Furry Societarian

The societarian, one of the two dominant species of the archipelago, are easily distinguishable by an extraordinary physical trait: Individuals look starkly different from each other even within the same family, with an endless variety of possible features.   They can be divided however into five subspecies based on their skin coverage. These are the featheries, covered in plumage, furries, covered in hair, scalies with rough, sometimes hardened skin, waterland silkies with smooth, moist skin, and the segmented with hardened outsides separated by thin joints.
Furries are mammals and resemble such creatures, with an immense range of shapes and configurations.
 

Biology

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Physical Characteristics

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Portrait of a nude male furry societarian
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Furries have their bodies covered in hair, though exceptions exist for individuals with naked skin (usually classified with the informal term "Silky") or odd structures such as quills. Their hair can be coloured in any variation of black, white, yellow or orange. They characteristically have external ear structures, and females have two enlarged mammary glands on their upper chest. They can be digitigrade, plantigrade or ungulate.   Depending on their phenotype, some of them may have horns, antlers, hooves, enlarged noses, fangs or front teeth.  

Reproduction

Furries reproduce between males and females, who give birth to one live young at a time, two in rare cases. These babies are fed milk from their mothers' breasts until they are old enough to consume solids.  

Social Characteristics and Cues

Furries use their tails as a means of communication, with cues such as lifting them to demonstrate interest or excitement or stiffening them to signal anger or danger.
Most consider females' breasts as a sexually appealing body part, so they tend to have them covered at all times, baffling other subspecies of societarians.  

Geographical distribution

Furries are native to the islands of Thaur and Red Crest. Due to the Thaurian's close relationship with the Dhalmanite, many furries live in the Dhalmain Island, with some settlements being evenly distributed between them and featheries.
A sizeable group of furries of deer-related phenotypes live and govern the mainly scaly island of Karte.  

Culture

Identity

Unlike other societarian subspecies, furries don't feel their heritage to be strongly tied to their category, or to a specific background. Their amazing cultural diversity makes them identify with their town, nation or even groups them by closely related phenotypes, leaving little room for them to feel especially connected to their whole subspecies in particular.  

Clothing

Extreme physical diversity is the bane of furries at the time of designing clothing. While most small communities are quite homogenous on their phenotypes, large settlements and areas with heavy immigration have such a wide variety of shapes and characteristics that most clothing need to be individually crafted for its wearer.
Baggy shirts to be tucked under the trousers and trousers with vertical cuts on the back to fit most tails that are then sewed to the size of the owner are common. Furries are way more concerned with keeping their bodies covered than other phenotypes.  

Notable Individuals

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Queen Tesel of Merthiorn: The last queen of Merthiorn, and the first governor to die to the Rust. Her death marked the end of the Era of Alzufhar and the start of the Era of Rust.   King Naelin of Thaur: First king of Thaur, who founded this kingdom after the dissolution of Merthiorn. He is the first and only societarian to have formed a friendly and close relationship with a tetsu.   Rastapuj: Current king of Karte.   Prince Virgilim of Merthiorn: Son of Queen Tesel, and first prince of the Principality of Red Crest.   Heliom: Captain of the Beheaded and of the Irates, after she planned and led the Irate assault of Karte where Rastapuj's son Kuja was kidnapped and murdered as revenge for the king's War on Pirates.   Adikari: Main singer and leader of The Deep-Throated Auralists, famous auralist band from Thaur, as well as a well known actor.
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Distribution of furries in the archipelago
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Geographic Distribution
Related Organizations
Related Ethnicities
Related Myths

The deer aristocracy

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The island of Karte, almost entirely populated by scalies, has been cruelly ruled for decades by a group of furries of deer phenotypes, led by the king Rastapuj.
The horrible treatment the scalies receive from this nobility led many Kartians to be distrustful of any ungulate furry.
 
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Comments

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4 Dec, 2021 17:31

Tailoring must be SUCH a lucrative business in the city! Even if a generalized clothing style is available, there's got to be so much work involved in individually crafted or fitted outfits for every age and shape furry, dang.


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15 Jan, 2022 18:20

Oh boy, tailoring is a lucrative business almost everywhere in the archipelago! Very few places have their population fit into really standardized clothing (mostly places with scalies). I'd say waterland silkies are the worst to make 1-shape-fits-all clothing, but thankfully waterlands don't really care much about clothes, to begin with.

4 Dec, 2021 18:31

Awww Nancy spotlight! I'd like to know more about how the phenotypes are transmitted. You write that societarians can be vastly different even inside the same family, but the fact that they group together by related phenotypes makes me think that they might tend to form families within similar phenotypes too. Is let's say an ungulate couple more likely to produce ungulate offspring? Can two goat phenotypes have a cat baby?

4 Dec, 2021 19:05

Indeed! I plan on re-doing the entire Societarian article to explain more how the entire thing works (I may be doing it in inverse order whoops)   Societarians can only reproduce with relatively close phenotypes (say, a goat may produce offspring with a deer, but not with a fox or a kangaroo) and their offspring will likely be of a phenotype similar to their parents (An antelope? Sheep? Moose? It's a surprise for everyone!)   Small and middle settlements usually group similar people, of maybe two or three groups (like Bregos, where people are ungulates, with some lagomorphs and felids around), but big cities have almost everything, making people in metropolis way more likely to adopt kids (or use find-a-male services) as they end up getting incompatible partners.

4 Dec, 2021 19:10

Ohhhh nice :) Thank you!

7 Dec, 2021 23:33

Is... is Irate just pirate without a 'p'? Have I only just noticed that?   I like that you've put thought into how clothes would be crafted for all these different furries. Must be an interesting business in the city! I like how the clothes also cause some bafflement to other societarians.

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8 Dec, 2021 16:38

Yes... yes it is. It's also a pun on the idea of them being irate (as in wrathful) :p   Thank you Doc <3 I think figuring out "so huh, how would this work for these folk?" is my favourite part of anything related to furries :p

6 Jan, 2022 02:51

I like how thorough your article is. It's got so much detail that I feel obligated to look at more, haha! :)

15 Jan, 2022 18:23

Thank you very much Hiyami, and thank you for your review on your reading challenge!