PernWorld FAQ

WHAT ANIMALS ARE THERE ON PERN?

Please ask a wizard or the BeastCraft Master to set the race on any animal puppets you may be using. To play an animal with no race attribute set is not allowed as the animal may be @dested if it causes any trouble. Large animals
such as watch whers, wherry, runnerbeasts and herdbeasts are not welcome in most 'indoor' locations such as living caverns, great halls, etc. and must be kept in 'outdoor' rooms. If there are complaints about misuse of animal puppets, such as threatening people or having runners or whers attack people for no reason or used to intimidate people, the animal may ICly be 'put down' for public safety (OOCly a wizard @dests the problem animal). If you have an idea for a new species, present it to the craft wizard(s) and BeastCraft Master and it may be added if it looks like it would be a logical species for Pern. Be sure that you include what kind of habitat it lives in, what it eats, etc.
Animals do not talk and must remain IC at all times. Some avians might mimic human speach, but cannot have conversations that would require human reasoning ability.

The following animals are defined on Pern.

Avians

Wild Fowl: A small edible avian resembling its ancestor the terrian ring-neck quail.

Geese: A long necked, domestic avian known to be bad tempered, but quite tasty if cooked properly. They are not common, due to the difficulty in raising them.

Chickens: Small domestic avians used for both meat and eggs. Not common due to difficulty in raising them, but can be found in places like Southern Boll Hold. More common in this timeline due to improved animal husbandry pracitces.

Duck: Domestic water fowl that are not common due to difficulty in raising them.

Native Avians: Small to medium sized wild avians. They are natives of Pern and have two legs, two small forearms and wings. They come in a variety of colors and species.

Gryphhawks: A preditory avian species resembling a hawk sized gryphon with faceted eyes, protofeathers (rather then fur) and ranging from light blue-grey to dark brown in color. Known to nest high in Skybroom trees in hollows or holes. Trainable like terran falcons for hunting. Also found in nests high in the mountains. (fan created)

Mammals

Domestic Mustelid (Ferret): Small, flexible, long bodied mammals used to hunt tunnelsnakes. Curious and fearless. Also ICly called Ferrets or Tunnelcats..sometimes even tunnelrunners cause they like chasing tunnelsnakes down their holes..

Domestic Feline: Descendants of the Terran tabby-cat, but about twice as big. Useful in controling the numbers of tunnelsnakes. ICly called felines or cats.

Domestic Canine: Descendants of the Terran dog. Used to guard homes, herd livestock, turn spits or even as small pack animals. They also help keep vermin like tunnelsnakes out of holds and homes. ICly called canines or dogs.

Runnerbeast: The descendant of the Terran horse. Used as transportation and as pack animals mostly. See 'news runners' for more. Icly called runner, runnerbeast, horse or even equines.

Draftbeast: Descendants of the Shire Draft horse. Big heavy beasts with mild temperments. ICly called Draftbeast, draft runner, draft runnerbeast, draft horse or just drafts.

Draybeast: Descendants of the Terran donkey. ICly called Draybeasts, donkeys, burros, asses or jacks.

Burdenbeast: Descendants of the Terran llama. Used for both pack animals and for wool production. ICly called Burdenbeasts or llamas.

Bovine: A type of herdbeast descended from Terran cattle. There are both milk and beef cattle. ICly called bovines, cattle, cows, herdbeasts or whatever the locals yell at them when they break down a fence. ;)

Ovine: A type of herdbeast descended from Terran sheep. Used for meat, wool and milk. ICly called either ovines or sheep. Males are called rams and females are called ewes.

Caprine: A type of herdbeast descended from Terran dairy and meat goats. Used these days for milk, meat and wool...as well as for keeping brush down in areas where brushfires are a problem. Called caprines or goats. Males are called bucks and females does.

Porcine: A type of small herdbeast descended from Terran swine. Not as common as other types of herdbeasts, soo the meat is concidered a treat. ICly called porcine or just pigs or hogs. Males are called boars and females are called sows.

Wild Canines: Huge wild descendants of feral canines left behind when the colonists moved to the northern continent. Found only on the southern continent.

Southern Spotted Wild Feline: Found only on the southern continent, these large wild felines and extremly dangerous and untamable. They are descendants of Terran cheetahs that were given Mentasynth to make them more empathic, but the affects of Mentasynth on felines made them a danger to human and animal alike. CANNOT be tamed or kept as pets. Can sometimes carry dangerous diseases that can be transmited to humans. ICly called wild felines, big felines, cheetahs, spotted felines or such. (Not to be confused with domestic felines that have gone feral, which are not wild, but feral felines.)

Fallabouts: When grown, they are the size of a softball when curled up, they have litters of babies all six legged and with an armored back like an armadillo, when disturbed, they curl up and drop, like a pill bug, also emitting a rather nasty smell, which can get on you and is hard to remove, thus you can see the fun boys would have going fallabouting :) They tend to move on colonies, though its usually related females. Once danger has passed, they crawl off lugging back up the closest tree, and the smell their feet leave behind is what causes them to follow the others, as they have terrible eyesight. (fan created)

Grapplers: The animal is tiny, perhaps five pounds in weight. It has thick, but extremely sleek hair. It has a large, rounded head, with disproportiantly large eyes. Eyes so large, in fact, that they can't even turn in the socket. Because of this, it's head swivels around constantly, searching, searching, for danger. It has six small, thin legs, which are, nontheless, very strong. On the end of each leg, there is a small paw, which is almost like a human hand, but less limber, and capped with hooked claws. They ar not slashing claws, however. Instead, they look more like they were designed for climbing. It has a long, slender tail, that whips back and forth through the air. (fan created)

Kytes: About 17 cm long and light gray with a darker dorsal strip from head to back. They have medium, triangular ears and large eyes with a rounded, flatish snout with a petite nose. They have a light underside and bushy tail. They glide by leaping and spreading all six legs out, sails connecting each leg so they're kite shaped. Their nimble paws are webbed for more control when they glide. They have three fingers on each hand. They love sap from certain trees in the tropical forests where they live and also eat insects and blossoms. At most they can glide about 150 ft. They bond easily and need constant attention if kept as pets, as well as special necessities such as food sources, etc. They are mostly nocturnal. Their eyes, like many of Pern, are faceted. They nest in hollow trees and the like. They breed year round with a gestation period of about 16 days with 1-3 offspring. (fan created)

Insects

Crawlers: A sorta small, six-legged, gecko looking creature that crawls along walls and even ceilings with their sticky little feet.

