Over ninety percent of predatory species on Lavana (omnivorous and carnivores both) are sentient; some herbivorous species are sentient (Leasheas, Alineos), and every single known enemy race (Ajoitéi, Foruques, Gizirs) is sentient. Nonsentient creatures can be found on the Minor Species page; the rest of the intelligent races encountered in the novel will be found here. Click on their names below to jump to their description, or simply scroll down; they’re arranged alphabetically, not chronologically. Hovering over the quick links will give you a one-sentence description of each species.
Name – Ajoitéi [pronounced 'uh-ZSHOY-tee']
Size – 12-15 feet tall.
Physical Description – Bipeds, Ajoitéi are rather hideous. They have a thick torso and short and somewhat squat (but powerful) legs that end in heavy hooves. Their arms are long enough to reach the ground even when completely upright, though, like gorillas, they tend to lean forward while walking. Ajoitéi arms are freakish; the ‘main arm’ is jointed like a human’s arm, but from the elbow sprouts a ‘secondary arm’. The elbow of the main arm is like the secondary arm’s shoulder, thus it has an elbow of its own. All four arms (two main and two secondary) end in sharp and strong pincers. Ajoitéi have short necks and very odd heads. Their bottom half of their heads doesn’t seem to differ from their necks (barring the mouth filled with sharp teeth and slit-like nostrils), but it tapers to a point. And extending from this narrow ‘bridge,’ like an upside-down pyramid, is the top half of their heads. The ‘base’ of the pyramid (aka the top of their heads) is rounded and hairless, though Ajoitéi are actually covered in thin fur. Ajoitéi brains are encased in the lower half of their heads, though their eyes are set on the top half, so knocking an Ajoitéi’s head off will only blind them, not kill them.
Coloration – Oranges, reds, and yellows, sometimes with tinges of green or white. Eyes, hooves, and claws/pincers vary.
Temperament – Highly intelligent and extremely malicious, Ajoitéi are both physically powerful and mentally keen. They cooperate with each other well and are capable of organizing and leading less intelligent creatures, such as Foruques.
Name – Aye(s) [pronounced 'EY(Z)']
Size – The second-largest land animal on Lavana, female Ayes can be from 50-65 feet at the shoulder, while males range from 60-70 feet.
Physical Description – Ayes are very large, but they’re basically just Athians. Long-legged, muscular, and toned, Ayes have broad, unretractably clawed paws, deep chests, narrow waists, and a surprisingly flexible spine. They have an almost horse-like neck, arched and muscular, with a long, heavy muzzle and a squared skull. They’ve almond-shaped eyes with excellent eyesight, wide nostrils for a good sense of smell, and internal (think bird-like) ears for decent hearing. Ayes also have a long, muscular tail ending in a slightly curving tailblade, very sharp. Fast, enduring, and strong, Ayes are typical Athians in everything but size, including their short, lightly colored fur. The only noteworthy thing about them, other than sheer bulk, is their vocal chords – they have the loudest and most ear-shattering roar of any Lavanian.
Coloration – Usually soft browns or greys, sometimes a more yellowish hue. Blades, claws, and eyes vary.
Temperament – They’re intelligent and curious, but not to the extent of some species. Mostly, they just enjoy life, hunting, and their families, as they tend to keep to themselves on the plains. Ayes, however, tend towards bravery and acts of heroism if the situation calls for it.
Name – Blood Cat(s)
Size – 14-17 feet high at the shoulder, with females notably smaller than males.
Physical Description – Simply put, they’re very large felines. Blood Cats are built thinly, with lean muscles and a vividly-hued pelt and baleful gold eyes. Their whiskers are black, as are their huge, retractable claws. Their fangs are almost long enough to be called saberteeth, visible even when their powerful jaws are shut. Blood Cats, despite their size, often reside in the trees.
Coloration – Vibrant fiery color, which ranges from gold-orange all the way to blood red, is streaked with stripes that can be black, dark grey, or dark red. Rare ‘Cats may have golden stripes. Eyes are yellow.
