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Octas/fallen


Sapient Species

These are beings who have a sense of morality. They still have animal drives and instincts, but can choose to over-ride them in favour of achieving a long-term goal. Whether they actually do so is another matter entirely, and sapience is more of a spectrum within a species, with some individuals more able (or just willing) to control their animal side than others.

Note that while sapience requires intelligence, intelligence does not automatically confer sapience - any animal intelligent enough to handle language is quite capable of passing off a superficial simulation of sapience even to the point of fooling themselves that what is going on in their brains is all that sapience is! Meanwhile, linguistic beings of lower functional intelligence than those clever-talking-animals can still be fully sapient. The world of Octas has rather a lot of highly-intelligent beings that lack true sapience. Many of them are gods!

Players can create characters for any Sapient species, though it is strongly recommended that new players start with human characters until they have a feel for the world and all its inhabitants.

Some sapient species (mainly the land-based 'uplifted') are explicitly intended for player-character use. Others (such as Daemons, Dragons and aquatic 'uplifted') could be used as a player-character, but have some issues as they are not really designed with this in mind. They should definitely be considered 'advanced play only' options.

A small number of gods are truly sapient, but these are still unplayable - the power differences involved would instantly break the game! Plus, for all their power, Octas gods are geographically confined and can't travel outside their domains.

An Octas/god-wars game is possible, but it would have to be an entirely different game, with vastly different rules and play, just sharing the setting - and octal dice, of course - if implemented.

Some of the Sapient beings of Octas are not really amenable to mixing with other species for adventuring purposes simply as a matter of physiology and living environment, however where this isn't an issue, a certain amount of exceptionalism can be considered to apply: while most non-human sapient species tend to avoid interaction with the human world, the individuals pre-disposed to 'adventure' can be assumed to be the ones less inclined to this tendency.

Special adjustments

Most beings who are not characters tend to be a bit weaker than character-versions of their species. The characters are what they are specifically because they are above-average. Named beings, especially foes, will tend to be better-matched to the characters' abilities because it is likewise in their nature to be so - the ones that weren't so strong or smart simply didn't survive long enough to be around to meet! This section describes ordinary beings, and stats and scores should be adjusted as appropriate for special cases.


Fully-playable species:

Human

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 5.(1D) Major number is normally 5. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Wt 30.(1D) Major number is normally 30. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Hand 1D (table) 0 = left-handed, 1-7 = right-handed
Phy 1D + 8
Men 1D + 8
Per 1D + 8
Wil 1D + 8

Skills: Humans can learn any skill.

Native Language: Regionally Variable
Spoken skill: +D + Knowledge
Written skill: 1D + Knowledge
Signed skill: points-trade on above

Humans who don't have reason to use it generally won't know Trade Lingua.

Species Age Profile
Adult 16 years
Elderly 64 years
Lifespan (average) 80 years

Senses:

Humans have strong tri-chromatic vision that covers the Red through to Violet range with quite vivid colour distinction. They have no natural dark-vision ability.

Humans have average hearing ability and a very weak sense of smell.

Descirption:

Humans are, by far, the most common sapience-capable species on Octas. They generally live in or near towns and villages on the surface of the world , though some choose to live remotely from others of their kind. A small number are even accepted amongst, or at least near, the habitations of other sapient species.

The major occupations of humans include agriculture, manufacturing, trade, research, management. They are of middling ability across-the-board, but are all-the-same quite versatile. They lack any outstanding singular species-defining skills, however individuals can stand out in any area of skill.

Like most animals on Octas, Humans have two primary genders, Male and Female, with a portion of inter-gender individuals. While the physical differences between the genders are obvious when looking at averages, individuals vary far more than the differences between the average, so gender is not a reliable indicator of a specific human's capabilities.

Human societies tend to be hierarchical, with rulership usually determined through lineage, occasionally disrupted by violent dominance-challenges. Unusually, compared to most creatures, human dominance combat is often lethal. Individual societies occasionally dabble with other forms of societal structure, but these invariably revert quickly to being, at best, a hypocritical gloss over the top of their societal-default lineage-hierarchies. The leadership style can span the whole range from generally-beneficent to openly-despotic.

Human attitudes to gender within their own societies tends to be towards gender-role differentiation, however how strictly this is expressed can vary widely from largely-absent to strictly-enforced, with the somewhat-predominant mean being societies with a general inclination towards gendered-roles but few or no social penalties towards individuals that don't follow this inclination.

