Sonazia is home to many different species, the most common one being the vorox. Vorox are large, bipedal and canine like in appearance and have very thin fur. It is common for them to have some bald patches, although this happens with age. They have a thin body structure and it is typical to be able to see their ribs. They have long legs and small paws. Their legs are very durable and can take a lot of damage before breaking down. Vorox have large sharp claws on each paw which are retractable. These claws are made of exposed metal and have a slight shine to them when they hit sunlight.
Vorox have a thin long tail with a silver point at the end. They have very good control of their tail and can maneuver it with clean precision. The tip of their tail is used to cut into objects like the ground, plants or enemies. They can inject poison with their tails that causes paralysis and eventual death. Where it is injected will cause a purplish discoloration in the skin and can be seen growing in size as the poison spreads in the body. Vorox are not immune to their own poison and not only be killed by another vorox but also die to themselves. If their tail is cut just below the tip of their tail and is deep enough it can rip through the poison sac and let it into their body and kill them. This is uncommon though as this part of the body is very well protected by thicker metals to prevent death in this way.
They have a smooth transition from their head to their muzzle so that when they run the wind easily flows over their head and helps with resistance. Their ears are always faced backward. It is impossible for a vorox to lift up their ears and point them forward, they do not have the joints for it. The insides of their ears have no fur and is a rough leathery texture. Most vorox have their ears pointed so that the insides of their ears point downward so that it is very difficult for sand to get inside of them. It is possible to have vorox with ears that are turned slightly outward but this trait shows up in species that are not in sand territories most often, like forest or snow types.
Vorox have very sharp and large silver teeth that sometimes reflects light alike from their claws. Their tongue can be various colors but a light grey is most common. Vorox have a small flap of skin at the back of both sides of their mouth similar to a snake.
Vorox have three layers around their body before it gets to the main insides of the creature. The first layer is the skin, which is flexible and soft the touch. This layer help regulate temperature and keeps water out of the body, it also grows fur. If the skin is ripped it can heal back, however it will not be able to grow fur anymore and will leave a scar. Just below the skin are wires that carry blood throughout the body. If the skin is cut through and one of these wires are severed it will cause bleeding. The last layer is much more firm metal that incases the entire body. Unlike the skin or wires this layer is not able to affectively heal itself and when cut into it will only heal back partially, causing a weaker point in the casing. There are several places on the body where there is only exposed metal with no skin or wire layer. These places are on the paw pads, the nose, the mouth and the tail tip.
Vorox eyes are protected by a thick glass screen that can be in several different colors. They will see everything with a slight tint of whatever color the screen is. The screen is alike from glasses and keeps everything in focus. Although the protective screen is very durable it is possible for it to crack or shatter but this does not necessarily mean the eye itself has been also damaged. A crack in the screen will slightly distort vision in the area that the crack is located. A screen that has been shattered and large parts are removed will cause blurry vision. The eye itself emits a small amount of light in either black or white. Along with the protective screen this causes the illusion of a pupil. The eye can expand and contact to convey emotions. It is possible for a vorox eye to emit much more light than normal so that the entire eye is lit up instead of one isolated spot. This makes it unclear where the vorox is looking because their is no visible pupil. Vorox with eyes like this can see just as well as any other vorox. When an eye no longer emits light it has died out and the vorox is blind in that eye.
On their back near the shoulders is a pressure point and can cause them to relax when rubbed or put pressure on it. This is used most commonly when they have been injured and need to calm down as it also can slightly bring down the pain response.
Vorox are extremely social creatures and can become depressed when left alone. Body language is a key part of interactions with each other. It is easy to tell vorox's rank by how they carry themselves. The tail position can say a whole lot about the vorox's mood. It also helps them show either dominance or submissiveness. Their tails is so important to them that they take great care to keep them clean. Attacking another vorox and damaging their tail is the biggest insult possible and shows a huge lack of respect. Doing such a thing shows extreme aggression and will often make the vorox go into full attack mode, fighting in order to kill the other vorox attacking them.
