Ailuridae

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Ailuridae
« on: May 22, 2017, 09:05:06 PM »
Ailuridae
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Written by: Mae




Average Lifespan: 44 years. Birthright usually takes place at 3 and their Offering at 11.
Average Height: There is no difference in height between males and females. Normally, Ailuridae range between 20 to 25 inches while their tails alone range from 11 to 23 inches. This makes the overall general length being between 31 to 45 inches from nose to tip of their tails.
Average Weight: Weight is the only known difference appearance wise between the sexes.
  • Male:
between 8.2 and 13.7 lbs
  • Female:
between 6.6 and 13.2 lbs

Origin:
Traditionally, the Ailuridae are a secluded race of Kindred and have only recently ventured out of their ancestral lands looking for new opportunities. This is especially true for young males seeking to learn more about the tanni ways of defending their prides and young healers looking for alternative medicinal ways of healing. Some Queens have been known to leave their prides, but this is rare and highly questionable to the elders.

There are rumors the Ailuridae are in both realms with stories of reddish cats or bears habitating in the mountains bearing moderate temperatures. Highly experienced trackers have claimed to see them in Dhemlan, Askavi, Dena Nehele and Shalador in Terreille and Dae Al Mon, Dhemlan, Askavi, Scelt, Nharkava, Little Terreille, and Dharo in Kaeleer. Most consistat sources say they can be found high in the treeline where maple or beech trees are populated.

Appearance:
Note: By all accounts the Ailuridae are prized for their fur. It’s rare to see it and quite expensive to purchase when seen in the markets. Normally cheap knockoffs are found in mountain markets for ‘status’ marks or to catch unsuspecting outsiders for a good piece of coin. This is a major reason that no one knows the exact number of Ailuridae in the Realms.

The Ailuridae’s coloring varies in shade only. Typically they all have long, soft, reddish-brown fur on the upper parts of their bodies with blackish fur on their lower halves. They also sport light face tear markings that are usually white or cream in color. These light markings of white are badges similar to that of a raccoon, but each individual Ailuridea can have different distinctive markings. Their heads are also roundish, sorting medium-sized upright ears, black noses, and blackish eyes. An Ailuridea’s tail is long and bushy with six alternating transverse ochre rings. These tails help provide balance and excellent camouflage against their normal habitat of moss and lichen-covered trees. Their little legs are black and short with thick fur on the soles of their paws. Since they are known to reside in sometimes snowy areas, this fur serves as thermal insulation on snow-covered or icy surfaces.

For self-defense and feeding purposes the Ailuridea have strong, curved sharp semi-retractile claws that stand inward which are great for grasping narrow tree branches, leaves, and fruit. They also sport a “false thumb” which is an extension of the wrist bone. When descending a head-first, the Ailuridea rotate their ankles to control their descent which makes them one of the few climbing species to do this.


Behavior:

Ailuridae aren’t generally social creatures with beings outside of their prides making them very protective of the prides members and their territories. They avoid the Tanni, humans, as much as possible since normally when a tanni is seen they are hunters looking to hurt them. While this is the normal behavior of the older generations of Ailuridae, younger males and healers are seeking out Tanni who have been said to be kindred friendly in order to learn from them. Learning about ones enemy is often the best way to protect ones people. However this has led to many of those returning home to question their solitude in the mountains.

The family dynamic is quite simple: everyone is family and the Queen is the Mother. Most Ailuridea do not stay with one partner for life. When the True One is found, however, only the Mother can perform any of the old traditions that bind the two together. The story goes that when they reach their Age, the two will pass to the Beyond together where they will eventually be reborn to find each other again because True Ones can never be unbound once their souls are twined together. For everyone else love is mutually shared amongst the pride members.

Offspring are very rare in Ailuridea coupling. A pair can go a lifetime and never have one cub which has led to the decline in the Ailuridean population. When cubs are conceived, no more than two can be born to a mother with those being very, very rare occasion. When cubs are born it’s a time for great celebration amongst the pride with all the adults taking time to help raise him or her.

Each pride is ruled by a Queen with a triangle around her. She has a First Escort or Consort, a Steward, and a Master of the Guard and no other courts outside of them. Much like Tanni courts each position does nearly the exact same thing which is quite surprising to the few Ailuridea who venture out to see Tanni Courts. Generally, a Queen will rule for 20 years before reaching the age of retirement. This allows fresh Queens to come in to position while having an older Queen to guide them never leaving their prides without someone in charge. This chance of succession happens in three parts: The Summoning, The Trails, and The Great Migration.

A summons will be given to all Ailuridea tribes in a Realm to meet at a location that only they know about. Legend amongst these kindred is this is the spot they were first born and holds the greatest religious and historical value to them (no Tanni regardless of trust level will ever be allowed there). It’s considered a time of great celebration for the prides because it’s the only chance they all get together and exchange everything. The Queens then enter in to the Trails, long talks and negotiations of the older Queens discussing who shall be best suited for what pride regardless of where they are from. The young Queens in the running are left out of these discussions until they themselves are summoned to the council. It’s then, usually after three days, the young Queens are told where they will be going and all the old courts are dissolved with clear understanding that they will be on hand to teach whomever she picks as their replacements. This is also the time that Ailuridea also switch prides allowing fresh blood to enter in to their prides and new eyes upon how they live. New Queens are allowed to pick whoever they want as their triangle regardless of sex or where they came from. Once the Great Migration has happened they are all one pride regardless of where they came from.

Males are expected to be territory militia and pathfinders. It’s very rare for a pride to leave their territory, but they do rotate locations so not to exhaust the resources they need to survive. Pathfinders mark safe trails for the pride to follow when they do their rotations which happens every 5 years. They are highly skilled at setting boundary alarms and traps to keep the Tanni or other predators away. When cornered any of the Ailuridea are fierce fighters, but it is the males who are trained to a higher standard than the females to defend the pride at all costs.

Women in the prides are the den mothers, the gatherers, the healers, and the weavers. Even though they are also trained to be fighters their training is not as intense as the males because they are seen as the working backbone of the prides. They are the ones that gather the barks, leaves, and berries that are the staple diet to their kind. Up until the cubs offering they are the instructors making sure the little ones know their place in the pride regardless of what their Caste will be.

Ailuridea have a very particular diet: meat is not normally on the menu. Maple and beech leaves are normally part of their diet along with flowers, berries, some nuts, and bark. The only time they will eat a bird or sometimes a fish is when something in their diet is missing and it needs to be regained quickly. Most Ailuridea will eat meat once every one to two weeks depending on how active they have been. Those who have travelled to Tanni lands also speak of sweet treats that are unlike anything their prides have seen before and are often put in their places for trying to ruin the youth on such things.

Names and Naming Traditions:

Cubs aren’t generally given a name until their Birthright. The reason behind this is, since babies are so hard to produce, if a cub is lost the pain is less.

Names are generally associated with the traditions of the territory they are in. With the mixing of prides every 20 years, the lines of where one name came from or is going is often blurred. Names are generally descriptive of the Ailuridae’s markings, personality, where they were born, something they love to eat, or simply something in nature around them.

In recent years tanni names have started seeping in to their culture.

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