Humans have strong cultural traditions, including festivals, histories, fashions, language, sports. These traditions contribute greatly to social cohesion and maintenance of social order. There is often distinct trends of differentiation between male and female clothing and body-ornamentation, particularly towards the more affluent end of society.

Humans are capable of acts of selfless kindness and the most debased barbarism, sometimes simultaneously!

A note on Human racial groups.

Race isn't really a thing amongst the humans of Octas. All human racial characteristics are present, and players are encouraged to choose whatever they wish for their characters. It will make no difference to game-play. "Racial" characteristics on Octas breed more along family lines than across whole populations, with plenty of mixing and skipped generations, so a particular skin tone, or eye shape, while often prominent, is no more noteworthy than it being mentioned that you have your great-aunt's nose, or your granfather's chin, or red hair that pops out in a cousin every couple of generations, but can be traced back to that one distant ancestor originally from that village over the mountains where, so it is said, everyone has red hair!

Black Bear (uplifted)

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 7.(1D) Major number is normally 7. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Wt 40.(1D) Major number is normally 40. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Hand 1D (table) Even = left-handed, Odd = right-handed
Phy 2D + 16
Men 1D + 4
Per 1D + 8
Wil 1D + 8

Skills: Uplift Black Bears can learn any skill that does not require fine manual dexterity.

Native Language: Trade Lingua
Spoken skill: 1D + Knowledge Maximum 16
Written skill: 1D Maximum 16
Signed skill: points-trade on above Maximum 16

Uplifted Black Bears cannot write with a pen or brush, but can learn to read, and can scratch letters in things with their claws. Some can also write quite legibly using a claw dipped in ink.

Species Age Profile
Adult 8 years
Elderly 48 years
Lifespan (average) 64 years

For comparison, non-uplift Black Bears are of half Intelligence and Knowledge and have no ability to learn language or complex skills. Lifespans are half.

Senses:

Bears see the same tri-chromatic colour spectrum as humans, but the colours are weaker and more 'washed out'. Their night-vision is considerably better, however, providing vision down to 1/4 the light levels perceivable by humans.

Bears have an excellent sense of smell. Their hearing is comparable to human.

Description:

Being very solitary creatures, Uplifted Black Bears don't even mix with their own kind, uplifted or otherwise, except for occasional mating, after which the male immediately leaves again, which the females prefer anyway. Uplifted Black Bears can interbreed with non-uplifted Black Bears, producing young with an equal chance of being Uplift or not, however both males and females prefer to mate with other Uplifted of their kind.

Black Bears have a leave me alone, and I'll leave you alone attitude to all language-capable beings, though they tend to get along well with Uplifted Crows.

Uplifted Black Bears, like Uplifted Crows (and probably because of them), speak Trade-Lingua. They are slow speakers and tend to use few words. They can learn to read, but rarely do. Those few that do can usually also write, using a claw dipped in ink, producing a functional and highly-legible script.

Black Bears are opportunistic omnivores but fish and fruits are a the largest part of their diet. They love honey if they can get it.

Black bears are offended by the implication that they raid peoples pic-a-nic baskets. They do, but mentioning it still offends them.

Capybara (uplifted)

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 3.(1D) Major number is normally 3. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Wt 10.(1D) Major number is normally 10. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Hand 1D (table) Even = left-handed, Odd = right-handed
Phy 1D + 4
Men +D + 8
Per +D + 8
Wil 1D + 4

Skills: Uplift Capybara can learn any skill.

Native Language: Regionally Variable
Spoken skill: +D + Knowledge
Written skill: 1D + Knowledge
Signed skill: points-trade on above

Humans who don't have reason to use it generally won't know Trade Lingua. Otherwise calculate as per human.

Species Age Profile
Adult 8 years
Elderly 40 years
Lifespan (average) 48 years

Senses:

Capybara are Red/Green colourblind and cannot differentiate strongly between Red/Yellow/Orange/Green, seeing them all as subtle hues of the same colour. They do not have any dark-vision capabilities, however do have whiskers that allow them to move about in total darkness at half normal speed without running into things.

Like Grey Wolves, Capybara can hear much higher frequency sounds than humans. Their sense of smell is comparable to human.