Temperament – Fierce warriors and not too social, these cats have an undeserved bad reputation. Despite rumor, they’re generally unhostile unless provoked and chivalrous in most situations; they can be greedy and ruthless, but that’s not typical. Blood Cats are one of the Original Nine, sharing racial age with Night Cats and Heifias.
Name – Eshay(s) [pronounced 'EE-shay(z)']
Size – 2-3.5 feet at the shoulder; usually about 3 feet.
Physical Description – They’re feathered quadrupeds, for starters. They have smallish, lean talons, which are shaped more like hands than birdfeet. Their claws are sharper and smaller, more accustomed to grabbing onto bark than cliff faces. Their heads are streamlined and muzzles thin, and their jaws are lined with needle-like, razor sharp teeth. They are omnivores, preferring fish and ripe fruit above everything else. They have long, narrow wings that are extremely flexible to provide great speed. Their tails are long, somewhat flattened, and end in a cluster of tail feathers (like a bird). Their wing muscles wrap around their torso, making their middle appear not very deep-chested. In flight, when the wing muscles contract and expand to beat the air, their torso will curve and then arch, very neatly, giving them surprising strength in flight. Also, they have a nearly unique ability of curving their wings around them and funneling the air through, resulting in a very rapid spiralling flight, rarely level, that can propel them over 300 mph. They don’t have much endurance, either on the ground or in air, but their speed makes up for it. On the ground, they are fairly graceful and quick of claw, as well as being able to run about 40 mph.
Coloration – Feathers are usually white or very pale shades of earth tones. Occasionally, their wings will have stronger colors, like tawny or gold or grey, as barred markings. Eyes are generally yellow, green, brown, or blue.
Temperament – Talk about a need for speed! As they love the thrill of speed, so they thrive on the adrenaline rushes of any danger or challenge. But, they can also know when to be serious and helpful. (Though, they may know, but who says they’ll behave accordingly?) Most Eshays are extremely light-hearted and flighty, if you’ll forgive the pun.
Name – Foruque(s) [pronounced 'for-OOKS']
Size – 18-22 feet tall.
Physical Description – Upright bipeds, Foruques have tough, leathery hide and are amphibious, with gill-slits decorating their medium-length necks and slitted nostrils right above their thick-lipped, flat-toothed mouths. (It seems common concensus among Lavanians that Foruques used to be harmless river-grazers before Equitor turned them evil.) Foruques have fairly long and well-muscled legs; they walk digitigrade (on their toes, heels in the air) and have almost rabbit-like feet, though webbed and clawed. They have a short, vestigial tail about three feet long and when they walk, their spines are tilted into a slant – not a very shallow angle, but about 70º. Their torsos are vaguely humanoid, but their heads aren’t. Foruque heads are reasonably round, but they have four large knobs ringing the top of the head at separate ‘corners’. These knobs each hold an eye, thus giving a Foruque 360º vision. Their eyesight is incredible, probably to make up for their total lack of smell and their pitiful hearing, and they’re almost impossible to sneak up on. Their arms are very long and quite odd; they have no long bones like we do, only a system of joints and short bones that actually resembles vertebrae… thus their arms are incredibly flexible and can move in any which way, not to mention being lean but very strong. They don’t have hands, only knots of spiked bones at their wrists – the actual dense knot in the middle is about six inches wide, with spikes of varying thicknesses often longer than 8 inches. The end result of their build is a very fast, agile beast with whip-like arms ending in spiked clubs that can crush skulls with one blow.
Coloration – Blues, greens, aquas, teals, and occasionally yellow-green. Their claws tend to be painted garish colors.
Temperament – Smart, in a way – they know where, how, and when to strike to bring just about any creature down. Their cunning is their most valuable asset, right next to their demonic speed. But aside from this cunning, they’re really not too bright, and can be fooled easily if they don’t focus too hard. They follow orders well, especially if an Ajoitéi is the one giving them.
