Tarvix

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  • Thread Prefix: Canon
  • Name: Tarvix
  • Biology: The tarvix is a domesticated beast common throughout Arbooine. This arboreal mammal has four small eyes toward the front of its squat head, although it depends more on its acute sense of smell to find its way. It has a thick coat of dark bristles, which offers some degree of protection against bearsloths and other predators. Although not particularly fast, tarvixes are tough and dependable, and just as adept at scaling trees as walking on the forest floor. They come in two sizes - Common and Miniature, with the former being used a mounts and beats of burden, and the latter acting as hunting animals or as household pets.
  • Breeding: Tarvix are similar to common dogs in their breeding habits, with sexual maturity being reached between the ages of 6 to 12 months. As domesticated animals, they have been bred to have a higher libido than their ancestors over the generations, leading to steady reproduction cycles if left to their own devices in mated pairs. Average littler is 5-6 pups.
  • Strengths: A keen sense of smell, thick, bristled coat, high levels of endurance, easy movement horizontally and vertically.
  • Weaknesses: Poor eyesight, slow moving speed, pack dependent nature.
  • Diet: Despite having a ferocious appearance, Tarvix are herbivores, sustaining themselves mostly on leaves, nuts, and hanging fruit.
  • Behavior/Temperament: Tarvix are loyal, pack-minded creatures, and are inheriently sociable both among themselves and with their Sathari keepers. Though their temperament ranges across the wide gamut of emotions, they are all highly trainable if started at a young age, and even those with the wildest of hairs can become competent work-creatures and loving pets.
  • Communication: Grunts, growls, barks and hisses.
  • History: The tarvix is a native Arbooinian creature that the Sathari domesticated for use as a riding and pack animal thousands of years ago. Found early on to be easily trainable a pack-oriented, Sathari quickly developed methods to use this to their advantage, and eventually train and breed the animals into the domestic and helpful animals they are today. A Tarvix is a Sathari's best friend.
  • Planet: Arboonie
  • Intent: The Tarvix is a race of creatures specifically from the same book (Chronicles of the Gatekeeper) that the Sathari stem from. The intent of this submission is to provide a suitable mount/hunting companion for Sathari characters.
 
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Hi @Yollm! Great job on your first species submission.

I have a question: What separates this submission from the canon (actually, it would be Legends) counterpart? Did you add any new information? Or can all of this information be found on a Wookieepedia article?

If your answer to the last question is yes, I would recommend not making a submission here for it. The only time I really accept canon/Legends species is when the history or biology of said submission is radically different from its canon/Legends counterpart. That being said, you're free to add content to this submission; but if your intent is to just use this Tarvix species as a mount, then I would suggest just sticking to the Wookieepedia article for the time being.
 

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Hello! I did actually make a few changes, especially from the Wookieepedia article itself. Though the Wookieepedia article says that Tarvix are carnivorous, I consutled the Chronicles of the Gtaekeeper book itself, and found that they are referred to as "harmless herbivores", so I changed that in my submission to reflect it. I also separated the Tarvix into two subspecies, the large mounted version and a smaller "miniature" version that's the size of a hunting hound, used alongside trained hunters, since my intent was to give my PC Ocha a companion animal.
 

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