Description:

Shy and skittish, Capybara live well away from humans in particular, but all other language-capable beings in general. They form sizeable communities, usually on elevated planes, consisting of multiple sprawling semi-buried family-boroughs. They don't consider themselves the same species as non-uplift Capybara, any more than humans consider themselves the same species as chimpanzees. Their societies are loosely hierarchical, being more a cooperation between family groups, and are exclusively matriarchal. They are notably more peaceful than humans, but quite capable of violence if pushed.

Capybara have their own languages, as diverse as humans', and can use trade-lingua to the same extent as humans. Their voices are very high-pitched, but perfectly intelligible.

The ranges of trades, skills and interests amongst Uplifted Capybara are quite similar to those of humans. Capybara are probably the most human-like uplifted in this aspect.

Capybara normally walk on their hands and feet, and sit to use tools with their hands. They can use tools or wield weapons while walking or running, but it takes a good deal of effort, so they prefer to sit on the ground while working when it is an option.

Capybara are strictly vegetarian, to the extent that they only eat roots, leafy vegetables, and grasses/grains - fruits and other sweet foods make them ill, and the taste of concentrated sugar is unpleasantly bitter to them. Coca and its derivatives are highly toxic to them, if swallowed, and a skin irritant in the case of general contact. They lack the biological ability to digest meat, and consuming it will cause severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Due to higher nutritional intake from agriculture and the cooking of food, they do not need to practice coprophagy like their non-uplift cousins.

Smaller mammals often practice coprophagy, which is the re-eating of their own excrement. Sounds disgusting, but the excrement they eat has been processed differently the first time through their digestive systems to the second time it goes through, so isn't quite like eating faeces would be for a larger animal, and coprophagic animals usually don't re-eat the second-time-processed stuff any more than larger animals do so at all. They need to do this largely because their physical size simply doesn't allow their digestive tracts to be long enough to digest their food properly in one pass-through. As mentioned above, the higher nutritional content of farmed food, plus pre-digesting it in the form of cooking, allows uplift Capybara to not do this, though they are physiologically still capable of doing so. They consider doing so in a similar light to how a human might consider the flinging of dung by a monkey, so not quite as disgusting as humans and other large mammals generally view coprophagy, but it still isn't considered nice!

At 3 Lengths tall, trying to offend a Capybara is literally punching-down, and no-one will consider it funny.

Crow (uplifted)

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 1.(1D/2) Major number is normally 1. Fractional ⅛ component is D1 divided by 2 (round up)
Wt 1.(1D/2) Major number is normally 1. Fractional ⅛ component is D1 divided by 2 (round up)
Hand (foot) 1D (table) Even = left-handed, Odd = right-handed
Phy 1D + 4
Men 2D + 8
Per 2D + 12
Wil 1D + 8

Skills: Uplift Crows can learn any skill that does not require hands (though a foot or beak may be able to serve the purpose in some cases).

Native Language: Trade Lingua
Spoken skill: +D + Knowledge Max 16, carry remainder to *signed* or Auxilary language
Written skill: 1D + Knowledge Max 16. Mostly used for reading, as writing is a huge chore!
Signed skill: points-trade on above Interpret only, cannot make signs.
Auxiliary Language: Variable
Spoken skill: +D Added to any carried over from surplus Trade-lingua score.
Written skill: 1D Can read to this ability, but only scratch out letters for writing.
Signed skill: points-trade on above Interpret only, cannot make signs
(unless the signed language fits wing-positioning).

Crows normally use Trade-lingua, mixing it in with bits of whatever other local languages they may know when that language proves more expressive. Player characters may store this 'auxiliary' language in the 'native language' slot. It may be improved in the same way as any other language (it just starts lower).

Species Age Profile
Adult 4 years
Elderly 12 years
Lifespan (average) 16 years

Senses:

Crows are quad-chromatic covering the Red-Green-Blue-UVA ranges. This gives them the spectral range of Octopusses and Dragons, but the hue-sensitivity of humans. They see colours brightly by day, and have no dark-vision abilities. Contrary to popular myth, Crows *can* see the colour yellow perfectly well (they just don't associate the colour with edible things).

Crows lack night-vision but have particularly sharp daytime vision, being able to discern detail at eight times the range of humans.

Crows can also discern light polarisation, which in open sky can give strong clues to direction useful in long-distance navigation. Crows' subtly-iridescent-black plumage is instead highly-iridescent-black when seen with light-polarisation-vision (it is not, as sometimes believed, blue or UV-coloured to them, however).