Name – Gizir(s) [pronounced 'gih-ZEER(Z)']
Size – 3-4 feet tall.
Physical Description – Gizirs are extremely odd little creatures. Their faces are ugly, with short muzzles, pointed ears, flat teeth, and two bulbous eyes. Their neck contorts as their spine splits into two and curves outwards, effectively giving them a flat, ropy torso that resembles an “O”. Their arms are very weak, and their hands have four short but nimble little fingers with tiny claws (no thumbs). Their legs are somewhat bowed, cloven-hooved, and surprisingly strong. Gizirs have short, scruffy fur that’s often slicked back with water or less sanitary liquids. They aren’t too graceful, fast, or strong, but they are surprisingly flexible and can fit through gaps in rock and holes in the ground that none of the larger enemies can.
Coloration – Their colors range from purple, to black, brown, and dark blue and usually mix all four colors to form a very painful-looking hue. Their eyes are dark and solidly-colored.
Temperament – Not really evil, although they serve Equitor and all the other bad guys. They’re just… very obedient… and quite trainable. Just passing the line into sentience, really – they seem to have a chittering language amongst themselves, but no one else has figured it out. They’re usually used as workers, messengers, and personal slaves.
Name – Icza(s) [pronounced 'IK-zah(z)']
Size – 2.5-3.5 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Quadrupeds, they have feline heads with sharp fangs and sharper-than-normal teeth. Their eyes are huge and they can see infrared as well as normal light, and they have large, mobile ears. Their necks are short and muscular, with a muscle that attaches the base of their skull to between their shoulder blades. This enables them to lay their heads flat against their spines and look directly up, as well as partly behind them; however, looking downwards takes a lot of stretching. Their torsos are vaguely feline, but far more agile and flexible (not losing any muscle mass, either) because Iczas are arboreal – that is, they live almost solely in the trees. Their limbs, as well, aren’t definable as feline, but that’s the closest comparison. Muscular and toned, as well as shockingly flexible, they end in agile, clawed talons, perfect for grasping branches, vines, and gripping bark. They have two long, lean tails, each ending in a retractable claw. Blazingly fast in movement through their trees, to which they have a deep, profound connection, Iczas aren’t very fast ground runners. In their size range, they are unbeatable fighters, able to take down even a Tlaemae in one-on-one combat (though they rarely fight, since Iczas and Tlaemaes are very companionable species, seeing as a group including both species was the first to go around Lavana’s circumference). They have no fur, simply tough, pebbly hide, and are pretty much liquid steel.
Coloration – Pale or dull earth tones, calm blues, greens, violets, and of course grey. Their pupils are huge and black, with very thin gold irises.
Temperament – They’re usually playful and friendly, as well as social, curious, and they love exploring. But if you get on their bad side… well, you’ll be lucky to live five more minutes. Like many smaller animals, they go somewhat psychotic when mad. They have short tempers, take offense very easily, and don’t think twice about killing someone who annoys them.
Name – Korat(s) [Click here for an detailed, thorough description and an illustration.*]
Size – Depends on breed. At the shoulder, tans range from 3.5-5 feet; blacks range from 4-6 feet; and reds range from 3.5-4.5 feet.
