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« on: 20 October 2003, 05:56:00 »

Basic Overview of the Beast
Melád Feníl-Grey Cat
Plural- Melád Feníl

The Melád Feníl (meaning Grey Cat), is actually not even related to felines. It is in fact more closely related to the squirrels of Southern Santharia. The reason for their name is their long tails and elongated ears, but they are rather stout and resemble rabbits more closely than they do cats.  

Appearance
Melád Feníl are small, grey furred creatures with a height of about 5 palmspans from the shoulder and about 4 heb in weight. Its length can be up to 1 ped, though its extremely long tail can take up 45% of its total length. The purpose of the tail is that it allows the Melád Feníl to be able to climb the sparse trees within Northern Sarvonia. Along with this tail to climb, they also have retractable claws, which can be used as a defense method and to climb trees.

The Melád Feníl has a very short, stout body with many layers of fat to keep it warm, and it has very long fur, that often hangs over it's paws. Melád Feníl have two blunt teeth in the front of their mouths and the rest of their teeth are much smaller and are used specifically to grind leaves and grass, and nuts. The Melád Feníl has long whiskers protruding from the side of it's face and a tiny pink nose.

Coloration does not vary at all. Every Melád Feníl is grey, regardless of age or sex. The only way to tell the difference between a male and female is to look at the eyes. Eye color is one thing that does vary. Younger females tend to have grey eyes, while the older females have black eyes, youhng male Melád Feníl have light blue eyes but the older males have dark navy blue eyes. The older a Melád Feníl the thinner it becomes and thus the more succeptible to being killed it becomes as well.

Melád Feníl also have pouches within their cheeks with which they can use to store food, they can store up to seven nuts in each cheek or more depending on the size. The Melád Feníl has strong, well-muscled back legs that they can use to jump short distances, and they can be used to stand on their hind legs.

The funny thing about Melád Feníl that make them so irresistable to watch is their waddle. Their tails are so long that it makes their four-legged walk unbalanced and in order to keep their balance they must do a sort of waddle, by twitching their abdomens left to right.

Special Abilities
Melád Feníl do not have any particularly special abilities. They can dig extremely fast, it has been noted that a Melád Feníl has carved a deep hole in the snow within seconds after being startled by a Snoburr flying above ground. A drunken dwarf once said that the Melád Feníl are magical squirrels that can hop from one point to another, but this has not been proven nor is it true. The Melád Feníl are not very fast on their feet, but they are fast diggers and that is the basic key to their survival.

Territory
These furred creatures are found only in Northern Sarvonia, although they have a relative in the Shendar territory, but they greatly differ in appearance. They live in the Celeste Lowlands and a few can be seen alongside various river banks. Some have often been seen living in hollowed tree trunks in the forests of Northern Sarvonia. The density of their coats is dependent upon their home. It has been noted that those living in the Wounds of Sylvan (Kanapan forest) have retained more of their graceful ways as the climate does not demand as much fat storage or fur, while those found along the iceland coast are more at home in the ground as the weather requirements have made them slower and larger then their Southern brothers.


Habitat/Behavior
Melád Feníl that have gone away from their underground lairs tend to stay close to both trees and large open fields of grass. This may seem wrong for them to stay in open field because they become more easily targeted, but they do so because they will have access to such soft ground to dig on. Melád Feníl also stay in close knit underground communities of 10-15 other Melád Feníl. These communities are chains of families that work together for their survival. One family might be out getting food, another may be scouting the area for a new home, while another stays in the "lair" and cares for the young.

Melád Feníl can also be found resting high above the tundra in trees and watching their lairs from this high view point. Their tails and claws allow them to be able to scale the tree's bark and keep it's curious balance.

Diet
The mainstay of the Melád Feníl diet is a variety of fruits and berries, most of which have been brought into the North from other areas either by trade or for cultivation purposes. The guiro fruit is one of the favored fruits of the Melád Feníl, although it is much smaller than it's Kanapan ancestor and has a sour taste. They also eat other plants called Lýth’béls, which tend to become a bluish purple color and the cold here has also given these plants a pleasantly sour taste to them. A favored food is also the Doridel, which many Snoburr use to line their nest durring their eggs' incubation, but the Melád Feníl use it both as food and as a sort of door mat for their homes. Another type of food is the Redberry, Melád Feníl males often feed the biggest Redberries to the female that they want to mate with during mating season.

