Flowercat

Flowercats are anthropomorphic cats with a flower on their head.

Common affinities Earth, Water, and Air
Diet Plants, fish
Ability to plan and abstract High
Languages Common, Plant
Habitat Wherever the flower won't wilt
Native location Debated. Most live around Dewclaw in Owel, where they immigrated centuries ago. But every continent's historians indicate they immigrated…

Affinities

The most common elements are Earth, Water, and Air. The flower present atop each Flowercat’s head has its own element, which usually (but not always) matches the Flowercat’s element.

Most flowercats have mixes heritage, but their roots and family become more visible when the cat gains an affinity for its flower's element.

The cats are born with no affinity.

Hereditary magic

Some magic is passed down from the parents, but the majority of it is passed down through flower hybridization. The environment also affects the Flowercats, which then affects their flowers even more, which eventually amplifies the noticeable elemental changes for the Flowercat. The flowers on their head contain genes for every previous flower in the Flowercat’s family line, and will sometimes result in a flower of an affinity completely unlike its Flowercat’s affinity, allowing for somewhat unorthodox elemental combinations.

Elemental weaknesses and resistances

The Flowercats themselves are not susceptible to any element in particular, but their flowers, and by proxy, they, can be. One example would be of a desert Flowercat possessing a succulent flower. The Flowercat could live in a damp, cold, rainy environment, as long as it took care to ensure the flower received proper care. If the flower were to grow ill as a result of that incompatible environment, the Flowercat could grow depressed, or start to lose its affinity for desert-like conditions, until it lost its flower entirely and grew a new, more compatible one.

Common locations

Flowercats are not native to Owel, but arrived in Dewclaw several dozens of generations ago, and is now considered to be their native homeland. Flowercats are curious, however, and can adjust to most climates, so it is not uncommon to spot them in any other part of Owel.

Climate preference

The Flowercats will generally live in areas most fitting and appropriate for their flowers. If their flower tolerates changes in weather well, they will usually choose any populated city of their liking, provided air pollution is not too high.

Flowercats will react to changes in their environment more noticeably than most other species, and can often tell days in advance if abrupt weather changes are approaching.

Ability to plan and abstract

Nearly all Flowercats are sentient. Rumors of wild, feral Flowercats do exist, but none have been credibly documented.

Common spoken languages

Flowercats usually speak Common, the vehicular language of Owel.
They can also speak Plant.

Common abilities

They have an ability to speak to sentient plants who may not otherwise be seen as sentient, and do so via a form of ESP.

They can diagnose the condition of non-sentient plants, and are able to tell if plants are edible, poisonous, or medicinal.

Flowercat's flower

It is unknown what purpose the flower on their heads serves, as it does not seem to be vital to the Flowercat’s existence.

At birth, the flower is still a buds that bloom in early kittenhood.

The flowers on their head often look nothing like the parents' and can come from deep in the family tree.

Related species

Advanced magical research speculates that Flowercats seem to be very distantly related to the Undertakers in Void Forest and to several other feline species on Owel, but no link between Flowercats and other species has actually ever been found, and is the subject of academic debate in the Magic City.

Mixed flowercats

Flowercats are very versatile when it comes to choosing a breeding partner. If it has fur or is warm blooded, the chance for compatibility is high.

Those mixed children always have a flower on their head. If they choose a flowercat as a partner, the children will pass for "pure" flowercats with some odd traits.
These mixed flowercats may also choose partners that its non-flowercat parent is compatible with, but it's not seldom that it results in sterile children.

Mixed flowercats often have potential for an affinity for more than one element. They also have a higher chance to take on an affinity for any element(s) the non-flowercat parent had.

Mixed children appear more often in big cities where it's become accepted to partner with someone outside of the other's species.

Crossbred names

Other parent Child
Pygmy Tiger Flower Tiger
Turf Tiger Thistle Tiger
Vanguard ?
Manticore ?
Satyr ?
Foxbat ?
Mouse ?
Rock Candies ?
Commons Fox ?

References

deviantArt: Species - Flowercat
Floraverse Wiki: Flowercat

Other notes

It was the first species sheet released for the Floraverse.