Crows can sense magnetic fields, so instinctively always know (in the absence of interference) which way is north (Octas has a distinct magnetic field with poles well-aligned with its axis of rotation). Note that in Hell the planetary magnetic field is only sporadically detectable over a lot of random magnetic interference of indeterminate origin. In Hell, a Crow would spend a lot of time magnetically-blind.

Crows' sense of hearing and smell are comparable to humans'.

Description:

How so much intelligence can fit in such a small head is a mystery, but uplifted crows are smart. The main limit on their minds is not the size, however, but their relatively short lifespans, so while naturally intelligent, they tend to be somewhat less knowledgeable due to limited time in which to learn. Like any high-intelligence-low-knowledge being, crows tend to just make up true-sounding knowledge based on their prejudices to fill the gaps, often without even being aware they are doing it, which can make them somewhat unreliable as sources of information.

Crows experience time at around one half the speed of other sapient creatures so to them their lives are not quite as short as might be assumed just from their lifespans as measured in years. This also gives them very good reaction times, within the limits of their bodies to physically move to keep up with their brains. Flight having given them naturally light bodies and proportionally strong musculature is a big help here.

Crows are often impatient with much slower-thinking beings. Crows can understand and speak human languages, and can learn to read, but can't write beyond scratching short words into soft surfaces with their beaks (technically they can write as much as they want, but it takes ages!). They mostly use Trade-lingua, with a bit of the local native languages mixed in. Humans tend not to trust crows as they could too easily be spies. Crows find this idea amusing: "Spy on what? Humans? Pah!" (Note: they do make good spies, the trick is to find one with the attention-span for it!)

Crows are very versatile omnivores and can eat just about anything organic. As birds, they taste 'hot/spicy' as 'sweet' and don't get the usual 'burn' that most mammals hate, but some humans, daemons and non-avian uplifed have learned to enjoy.

This is 'deliberate' on the part of some plants who have evolved to 'spice-up' their fruits so that they will appeal to birds and not to mammals, as bird digestive systems tend to pass the the seeds within the fruits unharmed, with a bonus that birds provide very wide seed dispersal. Mammals tend to grind the seeds to paste with their teeth, destroying them and hence not providing any benefit to the plant in providing edible fruits to them.

It is hard to tell what offends a crow. They are usually the ones doing the offending of others!

Grey Wolf (uplifted)

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 2.(1D) Ground to head height, not nose-to-tail length.
Wt 20.(1D) Major number is normally 30. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Hand Not Applicable
Phy 1D + 8
Men 1D + 12
Per 1D + 16
Wil 1D + 4

For comparison, non-uplift wolves have Men: 1D + 4 and cannot use any language or learn any significant skills beyond *fetch* and *roll-over*.

Skills: Uplift Wolves can learn any skill that does not require fine motor skills (they have no hands, though a foot, or even mouth, can serve the purpose in a few cases).

Uplift wolves also start with a Tracking Skill of 1D+32, in addition to player-selected skills.

Native Language: Trade Lingua
Spoken skill: 1D + Knowledge Maximum 16
Written skill: 1D Maximum 16, read only - cannot write.
Signed skill: points-trade on above Recognise only - cannot make signs.
Species Age Profile
Adult 4 years
Elderly 24 years
Lifespan (average) 32 years

Senses:

Wolves see the same tri-chromatic colour spectrum as humans, but the colours are weaker and more 'washed out', particularly in the Green-Blue range, which they have some trouble differentiating finer hues of. Their night-vision is considerably better, however, providing vision down to 1/4 the light levels perceivable by humans.

Wolves have a beyond-excellent sense of smell, and an extremely good long-term smell-memory.

Wolves can hear much higher frequency sounds than humans, and their hearing in notably sharp.

Descirption:

Loners by nature, Uplift Wolves tend to live indistinguishable from their non-uplifted kin when single, otherwise they form a co-dependent family unit with a long-term mate. Older children often remain with the family to assist with the raising of a next generation of sibling-pups, but will go out on their own at adulthood. Uplifted wolves can interbreed with non-uplifted, in which case pups' uplifted/normal state tends to be half/half, though uplifted wolves generally prefer the companionship of an uplifted mate. Mating is not strictly for-life, but tends to skew to long-term pairing.

