|Official Name||Long Shiveaux|
|Common Nicknames||Paintbrush Cat|
The Long Shiveaux has a long history behind its decades of attempted domestication, resulting now in a medium-sized cat that is often found on the streets of Ithania as a rugged, urban street cat. With the ability to form close bonds with others, its complacent attitude and friendliness makes it a great companion. However, in cities or tight spaces, they progress to a more aggressive and feral state, making them quite a challenge for city-living owners of the Paintbrush Cat. Despite these issues, its long-haired face can win over many hearts, and some even say that by nuzzling against them, the feline can hear the other’s thoughts.
While details on the Long Shiveaux are vague, information on the Drovv kept by the Elven Empire which modern-day scholars have recovered mentions a unique feline with long facial hair that served the same function as military guard dogs today. Unfortunately, the Void targeted these animals first when they initiated the Fifth Void Invasion and twisted them to large sizes as well as increasing their claw length. Their aggression was also heightened, and soon they were attacking their former owners as well as unmutated versions of their own species. Over the following years until the Cataclysm, they fought with the forces of the Archdemon against the Elven Empire after the Drovv were rendered extinct. When the Cataclysm hit, however, their numbers were decimated, and the remaining population retreated into what is now the Ithanian Hivre of Castellajoux to escape the dangerous and collapsing way back to their old homeland.
The Long Shiveaux had wild attitudes and destructive tendencies to those villages around them in the following years. Ithanian settlers, however, soon noted the calm nature of the creature if it was handled one on one, and gradually, individual kittens were abducted to be trained and domesticated. Gradually over time, the forest-dwelling population were snuffed out and the semi-domesticated Long Shiveaux arose at the edge of cities and in the countryside. Gradually, they filtered across the continent and are now scattered across the region in limited numbers. The Bone Horror Crisis did little to affect their numbers due to their survivability, and they have since rebounded with several publicly known mating pairs as the Ithanian people remain interested in the strange but rare cats.
The Long Shiveaux is a medium sized cat, being able to grow as tall as a young toddler much to the concern of some parents. Their statistics place the species at two and a half feet tall, normally three to four feet long not including their tails which have a wide variety of lengths and weigh anywhere between 20 and 30 pounds. Their faces are classically feline, possessing slitted eyes with green, orange or yellow colors, whiskered snouts but what is notable is the fur they have stretching down from their faces. Their low cheeks have large tufts of hair that curve backward, resting on the animal’s shoulders in an even larger tuff that is often pointed like a paintbrush. This hair is very soft but hard to move unless wet, causing it to droop but once dried, it springs back into place. They are also noted for their larger than normal feline ears that sit at the top of their heads. They are highly maneuverable, and only adults have full control over their ears and development enough to keep them naturally supported. The last feature of the animal is their fur patterns, which exists as a series of spots along their stomach, back, and face. These spots are often dark while much of the creature is a beige or cream color. The only exception to this color scheme is their facial hair those tuffs are often deep greens, blues or a mix of the two colors.
Long Shiveaux do not differentiate between genders except for their extremities. Their coats and colors all depend on their family traits, one of the few animals that only take their color from their mother and their father and blend together. This happens to make litter mates look identical.
Life Span and Development
All Long Shiveaux start off in the womb of the mother, as like every other mammal. After birth, the kitten is unable to see or hear very well for a week, a relatively small time compared to many domesticated cats. Their patterns and bring facial hair have yet to form, but their ears are remarkably present yet floppy. After a week-long stationary period of acclimating to the outside world, young Long Shiveauxs begin to grow and develop with whatever parent takes them. Due to the solitary nature of the animal since their semi-domestication, mated pairs usually separate within a month of birth, slowly growing apart from each other with whatever child has chosen to follow them before departing completely for their own homes. Over the next two years, a Long Shiveaux will grow into their ears, and their pattern will begin to grow along with their bodies. In addition, their long facial hair, as well as its coloration, will gradually appear until, at the age of two, they have reached physical maturity and has control over their ears instead of it being a floppy mess. Long Shiveaux then reach sexual maturity at three years old. Overall, Long Shiveaux can live to 25 years old, but never older. Around 20 years of age, their bodies begin to deteriorate with advanced aging.
Many Long Shiveaux are calm and docile when one on one with a chosen owner but in groups of three or more, tend to grow skittish and with any more people, outright vicious altogether. They live alone for much of their lives and are rarely successfully adopted by people as instead, the cat seems to adopt them. Reports about the creature state they only respond to certain people, often loners themselves who live similarly solitary lives. The animal is also believed to be extremely intelligent and kind to the suffering, letting them pat its fur or rub its facial hair a bit before it leaves them. Some find these actions as a curious form of god complex, as the animal seems aware of how special it is and takes chances to reinforce this specialness. Very rarely do Long Shiveaux meet at any time that is not the mating season and when they do, it is often tense but amicable. The species does not fight its own kind except when it is a kitten or growing up, being taught to fight with its parent. Other felines seem quite bored when in the presence of a Long Shiveaux and it gets along well with most domesticated species.
Territory and Groupings
While Long Shiveaux had a pack mentality once, they have since grown isolationist and fond of other loners. They are a typical haughty cat, territorial of their chosen owner, and of their home. They do not take to strangers as easily when in their direct home territory, but when found wandering about, they are rather friendly. Long Shiveaux are known to wander but ultimately always return to their homes wherever that may be.
- Some feel the Long Shiveaux is blessed by the moon in Ithanian culture, somehow saved the fate of other terrible Void-mutated beings through its light each night. Certainly, full moons are when most Long Shiveaux are seen, but many animals also are more active when a full moon comes out.
- Long Shiveaux facial hair is believed to be slowly changing over time, as before 100 AC, the tips were said to be black as night or vile purple. However, they are now blue and green so some hope that the next color will be yellow or gray, representing gold and silver in a new glorious age for Ithania.