Species: Reyv(s)

Name - Reyv(s)

Pronunciation - rayv(z)

Founder - Zeymi, a small, beige and ivory-cream female with intense pink eyes. It's unknown if she's still alive, and most Reyvs don't care enough to really find out — she's respected and liked (or her memory is, as the case may be), but she didn't do anything special enough to earn her race's adoration.

Height at Shoulder - Reyvs are fairly small, only about 2.5 to 4 feet at the shoulder.

Physical Description - Reyvs are slim, light quadrupeds with thin, sleek fur. Their heads are slender and raptorine with small, narrow, very curving teeth, as they eat fish almost exclusively, though they supplement their diets with berries and fruits when necessary. They have almond-shaped eyes, slitted nostrils, and internal ears, as well as a long, arching neck. Reyvs have deep-chested, narrow-waisted torsos (much like a sturdier greyhound, actually) and long, slender, toned limbs. Their forepaws resemble hands with long, retractably-clawed digits, and the innermost of the four digits acts as a semi-opposable thumb; their hindpaws are simply feline in nature with retractable feline claws. However, the most remarkable things about these little critters are their tails. Starting between their shoulder blades and along their spine to their hips run two rows of tails, which range between four and seven feet in length — these tails are slim, prehensile, and not furred at all but rather suede-like in texture. Their rumps are completely covered in a mass of tails, with the center of the mass having the longer, stronger tails, and the tails get more like their back-tails as you go outwards. Reyvs have exacting control over each tail and can make the most amazingly odd designs, but the tails also have practical uses — Reyvs weave their tails into one flexible net and dangle it in a stream or river to catch their meals. Reyv senses are quite keen in a uniform way — their eyesight is excellent and colorful, their hearing is keen, and their sense of smell is quite discerning. They also run very quickly, prone to braiding their tails to streamline themselves, and can reach speeds up to seventy miles per hour — they're agile and are more likely to dodge an attack than charge into battle.

Coloration - Reyvs tend to be a soft mixture of pale earth tones, occasionally with darker markings. The most common colors are tan, cream, beige, dust-brown, golden, ivory, wheat-yellow, light grey, white or off-white, and silvery-white; markings, which can be stripes or patches, are usually reddish-brown, sienna, storm-grey, or similarly medium-to-dark earth tones. Reyv eyes are usually pink or green, though they can also be purple and orange. Claws are usually silvery, but can be black or a darker grey.

Temperament - Reyvs are fairly calm, happy creatures. They tend to be friendly, gentle in word and action, and quite compassionate. They're intelligent but not exceptionally so, and fairly social to boot. They're one of the few Khraenahrs who won't assume hostility when confronted with a stranger and will greet just about anyone who doesn't flat-out attack them with a kind word and peaceful intent. 'Peaceful' really -is- the best word to describe them, actually… along with 'playful', of course.

Culture - Reyvs are loosely social and usually live in small heart-groups or family-groups rather than packs. (A heart-group is a handful of similarly-aged Reyvs who share a sleeping place and often fish in the same area — they're usually very good friends, and often will pair off into matehood later in life.) Many Reyvs only stay in an area for a few years before moving on to the next place — no one's really sure why, as they don't exactly have a wanderlust, nor do they use up all their resources. Reyvs are quietly friendly to all sentients, so most beasts don't make a point to attack them, rather appreciating their gentleness — Reyvs also tend to have a good knowledge of healing herbs, so they're useful as healers towards others as well. Reyvs mate late in life, usually when about thirty — they're very loving and devoted to their mates, but not exactly possessive. Reyvs have a gestation period of four months and give birth to a litter of two to five cubs, which are grown in five years; Reyvs live until they're about seventy or so, but the frailty that comes with old age begins to set in when they're about sixty. Cubs tend to stay with their parents until they find mates, and then they strike out on their own, but a large minority leaves once they've learned to fish and defend themselves — these ones are usually about eight and are the ones who form heart-groups. Reyvs are very tender towards their families and will attack any threat fearlessly (which is the only time they'll willingly fight).

Habitat - Reyvs, not having a thick pelt, tend to live in warm or seasonal areas, but they dislike any dry, extremely hot, or extremely cold area. They absolutely must have a source of freshwater nearby, as well as a large stream, river, or lake with a pier-like jutting of the bank so they can fish easily. (Reyvs, although they swim well, do not fish and swim simultaneously.) Reyvs also like having either a large, hollowed-out tree or a small cave nearby in which to sleep, though they also like making mossy nests. Reyvs love tropical or jungle-like forests and can also be found in delta-y or marshy areas.

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