I've decided to make this creature into a species, so I've made some small changes to a few of it's details, and a copy of this picture will be used in the ref. It will belong to the same story universe as the Zheghote [link]
, Dhur [link]
, Sahrukin [link]
, Rhynt [link]
, Missia [link]
, Hyrony [link]
, Brice [link]
, Olman [link]
and possibly Owlmus [link]
(etc). Because this species will be historically of human/mixed species origin, I will not be using it in any crossbreeding games.
Out of curiosity, I put my name through an anagram generator and google/wiki searched what results I didn't know. Then, out of being a glutton for self-punishment, I made a chimera of the 18 animals present or implied in the results:
Jackal (tail brush, back fur), Lion (beardy chin, body & paw structure), Auk (face markings, mouth corners, part of paw structure, foot webbing), koi (markings, barbels), Koala (nose, ear & chest fluff, two opposable thumbs), Lac beetle (antennae, black claws & tarsal pads behind feet), Anoa (horns, neck/cheek markings, dew hooves on hindfeet), Junco (head/neck colour, white feathers edging tail), Koulan (ears, flank markings, mane), Ancona (feathers on tail brush, foot scales, ear-wattles), Jiao* (back scutes, flank/belly scales), Kina (spines in neck mane, some body scales hexagonal), Laika** (face markings, short curly/wavy body coat), Unal (elbow/hock fur which is rough & algae-covered like a sloths, foot pads, syndactyl claws on forefoot), Uncia (back/shoulder/face markings, whiskers), Oulakan (colour of flank & body scales).
Plus luna (moth spots on the elbows***), lanolin (woolly head & neck) & Oink/Kali (pig bristles fringing crocodile scutes along back).
Whatever these critters call themselves, they live in clans administered through an Aulic court, speak a mix of Joual, Caolo & Louk, and write in Uncial and Kana script. The religious ones believe they have a Ka, worship Luna (thogh some follow Kali), and use Ikons, Koans, Alanui and Jnana Yoga concepts in their philosophy and practices. They live in Cajon-type dwellings built over burrows or in front of clifftop caves. When not out hunting/fishing/gathering sap and eucalypt leaves they grow cashews, acorns, Kola herb, Calalu seed, Canola, Oca yams, Oka sorrel in canal-watered patches, and brew Calla (heather) & Liana (ivy) into an a cola-like beer. Their bands traditionally sing kai-style, accompanies by the Cajon and the Auloi. Their travelling nuns, corporals and ancillas appreciate cajun food when visiting inns, though if things get rowdy most of them know a few Ninja skills to get them out of trouble - or even out of jail, if nescessary. This usually to happen to the cullions among them, most like to give the impression of being a true Jannock.
& if you want to know what half of this means, you have Google & Wiki
This was a bit of a headache to put together coherently (for example: finding good places to stick the sea urchin bits..), but I think I scraped it through. If you think you really need to try this at home, a good anagram generator is here
. (I reccomend going to advanced settings & selecting candidate words only - and if you really want to torture yourself, also set it on English/obsucre words)
* A chinese water dragon, said to be based on the crocodile [ Link
** the dog breed [ Link
], and the dog.
*** which I've probably gotten wrong since I didn't have a ref in my books or hd. It's late, and I'll fix it up later. Same for the black Snow leopard whiskers.
Fineliner pen, sharpies, coloured pencils, felt-tips, correction pen & Photoshop Essentials 2
You can see the traditional media scan of it here
, and an updated version here
Put in under fantasy since I'm not 100% sure what category is better for it.