The bisiks are small mammals native to thewho became common pets and farm animals across all Hislariya in the last 300 years.
Be careful in the forest, those bisiks are crazy and will jump at your neck too if given the chanceThe bisiks are small carnivores of a body length variable between 50 and 70 cm, with a muscular, flexible body, armed with powerful back legs and strong clawed paws that allow them to be excellent climbers. From their mouth, even when closed, is visible the upper pair of sharp canines with which they finish their prey, usually with a bite at the neck. They are ambush predators and, in nature, prey on smaller mammals and birds that they attack from perches on tree branches, aided by the efficient camouflage provided by their maculated or striped coat on a golden agouti to black base.
In the wild, they form groups (clouds) of around 10-50 individuals who protect together a wide hunting territory and the nesting spots. Among them, they communicate with purrs and trills when content and hisses when upset and menacing, but they are usually quiet pets. During the mating season, the cloud joins together and forms loose mating groups of 2-5 individuals all of which contribute to the preparation of the nest and share it after finished for the whole period until the cubs are old enough to feed themselves. Usually, these groups are formed by one or two fertile females and 1-3 males or non reproductive females that all mate with her and contribute to the feeding and education of the cubs. After the mating, the cloud territory shrinks to a small area surrounding the nests, in order to add the protection of the larger group to all the newborns. The female gives birth once a year, usually at the start of the warm season, to one to three cubs who are dependent on the adults for the first three months of age. The females who don't reproduce still go into hormonal changes that consent them to lactate and, if needed, feed the newborns of their nest (and on some occasions, others too).
by Irene Chan
Get your paws away from the curtain, Pepper, or I'll send you back to the ship!The reason for their success as domestic animals is their playful and friendly temperament and the extremely soft fur that can be carded and spun to be used as a textile fiber. Intense artificial selection in the past centuries created a wide range of colorations that goes from pure white (the most commonly bred on farms) to solid gold, red, silver, black, and any combination of the above, with or without the markings typical of the wild ancestors. A variety of breeds are recognized and selected in purity. Some of them are production breeds and are selected for the quality and coloration of the coat and the mild temperament when kept in large groups, while others are selected for their playfulness, attractive patterns of colour and softness of the fur, and affinity to the sapient species. Two breeds have been specifically selected for their lack of fear for the water and are commonly kept onboard vessels along with the Varil ferret to control the population of rodents.
Bisiks in the language and symbolism
Male: buck Female: dam Young: cub Collective name: a cloud
by Annie Spratt
Hottest Spices' BisiksYarik and the other Therapists share, somewhat reluctantly, their living spaces with two adult bisiks and their cubs. The first to enter their life was Blue, a female with a strikingly soft silver blue coat, who one day materialized out of the Senses Chest in the arms of a speechless Yarik. A year later, when Tarvan was brought unconscious to the shop, one of the ship's bisiks snuck in with the small procession and hid in the caves for 3 days before Sonqui discovered him while stocking the cellars. In the chaos of those days, it didn't occur to the therapists that they were housing a young and healthy couple of mischief breeders and it was only when Blue's belly started to show that they realized their oversight. Now Blue and her mate Pepper have been joined by their cubs: the black Midnight and the ginger Pumpkin.
Hottest Spices Living QuartersHome of Blue's family, and their people.
Because of the fact that bisiks females nest with several mating partners, including other females, the animal is used as a symbol by both the sapphic and the polyamorous communities in Hislariya. Women attracted to women or feminine people are often referred to as bisiks, sometimes in a dispregiative connotation, but more often as a playful euphemism inside the community. In the more affluent circles it is common for women looking for female company to wear pendants with green round gems to symbolize the bisik's eye, as a discreete signal to potential partners. Polyamorous stable relationships are called "nests" in the community and people in any kind of open relationship commonly wear braided bracelets made out of bisik's wool, often in different colours to further specify their inclinations.