Physical Description – Quadrupedal predators, Korats are often regarded as the “average Lavanian,” for all that they seem to be one of the most successful species. Korats have canine heads, shark-like teeth, round-pupiled eyes, and lupine ears. Their necks are a few feet long and held tightly in an S-curve, almost jointed; it takes a muscle spasm for them to ‘unlock’ their necks, and it’s also rather hard to slit a Korat’s throat, as their necks are thickly-muscled. They have deep chests and narrower waists. Their forelegs are slender compared to their hind, ending in forehands with small V-shaped palms and two retractably-clawed ‘fingers’. Their hind legs are powerful with a three-toed paw resembling that of a Velociraptor; their innermost toe is held upright, off the ground, and totes a ‘longclaw’ – a scythe-shaped claw usually 6 inches long. Males have long, fast tails with a curving “tailblade” made of bone branching off near the tailtip; some females can have this as well, though it’s rare. Most females, instead, have shorter and very muscular tails. Korats are covered in a thick, short, glossy pelt. They have incredible healing systems and can run from 120 (reds) to 380+ (tans) miles per hour in a sprint, with blacks topping off at around 250+ mph. Korat senses are incredibly keen. Breed variances are as follows: tans are the runners, very lean, streamlined, and long-limbed; blacks are sleek, toned, and graceful, balancing speed and strength; and reds are immensely stocky, muscular, and burly.
Coloration – Depends on breed. Tans range from tawny to golden to bronze; blacks can have sheens of blue or violet; reds range from blackened red to blood red. Claws and tailblades are metallic shades, most commonly silver, gold, or black; eyes are nearly any color, with the most common being blue, green, and gold.
Temperament – Depends on breed. Tans are family-oriented, generally peaceful, and highly intelligent – they love to laugh and play. Blacks are very cunning and suave, social creatures who enjoy mind-games, languages, and riddles. Reds are brash, blunt, and honest, valuing courage and honor above wit or humor.
*Note – The extensive description on that page is a full biography of the Koratian race as they exist in the seventh millenium. The Dark Wars occurred in the third millenium. In the difference of four millenia, Korats attained a fourth breed (whites), gained striped mutations, and a fifth breed (browns) evolved from tan remnants on Honshane; breed standards also expanded somewhat. The description on this page is relevant to the time period of the Dark Wars, but the full biography is not.
Name – Leasheas [pronounced 'luh-SHEEZ']
Size – 5-7 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Equines, Leasheas are possibly some of the most beautiful creatures on Lavana. Aside from the blaze of colors across their glossy pelt, their form is very graceful and well-proportioned. There are two breeds, usually referred to as Lights and Darks according to color. The only other difference between breeds is that Lights tend to be a bit larger than Darks, with stallions in turn being larger than mares and yearlings. Leasheas are very horse-like in some ways, with an equine head, ears, mane, neck, and basic body shape. They have a long, lean, silk-tufted tail, powerful yet toned limbs, and a barreled body. Being herbivores, their hooves warrant some attention as a Leasheas’ only defense besides their speed. (Darks are faster than Lights, mares faster than stallions. A fast Dark mare can run up to 90+ mph, a fast Light mare up to 70+ mph. A Dark stallion would be considered exceptional if he could break 80 mph, and the same for a Light stallion at 60 mph.) Anyways, their hooves resemble a high-heeled shoe with the heel cut off – elongated and arched, they have relatively little ‘sole’-area and are very sharp-edged. Leasheas can easily slice through flesh with a strong kick. Leashes have large, slightly bulbous faceted eyes, usually dark red or blue and glittery; their eyesight is very good but strangely-colored compared to most. The final touch to their description is the feathery tentacle sprouting from the back of their skull and arcing over their back; it’s 3-4.5 feet long and slender, yet very strong and nimble. The tentacle itself looks like the vane of a feather, with feathery strands of up to a foot long hanging downwards from the downily-furred ‘stem’. Leasheas can be ridden but one never asks; one lets them offer unless one has a death wish. They sport a long equine mane along the back of their neck, but never touch it – yank on it and you’ll get thrown around. Between their shoulder blades is a spout of tougher hairs that is connected to muscle and bone – grab that to hang on.
Coloration – All Leasheas are patterned in psychadelic swirls, waves, patches, and otherwise bizarre markings, often with multi-colored manes and tentacles. Light Leasheas colors range in the “warm” spectrum – reds, oranges, yellows, whites, and bright greens. Dark Leasheas colors tend towards the “cooler” hues – blues, dark greens, blacks, greys and silvers, purples, and sometimes dark reds. Most Leasheas have all of their breed’s colors, and often the only way to distinguish between individuals is by the eye-searing pattern of markings.