Sandworms: The sandworm of Igen. Ugly, grublike creatures known for the fact that they eat thread. It is believed that grubs were bred from them by some.

Grubs: Lumpy, furry little grubs that have spread throughout the southern continent. They are known both for their eatting of thread and their benifical affect on the plants around them.

Fly-by: A small flying insect much like a gnat.

Leeches: A blood sucking worm found in slow moving water.

Flies: Small insects much like the housefly, but built differently. Tend to bite like biting flies though.

Wrigglers: Native worms much like earthworms.

Trundlebugs: A useful insect that eats parasites, turns the soil and acts as a pollinator. They have the most elaborate color camouflage of all the insects found on Pern and come in many colors.

Fireflies: A small winged beetle whose abdomen glows with a luminescent light. Looks a bit like Terran fireflies, but tend to glow in different colors.

VTOLS: A sort of furry insect with double pairs of wings. The discoverers of these insects named them VTOLS (for 'Vertical Take-Off and Landing').

Bedbugs: A small wingless, biting insect that infests bedding, etc.

Crawlies: See crawlers.

Rollers: A type of wood louse.

Springs: Insects that hang in spiral loops until they find someone or something to cling to. They have an irritating, prickly bite.

Millipedes: A wormlike insect with many little legs. Trundlebugs are a species of Pernese millipede.

Spinners: Native species of Pernese spiders. There are also imported species decended from ones brought by the colonists whose silk can be gathered and spun like silkworm silk, though not quite as fine. Called gossamer spinners.

Aquatics

Shipfish/Dolphin : Playful, intelligent water-dwelling mammals with a beaklike snout. Fisherman concider them good luck and always let them go if caught in their nets. (descendants of the Terran dolphin). Commonly called Dolphins nowdays.

Shellfish: Aquatic animals with shells. Such as clams, muscles, etc.

Fingertails: Small, long bodied, carplike fish with a whippy tail and multiple fins giving them a furry look.

Rockmites: Tiny little water-dwelling beetles often found hiding in the cracks of rocks. (interpreted description)

Packtail: A tasty, but dangerously barbed fish. (Resembling the Terran monkfish)

Spiderclaws: Small crablike creatures with many pairs of jointed legs.

Speckler: A large tasty fish. (Much like the Terran bass--Interpreted desc.)

Flatfish: Bottom dwelling fish. (Much like the Terran halibut or flounder-Interpreted desc)

Yellowtail: A large edible fish. (Much like the Terran tuna--(Interpreted desc).

Watersnakes: A water-dwelling variety of tunnelsnake with fins instead of legs.

Fingerfish: See fingertails..

Sea eels: A long, slippery, snakelike fish with three pairs of tiny fins. Believed to have been the ancestor of the tunnelsnake.

Dragonkin

Dragonet: The name for the pre-mentasynth enhanced firelizards. They have pincer-like forefeet with a tridactyl claw and their bodies heavier and heads longer than modern firelizards. About 10% of firelizards are of this type. The enhanced type however is domenent when bred.

Firelizard: The name for modern firelizards descended from the mentasynth enhanced dragonets that were bioengineered by Kitti Ping before she went on the engineer the dragons. They have pentadactyl claws and are leaner and have flatter noses then the old dragonets.
NOTE: Dragonets/Firelizards return to the wild when their humans die. They do not suicide like dragons do as they were not geneticly engineered to do so. Kitti Ping only saw that dragons followed their riders in death.

Wild-wherries: Large predatory avians. They have four legs and two wings, but instead of feathers, they are covered in thick proto-feathers, multiple tufts like a Terran Marabou stork. They are twice the size of a Terran turkey and turn cannibal when one of their number is wounded or killed.

Domestic-wherries: Either wild wherries with their wings clipped to prevent flight or flightless descendents of wherries captured and breed by the original colonists much like wild turkeys were domesticated by Terrans.

Watch Wher: Impressable creatures bioengineered by Wind Blossom Ping in an attempt to emprove on Kitti Ping's design of the dragons, resulting in ugly, malformed, photophobic, flightless dragons. They grow to about the size of a low slung runner (horse) and can move with surprising speed. Used by Holds and Weyrs as guard animals. Also
useful in exploring tunnels with their superior night vision. They do not die when their masters die and often stay loyal to the family that owns them. The live about 60 - 100 turns though. Intelligence is low, about that of a 2 year old child at best. They do not name themselves like dragons do when hatchlings.

Tunnelsnake: A snakelike creature with a turtlelike face and six limbs. Most are poisonous and live in caves and stony outcroppings. Most adverage 2-4 feet in length. Some have scales, some have skin, but most have six stubby limbs for creeping along tunnels. There are even water dwelling species.

Whersport:A creature resmbling a large dragonet, but only in that it has wings and four limbs. More like a small, hairless/featherless wherry. Far more common in the south than the north.(Interpreted Description) Uncommonly good eating when cooked properly.

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