Manticore

Manticores are cat-like creatures with insectoid features, particularly in the face and tail.

Common affinities Earth, Fire, Water. Females can also have Acid, Poison, Sand or Ice
Ability to plan and abstract All known are proficient, even though mixed breeds with insects sometimes can't talk
Language Common, tribal variants in remote places
Diet Bugs, fish, animals
Native location Many places in Owel, especially Gnawth
Size between 2 and 8 feet (60~240cm), depending on parents

Large image of Manticores

Ability to reason

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

Tribal manticores in remote areas may seem feral, but they are merely extremely hostile, aggressive, have no knowledge of languages other than their own, and have no interest in communicating with outsiders.

It should be noted that as all manticores possess this level of intelligence, any act or ploy from a manticore insinuating otherwise should be treated as a complete fabrication.

Language

Most manticores speak Common, and feral manticores in remote areas often have their own tribal language.

Habitat

Climate preferences

As stated earlier, manticores dehydrate easily, and require ready access to fresh water. Being deserts, they will tend to stay away from the uninhabited territories of Althar and Auroria. Dewclaw and Gnawth are ideal locations for them, as rainfall is plentiful, humidity is moderate, and lakes and rivers are common. If the N.E.W. gnolls were less hostile towards manticores, the United Gnoll Territories would also be an ideal environment.

Native location

Although they are somewhat uncommon, manticores are native to Owel, with their home city being Gnawth.

Common locations

Due to their hardy nature, fondness for wandering, and resistance to elements, they can be found almost anywhere.

Elements

Affinities

Manticores are an odd species, and are unique from other races. One reason for this is that female manticores are known to have a higher probability for having two affinities, or a secondary element as an affinity, than male manticores. Male manticores are almost never seen with more than one affinity, or a secondary element as their affinity.
Common affinities for both sexes are Earth, Fire, and Water. If a female manticore does possess a second affinity, it is usually Acid, Poison, Sand, or Ice.

Hereditary magic

All manticores will pass down Earth, Fire, or Water as an affinity to their offspring, regardless of what the parental affinities actually are. Elements other than these three are passed down as aptitudes, and the offspring will generally acquire them as affinities with time as they age, provided they are raised in a matching environment. Manticores without an affinity have not been documented, even in families who have lived in Mew York for several generations.

Weaknesses

Manticores are susceptible to dehydration. Fire, Sand, and Ice, when used properly, are highly effective at causing it, although they are not technically elemental weaknesses. Fire may be able to evaporate moisture in the area, causing manticores to begin to dry out. Sand may be able to interfere with a manticore's ability to absorb water, and Ice can transform water into an unusable resource for them.

Resistances

If not purposely targeting their weakness, and if not directly incompatible with their individual affinities, manticores are highly tolerant of all other elements.

Society

They do not easily get along with others, including those of their own race, so it is quite common to see manticores living alone, even when in an area filled with biological family. They have a difficult time empathizing with individuals they see as meek or timid, and will almost always see them as a tool to be used, rather than as an individual.

They can sometimes have a lot of trouble learning empathy. This is more common with an absence of parents, or when the parents neglect to teach it. A manticore can function fully and without issue in most cities with impaired empathy compared to the rest of the populace, but they will usually have few friends, exceptions learning manipulative skills to fake it. This is not to say a manticore with impaired empathy is bad or incomplete itself, but when paired with hostility and aggressiveness, it makes for a lonely life.

Manticores can be friendly even with abysmal empathy. It's also possible to learn it, though the difficulty increases with age. Manticores with cat-like parents have an easier time learning it, and ones with insect-like parents have a more difficult time, on average. It's hard to become friends with a manticore, and can sometimes take patience levels that are through the roof. It's important to not be too meek or shy around most manticores — they may begin to see you as a pawn for their schemes.

Manticores have no natural racial leaders like gnolls have with their Shamans, and are usually content to wander about on their own, furthering their own personal ideas and goals.

Manticores have a reputation for being conniving, overtly hostile, and crafty. Manticores are highly possessive and territorial, and will often become aggressive if foreigners encroach on their land or privacy.

Agressiveness and deadliness are both very attractive to manticores.

Abilities

Venom

Tails of both sexes are almost always venomous, and the venom is unique to each individual manticore. This makes it difficult to create a completely effective general purpose antidote to manticore stings. Their affinities usually influence their venom to some degree, however, so
element-specific antidotes with limited effectiveness do exist.

Physiology

Manticores are known both for being cat-like and for having insectoid features, particularly in the face and tail. It's not uncommon for them to have antennae and mandibles, though they're more common on females. Multiple sets of eyes are commonplace in manticore lines. Wings are only rarely possible with mixed children. "Manes" are sported by most manticores in some form.

Manticores are able to hybridize with a large number of other species, and they vary wildly in physique because of this. "True" manticores still vary in physique, usually according to gender. Females are apt to possess more insectoid features than their male counterparts, and are often physically larger and stronger.

Females tend to be more physically aggressive, and they're also stronger on average than males, both in arm and leg strength and in power of tail.

There is almost always some sort of magic that runs through the tail — this is very useful when attacking a prey with their stinger. This also makes the tails worth quite a bit as a black market item, the less common affinities drawing in more money. The more colorful the stinger and antennae are, the stronger the potential for magic. This is not true in the case of manticores of mixed heritage for the most part though.

Manticore meat

Eating any part of a manticore that has not been magically processed will usually make the consumer ill for a number of days.

Reproduction

Hybrids

Crossbreeding only happens between other cat-like species, or other insects that are both large and intelligent.

Mixed children may crossbreed with any partner that either parent could have. Their potential for crossbreeding is huge — the irony is that manticores will rarely choose a partner outside of their own race, usually out of vanity. The lack of bright, beautiful stingers is rather offputting to most of the manticore population.

Other parent Child Example
Necropossum Deathwalker Image of Necropossum + Manticore
Singing Rabbat Chirping Rabbat Image of Singing Rabbat + Manticore
Bastian ? Image of Manticore + Bastian
Ladybug ? Image of Manticore + Ladybug
Flowercat ? Image of Manticore + Flowercat

References

Floraverse Wiki: Manticore
deviantArt: Species - Manticore