Temperament – Most Leasheas are very fickle and wild, highly intelligent but very unpredictable. Beyond that unifying base, Leasheas can once more be separated into their breeds for temperament. Darks tend to be stronger-willed and more psychotic than their counterparts, but also braver and less apt to run away. Lights can be kinder and more friendly, but are often easily panicked and skittish of predators. All in all, possibly due to being hunted so much, Leasheas are a very high-strung and little-understood race.
Name – Nickimiss(es) [pronounced 'NIHK-ah-MIHS(-ez)']
Size – 12-16 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Long-legged and lean quadrupeds, Nickimisses have a shallow chest, narrow waist, and long torso. Their heads are canine with large eyes, saberteeth, and pointed ears. Their hind legs are Koratian, muscular with a Velociraptor-style paw, and very sharp claws. Their forelimbs, however, are many-jointed, slender yet strong, and end in cloven hooves. These strange beasts are covered in a short, sleek coat of water-resistant fur and have excellent eyesight; their other senses are also keen.
Coloration – Varying shades of blue, green, purple, or combinations of the three into one odd hue. Eyes are always gold or silver, and claws and tailblade tend to be black or silver.
Temperament – Nickimisses are fairly unknown Lavanians. From what the general populace knows, they’re smart, fast, strong, and iron-willed… which could describe about 80% of species around. So we don’t know details; the species hasn’t done anything to make itself known…
Name – Night Cat(s)
Size – 2.5-3.5 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – They are definitely feline, about the size and general shape of a big earth cat, but with several differences. First of all, their head is more sleek, streamlined, with larger eyes and many whiskers. They have a long, shaggy ruff, and any wanderers grow manes. Their bodies are sleek and streamlined, and somewhat slinking at first glance. The hide is soft and smooth, and the fur is always short. Their forearms are flexible and cleanly muscled, and end in furred, four-fingered hands with retractable claws. Their hindlegs are slightly longer, just as flexible and more powerful, ending in feline paws. They have a ‘half-length’ tail, about 6 to 12 inches long. Another noteworthy ability is reincarnation. Aside from the ability to stop their heart and breath for a surprisingly long time, Night Cats MAY be reincarnated. There are many loopholes to this. First, a Night Cat must not intend in any way its death. (Meaning no suicide, whether it be worth it to save a friend or not.) Second, if a Night Cat is killed of magic or old age, they will stay dead. If a Cat enters a battle/fight with the pure belief that it shall come back, and is killed, even if it did not intend to die, it will not come back. But, if none of these things happen, a few minutes will pass, the Night Cat will heal, and awaken as though from a short painful nap. Also, if a Cat dies in morph, it will come back as that creature, and stay that way permanently, if it comes back at all. It’s handy, but not something to rely on at all. Night Cats can also morph by absorbing (by inherent magic) the form of another creature. This process (called by some ‘bonding’) is long and tedious, though not complicated, and is rarely used unless by spies. After this, however, the Night Cat will retain this form until death or painful magic removal…. or Banae (curse/hex). There is no limit on morphing, in any way. They are the creators of the morphing ring, through which the ability to morph is given to another species.
Coloration – Their fur, normally short, can be a small variety of colors. Black is most common, and may include tiny white or silver markings. Deep deep blue is the next most common, and is often seen with many silver or white flecks, giving the impression of the Cat wearing the night sky. Least common is a dark smoky gray, which almost never has any other color in the fur.
Temperament – Night Cats are extremely varied within the individual, and hardly can be averaged up to produce with a general estimate. They are passionate, willing to risk life and limb for a cause or creature that they believe in, even if they may be wrong and know it. They are very intelligent but rarely find a productive use for their intense knowledge. They are overall friendly creatures, lending a helping hand in most tough situations. Their logic, however, on which they base such given help, is often strange to any non-Cat. They enjoy life intensely, having one of the longer lifespans of Lavanians, and love the simple things most of all.