As with non-uplift wolves, there is no Alpha-heirachy (this idea was the result of applying the observed behaviour of captivity-stressed wolves to the species as a whole and even the biologist who 'discovered' it subsequently became a driving force in later refuting the faulty theory). Social structure in a wolf pack is based simply on lines of seniority, specifically parents > grown-children > pups. There is no specific gender-dominance, with the dominance in a mating pair, and amongst youngsters, being a matter of individual personality. Wolves tend to be fairly egalitarian outside of age-based family structures, and even within those dominance structures have a strong sense of 'fairness'.

Uplifted Grey Wolves all speak trade-lingua well, along with any other local languages they may be exposed to. They may also read a very small number of words, mainly being able to recognise place-names from mile-markers in their hunting ranges, but they don't write at all.

They are predominately carnivores, but do need some grasses in their diet to remain healthy.

Calling a Grey Wolf a 'dog' is a moderate insult, implying subservient domesticity. "Bitch" on the other hand, is just an alternate word for 'female', and the worst you can do with that word is a 50% chance of implying you are ignorant of visual and scent cues to canine gender, the other 50% chance being giving the impression you think stating the blindingly obvious is an impressive trick.

Unicorn

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 6.(1D) Ground to head height, not nose-to-rump length.
Wt 80.(1D) Major number is normally 80. Fractional ⅛ component is D1
Hand Not Applicable
Phy 2D + 32
Men 1D + 8
Per 1D + 8
Wil 1D + 4

Skills: Unicorns generally lack the interest to learn what few humanistic skills they could physically manage.

Native Language: Trade Lingua
Spoken skill: 1D + Knowledge Understand only - cannot speak.
Written skill: 1D Maximum 16, read only - cannot write.
Signed skill: points-trade on above Recognise only - cannot make signs.
Species Age Profile
Adult 8 years
Elderly 32 years
Lifespan (average) 40 years

Senses:

Unicorns are Red/Green colourblind and cannot differentiate between Red/Yellow/Orange/Green, seeing them all as subtly-different hues of the same colour. They do not have any dark-vision capabilities, but have particularly sharp daytime vision, being able to discern detail at four times the range of humans.

Unicorns' hearing and sense of smell are comparable to humans.

Description:

Though they will unashamedly fornicate with horses, unicorns can't produce even sterile hybrids through such activity. They are quite aloof and prideful, and it isn't entirely unjustified: they are very good-looking, even to other species.

Unicorns can learn to understand spoken languages but cannot speak them. Some can scratch out words with their horns. Like uplifted elephants, they often communicate simply by nodding or shaking their heads, or by making horse-like noises of disgust, frustration, boredom or amusement, in response to spoken questions or statements.

They will take a rider, if they like the person enough, and prefer a well-padded saddle over bare-back. They will not accept a bridle or reigns. They physically could pull a cart, but will be offended at the suggestion. A racing-chariot, on the other hand, is quite acceptable, provided it is nice and shiny, though they will be in charge of steering and the best the charioteer can do is hang-on tight and shout suggestions for what direction to go and at what speed.

Unicorns are herbivore grazers and eat grasses. They are also partial to vegetables as well as fruits and sweet things in general, and will consume such to the point of making themselves quite sick, given the chance.

Unicorns are most offended by popular human mythology claiming that their horns are somehow phallic, or that they have any unusual interest in human females, virgin or otherwise (they don't)!

Playable-with-limitations:

Indian Elephant (uplifted): size constraints

Base Stats:

Char Roll Notes
Ht 16.(1D) Ground to head height, not trunk-to-rump length.
Wt 1D+256 Not using the fractional part at this scale.
Hand Not Applicable
Phy +DD + 32
Men 1D + 8
Per 1D + 4
Wil 2D + 16

Skills: Uplift Elephants can learn any skill that does not require fine motor skills on two hands (they have the equivalent of one-handed fine motor skills on their trunk, though). The tip of their trunk is dexterous enough to substitute for up to two opposable fingers in most situations.

Native Language: Regionally Variable
Spoken skill: 1D + Knowledge
Written skill: 1D Elephants can write, if literate,
but they write BIG!
Signed skill: points-trade on above Elephant-language signing is based on trunk motion.

Elephant spoken languages are largely inaudible to other sapient species due to the very low frequency of sound used, excepting Orca who can hear them and could learn to understand and speak them, given opportunity and motivation.

