|Common Nicknames||Street Monkey, Tiny Pickpockets|
The small but extremely intelligent Capuchini monkey, native to Montania, has garnered a reputation for all who have seen them. Dextrous hands and a predisposition for hoarding valuables have led the Capuchini to be seen as a pest amongst any merchant trying to make a living. At the same time, those unaware of the monkey’s thieving nature are typically amused by the antics they put on display. Loved and adored by all but the native inhabitants of their land, it is not uncommon for Capuchini monkeys to be kept as pets amongst sailors or other frequent travelers.
Originally discovered by the now-extinct Vularo within the southern regions of Montania, the Capuchini was first recorded to be rather wary of people. It was only when the Capuchini monkeys saw something shiny among them that their demeanor changed, immediately becoming much more playful with those around them. It was when they awoke the next day to find tools or pieces of food missing that they realized the truly deceptive nature of this monkey. With more groups of people settling in the region and the eventual development of cities, the Capuchini quickly adapted to their new situation. Traversing over buildings with ease, they began to gather in groups amongst merchant stalls and bustling commuting areas to pilfer goods. Their deceptively cute appearance has allowed them to pilfer plenty of items off of vendors and passerby alike, to the point where some less fortunate individuals have made a living off of locating Capuchini dens and looting what they can from the animal’s hoard. With travel now all throughout the Archipelago taking place, the Capuchini has reportedly been able to thrive in a multitude of environments. Capuchini once taken as exotic pets have been spotted in a multitude of more urban landscapes, some escaping from their owners and returning to their lifestyle of pilfering from those less fortunate.
Typically varying in length from between twelve to twenty-two inches long, the Capuchini over the years have gradually reduced in size to better fit into smaller places and travel along the tops of buildings easier. Their eyes are typically a deep brown, with flat, pink-colored faces. They are adequately muscled for their size, able to perform a multitude of acrobatic feats in order to traverse their homes with ease. Capuchini monkeys have four limbs, primarily two arms and two legs, with a longer, prehensile tail to aid them in climbing. The hands of a Capuchini have five fingers, with an opposable thumb that allows them to better grasp objects. The fur of the Capuchini is reportedly very soft, ranging in colors of brown to cream or Kaffee tones. The primary concern for any would-be owner of this primate is their exceptional bite, once used to crack open nuts and other hardened bits of food. The Capuchini’s teeth are rather sharp because of this, which has led to modern-day iterations of the species to use their bite for self-defense. It is reported that any person who tries to chase after the Capuchini after they’ve stolen something from them is at risk of losing a finger if they are not careful.
On average, the Capuchini has very few differences between gender save for behavioral traits. Male Capuchini tend to be more active than females, who usually remain idler to care for their young. The one visual difference between males and females is coloration. Female Capuchini monkeys typically have brighter tones of brown fur, sometimes appearing entirely cream in color.
Life Span and Development
Finding a mate occurs when a male courts a female, typically through gifting something of high perceived value. This can be something shiny, or a particularly tasty piece of food. When born, Capuchini monkeys are extremely energetic and grow at an incredible pace. They reach maturity at around two years of age, able to cause havoc amongst the general merchant populace at an alarming rate. As they grow older, the fur of the Capuchini loses its color and they become more sluggish. Eventually, they are unable to keep up with their family unit and are left behind. Those in the wild are left to pass on alone, while Capuchini under the care of an owner is typically given a comfortable life in their final years. In captivity, the longest-lived Capuchini monkey is reported to have reached up to fifteen years of age. In the wild, however, Capuchini have been recorded as being able to live up to an average of twelve years.
As a whole, the Capuchini monkey is incredibly intelligent compared to others of similar species. The Capuchini will spend most of their time socializing with other members of their family. They are typically not aggressive to others, preferring to avoid conflict than defending themselves. It is only when a Capuchini is cornered will it rely on its bite to defend itself, lunging at anything they deem vulnerable. This behavior is exceedingly rare however and only shows when no other option is available. Exceptional communication among other members of their group keeps most Capuchini from facing this situation, working together with impressive cooperation. Capuchini monkeys found in the wild are typically passive, with dietary patterns best described as an “opportunistic omnivore.” They would much rather avoid predators and other animals, taking what they can from trees or the occasional leftovers of some other larger animal.
Territory and Groupings
In the wild, Capuchini monkeys typically inhabit a large portion of Montania, never drifting away into neighboring nations of Calemberg or Vultaro. Outside of Montania, and even in cities within the region, Capuchini are frequently referred to as an invasive species. They tend to form “gangs” of up to ten to twenty, patrolling an area for things to collect and hoard among one another. Each group varies in makeup, and it is not uncommon for different gangs of Capuchini to interact and even trade with one another for food and members. Each gang of Capuchini covers a large amount of territory, traversing it with relative ease due to their acrobatic nature. Within their group, the Capuchini are very friendly with one another. Grooming is frequent, as well as bouts of playing with one another through very simple antics like chasing one another or general roughhousing. The personal bonds that Capuchini form with one another can last a lifetime in the right conditions, sometimes to the point of the two becoming inseparable.
- The Capuchini’s popularity amongst sailors is what primarily allows them to migrate from place to place.
- The Capuchini is extremely popular among children, as their intelligence and playful nature tend to be very entertaining. That being said, it is advised to watch children within arms reach of the Capuchini, just in case it feels threatened and tries to bite.
- The Capuchini’s intelligence has led many scholars to try and teach it simple math. So far none have been able to teach it something of merit, but that has not stopped them from trying even today.
- A popular use of the Capuchini is pickpocketing. A particularly sly individual can try and train the Capuchini to pickpocket others with the promise of sharing the rewards. While many have tried this, it is immensely less effective than just stealing from someone yourself. (OOC NOTE: You cannot use a Capuchini in Dextrous Rogue attempts.)