

The most notable external feature of a firerat is its dark green, scaly skin.  These scales are tiny and tightly interlocked.  Despite being thin, the scales can withstand surprising amounts of abuse before they actually break or fall off.  The coloring of the scales varies slightly.  Most firerats have very little need for camouflage because of a lack of predation, but desert firerats tend to be slightly lighter, and volcanic firerats usually have darker scales.  

The reptileís face is perhaps the reason researchers try to classify it as a dragon.  It has an elongated snout with upturned nostrils which melds with the mouth about halfway back.  Its mouth has two rows of flat teeth, designed to grind its food into a digestible pulp.  Just before the nose, six silvery whiskers (three on each side) about a nailsbreadth long each poke out.  A firerat has a pair of beady eyes.  They are usually black, but claims of red eyes occasionally surface from researchers.  It has no ears.  Instead, the reptile has a pair of tiny holes in the side of its head.  Just above its nose lie another pair of tiny holes.  The scales around these holes are covered with a thick layer of dead skin to prevent the rat from burning its living flesh.

Protruding from the fireratís lower back is a long, lizard-like tail.  Like most lizards, the end of its scaly tail falls off if it is frightened.  The tail, along with the wiskers, assists the fireratís sense of balance.

Special Abilities : The most notable ďabilityĒ a firerat possesses is itís fire breathing.  One of the greatest researchers on firerats, a druid by the name of Cody Marks recently released some notes on this.

One of the older firerats passed away several days ago.  Instead of allowing the others to consume his body as per usual, the decision has been made to open him up and learn about his fire breathing.  He has been cooling ever since he died, and is only now comfortable to the touch.  

the first cut will begin at the tip of the second nostril, the source of it's firey breath.  The inside of the passage is coated with some sort of waxy substance.  Under the wax are scales similar to those found on the outside of it's body.  They are somewhat rougher, the reason for this is uncertain.  The passageway is about three nailsbreadths long, and one quarter of a nailsbreadth wide.  It expands in width as it deepens.

A good deal of the skull and brain material has been removed.  The passageway continues much farther then first thought.  Near the end of the passageway, two soft sacks filled with fluid were discovered.  The sacks are being removed.  They seem to have some sort of gland linking them to the passageway.  Experimentally, a few drops of the fluids were mixed, and burst into flame.  The mixing of these fluids must be the source of the reptile's fire.  The passageways continue down to the lungs, and are now almost two nailsbreadths wide.  The wide passageways must be the reason a firerat can breathe fire so far.

Conclusions have been reached.  The Firerat's breath is not magic as was prevously thought.  It is a mixture of two fluids propelled from it's second nostril under great pressure.  I am certain the others in the grove will be interested.

The firerat's skin is a powerful insulator, protecting it from the extreme temperatures it lives in.  The scales themselves are filled with tiny air bubbles, which greatly slow the passage of heat.  Coupled with their unnaturally high tolerance of heat and naturally high body temperature (the water in their bodies is nearly boiling), a firerat has no problem falling asleep inside of a lit flame, and actually thrives in that sort of environment.

Territory : Firerats, as stated before, can be found all over the world.  Unfortunately, they were nearly hunted to extinction because of their whiskers and scales, both of which have a very high resale value.  They now only exist in the wild, in the harshest environments, where nothing else can live.  The largest known firerat den was found inside of a volcano only a few peds from a magma pit.  Other firerat dens have been found in the arid desert, or other equally inhospitable places.  They can survive anywhere save extreme cold.

A firerat marks its territory by leaving a trail of feces along the boundaries.  One little lizard usually does not occupy more then a few square peds of territory, for most firerats have very little desire to travel around and explore.  A ratís burrow usually consists of a simple small pile of sand or rocks.  The firerat will burrow inside of the pile, and spend its nights there.  Desert rats burrow under the sand to hide from the freezing desert evenings.

Habitat/Behavior : This lizard is an extremely territorial one.  Once a firerat marks its territory, its flame is used to ward off intruders.  A fireratís little area is marked off with feces.  

Firerats are not social creatures.  They have no need to approach one another at all, although they have been known to work together in the wild to ward off larger beasts.  For most of their lives, they live and hunt alone.  Domestication of these beasts must be done while they are still young, and takes between twenty and thirty years because of their natural antisocial tendencies.  Once domesticated, they tend to be fiercely defensive of their master and rarely trust strangers.

