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Laughing Ferret
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« on: June 29, 2010, 06:53:33 pm »

The Eavu

Eavu can be found throughout the known world, and while they are most numerous in and around forests, it is not uncommon to find them in marshlands, meadowlands & grasslands, and the drier brush of mountains. They are not known to inhabit deserts at all however. 

In size the Eavu are of a length comparable to an enuk or baruk, though they are quite a bit shorter than an enuk and less massive than a baruk. They are bipeds who have forearms. Their hands have a very long claw on their middle digit, which continues to grow in length as they stage from Jenta to Sempa to Kopa. Despite the formidable appearance of this claw, the Eavu are relatively docile.  The claw is used to assist them in digging in the ground (more on this later). Another distinctive trait of the Eavu is their tail.  The Kopa of the species have large boney-growths on the end of their tail which they use for defense of themselves and the herd. Sempa may begin to show small growths of these, which indicate that they are beginning to advance on to the Kopa stage. The most distinctive physical feature however, which is shared by all Eavu, is their long, large, spade-shaped noses.  With nostrils set high and back on their snout, the nose of the Eavu is surprisingly hard. They have a highly developed sense of smell.  They use this to their advantage in finding various edible roots under the ground, which makes up the majority of their diet. Their hardened noses and long claw allow them to dig far into the ground to find these roots they prize.

A Favorite food of the Eavu is the truffle, which is also highly sought by the Fubarnii of the Empire, and not without fans in the lands of the Devanu as well. Since it is well known that the meat of Eavu is oily and biter in taste, for many generations Eavu were ignored at best and at worst hunted or trapped as an annoyance for their tendency to invade gardens! This continued until an unknown Fubarnii captured an Eavu and trained him to sniff out the elusive truffles to be gathered for his own use. I must say this Fubarnii is unknown, because there is no consensus on exactly who the fellow was, as it seems nearly every city and village has a legend that the first to domesticate the creatures was from their own town.  Perhaps there is some truth to all the legends, perhaps not. 

The Eavu are not easily trained, or controlled for that matter, but their skill makes it worth the effort for the farmer who has the spare time & can afford to feed them.  They are not stupid beasts however.  Eavu can be quite intelligent and clever for simple animals, and owners often must go to great lengths to keep the beasts out of their gardens, cellars and cupboards. Their talent for sniffing out the desired truffles has lead to the common phrase "Nose like an Eavu" to mean that a person has a talent for finding the truth, a solution, etc. But their tendency to create problems has also caused this expression to be a subtle slight to a person's character as a troublemaker or unwanted nosy person, so tone in speech is essential when using the phrase.

Crude drawing of a Eavu in Kopa stage. Note that Sempa and Jenta forms would have smooth tails.

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Bethar
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 08:49:18 pm »

Cool!  I like the idiom.  It's exactly that kind of detail that adds colour to the Twilight world.
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 12:33:57 pm »

I like that! Shame I can't figure out how to view the image from my phone...
I'd possibly change the truffles to something slightly different so they sound less like truffle pigs. How about the dredu garkrid? This peculiar little garkrid lives buried deep in the leaf litter, but its small fleshy body is unusually tasty and very sought after. Some attempts have been made to grow them in captivity, but the true connoiseur knows that they just don't taste as good. The best engineers have never quite worked out why...
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010, 08:06:57 am »

Sounds like a great idea to change truffle to something else.  I wasn't as concerned about truffles as I was their behavior.  Not sure it'd be an animal creature they're after, but might be good as long as the Eavu don't eat only them... since as vegetarians or omnivores it lets them be garden & cupboard raiders Wink
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