Winged Monkeys | E. Christopher Clark

Winged Monkeys

Winged Monkeys are a species of mechanical mammals native to the Edenian land of Oz. First created by Winkie engineers during the Wander Years between the First and Second Ages, these sly simians have long since abandoned the lab from whence they came. Capable of reproducing on their own, they have spread their mischievous ways far and wide and become beloved pets of families across Eden.

 

Beloved by children, at least.

 

That said, the devoted service of winged monkeys to the wicked witches Mombí and Elavaris during the Second Age still lingers in the minds of many halflings. And so, the species and their adoration of the Golden Cap remain the subject of great debate across much of the west.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Winged monkeys are four-limbed artificial primates. They are capable of walking on four legs or just two, and have a pair of wings on their back and a cute li’l tail sprouting from their backside.

Genetics and Reproduction

The Winkies who created the first generation of winged monkeys challenged themselves to create a fully functional reproductive system within these oh-so-precious primates. Because of this, winged monkeys are able to procreate on their own—in much the same way that their non-mechanical and non-winged cousins can.

 

The only real difference is the ability of the male winged monkey to decide—via a mental command send to the testes—whether or not the sperm he produces will contain the Y chromosome.

 

Pregnancy lasts 160–180 days, after which the mother delivers 1–2 children. Though their Winkie creators originally programmed them to be capable of bearing only singletons, winged monkeys have been producing twins for decades now. Life, as Ian Malcolm once told us, finds a way.

Growth Rate & Stages

After birth, the very young cling to their mother’s breast for several days. Once they’ve grown a bit, they move to mama’s back. And after several weeks of clinging, they began to ambulate on their own.

 

Juvelines become fully mature after 8 years.

Ecology and Habitats

Winged monkeys prefer the wooded places of the world, and despite their wings actually prefer to live life as non-synthetic simians might. They enjoy climbing trees, swinging from vines, and foraging the forest floor for things to eat.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Winged monkeys are omnivorous, able to convert just about anything that they can fit into their mouths into fuel.

Behaviour

Winged monkeys delight in playing tricks—both on themselves and on the beings they share the world with. They believe that mischief makes them smarter, and that it keeps their instincts sharp. Modern individuals know that a keen mind is essential in overcoming the species’ obsession with shiny things—gold chief among them.

 

Winged monkeys understand all too well that it’s only a matter of time before another bad actor shows up and attempts to subjugate them the way that the wicked witches did. And they want to be ready the next time that fate befalls them.

Scientific Name
Simia mechanica
Lifespan
25-30 years
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Average Height
3' 4"
Average Weight
60 lbs
Geographic Distribution
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Jul 3, 2023 20:11

They want to be ready when someone will want to subjugate them again. Does that mean they are ready to resist subjugation?

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Jul 3, 2023 20:48 by E. Christopher Clark

I think so. I think they’ve had enough of that in the past.

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Jul 3, 2023 20:12

Really nicely written article. I like the idea of a mechanical created species, capable to reproduce on their own, and leaving their creators behind. Also it feels like those monkeys could cause quite a lot of chaos around them.

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Jul 3, 2023 20:49 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you! I have art that I’m itching to add to it. And yes, I imagine them causing all sorts of chaos.

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Jul 5, 2023 10:10 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Aw I like this version of these monkeys. Normally they're just characterised as evil.   It's fun that they can reproduce. :D

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Jul 5, 2023 10:42 by E. Christopher Clark

Aw, thank you. Yeah, I knew from early-on that I didn’t want to make them inherently evil. They’re just victims of a megalomaniac (The Wizard) like a lot of other people in Oz.

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Jul 6, 2023 12:40 by Chris L

As I was reading I wondered if they reproduced. You, of course had the answer for me! Very cool for they're a constructed species. Fun article Chris!


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Jul 6, 2023 12:46 by E. Christopher Clark

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Jul 10, 2023 12:52 by Polina "Line" Arteev

I love that they just continue regular monkey activities, despite having wings! And the line, "able to convert just about anything that they can fit into their mouths into fuel" got a chuckle out of me. These are some fun and funky little dudes! :D


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Jul 10, 2023 16:53 by E. Christopher Clark

Aw, thanks! I've got an illustration coming, once I've got some time.

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Jul 10, 2023 18:32

I've always loved the winged monkeys! Nice to know they were invented by halflings because I have always loved halflings as well lol.

Jul 10, 2023 23:42 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks! Yes, I can't wait to do more with them. And I really enjoy tying things together like this, so I'm always glad to hear that readers dig it as well.

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Jul 12, 2023 13:23

So weird to have mechanical creatures reproduce :p Funny idea and nicely worked out!

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Jul 12, 2023 16:58 by E. Christopher Clark

Yeah, I thought that would make them suitably weird for this world. Thanks for reading!

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