Art by, Starlit-Drakon
Common Jobs: Singers, Craftsmen, Collectors
Likes: Bangles, Music, Areas with background chatter
Attack Method: Lunges with claws and sharp beak, blunt trauma with tail.
Space-raised itzels will worship any god, but the planet-raised itzels worship the Allmother.
Walking on two legs and covered from head to toe in fur is the itzel. The itzel is sometimes confused for a strange reptile or a bird, but itzels are really mammals. They have four eyes, two ears, and two horns. They have two areas where their fur is much thicker, on their head, all the way down to their necks in a strip, and from the base of the tail to the end where it commonly ends in a brush like tip also in a strip.
Both of the arms and legs of the itzels end in sharp claws, which they use for defense against predators and would be attackers if it comes down to it. Many who see the itzel for the first time will likely confuse them for furry drakons, despite this itzels and drakons are actually very different genetically and mentally. Drakons who meet itzels will commonly see them as drakons and refuse to let go to that idea, assuming that “itzel” is just a fancy term for “4-eyed drakon.” This mistaken identity commonly causes drama, but may also provide a bit of extra protection from their “new cousins”.
It is customary for itzels to put bangles, charms, or just about anything that works around and between their horns, normal secured safely using strings or bands. The items used in this horn decoration can be anything from pebbles to bells to bones and feathers, but a lot of itzels will use one or two "types" of items. Itzels do not judge others by the items they use, as these bangles are only aesthetic, as such a pebble bangle is just as important and valuable to its itzel as an ornate, decorated gem.
Itzels as a species are generally regarded as one of the calmer species among the stars. An itzel is perfectly content to spend time on their own, and an itzel will find a job to occupy themselves with and perform to the best of their ability. Itzels, much like drakons, have an item that they will collect and hoard. Unlike drakons, however, an itzel will gladly share items of its hoard. It is not uncommon to see communities of itzels set up large swap meets where such items are traded and even sold.
Itzels were introduced to the spacefaring age as pets or slaves, though many were also simply taken off-planet for their fur, which is exceptionally soft and colourful. Mostly, itzels were popular as pets due to their easygoing nature and birdlike singing. Most itzels today are free, though occasionally you will still find an itzel owner.
Dwarf itzels: A more diminutive type of itzel, the dwarf subspecies was bred into existence during the time when most off-planet itzels were pets. Dwarf itzels have colourations similar to those of hummingbirds and other small birds, and are an average of three feet tall as opposed to the average five foot height of the normal itzel species.
[Vocal Mimic]: Itzels can almost perfectly repeat any sound that they have recently heard; this does not, however, mean that the itzel understands what is being said. Curses in another language mean just as much nonsense as any other phrase in that language.
• The eggs that itzels hatch from are soft and leathery, like those of turtles or snakes.
• Itzels’ forwardmost set of eyes are highly photosensitive; This pair of eyes is usually either kept closed in daylight settings or is shaded by sunglasses. This trait often carries over into hybrids, though to different levels.
• The tail of an itzel is able to store high amounts of fat, which can prolong the period of time an Itzel can survive without food. However, if this supply of fat is used at all, and itzel will consume twice the usual amount of food the next time it is available.