Name – Nila [pronounced 'NIH-lah']
Size – 5.5-7 feet tall, with the females being much smaller than males.
Physical Description – Nila are short-furred, humanoid bipeds. They have either large talons or feline paws for feet, both unretractably clawed. Their legs are very humanesque, more muscular and the paws digitigrade, but basically the same. Their arms and torsos are also humanesque, including breasts on females. Their hands are, yep, human-like, but only have three fingers, and a long thumb. (This type of hand seems to be prominent on Lavana.) Their fingers have retractable claws. Their heads are rather feline, as much as humans are ape-like, with slight muzzles, feline fangs and teeth, whiskers, small feline ears set low on their head, and adolescents usually wear a human-style mane. Their senses are extremely keen; they’re very strong, as well as fast and agile. Nila do live in clans; their society is a tight-knit one, with the males doing all the hunting, warring, fighting, and the females rarely seen. In fact, it took quite a while to convince other Lavanians that there even were female Nila. The females are short and slight, timid, meek, not nearly as smart as the males, and peaceable.
Coloration – Two breeds – taller, more muscular greys with gold eyes and black claws; and smaller, more leanly-built browns with green or gold eyes and black claws. Greys are by far the more numerous race, with browns being a small minority.
Temperament – Fierce warriors. They don’t give up easily, and they have that odd temperament that will make a handful stand up against the world. They’ll get smashed, but they’ll fight for what they believe in anyway. They’re also highly intelligent. In their forests, they know every hill, ravine, bramble, and rock. They’re not a species to miss much, or condone much either. They take full responsibility for their actions, and if those actions are bad enough, they’ll accept the punishment of death. Nila don’t fear much, except dishonour. Grey Nila tend to be more serious, with browns a little more light-hearted but still thoughtful.
Name – Non-Maned Heifia(s) [pronounced 'HY-fee-ah(z)']
Size – 3-5 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Very much the canine, NM Heifias are long-legged and muscular, with extra-broad paws (think wolf) and blunt black claws. Though they may resemble Great Danes in some areas, their tails are thicker and shaggier (German Shepherd-ish), and their heads are more wolf-like, with powerful jaws and elongated fangs. They’re agile, fast, and enduring creatures, with a variety of excellent senses at their command.
Coloration – Shades of brown, tending towards medium-to-light hues. Once in a while, they’ll have darker brown or even black muzzles and paws.
Temperament – Friendly in general, these easy-going carnivores live in packs and are very social. They’re brave and loyal souls, just generally good people.
Name – Olashi [pronounced 'oh-LASH-ee']
Size – 5.5-6.5 feet tall, with females being slightly smaller than males.
Physical Description – With a sleek feline pelt and a slight, often nonexistent humanish mane, Olashi stand upright with a muscular body, though they often angle their spine at a 45º tilt while moving. Their upper body is vaguely akin to that of a male human, aside from the bulging chest/flank muscles which support their wings, and their legs are digitigrade and muscular, ending in four-toed feline paws with retractable claws. Olashi have a feline head with a pronounced muzzle and saberfangs that often reach two inches in length and are always visible. They have binocular-vision eyes, which otherwise appear feline, black or pink feline-noses, and pointed but comparitively small feline ears. Their nimble hands possess three powerful, retractably-clawed fingers and a rather long thumb with the same hooked claw. They have long, tufted feline tails. They are, of course, winged beasts and possess heavily-feathered, very broad pinions. They are superb fliers, with smaller and lighter individuals able to go up to 200 mph in a stoop (dive).
Coloration – Always a very light color. Either silvery, cream/pale tan, gold, pearl, or white. Their wings are generally a lighter shade than their body. Claws are either silver, ivory, or black, depending on the shade of their fur, and eyes are either light violet, pale blue, or pastel green. Olashi occasionally wear clothing, usually to protect their furred selves from the elements. Tunics can be any shade, usually bold bright colors, though hunters tend towards earth tones. Some very, very few Olashi can alter their fur and skin coloration at will, much like chameleons (or, more accurately, like the Sky Cats from which they’ve evolved.)
