Art by, Mel
Common Jobs: Police officer, Lawyer, Detective, Vigilante, Activist, Judge, Bounty hunter
Likes: Doing what’s right, Warm places, Equality, Laws, Honour, Helping
Dislikes: Criminals, Injustice, Prejudice
Attack Method: Primarily attacks with guns when fighting from a distance. When it comes to close-quarters, they usually balance on their tails and kick out with their hind feet. Aims to mostly disable, but willing to kill quickly, depending on enemy.
Lovirtis may or may not honour the gods; a religious lovirtis is as possible as a non-religious one. If they do, it’s almost always a god that’s either very kind or very cruel, depending on how they’re worshipping it.
The lovirtis are a reptilian species that is usually seen standing bipedal, their long hind feet and their pair of tails balancing them easily. How they walk, however, depends on if they’re in the presence of another species that they respect. If the lovirtis finds no reason to be respectful, they will use their forelimbs in tandem with their tails to hop-walk on all fours; though this may be seen as a feral way of moving, the lovirtis is unlikely to care. If the other species considers them unintelligent or a mere animal, that will be the other’s mistake to make, not theirs. When it comes to those they feel deserve a show of respect, the lovirtis will keep bipedal and hop-walk with only their hind feet; someone who has earned their respect deserves their best impression. Rather than running, when the lovirtis need to go fast, they simply forgo hop-walking and start bounding with their strong legs.
There is little-to-no sexual dimorphism between the lovirtis; though not all members of the species can lay eggs, all members of the species have a natural pouch on their stomach. Though lovirtis wear shirts and the like, any upper body clothing they have will always be worn in such a way that they have easy access to this pouch and the contents inside.
The lovirtis are covered in smooth black scales, and even the skin underneath that is dark so that they can absorb and retain the most amount of sunlight. There are scales on their pouch and ears, but those are far finer and smaller for easier locomotion. The wool growing from the base of their tails to a furry ruff around their neck may appear to be white, but in actuality it is colourless, meant to soak in the heat just like the rest of them. This wool is known as a “cloak”. Some lovirtis’ cloaks grow up the back of their head and onto their forehead, where it ends in a small ‘v’; these lovirtis are referred to as having “hooded” cloaks, whereas lovirtis with wool that ends at the nape of their neck are referred to as having “unhooded” cloaks.
Adult lovirtis tend to shed once per year, in the summer of whatever planet they’re on. When this happens, all of their wool falls out first so that their old skin can be more easily moulted. This leaves them more vulnerable to cold temperatures, as well as more susceptible to attacks from behind and to the neck. They usually take a holiday for the duration of their shedding as a result of this, so they can keep warm and snug at home until their new cloak grows in. As a child, this shedding tends to be much more frequent; once a month isn’t uncommon, especially in adolescents.
Heterochromia in the eyes is the norm for the lovirtis, and most individuals will have a red eye and a blue eye. Some may have two red or two blue eyes, but this is more unusual. Lovirtis have white pupils, with their sclera being the part that is coloured either red or blue.
The lovirtis have a very, very strong sense of justice.
Anything that isn’t right, or fair, they simply can’t stand.
This is the most obvious thing about the species as a whole that everyone knows; their concern isn’t with the laws of any given species most primarily, but the intentions behind them. The lovirtis are happy to enforce rules within reason even if they don’t understand why it would be illegal, like not being allowed to work on Sundays, but will absolutely object if it breaks their moral code, such as allowing slavery.
Even when they are enforcing rules, the lovirtis try their best to treat the lawbreakers fairly in accordance to how bad what they did was and their reasons for it; in the more minor infractions, police brutality is almost unheard of from the lovirtis. The weightier the crime the person has been accused of, however, and the more the lovirtis is convinced they are guilty, the more likely that the criminal will be “accidentally” hurt more than necessary.
Lovirtis can, will, and do fight tooth and nail to make sure all species are equal, which is why it is so strange to many that they are often seen working with species like notails and armas. The reason behind this, of course, is simple: the individual has either bought into the species ladder, as the armas have, or have been convinced that the particular notail they work for is one of the good ones. The latter of this is a lot easier to make happen than others might think, as lovirtis are not usually in the business of judging an individual based on their species stereotype, no matter how well-earned that stereotype might have been.
Though it is strange to see a lovirtis agreeing with an arma’s speciesism rather than butting heads with them and arguing day in and day out, as is the norm whenever they are forced to work together as they often are, it may not be so surprising when one takes into consideration that lovirtis never seem to give much thought to the animals they casually hunt for food at all, despite their obsession with justice and fairness for the people. If a slightly less morally stubborn lovirtis can be convinced that the species lower on the social ladder don’t really count as people, they can be as cruel as the armas when dealing with them – though most likely, even then they will be nicer to them than the armas are.
The lovirtis’ pouch usually contains what the lovirtis considers most precious to them, comparable in importance to a child of theirs. This importance can be of the item itself, or what the item symbolises, but it is always somehow of sentimental value. When they actually have a child, all members in a given relationship will take care of their egg by warming it in their pouch. The usual items in there are instead stored either in their inventory or a special knapsack for the duration of the offspring’s residence in their pouch.
Their pouches are only large enough to fit one egg in at a time, so two eggs are often the optimum amount for a lovirtis couple. If there are more members in the relationship, then more eggs are fine; if there are not, however, the lovirtis couple will have to be careful to make sure they have a proper artificial warmer for the other eggs. If they only lay one egg, this egg will be traded between the parents’ pouches at regular intervals, with both of them taking turns warming it.
