Foxbat

Foxbat are flying mammalians.

Common affinities Any except Spirit and related elements
Diet Fruit, bugs
Ability to plan and abstract Low-Medium. High if the foxbat have an affinity to Spirit or related elements
Habitat Nearly anywhere
Native location Jewell or Cenastre. Imported to Owel centuries ago

Affinities

Foxbats are highly versatile, and there have been several documented sightings of them possessing one or two of most every elemental affinity. The few elements that Foxbats are not noted as often possessing seem to be Spirit, and all of its subtypes.

Foxbats of the same affinity can have many varied appearances.

Hereditary magic

The word “volatile” could be used to describe the Foxbat’s aptitude for passing down hereditary affinities, and for obtaining or becoming influenced by environmental affinities.

Foxbat parents nearly always pass down their affinities to their offspring, regardless of if the parents consisted of one Foxbat or two.

Foxbats are very easily affected by environmental magic. If foxbats are raised in an environment that does not match their hereditary affinity, their affinity will most likely change before they reach adulthood.
A change of affinity is often accompanied with a graduous physical change in color and size.
While foxbats who had an affinity change have only few physical change, their offspring tend to look radically different as their inherited affinity match their environmental affinity.

Elemental weaknesses and resistances

Foxbats have no notable weaknesses or resistances by themselves, rather, they depend on whether or not their affinity makes them susceptible to or resistant against certain elements. Foxbats that have no affinity whatsoever are usually weak to any sort of magical assault, save for Air and its subtypes, which they are often neutral to.

Common locations

Due to their curious and friendly nature, most Foxbats are found wherever villages, towns, and cities are. They can also be found almost everywhere in Owel, with no real exception. They have been spotted in the most desolate reaches of Auroria, around the toxic swamps of Neck-Deep Mire, deep underground in Candy Rock and Miaoustok, and even the smaller islands of Heaven’s Keys.

Climate preference

Like weaknesses and resistances, the climate or environmental preference of the Foxbat usually depends on its affinity, although personal choice is also a factor. Foxbats without an affinity usually prefer wide, open areas with gentle winds, moderate temperatures, and ample sunshine. Examples would include the forests surrounding Dewclaw Flats, most of the United Gnoll Nation territories, and Citrico Archipelago during its calm weather seasons.

Ability to plan and abstract

Most Foxbats are feral. They are popular as pets, as they are highly friendly, curious, and usually fairly intelligent for a non-sentient animal.

They can be trained to perform simple tasks, the most popular being delivering mail. They make excellent mail courriers due to their intelligence and versatility in crossing terrain.

As they will often form strong bonds with their handlers and all others who choose to treat them kindly, they are very a popular companion pet.

Spirit Foxbats

Sentient Foxbats do exist, although very rarely, and are most often found to possess an affinity for Spirit or any of its subtypes (Aura, Poison, Sound, Magnet, Psi).
These individuals may not necessarily speak any recognized language or be familiar with any civilized mannerisms, and as such may be mistaken for a feral Foxbat.

These Foxbats are almost never found in large, populated cities. In those places, they tend to face discrimination since they are most often thought of as oddities, or even worse, as pets to be coddled and trained. They prefer instead to live in less densely populated areas, examples being small villages in Dewclaw Flats, the Lucky Cloud Cities, or the Village of Good Intentions.

Sentient Foxbats should be treated the same as any other sentient race, as there is no difference between them, save for public perception.

Languages

Foxbats are able to communicate amongst each other, and are able to learn words and simple commands if trained properly. Sentient Foxbats can converse with feral Foxbats, and they also have no difficulty in learning any other language.

Origin

Foxbats are not native to Owel, instead having been imported from the continent of Jewell several centuries ago. Many modern-day Owel inhabitants do not remember this fact, nor would it matter to them.

Blindness

Foxbats are at times born without sight, with this usually occurring in approximately one out of every ten to fifteen Foxbats. These blind Foxbats almost always have some sort of ability, affinity, or some heightened sense that allows them to live their lives normally, or without much handicap.

Diet

Nearly all Foxbats prefer a diet of either fruits, bugs, or both fruits and bugs, although some carnivorous specimens have been rumoured to exist.

Mixed Foxbats

Foxbats may reproduce with other mammalian species, such as Flowercats.

Other parent Child
Flowercat ?

References

deviantArt: Species - Foxbat
Floraverse Wiki: Foxbat