Temperament – Not a race to crumble under pressure, Olashi are very logical but also live by their hearts. A species of scientists, explorers, archers, bards, and adventurers, almost any Olashi will take a challenge or obsession and run with it… occasionally running off a cliff in the process. They tend to be very open and trusting to those they know, but strangers are rewarded with a very aloof, wary attitude. Unlike most species on Lavana, they evolved from Sky Cats (as opposed to being Created) and are in the process of crafting the only actual humanoid ‘culture’ on Lavana. (Millenia in the future, it’s Olashi who develop technology, academies, and eventually spaceflight.)
Name – Onago [pronounced 'oh-NAH-go']
Size – Anywhere from dozens to hundreds of feet long. The largest found was over half a mile in length.
Physical Description – Gargantuan reptiles, Onago are have lizard-like heads with a full set of vicious, jagged teeth, and many have frills, spines, horns, or other draconic variations. Their scales are rough and almost plated, but Onago children have smoother, snake-like skin. Onago are hatched from eggs, which are laid in small clutches of five or six every decade or so. Onago are solitary beasts that never stop growing; the older an Onago is, the larger it is. Onago don’t actually die of old age; as time passes, they reach a size that cannot be sustained (not enough prey or water, etc) and they die of starvation. Onago have a reputation of guile, cunning, deception, and wisdom; most Lavanians are very wary of them.
Coloration – Just about anything… tends towards blues, greens, golds, and purples. Silver is very common, as is black, but white and brown are rare. Most Onago are mottled with several colors, or with snake-like markings.
Temperament – It varies with each individual. Some Onago seem evil, others simply hostile, others reclusive, others friendly, others aggressive… etc. The larger they are, the worse their temper seems to get.
Name – Shugaray(s)
Size – 6-9 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Shugarays are basically large felines. They have big paws, long, thick tails, broad faces, and long fangs. Shugarays are among the Original Nine to be Created on Lavana and are respected among most. (Some few consider them slow-witted and childish.) Their claws are retractable, their manner amiable, and their coats thick, soft, and glossy. There’s not too much to say about them, physically.
Coloration – Ranges from a bright, red-brown cinnamon to a dark, deep, earthy brown. Not much variety. Eyes tend to be gold, but can also be green, brown, or blue.
Temperament – Playful and generally lazy, peaceful cats, Shugarays live in prides and are very affectionate. They like hunting, but won’t kill for no reason. Their play is competitive but in no way violent, and their groups can get very large, if the resources are sufficient. They do, however, believe very strongly in the ‘live and let live’ philosophy, and have saved more than a few creature’s lives based off that.
Name – Tlaemae(s) [pronounced 'TLAY-may(z)']
Size – 2-3 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Tlaemaes are furred, rather small quadrupeds. They have a streamlined Athian head, no external ears, and almond-shaped, large eyes that are very keen (their vision sees some infrared). They’re arboreal – that is, they live almost constantly in trees, and their reflexes and speed are incredible. They have hands of a sort, three fingers pointing towards the outside and one ‘thumb’ pointing inwards, all long enough to be jointed several times and flexible, each tipped with a sharp, curving, unretractable claw. Their forelimbs are flexible, as are their hind legs, which end in three outer toes and two inner. Their prehensile tail is half again their body’s length and tipped in a ‘claw’. Their torso is more canine than anything, with a curved chest and comparably narrow waist, though their spine is such that it’s almost impossible to break and very flexible. Their senses are excellent, especially hearing, as this allows them to detect creatures moving below their trees easier than sight. They can also move with complete silence if they wish, though it can be painstaking. Lastly, on their elbows and ‘knees’ (this referring to the joint just above the ankle, which bends the opposite way human knees do) they have digits, and the elbow-/knee-joint itself is padded slightly with muscle, almost like the palm of a hand. Each mini-’hand’ has one short, clawed finger pointing inwards, and two outwards. They are used when laying, hanging, or climbing in trees, as they’re quite powerful and the claws are sharp enough to impale anything they feel like hanging onto.
