Aurorian Fox

Aurorian foxes are anthropomorphic foxes native to the north of Owel.

Common affinities Water, Ice, Air
Ability to plan and abstract Very proficient
Languages Aurorian, other languages relevant to business transactions
Diet Fish, plants, rarely other meat, spices
Native location Auroria, Owel
Size between 3 and 5 feet (90~150 cm)

Large image of Aurorian Foxes

Ability to reason

All Aurorian foxes are capable of higher-level thinking, such as the ability to plan ahead, to reason, rationalize, and to understand abstract concepts and principles.

Language

Most Aurorian foxes know Aurorian, and many of the traveling merchant types will also know languages native to their places of business.

Habitat

Climate preference

Aurorian foxes prefer cool, arid climates, and Auroria is their ideal city. However, they also prefer to live in well populated cities, and many of them will tolerate hotter climates in favor of one.

An adult that has never been in a warm environment will probably become ill for days the first time it enters a new climate.

Native location

Auroria is the native homeland of the Aurorian foxes, and most of them prefer to live there.

Common locations

Large populations of Aurorian foxes can be found in every major city, especially cities with developed economies, such as: National Port of Owel, Kadath, Mew York, Miaoustok, Althar, Twin Luxuries, and Citrico Capital. Almost all Aurorian foxes living outside Auroria are merchants or business owners.

Elements

Affinities

The image of the traditional Aurorian fox conjures up thoughts of snow, ice, and general coldness. This is fitting, as their most likely affinity is Ice, or a combination of Water and Ice, Air and Ice, or Storm and Ice. The latter is the rarest of the "common" elemental typings of Aurorian foxes.

Hereditary magic

Elemental affinity is easily passed down from parents to offspring, and these inherited affinities are themselves easily influenced by environmental magic. Aurorian foxes possess an aptitude for Water, Air, and Ice, regardless of the environment they grew up in or their parent's affinities.

Aurorian foxes are highly adaptive, almost to the extent that commons foxes are. Generally speaking, if a commons fox can acquire something as an affinity, an Aurorian fox can as well, albeit at a slower rate.

Weaknesses

Aurorian foxes are succeptible to Fire, Plasma, Lava. Traditional Aurorian foxes dislike heat and are ill-equipped to deal with its effects, and they overheat quite easily.

All known Aurorian foxes, regardless of affinity, are highly susceptible to the effects of Crystal. They seem to have no innate defense against this type of magic, and it often temporarily disables their ability to tolerate cold and removes their familiarity with Ice-element magic.

Sand is similar to Crystal, but to a far lesser degree, and not all Aurorian foxes have a susceptibility to this type of magic.

Resistances

Aurorian foxes have an instinctual understanding of Ice, Air, and Water, and do not easily succumb to them.

Society

Aurorian Foxes have a reputation for being exceptionally avaricious, but in actuality, they enjoy the act of conducting trades.

Physiology

Fur

Their fur coat's color is highly influenced by their current home's temperature and humidity, though the ability is lost as the fox grows older and its fur mostly stops growing. Past a certain age, the fur color becomes permanent as a result.

While Aurorian foxes are adolescents or younger, their fur grows at a very fast rate. This rate increases in the face of stress or any illness. Any home with an Aurorian fox child isn't complete without a nice pair of shears.

If an Aurorian foxes live away from Auroria, or away from any other cold climate for several generations, the children will eventually lose their cool colorations and heavy coats, and become tan and sleek. They are physically similar to commons foxes when this happens, and Aurorian foxes will take offense at being mistaken for one.

Aurorian foxes are mindful of their fur and many like to come up with ways to style it differently from others, even if foxes in Auroria have most of their fur obscured (by loose robes). They tend to become much slimmer when not in a cool environment, and their ears sometimes grow larger to deal with being in hotter environments than Auroria.

Diet

Aurorian foxes have a fondness for spicy foods and heated drinks, and will often endure harsh deserts and tropical climates in order to personally purchase exotic herbs and spices.

Aurorian foxes are distantly related to commons foxes, who rarely, if ever, possess the ability to comprehend the idea of individual property. This is interesting to note, as Aurorian foxes are highly motivated by money, and will often become merchants and entrepreneurs at young ages.

Aurorian foxes are distinguished from commons foxes by one main trait, physically: their faces (and sometimes their tails) have intricate markings.

Reproduction

They can crossbreed with other vulpine species and select large mammal-like species.

Hybrids

Hybrids are not extremely common, as Aurorian foxes tend to get headaches when dealing with commons foxes, and most foxbats aren't suitable partners.

Other parent Child Example
Satyr Satyrfox Image of Satyr + Aurorian Fox
Pygmy Tiger Swirl Fox Image of Pygmy Tiger + Aurorian Fox
Foxbat ? Image of Aurorian Fox + Foxbat
Commons Fox ? Image of Aurorian Fox + Commons Fox

References

Floraverse Wiki: Aurorian Fox
deviantArt: Species - Aurorian Foxes