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Wrix: Proposed Color Submission

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:44 am
by Iakimo
The varied landscapes of Corellia are a fertile breeding ground for many species of carnivore, with their vast open expanses and abundance of prey. Prominent in this food chain are the many varieties of Wrix.

Smallest of the varieties is the wrix. Somewhat less aggressive than their larger cousins, these cats are the most easily-approached of all the Wrix family, and often make excellent research targets for novice biologists. These magnificent animals often are found as a new scientist's first self-tamed specimens, and they generally serve well as combatants due to their willingness to enter and persist in battle. And their slashing, acrobatic attacks can be intimidating to their target. However, researchers are cautioned that they are not particularly durable.

A larger and far more dangerous and aggressive version of wrix can often be observed intermingled with standard Wrix in the field: The Mottled Wrix. Researchers are strongly adviced to approach these beasts only with extreme caution, employing all their skills for concealing every trace of their natural scent. Mottled Wrix are quick to attack anything that approaches their lair. Worse, they are less careful with their grooming than the other variants of wrix, and their teeth and claws generally carry small particles of rotting meat and blood in their recesses. As a result, they frequently transmit noxious diseases. Many unknowing field students have returned to civilization with debilitating infections. Nevertheless, if one can acquire the expertise to observe these creatures in the field and obtain specimens for study in their laboratories, a specialized interest in Mottled Wrix can be quite rewarding.

A third variation of Wrix is the so-called Deranged Wrix. These are technically not a true subspecies of wrix, but a nonfertile mutation. It appears that their mutations distort their hunter's instincts, prompting them to a highly-aggressive state of mind. While they are as skilled in battle as Mottled Wrix, they appear to be much less stout and healthy than their cousins. They seem to suffer in the wild, often killing prey but being bullied away from the kill by their lairmates. It is thought that this may be a manifestation of a vicious cycle beginning at birth. Perhaps these variants were actually the runts of their litter and never quite caught up in the competition for food from the pride's kills. At any rate, these creatures are efficient, highly-aggressive and unpredictable killers, quite capable of rendering a field biologist semiconscious with a swipe of their powerful paws. And in keeping with the athleticism of wrix in general, their athletic, bounding attacks and loud roars can be quite unnerving.

Largest of all these subspecies is the magnificent Grand Wrix. These cats can easily stare an adult humanoid directly in the eye. Interestingly, Grand Wrix are less inclined to attack on sight than their smaller cousins, but when aroused, make fearsome opponents. They exhibit a great deal of toughness when attacked, due to their great agility. Melee specialists report increased difficulty in landing a solid blow, and ranged-weapons experts claim that they seem unusually resistant to the effects of many of their weapons. Their great size and power increases their danger when aroused, for they are quite capable of stunning their victims with a powerful swipe of their paws, and then knocking them off their feet.

All four subspecies of Wrix intermingle freely, although Deranged Wrix are more commonly seen in isolated communities. As a result, biologists are cautioned to use great caution when approaching any Wrix lair, even if none of the larger, more dangerous varieties are visible upon approach. They may well be lurking inside the lair, waiting to attack any who disturb it.

Wrix lairs are said to occur on Talus as well as Corellia, although they appear to be less common on Talus. They do not appear to be indigenous to the