Anatomy & Appearance
The Echo Mau is similar in similar in size, shape, and anatomy to the domestic House Cat; it shares its distinctive coat, flexible body style and shape, long tail, and retractable claws. It distinctly lacks the tentacles of the Displacer Beast half, however- though not its extra set of legs. Additionally, it has a third eye in the center of its forehead. They are likewise slightly larger and heavier, and live slightly longer, than the average House Cat.
The average lifespan for an Echo Mau ranges between 15 and 25 years. Size wise, they average approximately 2 to 3.5 feet (or 61 to 107 cm) in height, and 2 to 3 feet (61 to 92 cm) in length without the inclusion of their tail length, as they have longer tails than House Cats. And because of their increased size, they can weight between 11 and 22 lbs (5 to 10 kg)- often greater.
Like House Cats, Echo Maus have significantly increased vision, sight, and smell- including well developed Night Vision. In addition to this, they also possess Dark Vision from their magical origin in Displacer Beasts, though it is slightly limited to a range of 15 feet. They are also crepuscular, being most active at the hours of Dawn and Dusk.
Similarly to Displacer Beasts, they can bend light using their 3rd eye, in a way that makes it appear as if they are between 1 and 3 feet (30 to 92 cm) away from their current location. Since this ability is reliant on sight from their third eye, however, it is limited to spaces they can immediately see. Unlike Displacer Beasts, however, they are also
capable of "Blinking", or teleporting, the short distance to their projected location.
In owing to their suspected origins among the Sa'Avi
, Echo Maus have remained a staple pet in most high society households throughout Saleh'Alire. It is a common trend to give them as a betrothal gift in arranged political marriages, especially, as a sort of light-hearted joke that one hopes the couple will grow fond of one another and at least develop a playful relationship. This is owed in large part to the Echo Mau's own incredibly playful nature; they are high energy pets known for their mischievous love of both play and playing tricks
on their owners. This has led to their association with such betrothals because, like such marriages, an Echo Mau takes much work to reach an equilibrium that brings joy to both parties rather than neverending misery ... And an unprepared ownership of an Echo Mau can certainly be a misery of a unique type.