Popokee have likely survived since before the fall, records of helpful ocean dwelling creatures touched with organic life have been recovered on prefall artifacts, leading to belief these are old world species. Popokee themselves do not keep very detailed or accurate past records, so it’s hard to collaborate details between cultures.
What little is kept from Popokee culture speaks of massive ancestral pods that once lived off the eastern coasts of the Azorian continent. Small islands in that area, uncharted by human hands are where their breed started.
Popokee are highly intelligent, gregarious creatures that have old world water dwelling mammalian traits. Size ranges from average cat up to elephant depending on location and family line. There is no Sexual dimorphism in this species, males, females and rebis will all have the same external physical traits.
While not completely capable of human speech, Popokee are able to mimic some human words on a limited basis. Popokee are highly sapient, understand common language and interact with other species readily.
They live in social pods of twenty or more individuals, mixing direct family and outsiders into one large family group in the wild. Pods do not shift out mature young, instead allow them to stay as part of the family group as long as they wish, individuals that leave do so on their own whims. Popokee are relatively new to human based cities, still preferring to drift into wild spaces. Those that have settled in major cities stick with a few other Popokee either by family line, or as very closely bounded friends.
Popokee communication is very nuanced clicks, chirps and groans. Touching faces together is part of their deep social bonds, which extended even more interpersonal dialogue.
Popokee eat a mixed diet, consuming anything from local plants, shrimp, shellfish, fish, shore birds and their eggs. In city based life, Popokee have a special love for cooked rice and simple sweetened desserts. Only ‘Slowfin’ Popokee variations will eat purely plankton and cooked vegetable diets.
Popokee will live to about 80, which some family pods boasting 100+ kin. Maturity is reached at 10-12.
Popokee eyes will be rounded, with very little white sclera. Pupils can be round, slightly oblong, or missing. Popokee eye color should be natural and muted, ranging from warm browns to icy grays. Eyes can also be a solid black, and Heterochromia is allowed.
All four feet of Popokee are lightly hooved, these can range from a single hoof, with flexible fleshy backside, to fingered toe points with a solid middle hoof, and cloven hooves with points. Many Popokee have a thumb like hoof point, allowing them to handle objects.
Hoof colors are dull and muted, mostly brown, grey, and tan.
Plants are a huge part of a Popokee’s personal design, these are gained just after birth, based on seeds they grow up near. Size does not need to correlate to the Popokee, a tiny wildflower can be massive, and a tree can be miniature. Plants must be naturally colored, fully black or prismatic designs will need to have the correct Magic Type Traits to pass approval.
Plants may cover any earthly species of shrub, tree, grass, flower, weed, succulent, other et cetera floral lifeforms. Plants can even be completely made up within these guidelines:
- Plants can not have animal traits, so no paws, tails, teeth, eyes or fur/scales/feathers.
- Plants must follow gravity, so no floating, or bisected designs.
- Plants must must not glow, sparkle, or include other rare traits not covered by earthly species.
- If you are unsure about your plant design when submitting a Popokee? Please link references to your plant inspirations!
Popokee have varied body types, ranging from more stocky pudge to thin streamlined forms. As long as their legs are compact and balanced compared to their body, their original landscape will shape the rest of their forms. Slow moving pods that live in warmer warm waters might have manatee like builds, while agile hunters that take down large fish off colder coasts will have narrow bodies with longer legs. This is up to designers, take the local homelands and build from there.
Along with being born with attached plants, Popokee are also born with a personal symbol tied to their inherently magical nature. These symbols can be anything from shapes, to letters, or abstract designs. While not visible at birth, they earn physical form as the Popokee ages, showing up as small floating aether marks in the air. Once physical, personal Symbols can appear near any part of a Popokee’s body, from over the head or tail, in front of the chest or along a leg or side. Personal symbols will always be a single solid color except black.