Diet : A firerat will quite happily eat anything it can get it's teeth on.  

Desert firerats spend the nights hunting for prey.  They usually feed on small worms, rodents, scorpions, anything that will fit into their mouth.  They also consume a healthy amount of sand, which assists them with digestion.  Inside of their systems, the sand is hardened, solidified, and molded into black stones, which can be used for jewelry or arrowheads.

Volcanic firerats have fewer options as far as food goes.  Because they rarely leave their territory and very little lives near them, they must feed off of moss and lichens which have found their way into the volcano.  The lizard will walk along the ground, scraping it with its flat teeth.  A small, forked tongue directs the food to the back of its throat, and the rocks inside of its stomach grind the food up.  

A firerat rarely ever eats.  Researchers debate about how often it feeds, but most have agreed on either once or twice a month.  Itís body is designed to last for long periods of time without food, and an excess of food will cause it to grow.  The rule of thumb is the larger the firerat, the more often it will have to feed.  Domesticated ones (usually about Ĺ of a ped from nose to tail) must be fed at least twice a day.

Mating : For thousands of years, the firerat's mating habits were a mystery.  Just recently, the druid Cody gave his findings to several of the larger Santharian libraries.

The mating habits of the firerat are unlike any other reptile existing.  Firerats lack genders.  They are unisexual.  In the place of normal genitels, the firerat simply has a pair of slits used for excretion under it's tail.  

Reproduction is accomplished by a process called "budding."  A larva firerat grows from it's parent's back, just above the neck.  This provides it with some degree of safety so long as the parent avoids jerking it's head.  A thick fold of skin covers the larva up and keeps it from the outside elements.  Inside the fold, a pool of blood collects.  The larva feeds off of this blood.  

After a gestation period of about twenty days, the larva is grown enough to survive on it's own.  A newly released firerat is two nailsbreadths long.  The young firerat must feed soon after birth.  A firerat becomes pregnant due to an upward shift in eating habits.  If food becomes plentiful, it will quickly reproduce to allow its offspring a chance at survival.

Myth : There are very few myths ascociated with firerats.  Some say that keeping one brings the keeper a blessing from the fire gods.  Others spread rumors about firerats serving as the eyes and the ears of greater drakes awaiting a time of awakening.  But these tales are usually only circulated among paranoid peasents and overly superstitious fire clerics.  The myths about firerats are not even mentioned in most books about them.

Researchers : Because of there wild nature, very few have been able to study these creatures in depth.  However, there was one notable researcher: an grey druid named Cody Marks.  Quaelhoirhim by birth, he is thought to be nearly five and a half centuries old.  This ancient elf owns a plot of land just outside the Zeiphyrian forests.  He has devoted most of his life to studying various animals and is well funded by both the King of Santharia, and his fellow Quaelhoirhim elves.  His druidic abilities allowed him to charm the normally wild firerats, and he is believed to have been the first to domesticate them.  

His plot of land includes several hundred small shelters specifically designed for the firerats to sleep and eat inside of.  The firerats are divided into groups of one or two giant rats, a dozen or so domesticated rats, and several tiny ones.  Bandits who attempt to steal the creatures usually find themselves running away as crispy critters if they manage to run at all.  Local predators are almost non-existant because of the Firerat's domestication and communal tendancies, something instilled in them at birth by the compound's staff.

Cody does sell them as pets, however the firerats are not cheap (between one and thirty thousand Sans depending on the size) and are usually only kept by noblemen.  However, clerics and fellow druids who spend time at his compound and make themselves useful are usually given a domesticated firerat as a gift.

Uses : The firerat is a valuable creature and was almost hunted to extinction for a reason.  The most valuable part of the body is their whiskers.  These will sell for almost one hundred sans per palmspan.  Each whisker is more then five times as strong as a thread of mithril of the same length.  

The firerat's scales are also harvested.  The scales, as stated above, are excellent insulators and are normally used to make gloves for a forger.  They can also be woven together to make a heat-resistant suit of armor.  Wherever an insulator is needed, firerat scales can be found.  However they do tend to be expensive.  

A firerat's fluids can be harvested after it's death and used to coat swords or arrows, but very few know how to properly harvest the fluid or that it even exists.  The fluid is usually only carried by druids because of it's scarcity.  