Coloration – Nearly always mediocre shades of brown. Yellow or green eyes, almost always black claws. Younger Tlaemaes tend to be lighter.
Temperament – Insanely energetic, Tlaemaes are usually pretty social when they don’t view you as a threat, and they can be great friends if you catch them on the right day. However, they are so territorial that, if someone intrudes their territory, they fling their muscular little bodies into a terrifyingly vicious melee. They tend to lose what cool they have in fights, and most will continue to fight until they cannot, or until the intruders are driven out of their home. However, when not in battle, they’re mostly playful and curious and usually don’t bother cretts that don’t bother them.
Name – Trahe(s) [pronounced 'TRAH-hay(z)']
Size – Males range from 18-25 feet at the shoulder, while females range from 15-20 feet.
Physical Description – Trahes are thick-muscled, quadrupedal Athians. First thing you notice about them is their size and the stocky body. They have shaggy, baby-soft fur about a foot long. Their heads are squared, heavy, and quite broad. Their eyes are deep-set and large, somewhat owlish. They have massively strong jaws that can crunch through steel with ease. Their teeth are curved, thick, and sharp, firmly embedded in their jaw for a carnivorous lifestyle. Their necks are muscular and short(ish), with slightly longer fur creating a light ruff. Their shoulders are massive, and their forelegs are long, thick, and large, ending in HUGE paws (I mean huge compared to their own size here!) with thick, curved talon-claws. Their torso is barrel-shaped and thick; their back is slightly arched, with their weight of the long forelegs and heavy hindlegs. Their hindlegs are massive heavy things, ending in even larger paws and claws that can do some serious damage. Their rump extends into a lithe, muscular tail, which ends in a scythe-like blade on males, and a simple tuft on females. All in all, Trahes are big, impressive beasts capable of taking on nearly anything in a fight… and yet, they can be extremely gentle.
Coloration – Almost always some shade of grey, rarely dark. Occasionally, a soft cream or golden will be seen. There’s never any gradient in the color, simply solid. Claws tend to be black, blades match their fur color with a metallic sheen. Eyes can be gold, silver, or brown, the latter being very rare.
Temperament – Trahes tend towards being blunt, honest, and friendly. Despite stereotypes, they are intelligent, and often more gentle and compassionate than their fighting skills might suggest. They’re social, staking out loose territories in family-groups. They’re friendly and generally speak their mind, and aren’t really the best listeners unless intrigued. They also have firm opinions and sometimes will take an instant dislike to a creature. Though they aren’t usually the type to go out on a violent rampage, Trahes don’t shy away from a good fight, though they rarely kill unless forced.
Name – Vemeh(i) [pronounced 'VEH-meh(-hee)']
Size – 4-6 feet at the shoulder.
Physical Description – Quadrupeds, Vemehi have heavy, bear-like heads, croc-style teeth, and thick, powerful necks with rather loose skin. Their shoulders and haunches are bulging with muscle, as are their limbs. They have talons, three fingers pointing forward and one pointing back, each with a straight black claw. Their torso is thick and hardly narrower at the waist than the deep chest, due to the muscle packed into the animal. Their tails are somewhat odd, as though a shark’s tail had the upper fin cut off, and then majorly shortened. This tail does nothing for balance or defense. Awesome fighters, they’re not the fastest, but strength and endurance are their high points.
Coloration – Grey, black, or dark gold. Irises and pupils are both black, giving them an eerie gaze.
Temperament – Vicious and unkind fighters, nonetheless Vemehi are grudgingly respectful to those who deserve it and hold honour, pride, and courage in high regard.