Trade Lingua
Spoken skill: 1D + Knowledge Can understand but not speak.
Written skill: 1D
Signed skill: points-trade on above Interpret only, cannot make signs for non-Elephant languages.

Indian Elephants often understand Trade Lingua though they cannot speak it.

Species Age Profile
Adult 24 years
Elderly 80 years
Lifespan (average) 96 years

Senses:

Elephants are blind to the colour blue. They are not just blue-green colourblind (seeing both colours as subtle hues of the same colour), but actually see blue and violet as the absence of colour, so black. Likewise, they see purple (a red-blue mix that appears similar to violet due to a quirk of human vision) as simply red (the colour, not the 80's soul/pop band). Also note that Elephants have particularly bad visual range in general, and cannot see anything farther than 64 lengths away as more than a blobby blur.

Elephants can hear well below the frequency ranges of any other sapient being, though their upper-frequency range is about half that of humans. They are also highly sensitive to low-frequency sounds carried through the earth, via their feet. Their sense of smell is comparable to humans.

Description:

By far the largest land-dwelling uplifted, they are the only uplifted who are inclined to live near humans. While they prefer to form their own communities of a few dozen individuals, they welcome human visitors to their communities and also visit human settlements, even supplying heavy labour for humans in return for suitable recompense.

Elephant communities are ostensibly matriarchal, however there is not really much difference in social status between genders except that males, on becoming adult, leave their birth community to seek out another, usually nearby, elephant community to join, so in-community family-lines are female-lineage-based, while inter-community relations tend to be strengthened by male connections to their birth-places. This results in a strong skew towards female leaders and male diplomats, but neither role is strictly gender-exclusive.

Elephants can learn to understand spoken human languages of the regions they inhabit but cannot speak them. Often replies to questions or statements with nods and shakes of their head are sufficient communication for their daily interactions with humans. They have languages of their own that operate well below human hearing thresholds. These languages are not regularised, and elephant communities far-enough separated cannot automatically understand each-other. Elephants can learn to write language with a large pen or brush held in their trunk. They also can draw and paint at equivalent levels of artistic ability to humans, and many enjoy doing so.

Elephants are herbivores and eat leaves. In large quantities! They also very much enjoy fruit and nuts, and can get good nutritional value out of vegetables. They enjoy cold cooked food, but do not require their food to be cooked. They don't like the taste, or smell, of cooked meat, though it won't actually harm them.

Never call an Indian Elephant an "African Elephant" their low-frequency hearing range risks them hearing it as "A frickn' elephant", and they weigh several tonnes more than you!

Player Issues

The physical size and weight of an Elephant character will likely restrict, or at least greatly slow, their access to indoor or heavily-forested areas. Narrow mountain passes are also problematic. While non-uplift elephants don't like travelling by boat, their uplift cousins are fine with it, provided they judge the boat is sturdy enough.

Still to come:.


This list is assumed incomplete. Octas is a big world, and who knows what else is out there! Any species could have an uplift variant hiding somewhere.

More on The Uplifted

Uplifted are any normally-non-sapient animal that has human-equivalent intelligence. Any large animal can potentially be an uplifted, though only a small sub-set of the animal kingdom have ever been provably identified to have uplifted members. Uplifted tend to avoid human population centres, and either live alone, hide amongst their non-uplifted kin, or form small communities in remote locations.

Although uplifted are often of similar intelligence to Humans, they don't necessarily have the same drives and experiences focusing that intelligence, so while equivalent, it can still come across as quite alien, as Human intelligence can seem to them.

No Uplifted has ever been observed wearing pants, or a little button-up coat! However, scarves, shawls, belts and sashes are popular amongst some community-living uplifted. Collars and neck-ties are offensive to them, seen as symbols of slavery. They may tolerate a harness if it is for the purpose of carrying things and they are able to remove it themselves at-will.

As with most large creatures of Octas, the Uplifted can be male and female, with a small portion of inter-gender or non-gender individuals. Interactions between these groups varies somewhat with species.

Sapient species Human, Daemon, Dragon and Unicorn are not generally considered 'uplifted' as they have no non-uplifted equivalent. Both Humans and Daemons could technically be classified as "Uplifted Apes" but get an exception due to how far they are diverged from other apes. Unicorns scrape over that arbitrary line against horses too. Dragons are rather bat-like, but they have scales and lay eggs, which no bat does.


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