Mating
Melád Feníl begin mating around the ages of 6-10 months of age. Males are able to mate at anytime once they reach maturity but females can only mate when they go into "heat". This period of time is often occuring several times a year (5-9), and it lasts for a week or two. They emit a strong scent from their sweat glands that often spreads through the lairs rapidly and literally burns the noses of any males within a 9 ped distance. The males rush to the scent as soon as they have acquired a plump redberry, which may take many days in the cold of the North. The male with the largest Redberry is often the one that wins the female, but the females have been known to choose another male based on his build. The female Melád Feníl will definetly choose the larger male if a weak, runt has brought her a large Redberry, and the big male has a smaller one. She does this because she is thinking abou the genes of her children and she only wants the best.

The Melád Feníl have no distinctive mating ritual. The Melád Feníl gestation period is around 4 months, and Melád Feníl females can often be expected to birth anywhere from 2-8 young. The males do not stay with the females after the children are born. He will stay with her during gestation to provide food and comfort, but after that he will vanish until the next mating season. Once a female reaches her elder years, usually around the ages of 13-15, she is no longer able to reproduce.

Myth/Lore/Origin (Optional)
It is believed that the Melád Feníl originated in Southern Sarvonia, and were brought up North in 733 b.S. by a mage and his wife (an animal fancier) trying to escape the Siege of Ximax. They traveled so far up North in fear of being killed that they found that there was no settlements anywhere around them as far as their eyes could see. The couple later died, but before falling into Queprur's grasp they released the wife's collection of thirty-two Melád Feníl into the wild. The once slim, short-furred cat-like creatures then adapted into what they are today.

Note: Melád Feníl were called water cats at the time because they had a strange fixation with water, but this all died out after entering the North for some stranger reason, although some Melád Feníl can be seen swimming in the waters. But this is often not for fun or sport, but for survival.

Researchers (Optional)
There have been hundreds of researchers on these creatures in the last hundred years, most of these have been elves that have been struck by the curious waddle of these creatures.

Death, a cosmic force, it is something that is inevitable...something that is not welcomed warmly, but should be treated with respect and reverance. You never know when I will come knocking at your door!!

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« Reply #1 on: 20 October 2003, 07:31:00 »

The Siege of Ximax took place from 737-733 b.S.  I seem to get confused about this quite a lot too.  I suppose 733 and 773 look too similar.  


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« Reply #2 on: 20 October 2003, 10:31:00 »

Another good addition to the overall food chain.  My only question is where do they live.  Not territory wise, but due to the waddling effect that they need, would they find safety more in the trees or underground?  The tail you described makes me think more about the trees.  If so I would add a little something about that and for the territory section I would say that they find their home in the forests of Northern Sarvonia.  The density of their coats is dependent upon their home.  It has been noted that those living in the Wounds of Sylvan (Kanapan forest)  have retained more of their graceful ways as the climate does not demand as much fat storage or fur, while those found along the iceland coast are more at home in the ground as the weather requirements have made them slower and larger then their Southern brothers.

Just something along that idea, as they would be a little different depending upon area.  Just some ideas, I hope that they help.  :)  

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« Reply #3 on: 21 October 2003, 05:26:00 »

I'll just borrow some of that paragraph if you don't mind Drogo? And thanks Mina for the date changes...

Death, a cosmic force, it is something that is inevitable...something that is not welcomed warmly, but should be treated with respect and reverance. You never know when I will come knocking at your door!!

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« Reply #4 on: 21 October 2003, 12:10:00 »

of course I don't mind.  That's what I'm here for ;)  

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« Reply #5 on: 23 October 2003, 11:51:00 »

LadyX:

Cute little beasties!  Just a few quick comments:

Usages?  are they good for anything?  Doesn't even have to be useful to humans necessarily:  think about other races or even how they fit into the food chain and ecosystem.

Mating:  avoid scientific terms like 'genes'.  The Brownies are the only race who actually know about genes - but we don't use the expression in the Compendium if we can help it.  Also, we (the imagined researchers and writers of the Compendium, as well as our medieval-era readers) would be familiar with breeding for desired characteristics -  even if we don't know WHY it works -  but the female Melad Fenil wouldn't be! :D  

Perhaps just a comment about how the female prefers a large, husky male over a thinner one in most cases?

'Hundreds' of researchers is about ten times too many for a fairly simple animal with no magical properties and not even any usages so far!  :p    How about: "There have been a number of casual researchers to date, mostly young elves who have become fascinated by the Melad's adorable waddle and decided to add more to our store of knowledge about it..."


Looking forwards to seeing some more detail and appreciating the cross-referencing you've already done,

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« Reply #6 on: 24 October 2003, 13:48:00 »

Nice creature, yeah, and one for me as well!
Do you want a slightly different animal, adapted to the heat, then you can put them in the Open Woodlands, otherwise I would say, take the upper, colder regions of the Nirmenith mountains. If you want to have those special, give them the ability to climb the great cacti which grow only in the Aj'nuvic Grounds..not many trees are found there.

