Long Tail Leasier
|Long Tail Leasier|
|Official Name||Long Tail Leasier|
|Common Nicknames||Osskharr Lavvrokka|
The Long Tail Leasier is a monkey well known for possessing a tail that is twice its own body length, which lives in the jungles of southern Ithania. Contact between them and the outside world has been frequent, from the time of the Varran Empire to the recent Elven War of 302 AC, which saw their population drop as their forest home was harmed by the conflict. They are also a highly sociable animal but react viscerally to any aggressive attempt to hold or squeeze their tails, though domesticated varieties often grow accustomed to such incidents. It is likely that the Long Tail Leasier will soon be openly thriving in the jungles once more while their domesticated compatriots raise their profile overseas and across Daen.
The Long Tail Leasier has been seen in Ithania for centuries, going back to the Varran Empire. While settlements in their region were scarce and the subsequent annihilation of Varran culture by the Elven Empire obliterated many records, folktales survived among Varran people of Ailor-like beings with tails like theirs who had and deserved the same respect as any Varran. Recent art uncovered in the Ithanian desert shows Long Tails living in the jungles found in southern Ithania, seemingly confirming this ancient connection. Eventually, the Elven Empire reached these same jungles after their conquest of the Varran people and confirmed the stories as being at least partly true when they returned with samples of the Long Tail Leasier. However, unlike other animals of Ithania that migrated or were purposefully moved south into the boundaries of the Elven Empire, the Long Tail Leasier was left where it was. It is imagined that this was done to keep Varran subservient, to keep up the ideas of their foolish and uncultured nature by keeping their tales as pure myths. Some were added to the occasional menagerie, but they were never shipped in any large number.
Their population was able to suffer the Cataclysm with minimal damage, and in the following decades, knowledge about the species grew as Ailor and Elves alike explored the new world that had formed around them. Eventually they could be found in the territory of the Northern Elven States, now the province called L’Elvellen, as well as the Ithanian Hivres of Visois and San-Lume. Those Elven kingdoms and Hivres kept the animals as common menagerie animals and pets. In recent years the Elven War of 302 AC, which made these kingdoms a province of the Regalian Empire, impacted the Long Tail’s population adversely as the forests they called home were damaged in cannon fire and the trees were harvested for siege engines, structures, and weapons. The reconstruction effort after the war also damaged these jungles as lumber was needed for new buildings. In the years since then, their wild populations have retreated deeper into the jungles to regroup and recover while their domesticated populations have expanded in popularity with the rise of Ithanians and the Imperialization of these former Elven lands. Their numbers are already improving and soon they will openly swing once more through the newly growing trees of southern Ithania. Until then, their public profiles lay in the small Ailor-like hands of their domesticated brethren.
The Long Tail Leasier is a primate most well known for its long tail, which gives its name. The Long Tail has a two-foot tall body while its prehensile tail can range anywhere between three and a half to four feet long while their weight hangs at 25 pounds on average. Their heads are small, possessing two small humanoid ears at the sides as well as eyes that can be shades of blue or brown. Their nostrils are large while their mouths are small, possessing teeth made for vegetation and insects rather than meat. The rest of their bodies are thin, with long-fingered Human-like hands and feet to help them in their tree climbing. The Long Tail’s colorations range from dark brown to black along their bodies with a white underbelly as well as a hairless face framed by short white fur pointing outward in a mane-like manner.
The Long Tail Leasier has a predisposition toward more females, at a ratio of two to one with males. As for natural colorations, the minor differences in their dark coloration is not determined by region. There is one common difference between Leasiers as domesticated Long Tail Leasiers often have styled or cut down mane hair as opposed to their wild brethren which keeps growing, helping to tell their age.
Life Span and Development
Long Tail Leasiers are born solo, the small bodies of even adults not suited for more than one child at a time. When born, Leasier babies are helpless and pink, requiring the constant care of the mother whom they physically cling to. During this time, the mother will stay closer to the forest floor for both plentiful food and the safety of the child. The father is less involved in the raising of the child, watching on and only intervening to protect when needed. Over the course of a year, the baby will grow larger; its hair will come in and, gradually, it will learn the ways of the world. For another year, the youth will mature and interact with the other Leasiers until the next mating season. At that point, reaching their sexual maturity, the young females will depart and seek another pack to join while the males will stay with their fathers forming the core of the pack awaiting new females. In the case of domesticated Long Tails, many of these activities are similar as new mothers will keep to the floor of a home or cage with their babies. What happens after two years greatly varies depending on the keeper or the sex of the child as mothers and daughters are kept together while males are not always. In the wild, Long Tail Leasiers live for up to 20 years while domesticated members can reach as old as 30.
Long Tail Leasiers are very social, gentle creatures on the whole. Mothers are particularly caring for their children as they groom them for their opening months of life. Males, on the other hand, are not so directly protective but do swing into action as a group if any member of their pack is in danger. As Long Tails are mainly plant eaters (the only meat they consume coming from occasional insects), their defense capabilities are limited. However, groups of males can still be menacing with their shrill “Oohe” screams of warning and flailing clawed hands. This makes hunters and trappers extra careful when tracking down Leasiers because if they aren’t careful, they might suddenly find themselves facing over a dozen angry monkeys. Another trigger for the monkey is when anyone pulls or manipulates their tail with force, usually causing an immediate lunge for the face or offending hand. Domesticated Long Tails possess many of the same traits as their wild brethren, caring for other members of their species and reacting very negatively should someone grab their tail hard or harm a member of their group.
Territory and Groupings
Long Tail Leasiers live in packs of anywhere from 30 to 40 members, though these groups only congregate to sleep, groom or defend one of their members under attack. Long Tails do not have a set territory, instead migrating through the jungle at a generally slow pace set by the males. Packs can interact with each other, most often during the exchange of female members that takes place most mating seasons. At all other times of the year, Leasier packs stay away from each other, never sleeping in the same tree as another pack though individual members can meet while out foraging.
- Long Tail Leasiers are often found being half-worn by their owners, seated on their shoulder with their prehensile tails wrapped around the subject’s neck like a scarf. For the Ithanians, this represents a great peace with nature, as their fashion is alive and often content to be just that.
- Despite today being well known to most Ithanian Varran, some of them claim that the Leasier is not the creature their myths speak of. They claim the creatures they knew were full Ailor-like, Ailor-sized and capable of speech. Such ideas are ridiculed today.
- Some Ithanians go a bit overboard with styling the hair of their tamed Leasiers, dying it, twirling it and styling it extravagantly.