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Scyll

Elyis' stomach turned as he looked over the edge of the city. The desert looked a long way down from here. "Very far down," his guide confirmed. "About four thousand six hundred Units, actually. You'd be dead from this height. Well, you would without wings." They smirked and flexed their own wings as they said this.
Elyis groaned and shook his head. "Let's just go inside."

Basic Information

Anatomy & Morphology

Scyll are a bipedal, hermaphroditic, mammalian species with bilateral symmetry. They have two patagial (bat-like) wings on their back as well as two arms and two legs. Their bones are hollow to allow for easier flight, and they have no outer ears, only two holes on each side of their head, which can be opened and closed with a hinge-like muscle. Their blood is a vanadium compound that is yellow in color.

Genetics and Reproduction

Scyll are a hermaphroditic species, but still require two beings to reproduce. Scyll partners usually take turns being pregnant, and the gestation period lasts about 2 Standard Years (0.9 Scyll Years), after which the pregnant Scyll gives live birth.

Growth Rate & Stages

A Scyll pregnant for the first time will almost always bear a single infant. It is believed this reduced strain on the body for the first pregnancy as the body is not used to providing for additional beings. After the first pregnancy, Scyll infants (or pups) are born in groups of two or three. They are unable to eat any food except milk for 1.1 Standard Years (half a Scyll year), after which they may begin a normal diet of bugs and plants. Scyll pups are considered to have reached the adolescent stage when they are able to fly on their own (usually after 20 Standard Years or 9 Scyll years). Adulthood is reached after about 33 Standard Years(15 Scyll Years).

Dietary Needs and Habits

The Scyll are an omnivorous species. Their most common foods in their diets are from the large bugs and cacti native to the swamps and deserts of Nimbus.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Perceptive Sight: Can only see in the Irisian ("Visible") Light Spectrum, but can recognize faces and other details from 1 hectaunit (102 meters) away.
Perceptive Smell: Scyll have about 75 million olfactory receptors. They are one of the only species that can tell pregnancy just by scent.
Basic Hearing: Can hear frequencies from 1,000-100,000 Hz, but have difficulty hearing softer sounds due to not having traditional outer ears.
Basic Touch: Can detect textures down to 1 mircounit (10-6 meters)

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Last names tend to have to do with occupation, and change based on a Scyll's job. Examples include LeTocin (the doctor), LeMupro (the solider), and LeHosa (the priest) . Last names may also be ceremonial or titular. For example, Fulnine (lightning user) had the last name Vulind (from the swamp/marsh) before he created the Windpipe .   Fifteen Most Common Scyll Names

  1. Balae
  2. Fulsi
  3. Alici
  4. Ilant
  5. Mana
  6. Vulae
  7. Musi
  8. Remie
  9. Noial
  10. Banit
  11. Windi
  12. Reini
  13. Alia
  14. Rubirie
  15. Comu

Beauty Ideals

In general, darker skin is considered to be more healthy-looking. Healthy wings (in terms of cleanliness and muscle health) are also considered very distinguished and desirable.

Courtship Ideals

Dating among younger people has become more common since The Warphole Convention and other planetary influences have spread to Nimbus. However, it still does not tend to lead to marriage, due to the strong tradition of Bondra, or Scyll arragned marriage.

Common Dress Code

  • Bright colors in general are very desired1. The brighter the better, in both clothes and makeup.
  • Gold and copper makeup foundation are used to make the skin look darker/more "healthy"

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

  • Demura , the Scyll process of mummification

Historical Figures

Daufine Asure

Common Myths and Legends

The Separation Tale

1: There is a theory that this stems from the time when only the wealthy could afford dye.
Scyll
by Alex
Scientific Name
Mammalia Vesperti scylus
Lifespan
90 Standard Years (93 Human Years)
Average Height
5'2"
Average Weight
95 lbs.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Skin: Scyll tend to have darker skin tones due to their desert evolution.
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Ebony
  • Pale (Very rare, and associated with skin diseases)
Eyes:
  • Grey
  • Orange
  • Light Blue
  • Brown
  • Hazel
  • Green (very rare)
Hair: Scyll have a similar hair color selection to humans, though it can be hard to tell as, like humans, Scyll may dye their hair for fun or fashion.
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Purple
  • White
  • Red (rare)
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Author's Notes

A note about pronunciation: Scyll is pronounced "shill".


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