member of the Mustelinae
family of animals, the Stogan
is a long-tailed cousin of the Stoat or Weasel; native to the Ajda-Donesh Basin
(including both the Ajda Wet Forest
and the Donesh Dry Forest
, but expcluding Nang Kap'ahu Delta
) they're ellusive creatures oven hunted for their fur. In recent decades, however, they've become popular childrens' pets due to their size, demeanor, and general trainability.
Anatomy & Appearance
Generally described as being about the width of two arms placed together, and as long as your arm from fingertip to shoulder, Stoagans are fairly uniform in appearance across both the 23 known wild species, as well as the 5 domesticated breeds.
Stoagans have an elongated neck with a far-set head that's generally larger than that of its cousins, topped with two small rounded ears. Eyes are typically round, and black or honey in color- and the nose is typically framed by 6 long whiskers on each side, typically grey or black in color.
A Stoagan's body is near perfectly cylindrical, with no bulging in the midsection. Back legs are powerfully muscled, while front legs are slender. Both end in a set of non-retractable claws that are large compared to the size of their paws- each of which has 6 toes. Coloration in wild populaces is a marbled brown fur, spotted through with white or cream. In the 5 domesticly bred Stoagan types, however, patterns range from a solid to striped, while colors range from blonde and tawny fawn to black.
Incredibly intelligent and resourceful creatures, Stoagans are easy to train and take easily to domestic life even when caught in the wild. Temperamentally they tend to be calm and inquisitive, and enjoy routine play with caretakers. As natural climbers and scramblers, however, many keepers find it difficult to provide them with adequate climbing space.