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« Reply #7 on: 28 October 2003, 06:30:00 »

Basic Overview of the Beast
Melád Feníl-Grey Cat
Plural- Melád Feníl

The Melád Feníl (Stryásh, meaning Grey Cat), is actually not even related to felines. It is also known as the grey rabbit to humans. It is in fact more closely related to the squirrels, "kuatu", of Southern Santharia. It is a rodent that loves to live amongst the sparse trees and underground. The reason for their name is their long tails and elongated ears, but they are rather stout and resemble rabbits more closely than they do cats. The Melád Feníl is closely related to the Norjordi, a rabbit-like beast, in the Aj'nuvic Grounds, that have the special ability to climb the great cacti that grow in this area.

Appearance
Melád Feníl are small, grey furred creatures with a height of about 5 palmspans from the shoulder and about 4 heb in weight. Its length can be up to 1 ped, though its extremely long tail can take up 45% of its total length. The purpose of the tail is that it allows the Melád Feníl to be able to climb the sparse trees within Northern Sarvonia. Along with this tail to climb, they also have retractable claws, which can be used as a defense method and to climb trees.

The Melád Feníl has a very short, stout body with many layers of fat to keep it warm, and it has very long fur, that often hangs over it's paws. Melád Feníl have two blunt teeth in the front of their mouths and the rest of their teeth are much smaller and are used specifically to grind leaves and grass, and nuts. The Melád Feníl has long whiskers protruding from the side of it's face and a tiny pink nose.

Coloration does not vary at all. Every Melád Feníl is grey, regardless of age or sex. The only way to tell the difference between a male and female is to look at the eyes. Eye color is one thing that does vary. Younger females tend to have grey eyes, while the older females have black eyes, youhng male Melád Feníl have light blue eyes but the older males have dark navy blue eyes. The older a Melád Feníl the thinner it becomes and thus the more succeptible to being killed it becomes as well.

Melád Feníl also have pouches within their cheeks with which they can use to store food, they can store up to seven nuts in each cheek or more depending on the size. The Melád Feníl has strong, well-muscled back legs that they can use to jump short distances, and they can be used to stand on their hind legs.

The funny thing about Melád Feníl that make them so irresistable to watch is their waddle. Their tails are so long that it makes their four-legged walk unbalanced and in order to keep their balance they must do a sort of waddle, by twitching their abdomens left to right.

Special Abilities
Melád Feníl do not have any particularly special abilities. They can dig extremely fast, it has been noted that a Melád Feníl has carved a deep hole in the snow within seconds after being startled by a Snoburr flying above ground. A drunken dwarf once said that the Melád Feníl are magical squirrels that can hop from one point to another, but this has not been proven nor is it true. The Melád Feníl are not very fast on their feet, but they are fast diggers and that is the basic key to their survival.

Territory
These furred creatures are found only in Northern Sarvonia, although they have a relative in the Shendar territory, but they greatly differ in appearance. They live in the Celeste Lowlands and a few can be seen alongside various river banks. Some have often been seen living in hollowed tree trunks in the forests of Northern Sarvonia. The density of their coats is dependent upon their home. It has been noted that those living in the Wounds of Sylvan (Kanapan forest) have retained more of their graceful ways as the climate does not demand as much fat storage or fur, while those found along the iceland coast are more at home in the ground as the weather requirements have made them slower and larger then their Southern brothers.


Habitat/Behavior
Melád Feníl that have gone away from their underground lairs tend to stay close to both trees and large open fields of grass. This may seem wrong for them to stay in open field because they become more easily targeted, but they do so because they will have access to such soft ground to dig on. Melád Feníl also stay in close knit underground communities of 10-15 other Melád Feníl. These communities are chains of families that work together for their survival. One family might be out getting food, another may be scouting the area for a new home, while another stays in the "lair" and cares for the young.

Melád Feníl can also be found resting high above the tundra in trees and watching their lairs from this high view point. Their tails and claws allow them to be able to scale the tree's bark and keep it's curious balance.

These "grey cats" live up to 16 years, but some have been noted to live up to 20.

Diet
The mainstay of the Melád Feníl diet is a variety of fruits and berries, most of which have been brought into the North from other areas either by trade or for cultivation purposes. The guiro fruit is one of the favored fruits of the Melád Feníl, although it is much smaller than it's Kanapan ancestor and has a sour taste. They also eat other plants called Lýth’béls, which tend to become a bluish purple color and the cold here has also given these plants a pleasantly sour taste to them. A favored food is also the Doridel, which many Snoburr use to line their nest durring their eggs' incubation, but the Melád Feníl use it both as food and as a sort of door mat for their homes. Another type of food is the Redberry, Melád Feníl males often feed the biggest Redberries to the female that they want to mate with during mating season.

