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Danger Level: Low
Likes: Being held
Dislikes: Being stepped on, Being kicked
Attack Method: Will either retreat or hide itself in the vicinity.
Poppers resemble bags of rough cloth sewn together with patches of skin in the approximate shape of a hemisphere. Externally, it's only noteworthy feature is its two large button eyes.
When in the wild, poppers will often hop around until they locate something slow and large enough it can ride on. The popper will then ride along with the creature, following it until either the popper or the creature are deceased. The reason for this behavior is unknown, but is suspected to be related to how poppers obtain sustenance. Poppers are group animals by nature, and will preferentially choose entities that also travel in packs. Poppers are not very effective at fighting, something which explains why few poppers are seen in the wild today. It is far more common to encounter one in a petstore, or in the arms of someone who purchased one as a pet. These poppers have a much higher survival rate due to the active care of an owner, and being kept safely away from any source of danger.
Oddly, when a popper has bonded with someone for an extended period of time, its coloration will begin to change. For the majority of owners their popper will only have a slight change, growing slightly brighter or darker. A few however have reported poppers growing entirely white or pitch black. Notably, these poppers led to the discovery that their coloration has a significant influence in their mood. With brighter colors indicating a more positive, friendlier popper; and darker colors indicating a dour, irritable sulking lump of a popper. Why this is, is currently unknown. What is known is that coloration has no relation to how the poppers owner treats them, as abused poppers can be bright white and the most pampered and well cared for poppers can resemble a lump of tar.
Royal Popper: Royal poppers are significantly larger than their normal cousins at around three feet, and bear much brighter colorations. Each royal poppers also has a unique growth on its head resembling a crown. These poppers often accumulate a small “court” of both ordinary and shade poppers, which will cooperate as long as the royal popper lives. Royal poppers are particularly haughty about potential candidates to bond with, often considering most individuals to be beneath its notice. On the rare occasions it does choose someone or something to bond with, it should be noted that the entirety of its court will also come along with the royal popper and expect the individual to care and provide for them as well.
Shade Popper: Shade poppers are often mistaken for ordinary poppers with a particularly dark coloration. This is an unfortunately common mistake. Where normal poppers sustain themselves through unknown means, shade poppers are very much carnivorous. Given that denying them access to meat has had no apparent effect on their wellbeing; it is believed this is out of enjoyment rather than any dietary need. If you suspect a popper is actually a shade popper, you can flip the popper over to see its underbelly. If the popper has no teeth, it is an ordinary popper. If it has several rings of barbed teeth, it is a shade popper. Suffice to say, it is advisable to wear thick gloves and protective clothing when examining the popper.
Royal Shade Popper: Very rarely, royal shade poppers have been observed in the wilderness. These poppers are both the most dangerous and least intelligent of popper-kind. Much like shade poppers, royal shade poppers are carnivorous. Much like royal poppers, they are very large for poppers. This has led to them developing a unique method of hunting prey, the flying chomp. Royal shade poppers will attack their intended prey leaping through the air mouth first, either crushing the opponent or immobilizing them. The royal shade popper isn’t picky about its targets, and is easily tricked into attempting to attack trees, shrubbery, and particularly large rocks. Between its low intelligence, the fact that eating food isn’t required for poppers, and its royal ego; it will often take several hours for it to realize and subsequently admit its target is not, in fact, actually food.
Weird Mojo: It is fairly well known that keeping a popper as a pet is a safe choice, as far as pets go. As long as you keep the popper safe, nothing unusual will happen. When in danger of dying, the popper will begin to act peculiarly. Brighter shades of popper are known to huddle close to their owner, or if not possible, will hide in the vicinity of their owner. The owner in turn will, more often than not, happen to just barely avoid whatever the threat was and be capable of bringing the popper to safety once more. Darker shades of popper will simply hop away as fast as they can conveniently escaping unharmed. Their owner however is left behind to receive the full brunt of whatever threat led to this situation.
• Oddly, nobody has ever observed a normal popper eating food, and autopsies have revealed they lack the organs for eating/processing food. There is a standing reward of 5000 credits and a commemorative plaque to whoever happens to figure out both how and what poppers eat.
• There is a persistent rumor that poppers are the result of either the poppet creation process going wrong, or are a form of punishment for poppet criminals. Orvan’s government, the “Dust Council”, has declined to comment on this.
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