Two Stylices (Image of Stylix)

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Jenny Bannock

From Stories from the Merchant Road, as told by Neelie:"The stylix (plural: stylices) is a fuzzy, funny, playful creature, not much bigger than your average barn cat. It is omnivorous, alert, and intelligent. Stylix names are often more than four syllables--the ones shown here are Callidante and Callidalli, respectively. Calli seems to be a family name, placed first and fused with the given name. Most stylices I've met have been Callis. Physically, they resemble some combination of rabbit, fox, chipmunk, and raccoon. Their coats vary as much as foxes' do, within the full spectrum of reds and browns. On some, the dark points are nearly black. All have the twin stripes running from eye to tail, though the center color can be pure white through reddish grey. The magnificent tails serve to balance them, and they twitch much like squirrels' tails do. Like cats, they have no real collarbone, so they can squeeze through tight spaces with ease. The truly amazing and unique thing about them is that they are the only creatures in the world (save the Divine Bird) that can call upon the centuries of memory since the world was created. This might cause problems, were any other race to possess such a power. Eluhu or humans would use it to conquer and control; Orcs would probably do the same. Even my people would benefit from the ancient trade routes or the mercantile trends and tides. However, with the stylix, it serves only as a kind of vague burden, one they hardly remember they even have. It's frustrating to some; the secrets of how they pass on their memories to the next generation are still undiscovered. Even captured stylices can't (or won't) reveal their ways, regardless of the threat. Perhaps it's best that way. They're easily distracted by shiny things, are known to be loyal friends, and provide effortless comic relief during hard times." (note: Stylix is used with permission from original creator K.K.)

Published More than a year ago

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