Lovirtis new-borns cannot be kept in the same pouch either, though this is not due to lack of space. Rather, if they are, the babies are very likely to attempt to bite at or eat one another until they are old enough to be cognisant of their own actions – and once they are, it’s unlikely that more than one child at a time is big enough to fit. For this reason, having more than one children per parent can be rather harrowing.
Though the lovirtis do not usually find battle in and out of itself glorious, the reasons behind the fight are something they find admirable. The scars they gain as a consequence of pursuing an enaction of justice are valued highly, and it isn’t at all unusual to find older lovirtis littered in scars that they bear with pride. Self-inflicted scars are considered honourable as well; it means that the individual that bears them has struggled to their feet and continued on despite the injustice of their own mind hating them being stacked high against them.
A common cultural perception the lovirtis have is the association of someone wearing glasses with being more approachable, kindly, and nice, whereas someone who wears sunglasses is considered more serious, strict, and intimidating. Studies taken regarding this suggest this is mostly an unconscious view that the lovirtis have adopted after the popular boom of two lovirtis heroes, and the view extends to other species. A lovirtis may wear glasses if they want to seem more gentle as a result, and shades if they want to seem stern, regardless of whether they need them or not.
One might expect the lovirtis to have started out with many wars on their home planet in the past, and they would be partially correct. Though it is true that there aren’t any deficit of historical wars from the lovirtis’ pre-space days, not only are there far fewer than expected, historians will also find that almost all the wars are only between two cities out of the many littering the planet’s dry surface to this day.
The reason for this is simple: almost all the lovirtis value justice very, very highly. Even in present days, if a member of their group or city is accused by another of having committed a crime, they will willingly give the individual up for first the trial that a random third group presides over as judge, and then the punishment that the victims feel is deserved. Though the lovirtis aren’t disloyal, if a member of their group has committed a crime, then they not only feel it is only within the victim’s right to be compensated for this somehow, but they are extremely disappointed in their companion for having done something unjust in the first place.
In turn, the victimised party is likely to choose a punishment that is directly proportionate to the criminal’s crime; a murderer might be exiled or killed, but a petty thief will likely only have to do something small like community service for a while.
The exception, of course, is if there is a good reason for the crime. If a lovirtis killed in order to stop a tyrant, or stole because they simply could not afford food, they are likely to be considered innocent – and as a result, their group will either refuse to give them up for punishment, or the other group will refuse to punish them.
The wars that have ignited are more often than not cases such as this, where a lovirtis claims that their murder was justified without sufficient proof, and the victim’s group feels that they are not. These wars are usually quick and dirty affairs, with only the two groups involved fighting – often to the death, as neither of them are willing to give in and feel completely justified in their actions. There more often than not never ends up with a complete consensus with which of the two groups was in the right when it comes to these wars.
Even more rarely - having only occurred four times in all of the lovirtis' recorded history - is when it turns out that the accusing party's proof has been falsified.
Every group gets involved in both the trial and, often, the war thereafter when this happens. A group of people who would lie to throw a known innocent under the bus for whatever reason will be wildly reviled, prompting other cities to intervene. Often, it is not an unanimous belief of this accusation, as there are those that disbelieve a lovirtis would really do such a thing and so side with the party that was said to have fake proof, causing wide rifts between city relations and a long, grim fight that usually ends with one side eventually conceding the point.
Wars aside, the lovirtis’ history were rather uneventful prior to being discovered by the notails, being typical of how most species developed and adapted on their own from a mere animal into sapience and then technology.
When the notails arrived at the lovirtis’ doorstep, the lovirtis were just barely before their own first investigation into space, and viewed the notails with curiosity but not hostility – the hostility came later, after they witnessed how the notails treated other species that they considered lesser.
At first contact, the notails observed the lovirtis’ dedication to the law and enforcing it, and invited them to space to keep the order in what they suggested were wild wastes, rampant with crime and hate. (Which they were, but mostly because of the notails themselves.) The lovirtis, of course, leapt at the chance to help bring justice to the universe – and so entered space as the notails’ police force.
Modern lovirtis are far less likely to be working with notails, of course; they were disillusioned of their positive outlook towards the notails within years by all of the species they were monitoring, and all the proof of the notails’ horrible acts. Nevertheless, notails being the species that brought them to witness the stars is a truth that still remains in the species’ history, and there are still an unfortunately significant number of lovirtis in the universe that are content to work under a notail, with the mindset that their notail boss is completely unlike the other horrible, cruel notails that are out there.
• Despite military-related business not usually being the lovirtis’ job, it isn’t at all uncommon to see some police lovirtis near a military base. One will usually find them arguing with the armas there.
• Artworks from their culture are historically associated with the colour yellow.
• The lovirtis tend to use their shed wool and skin to create clothing, and will reminisce when it was from. Other species might find this a little weird or gross, so lovirtis that work in space tend to wear clothing of this kind far less, if at all.
• Sometimes a lovirtis is born with pure black wool. This doesn’t count as a subspecies as it is only a wool colour. Lovirtis usually consider black-cloaked individuals particularly lucky as black is perceived as the warmest colour, even if the wool actually soaks in the same amount of heat as most lovirtis’ transparent wool.
• Lovirtis thought and still think the debate about whether robots should have rights or not is kinda stupid. They reason, so they deserve equality.