Thursday, December 29, 2011

World Creation & the Nature of Scurries

Before we begin the adventures of Theo Bramblerun, I thought it best to post some short introductions to the world of Zéaon. We'll start with what scurries are this is of pivotal importance, as Theo is a scurry then we'll move onto a description of a traditional scurry instrument, the lyro.

- SCURRIES -

Avg. Height:

4'0" - 5'6"


Avg. Weight:

75 - 110 lbs.

Eyes:

black


Fur Color:

mahogany to dark henna

Shorter on average than a human, scurries resemble bipedal squirrels with opposable thumbs. Scurry fur coloring ranges from a deep mahogany, to a light maroon, though black and shades of grey exist, they are rather rare. They are nimble of foot and light of bone, and are skillful opponents when it comes to swordplay, due to this dexterity and nimbleness. Using combinations of acrobatics and leaping, they jump and scamper about their opponents. The worst scurry swordsman could probably defeat a trained human swordsman. With the aid of their powerful hind legs, scurries can perform leaps that would leave other races far behind, while their tails allow them the balance to put many circus performers to shame. A scurries tail is a point of pride, with many scurries braiding, trimming or otherwise decorating their tails.

Scurry speech is often high pitched and concise, a throwback to their small relatives. Scurry society is split into two factions, those that still live in their sylvan homelands and those who have left the old ways behind and now prefer to live in cities. Some degree of animosity exists between these two parties of beliefs. Very few scurry families have lived in cities for more than one generation.

Scurry diets consist largely of fruit, vegetables, nuts and grains, meat being distasteful to most scurries, is usually not eaten. Fruit and vegetable juices are popular, though alcohol is finding its way into the hearts and palates of many a city scurry.


- THE SCURRY LYRO -

The scurry lyro is a unique instrument that required deft hands and a scurry’s palm. The instrument is a combination stringed instrument and a woodwind. There are numerous holes in the lyro, some for the notes of the flute-like portion, and the resonating hole of the stringed instrument. A thin, flexible strip of wood blocks the resonating hole when the flute is being played and can be slid aside, using the thumbs, to allow the playing of the full sound potential of the strings. The flute is played by using the pads of the scurry’s hands to block certain holes, thereby achieving certain notes. This makes it very challenging for a human to play the lyro, simply for lack of pads. The fingers of both hands wrap up over the top of the instrument and can play the short-strings.


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