Location Profile: Flaeneath and Species Profile: Phial

It’s been a while since one of these, huh? Over two months since a location profile. I was saving this one for last because, really, all the other profiles I’ve done so far are more important. Yes, even the wild animals one.

Flaeneath and Phial!

Species Profile: Wild Animals of Mintop

Today’s entry is a little different. Okay, it might be a lottle different. Whereas before we focused on each sentient species in turn, today we’ll be looking at the wild animals of Mintop that appear in Slubes.

Carpple

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Carpple are large freshwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp, while their bodies are more akin to Earth cattle. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago as a source of meat. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Carpple come in a range of skin patterns and have horns on their heads similar to that of Earth cattle. Along with being a source of meat, carpple excrete a natural oil that can be used both as a fuel and as an additive to foods. They are found domesticated primarily on the islands Hackney and Interp.

Chicken

Wild chickens can be found on the island Hackney. They’re generally similar to wild chickens on Earth or Red Junglefowl.

Herf

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Herfs are large saltwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp and strong, sturdy backs and manes akin to Earth horses. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago and ridden by people across the sea and used to ferry some boats. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Loogel

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Loogels appear as a variant of Earth snow geese; their bodies are covered with white plumage, and they have thick, orange beaks. They are plump, and their short, orange legs are often blocked from view. Females have short, gray necks, whereas the males have incredibly long necks three times as long as their bodies and covered with rings of rainbow colors. Loogels’ average lifespan is about 20 years, up to 30 years in captivity.

Loogels are seen primarily around Interp; they aren’t the best fliers, despite a wingspan twice their body’s width, so they don’t usually fly too far from the island, but they can rest on the water if they need to.  Newborns tend to learn to fly around a few months and leave their parents a few weeks after. Males’ necks begin to grow extensively by their third year, and at age five they have a full neck of colorful loops and are ready to mate.

When mating season comes around, loogels usually gather around the north of Interp. Males will stretch out their necks to show off their neck loops to try and attract a mate, and can often be seen nuzzling females and holding their long necks around them. Loogels usually lay two or three eggs at a time.

Snake

Some types of snakes found on Mintop are similar to Earth snakes. One snake unique to Mintop is the cylacra, a type of snake similar to cobras on Earth but with the “hood” made up of the head and flattened horizontally, giving them a wide, flat head in the shape of a disc. They can spit out poison to wound their prey, but against bigger creatures it doesn’t do much beyond a burning sensation, and they tend to avoid things bigger than them.

Species Profile: Shiffle

Whoa, hey, I’m back! Like, really back. And almost late. Usually I like to write these early in the week, but right now it’s Friday night with less than two hours left to midnight. I mean, yeah, I still have a day left, except, no, I don’t, because I work most of Saturday. It wasn’t so bad until we got BUSY.

Anyway, today’s species is the shiffle, the last “normal” species to appear in Slubes. Fun fact, shiffles used to be split into two different species, but one was unnamed and I figured I could combine them into one with a little SEXUAL DIMORPHISM! Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Shiffles are pinkish-tan creatures with an acute sexual dimorphism wherein the males are completely covered in hair and the females have no hair at all, making the females the only ones to have visible features. Their pupils are in the shape of an arch, and their heads are shaped like a large strawberry. They have no legs; instead their torsos end with a flat bottom. They come from a far south continent close to the southern pole of Mintop. Their average lifespan is about 70 years.

Read more on the shiffle

Species Profile: Chameleon

All right, if I’ve counted it up right, this should be posted on December 1st, and NaNoWriMo is over. How did I do? I have no idea, I wrote this before it started! Anyway, onto the profile; today is the chameleon, the second species (after last week’s turtle) to come from a continental land. Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Chameleons on Mintop, like Earth chameleons, come in a range of colors. They also have colored patterns on their sides. They can also change their coloring to match their surroundings, becoming completely invisible to the naked eye, though the aptitude varies among them, with some requiring intense concentration to do it and others doing it accidentally. They come from the nearest continent, as opposed to the islands the story takes place on. Their average lifespan is about 90 years.

Read more on Mintop chameleons.

Species Profile: Turtle and Spiest

Is it still November? I don’t even know how many of these I’ve done ahead of time. Anyway, today’s (first?) species is the turtle, one of the few species to appear in Slubes that is from a far-off continent instead of the islands, although only one appears in the novel. It’s also the second species after the ostrich to be based on one from Earth. Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Turtles on Mintop don’t look much different from Earth turtles, specifically the box turtle, except that they stand on two feet. They come from the nearest continent, as opposed to the islands the story takes place on. Their average lifespan is about 120 years.

Click to read more on the turtle and anything on the spiest

Species Profile: Spleech

So far all the species we’ve looked at have been from Mintop. The spleech, however, are the only species to appear in Slubes that are not from Mintop. I don’t think the name of their planet was ever specified in Slubes, but it’s probably very far away. Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Spleech have tall, elongated heads with similarly-elongated eyes. A hard flap of skin covers the back of their heads and most of the front, and a line of dots around the bases of their thin necks is used for speaking. Their torsos are very petite and radiates out to four tentacles. Their society was conquered by The Conqueror thousands of years ago, and now nearly all of them work under his command. Spleech never know their parents but instead have a family unit consisting of three to seven siblings. Their average lifespan can range from 30 to hundreds of years and beyond.