Mating
Melád Feníl begin mating around the ages of 6-10 months of age. Males are able to mate at anytime once they reach maturity but females can only mate when they go into "heat". This period of time is often occuring several times a year (5-9), and it lasts for a week or two. They emit a strong scent from their sweat glands that often spreads through the lairs rapidly and literally burns the noses of any males within a 9 ped distance. The males rush to the scent as soon as they smell it, and they begin to wrestle in the female's den. The first male to keep his opponent on the ground for longer than five to ten seconds will win the female.  

The Melád Feníl have no distinctive mating ritual. The Melád Feníl gestation period is around 4 months, and Melád Feníl females can often be expected to birth anywhere from 2-8 young. The males do not stay with the females after the children are born. He will stay with her during gestation to provide food and comfort, but after that he will vanish until the next mating season. Once a female reaches her elder years, usually around the ages of 13-15, she is no longer able to reproduce.

Usages
Melád Feníl have a variety of uses, their fur can be used to make clothing or other various items to keep warm in the north. They provide a stable balance in the food chain, for the prominent predators of the "ice lands". Their tails have been used as earrings by the Losh' Oc in the area, and their bones can be used to make daggers or other utensils.

Myth/Lore/Origin (Optional)
It is believed that the Melád Feníl originated in Southern Sarvonia, and were brought up North in 733 b.S. by a mage and his wife (an animal fancier) trying to escape the Siege of Ximax. They traveled so far up North, in fear of being killed, that they found that there was no settlements anywhere around them as far as their eyes could see. They had made it to the Tandala Mountains, which is one place they knew that they couldn't avoid on their journey up North. The couple later died, but before falling into Queprur's grasp they released the wife's collection of thirty-two Melád Feníl into the wild. The once slim, short-furred cat-like creatures then adapted into what they are today and they traveled farther up north than the Tandala Mountains.

Note: Melád Feníl were called water cats at the time because they had a strange fixation with water, but this all died out after entering the North for some stranger reason, although some Melád Feníl can be seen swimming in the waters. But this is often not for fun or sport, but for survival.

Researchers (Optional)
There have been a number of casual researchers to date, mostly young elves who have become fascinated by the Melad's adorable waddle and decided to add more to our store of knowledge about it.

Edited by: Lady Tiaa at: 11/1/03 9:01
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« Reply #8 on: 30 October 2003, 02:02:00 »

Hello??? Is anyone going to comment??

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« Reply #9 on: 01 November 2003, 12:40:00 »

Don't worry, Tiaa, though thinks are slow here from time to time, good entries are usually not forgotten;)  And as I can see you've made another very good beastie, which will be helpful in the North and to the South likewise. Very nice! So I hope to see more from your creativity in the future. BTW: Beasts are a nice start to get into development, but we of course could also use descriptions of weapons, artifacts or places for example. So whenever you feel the wish to help in other areas as well, give it a try - the better we can fill other sections as well, the more thorough Santharia will be.

Ok, some comments on the Melád Feníl from my side:

- Suggest to find a human name for the beast as well. Lucirina's common wolf for example was named "Mithral Wolf (Ilaról)", cause in a human Compendium you'll usually find the Styrásh expression not as the primary one. Also mention that "Melá Feníl" is Styásh.

- When mentioning squirrel you can put "kuatu" in brackets. That's the name of the common Santharian squirrel.

- Is the Norjordi name for the southern variety ok with you, Talia?

- In which category will be put this beast? I guess it's more a rodent then than a cat, or?

- :lol  Din't know that we have beasties which produce door mats... :rollin

- How long can they live as a maximum?

- I like the note part as well at the Myth/Lore/Origin section, this makes things more realsistic:)

- Concerning the story of the people who brought the Melád Feníl up north: Well, was and still is nearly impossible for humans to actually cross the Tandala Highlands, which seperate the Northern continent from the South (unless you go by ship). So maybe the Tandala were their destiny, and they died there on their attempt to cross these high snowy mountains. So the beasts got used to snow etc.

Aside from these things: :number1  


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« Reply #10 on: 01 November 2003, 13:41:00 »

Yes, nice name!

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« Reply #11 on: 02 November 2003, 03:02:00 »

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« Reply #12 on: 09 November 2003, 08:32:00 »

I took the liberty and have the beasts it's orginal human name "Greycat" according to my first comment.


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« Reply #13 on: 12 November 2003, 23:22:00 »

Does that mean that this is good to go or it still needs work?

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« Reply #14 on: 13 November 2003, 03:04:00 »

It has already been put up:D  All fine! I only named it Greycat and made Melád Feníl the second name:)  


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