Edited by: Artimidor Federkiel at: 7/22/04 8:27
114  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 19 June 2004, 14:33:00
Pulls out his official doctor "you-don't-really-have-to-run-that-test,-do-you?" rubber gloves.

Grune Speelign and grammor in

Comments are in Red

Tagers or Huunerons

Basic Overview of the Beast
The Tagers are the most impressive animal of the Zharkanions and also the rarest. One of few flying beasts, these bird-lizards are the most feared predator in the mountains. With a wingspan of more than 3 peds a full-grown Tager can lift a dwarven child without much effort Maybe split this sentence into two right here.  and the dwarven name for them Huunerons (Takers) were given to them because of that fact. The lifespan is hard to determine, but most experts among the dwarves agree that itís between 50-80 years.

Some say that Tagers are relatives to the eagles with their impressive grey, feathered wings. Some say that the ancestors were dragons and points to the black lizard-looking head. Which one of these statements that is correct is hard to say. The Tagers have been in the Zharkanions long before the dwarves came there.
The Change The to Their wingspan is impressive. On a fullgrown Tager it can be 3-3,5 peds. However.Change the period into a comma The biggest skelleton the dwarves have found ha hve a wingspan of 5 peds. Those giants are believed to live higher up the mountain.

The head is, as said, of large lizard and completly completely black. When the sun shines upon the head it glitters in every color you can name.

A detailed description of what the beast looks like. Everything from size, in peds, to bone structure. I stress the 'detailed' part, put in as much detail as possible. This doesn't mean make it as long as possible, go for quality over quantity.

If you need measures and weights in order to describe your beast, please refer to the general Measures and Weight tables.

Iun think that last two paragraphs belong in the actual de*****ion ;)

Special Abilities
When a Tager lifts from its cliff it can take days before it sets down again. Eating in the air is no problem and when flying on the winds the creature donít use much water.  I like that ability, but build off of it too.  Maybe talk about how it's wings are very strong or how it simply glides.  Maybe give them a reason for flying for days on end.  Also, does it have any way of replenishing it's water or does the food it eats provide it with enough to stay alive.  And what makes it come down?

The only place in the world where Tagers have been spotted is the Zharkanions in the center of Nybelmar. High up the mountaintops the creatures live pretty much alone.  I'd like this part expanded on.  Talk about where they make their nests, and why they live up there.  They seem like powerful creatures, why haven't they taken over more land?  Perhaps they need a cold environment to live comfortably?

The Tagers lives in families of up toÖ.  Dot dot dooooot

The Zharkanions donít provide the Tagers with a varied diet. It consists mainly other birds, Milch Goats and bats. I'd like to see this part expanded on too.  Are there any specific favorites of this thing.  Maybe list the types of birds it favors, and how it catches them (claws, teeth, etc), how does it eat while flying, all that stuff.

A male Tagers becomes ready for mating at about twenty years, the females at about fifteen. When a male reaches that age he starts seeking a female to mate and live with. This search can take up his entire life. When/if he finds a female he courts her, giving her food and pretty stones that he finds on the mountains. The courting can also be a dangerous business for the male if there are more than on one interested. This is believed to be the reason for the Tagers small number. If there is a duel between to males they will fight each other high up in the sky until one, or both dies.

115  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Chocobos... on: 29 June 2004, 15:16:00
Hnn, okay, everyone now, brainstorm for ideas about this lovely ridable bird as far as names go.

Dear Beth.....

116  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Chocobos... on: 29 June 2004, 01:37:00
Ideas have sprung into my head.  We need chocobos here!  ::grin::  

My question: if I write a description for them, will it be used?  Or will it go to waste because of the final fantasy backround they have?

117  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 20 June 2004, 17:53:00
::b lows a kiss at Drogo::

Why don't you come over here and say that to my face ;)  

118  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 20 June 2004, 14:02:00
::watches in horror as he slowly turns into a female::


::sniffle::  I need a hug

119  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 19 June 2004, 16:08:00
You know, the RPG boards move so slowly that I need something to do while waiting.  So I think I may become a fixture here for the next six months if school doesn't get too heavy.

120  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / ... on: 19 June 2004, 14:14:00

I see what ya mean though.  Actually I just hilight the whole thing.  The white backround is the comments, the black backround is the normal text.  ^^

But I shall change my color just for j00

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