Spleech! SPLEECH!

Species Profile: Ostrich

Still November… I assume! ‘Cause it’s the past! Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Ostriches on Mintop generally look the same as those on Earth, except their bodies are straighter and taller. They also have slightly shorter necks and legs. Many ostriches lead a sedentary lifestyle. Their average lifespan is about 60 years, though the healthier and more active ostriches have been known to live over 80.

Read more on Mintop ostriches

Species Profile: Floggle

Hey there! It’s November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo! I wrote this back in October ahead of time, so I have no idea what’s going on! So let’s just get to it, aside from everything before the end of this sentence. Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Floggles are creatures related to frogs with heads and torsos combined into one. Most of their height is from appendages twice the height of their torso, thin but very flexible and strong. This makes them look not unlike heads with appendages. They have wide mouths and eyes on the top corners of their heads. Their average lifespan is about 70 years.

Physical Characteristics

The outward appearance of the floggle, as quoted from my personal encyclopedia: “Floggles are green frog creatures. Their heads are sort of fused into their torsos, leaving them with a small body and no neck, but their appendages are twice as long and very flexible, somewhat thin but still strong. This gives them about the same height as a slube; they’re sort of like a head with arms and legs. They have eyes on the top corners of their heads and have wide mouths.”

Floggles’ torsos look pretty much like that of Earth frogs, but what really distinguishes their appearance from Earth frogs are the long appendages, which give them the height of a slube despite having a body not much bigger than a slube’s head. These long appendages can be somewhat disconcerting as they grow old, though, as near the end of their life they will sometimes fall off. Most floggle will choose to be euthanized at that point.

History and Culture

Oh wow, I don’t really have much to say at this point! I guess this means there aren’t really any recurring themes in their culture; maybe there will be more light shed on their history at a later point, though.

Species Profile: Smarmel

Hey, another species profile! These may dry up in November since I’ll be doing NaNoWriMo, but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll write a bunch ahead of time so I can just quickly post them next month. Trivia: I will probably already know if I’ve done this by the time I post this. In fact, as of my writing this, I haven’t posted the entry on Interp, so apparently I’m already writing ahead of schedule! Anyway…

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

“Smarmel are a species light tan in color with melon-shaped heads. They have humps on their backs that are hard and stiff, almost like plates of rock. Their eyelids never open; instead they sense their surroundings through means other than sight, although they do have eyes. Many smarmel pride themselves on having a serene outlook on life. Smarmel mature mentally at an early age, and their average lifespan is about 100 years or more.”

Read more on the Smarmel! Read about their eyes!

Species Profile: Thyvae

Today’s topic is something somewhat based on the hydra of reality. Then it turned into a cucumber. Wait, what?

And don’t forget, I will be posting the short story “Tough as Blades” later today!

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

“Thyvae are a species that look a bit like rectangular cucumbers: their bodies are entirely green and have six sides (including a square top and bottom), with the edges being rounded. Their heads are cubes, with the torso rectangular cuboids. Their arms and legs are black and as thin and flexible as cooked spaghetti noodles. Thyvae have a very patriarchal society where the males have traditionally had all the power and the females very little say, though this has changed in modern times. Their average lifespan is about 50 years.”

Physical Characteristics

The outward appearance of the thyvae, as quoted from my personal encyclopedia: “Thyvae are about the same height as slubes. They look a bit like cubic cucumbers; their bodies are entirely green and have six sides (including the top and bottom), with the edges being rounded. The head is nearly indistinguishable from the body, the neck being nothing more than a short, smoothed groove between the head and body. Thyvae have two small eyes and a small mouth; their arms and legs are thin as spaghetti noodles with the same flexibility as cooked noodles. Despite being so thin, they do have a strong grip.”

Thyvae have a lifespan of about 50 years, with maturity coming in just 10 years. In the distant past thyvae would breed asexually, splitting a new thyvae from their body over a short period of time, but as time went on they split into male and female sexes and began to reproduce sexually. They still have the ability to reproduce asexually, though, but it is more difficult now, taking a year to complete it and leaving both the parent and the offspring with about half of their full life left.

History and Culture

Thyvae have a particularly hierarchical society, one governed strongly by powerful authority figures, as well as the aspirations of becoming those authority figures. Due to this, many thyvae have roles of leadership on Interp, but mostly the males. Thyvae also have a rather patriarchal society, although in recent years more female thyvae have been pushing for more rights and equality. This has also led to some attempting a return to asexual reproduction.

No matter what side they’re on, though, most thyvae seem like big jerks, though they’re usually just looking out for themselves, and the authority figure culture stems less from following authority and more from becoming it.