Species Profile: Fiscet

Physical Characteristics

Fiscets are slender creatures who stand at about 1.8 meters tall, with slick, dark fur that puffs out, making them look wider—though they still look quite thin. Their snout is pointed forward and their ears are long and thin and stiff, and their eyes are slanted horizontally making them look narrow. The fur on their head is thinner than their body, which is slick and soft, while their appendages are can be both or in the middle. Their tail has the bushiest fur and looks nearly as wide as their torso, but where the tail connects to the torso has a small section without fur, showing the tail is thinner than their arms.

Fiscets have sharp claws, somewhat small, but from the back of their hands they have three long sickle-like claw growths that extend over their hands and are used for fighting. They’re known for being nimble and quick and their sickle claws can slice with ease, but only the tips are sharp and they don’t penetrate deep. The claws on their feet, on the other hand, can stick and rip into flesh. The average lifespan for a fiscet is about 50 years—the sickle growths continue to grow throughout their lives until near this age, after which it can become brittle and snap off.

History and Culture

Hailing from the northwestern area of Zhop’s single huge continent, fiscets have historically been ignored by other species. Many see them as savages. Fiscets have been content to ignore most of the planet and their technology, though some have struck out into other lands and they’ve proven quick learners.

Even in fiscet lands, though, they’re separated, each tribe tending to ignore each other—they’ll acknowledge one another but avoid interaction, whether peaceful or in fighting. Fiscets are proud in fighting, though, and on the rare occasion there is a fight among tribes it is usually settled in a one-on-one fight. When fighting a fiscet may signal their surrender by locking their hand claws together, signifying they won’t attack.

Fiscet fur determines rank—the darker the color, the lower the rank. Pure black fur is the lowest of ranks, while lighter mahogany colors have higher ranks. Mating is tied into fur color as well—it’s rare and even looked down upon to mate with fiscets of the same social standing. This is sometimes waved away by saying one fiscet has slightly lighter or darker fur. Fiscet courtship involves a mock fight wherein the objective is for the lower-ranked fiscet to give the relinquishing sign of locked claws, signifying it gives up the fight and gives themself to their mate.