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Endorian scale-hound
« on: July 01, 2019, 12:11:45 AM »

NAME: Endorian scale-hound

DESIGNATION: Non-sentient

HOMEWORLD & DISTRIBUTION: Endor moon (homeworld), Yeldrin

COMMUNICATION: Vocalization (barks, yips, growls, yodels, howls, whines), body language -- similar to dogs and other canine species

AVERAGE HEIGHT OF ADULTS: 2 feet, 4 inches (0.71 meters) at the shoulder; twice that length from shoulder to tail-tip. Males are slightly taller and bulkier than females.

SKIN COLOR: Dusty gray

FUR COLOR: Golden base, with cream undersides.

FEATHER COLOR: Shades of vibrant blue. Hues vary from greenish teal blue to grayer steel blue.

EYE COLOR: Gray-blue

BREATHES: Oxygen (Type 1 atmosphere)

STRENGTHS:
  • Sharp pointy teeth and claws, coupled with strong jaws -- good for latching onto prey and puncturing flesh
  • Exceptional hunters, with keen senses of sight, smell and hearing to survey their surroundings. Long legs and lean, narrow bodies aid in their speed and agility for giving chase after prey.

WEAKNESSES:
  • Sensitive ears. Thunder, sirens, explosions, and other loud noises can be detrimental to their hearing and will usually frighten them away.
  • Sensitive to cold
  • Unpredictable in terms of temperament, even if domesticated. Training requires experienced handlers or owners with competence.

DISTINCTIONS: Four-legged canines with large pricked ears. In addition to their short golden fur, a top layer of brightly colored blue feathers covers the backside of their bodies, from nose to tail-tip. These feathers are akin to bird feathers, made of softer down and semiplume feathers that blend into a sleek, scale-like arrangement of contour feathers, resembling a fish or dragon scale appearance.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 10-12 years

RACES: N/A

ESTIMATED POPULATION: 350,000 (on the Endor moon). A small number of them have been captured and/or sold and shipped off-world to locations unknown.

DIET: Carnivorous

HABITAT: Savannas

HARDINESS: Comfortable at 68-86F (20-30C), as evident in their native habitat, where the climate is mild and gradual year-round. Scale-hounds can puff out their feathers to regulate body temperature, allowing warm or cool air to circulate through. However, these feathers were designed to bring temporary relief in hot temperatures, and not so efficient at maintaining total body warmth in colder temperatures, meaning scale-hounds are not adapted to snow.

REPRODUCTION: Sexual

REPRODUCTION METHOD: Live young. The female has a gestation period of 8-9 weeks (2 months) after which a litter of 3-6 pups is born. A pregnant female will establish her nest in a thicket or underground den or other well-hidden area for her pups to be born in. For the first 10 days, pups are blind and cannot open their eyes. During this time, the mother will stay in the nest with her young, eating food brought to her by the rest of the pack. Pups remain in the nest for the first few weeks of life before venturing outside to play, and shortly begin to learn hunting and territorial behavior from the rest of the pack. Pups nurse on their mother's milk and are weaned at 2 months, then begin eating semi-solid food that is regurgitated for them. At 4 months old, pups can eat entirely solid food. Scale-hounds reach sexual maturity and are fully grown around 2 years of age, but usually don't begin breeding until 3 or 4 years old.

GENERAL BEHAVIOR: Scale-hounds are monogamous. A male and female will pair together and mate for life. If one dies, the other usually takes on a new mate. In the wild, scale-hounds are social creatures that dwell and hunt in family groups. Each pack consists of a male and female "alpha" pair, plus any subordinate offspring from current or previous litters. The alpha pair is the only breeding pair within the pack. Once they reach sexual maturity, most offspring will leave their birth pack in search of a mate to start their own pack.

Scale-hounds are diurnal, hunting actively during the day. Packs are continuously on the move, traveling from place to place depending on where food and water sources are located. During rest periods, both males and females will scent mark the camp's boundaries, and members of the pack will take turns keeping watch throughout the night. The only time when large amounts of territory are secured is when the pregnant alpha female finds a suitable nest for her litter to be born in. During this time, the pack will fiercely defend their territory from intruders or any threats to the pups, maintaining close watch over their borders while sending out hunters to bring back food for the rest of the pack. Once the pups are able to travel and keep up with the rest of the adults, the territory dissolves and the pack resumes their traveling lifestyle once more.

As packs, scale-hounds pose a threat to attacking lone individuals and hunting any livestock they come across. For any wild scale-hound that has left their birth pack and is currently wandering on their own, especially having fallen on hard times in search of prey, a kind and repeated gesture of food has at times been enough to coax out and earn a scale-hound's trust, allowing them to mingle with society. It was in this manner that the first scale-hounds were domesticated and subsequently bred. If born and raised in captivity, most scale-hounds are affectionate and friendly towards people, but there is no guarantee that a domesticated scale-hound won't revert back to its wild instincts, even after several generations of captive breeding. In cases that a domesticated scale-hound turns hostile, they are usually put down, but a few may end up being sold off-world, for a price.

With most successful breedings, scale-hounds are highly loyal and devoted to their owners. Sterilization is recommended, which gets rid of a scale-hound's sexual drive to seek out a mate, instead bonding closer with their handlers. As pups, they form deep attachments with their littermates, which enhances their coordination and performance, making it more commonplace for an entire litter to be used as a team for hunting and guarding purposes. If imprinted from puppyhood, scale-hounds can even serve as effective livestock guardian dogs, fighting against their own wild counterparts to protect livestock from being eaten.

HISTORY: While most scale-hounds live undisturbed in the wild on Endor, roughly 30% have been domesticated and bred in captivity, mainly for hunting and guarding purposes. A few scale-hounds have been transported and sold off-world to other locations, where they fetch a decent price for their reputation, or as specimens of scientific study.

INTENT: To create a dog that is not quite dog, as an animal companion for Willow Ryden. To add to Endor's list of wildlife and give characters another animal species to interact with.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2019, 06:15:38 AM by Phantom Force »

Offline Asellus Sunstalker

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