Gold Fur Fenneque
|Gold Fur Fenneque|
|Official Name||Gold Fur Fenneque|
|Common Nicknames||Golden Fox, Vinella’s Hound|
|Habitat||Forriesta Natal region of the Regalian Archipelago|
The Golden Fur Fenneque is a truly unique fox whose fur has a chameleon ability that assumes the color of the surrounding environment. When it is killed, this pelt turns Gold-like and reflective. The animal was once viewed as sacred when the Oldt Fayth reigned in Aloria but when Unionism arrived in the region the Fenneque is native to, the Forriesta Natal of the Regalian Archipelago, its population plummeted to near endangerment. While local laws and customs help the species survive, it will continue to be threatened as the civilized population of Aloria grows, and the hidden, dark and unexplored places of the world like the deep forest of the Natal are revealed.
The Gold Fur Fenneque has an old history, tied to the Regalian Archipelago for centuries like its cousin the White Calemberger Fox. The Fenneque made its home in the deep-growth Forriesta Natal, now a territory of the same name in the Regalian Empire. From very early in their histories, the Eerstwald Kingdom and nearby city states that now make up San Vèlen, Girobalda, Forestia Natal, Montania and Vultaro all were aware of the animal hiding in the deep forests. For many of them, it was a mythical creature, spoken of with reverence and respect as a guardian being of the forest tied to various Oldt Fayth gods and goddesses like Vinella or Gaudr. As the Regalian Empire crossed over the remains of the Hecarian and Vularian Kingdoms, found on the banks of the Laureine Strait, reports reached them from these regions of the camouflaging fox with fur like gold. Emboldened by the power given to them by the Imperial Spirit, they ignored warnings of the fox’s powers in their push east.
In this push, they soon found themselves encountering the fox and were quick to determine the animal’s true nature. Their only special feature was their unique coats, able to blend into colors of the environment like some exotic lizard, but they possessed no inherent magical power. As a symbol of their power, the Regalian Empire hunted the creatures and proudly displayed their pelts to those of the nations they found. By 110 AC and the collapse of the Bergerland Republic that was in what is now Montania, the Gold Fur Fenneque was assumed extinct. Over the following decades, however, reports slowly picked up of strange forest foxes disappearing from all sight in the underbrush. Ultimately, in 200 AC, they were discovered to still exist when a new specimen was killed. Since then, local laws have limited the hunting of the creatures in order to preserve their population though they are still endangered today, with an estimation that there are as little as 1000 of them left in Aloria. The animal has also grown into a symbol of the region, meaning that even if it someday dies, its memory will not.
The Gold Fur Fenneque is a large fox, standing at two feet high and three feet long. Their heads feature large pointed ears, a pointed snout, small brown eyes and a small mouth of teeth fit for any carnivore (though they are omnivorous). Their limbs are as long as are their bodies, designed for speed overall, and they possess a short-furred and pointed tail like those of other foxes. Their most impressive trait is their fur. It possesses chameleon-like abilities, able to shift into reflecting the colors of their surrounding environment. When they die however, their fur becomes a bright yellow, almost like Gold, which has made them an impressive catch for hunters. This fur is also thick, covering almost every part of their body, and is paired with small black highlights on the very tips of their paws and around the major organs and features of their faces. The fur on the tail also possesses a black tip.
The Gold Fur Fenneque has an equal gender population of males and females, despite the limited number that are still alive today. There are no other unique markers along their bodies due to the completeness of their golden coats.
Life Span and Development
The Gold Fur Fenneque is born into a litter of one to three fox cubs. In the first few hours of life, their thin fur coats exhibit a beige-yellow tint. However, over the first hour, their mother will groom them for the first time and by some unknown process, their bright yellow fur will emerge. This fur does not yet possess the natural camouflaging ability as that comes later. For the next three months, the parents will feed and protect their young living in their den. After three months, they allow the young foxes outside of the den to start learning to hunt and adapting to their burgeoning camouflaging ability. This does not mean that they teach their cubs how to turn it on and off, as the ability is constantly present after three months old. Only death will revert the pelt back to its gold-like color. Over the next two year, the cubs grow physically and mentally into adults. They will then stay with their parents for several more months before venturing out into the wilderness seeking a mate of their own. They can live up to thirty years old though most barely pass the age of ten due to the hunting undertaken to acquire their pelts.
The Gold Fur Fenneque is like many other types of foxes in that they are omnivorous but are also flighty and scared of human interaction. Generations of hunting have made them scared of interaction with the outside world and it is extraordinarily rare to find one out in the open. They do not respond with hostility toward any encounters, preferring to instead flee or hide themselves in dense bushes or flee. They also rarely directly hunt animals, instead consuming small insects as the main source of meat in their diets. With other members of their kind, the Gold Fur Fenneque is friendly, freely allowing members of the species into their den if needed. However, too much company makes for high tensions and the fox knows when they need to go or rescind an invitation into their home. They are also exceptionally caring for their young, teaching them all they need to know and keeping them safe in the den throughout their early development.
Territory and Groupings
Gold Fur Fenneque live in familial units, made up of a mated pair and their children in dens dug into the earth. These families are always small, and their homes are similar made up of only a few chambers. One is for the family as a whole though to help teach them on how to make dens of their own one day, parents help their children dig their own after one year. Other, small holes are used to store excess food for later should a good hunt provide them with a good bounty. Such food is buried under a thin layer of soil.They are not territorial creatures and dens occasionally connect to that of another Fenneque family in close proximity. Family dens often endure because the Gold Fur Fenneque pairs usually return to the area occupied by the male’s parents to make their dwelling nearby.
- Gold Fur Fenneque saliva is said to be able to reveal the truth to any who desire it, namely because of how it seems to reveal a cub’s golden coat.
- How the Fenneque got its golden coat is a much debated topic. Some feel it is a natural adaptations, other say it came from a deity like the Spirit and others still feel it came from a past Void Invasion.
- The locals of the Forriesta Natal are not the people who actively hunt the Gold Fur Fenneque. Rather, it is non-native nobility and members of the upper class from Dragenthal, Calemberg, Pays-Sud and Vixhall who commission the majority of the hunts.