Species: Reykahr(s)


Pronunciation— RAY-car —the second R is a french r

Singular— Reykahr
Plural— Reykahrs


Height at Shoulder— 3 to 7 ft.
Length (without tail)— 6 to 16 ft.
Length (with tail)— 6 to 25 ft.
Weight— 350 to 3,000 lbs.


Colours— Any earth tones at all (grey, brown, black, white, ruddy, blonde, etc.) with any sort of marking (spots, rosettes, stripes, shading, patches, etc.) Their eyes can be any colour of the rainbow, though green, blue, brown, and gold seem to be the usual. A Reykahr with a mane is very rare, and signifies a highly intelligent and/or creative individual. Maned Reykahrs occur once every hundred births or so, and half of those lose their manes when they Change. There is another rare Reykahr, as well - a Calico. To have three separate colours decorating one's coat signifies a very unique, intelligent, usually Connected individual. Calicos are usually female, and occur every thousand births or so. As for a maned Calico, the only one ever known of is Ayah.

Temperment— Reykahrs are very individualized beings. Very little can be generalized, and I'm not about to try.

Physical Shape— Reykahrs are markedly feline, though this seems to be the only unifying attribute. Their size ranges from cheetah-size, the smallest, to a gigantic 7 feet high and weighing over a ton. They are, of course, quadrupeds, possessing a feline head, a supple torso, and four legs ending in paws. Due to the Changing process, their looks, fur, and exact physical abilities are usually unique to each individual. Referring to Earth felines, they can resemble the body shape of any of those wild cats, be they big or small, but most Reykahrs' shapes can't be described as "tiger-like" or "cheetah-like".

Changing— Cubs are grown at 10 years, and when they're half-grown (5 years old), they… Change. Change is an interesting process, taking about ten minutes to completely renovate their physical form. When a cub Changes, they begin to feel oddly, their body (and most notably, their scent glands) release a mess of chemicals, before they fall numb and cannot move. The confusion and often rancid smell wafting around usually alerts adults and others to their Changing. Their bodies require mass amounts of water at this time, and are buoyant, so the crucial thing for others (usually family or friends) to do is to throw them into a stream, river, lake, or pond quickly. Then, just below the surface, their body Changes drastically. Strong-willed or prepared cubs can remotely control how they want to look, down to fur colour and length if they're good, or lucky. This is where the huge variations in appearance come in, during Change. Before that, most siblings look somewhat alike. After change, fur colour changes regularly, often rapidly, and fur length adapts to the weather. Some physical attributes after change can be : bladed tail, saberfangs, sharp claws. Never wings nor gills/fins. Some will take canine characteristics, but not to great extents.

Aging— Reykahrs live to about 120 until old age kills them, give or take a few years. However, it's not until age 100 or so do they begin to slow down, their memory worsens, and their teeth and claws dull. Once past that century mark, most Reykahrs give up hunting, letting their children or friends bring them fresh meat. Elders, as they are called, are not revered for wiseness, but loved by all and taken good care of, often getting the best of whatever is needed. Cubs are grown at ten years, and Change at five.

Breeding / Family— Reykahrs pair off at any time during life, having a 'trial period' where the male and female act as though they are mates to test how acceptable such a partnership would seem. Some trial periods can last for a year or more. ((Example— Ayah and Sable did a trial period that lasted for three years.)) Breeding is a sensitive affair of which is rarely spoken. Young ones are called cubs, kits, or kittens, and there can be up to five or even six per litter. Cubs are grown in ten years, and Change at five. Females can breed as often as every other year, if they wish, though most give their litters undivided attention until the cubs Change. Cubs are loved immensely and looked after by all friends and relatives, even just random members of the Valley, and are rather inquisitive and can get very obnoxious.

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