Vorox will become very stressed, jumpy and paranoid when they are not with a pack. They require interaction with others and will constantly search for others if they find themselves alone. Vorox develop deep bonds with their packmates and will stay around each other as much as possible. They will often wrestle each other and train together. They also will sleep together to stay warm as the temperature drops very low during the night.
Tail Position Meanings
Calm - The tail is raised only slightly in the air so that it does not touch the ground and the tip is pointed outward away from the body.
Dominant - The tail is raised a bit more than typical so that it is nearly straight.
Submissive - The tail is curled around one of their legs so that the end of their tail points away from their body again.
Apologetic - The tail is dropped completely on the ground and drags behind them. This only happens when a lower vorox is seeking forgiveness from a higher one.
Stressed - The tail is raised slightly higher than normal and the tail is curved so that the tip is pointed upward slightly. This is a warning that the vorox may attack.
Aggressive - The tail is raised over their body entirely so that the tip is near their own head.
Irritated - The tip of the tail switches slightly.
Excited - The tail is low to the ground but wagging back and forth.
Vorox will often fight with each other as a way to bond. When play fighting vorox do not do anything that will cause long term damage. However sometimes more serious fights can break out. This can happen when a vorox tries to challenge the leader for their rank or when a vorox steps out of line and the leader needs to remind them who is in charge.
The only difference between fights over dominance and play fighting is that is appears much more aggressive and lasts longer. When one vorox gets their opponent they will hold them by the neck and often attempt to push them into an object like a tree or wall so that they are pinned there. They will hold them there until they stop struggling. In some cases it can take an hour or more before a stubborn vorox finally gives up. When they do it shows that they recognize the other to be above them in ranking and that they need to listen to them. Vorox sometimes will do this to other creatures, it isn't always with other vorox.
Vorox can be territorial and will fight each other when someone not in their group comes into their area. It depends on the vorox how they react to an outsider. If they do not have a pack they may be invited into the pack but the usual response is to chase them out. Fights can start when the vorox refuses to leave. This is the only time vorox fighting will actually hurt each other.
Interactions with Other Species
There are many species and vorox need to respond to these other creatures in a way that can keep them alive. Vorox are skittish and do their best to keep to themselves but interactions still occur regardless.
Keerin - Vorox are absolutely terrified of these large cats. Keerin are the main predator for vorox and they do everything they can to stay away from them. Vorox are on a constant search for any signs of keerin around and will leave the moment even the slightest hint of a keerin was near by.
Shagnards - Although they are not as much of a threat as others, Shagnards can rip apart a lone vorox easily. Groups of vorox are enough to keep them at bay but they are usually the downfall for any vorox without any backup. Some brave vorox will actually steal pups from dens and raise them as pets.
Glenns - Glenns will capture and/or kill vorox due to the fact that vorox have many uses for glenns. Vorox and glenns are very closely related species and because of this many parts are easily interchangeable. This means that parts from vorox can be used to repair and replace parts in glenns and vise so vorox can be used for medical reasons. Glenns also sometimes use vorox as a food source. They can also capture vorox and train them for various tasks but the most common ones are for protection or for physical labor projects. Glenns can be extremely cruel to vorox they train. In some cases glenns will keep a vorox as a pet but this is a bit rare.
Vorox do not have any genitals and therefore do not technically have a gender, because they have no reproductive organs vorox cannot breed and have children themselves. Instead new vorox are brought into the world through a matercan. This sentient overprotective factory can build two vorox a year. They are dotted around the landscape within caves, tunnels or anything that offers some kind of shelter. They are large and round with a liquid surrounding it that is thick and a dark blue color. It electrocutes anyone who touches it and it is impossible to get inside without it allowing you itself. They have vine like appendages that can come out of the liquid layer and grab hold of anything around it and drag it inside if it wanted.
Matercan are completely blind and also use them to identify any creature that has come near them. As long as they have contact with the creature they can scan them and figure out exactly what it is. Matercan have intense maternal instincts and will protect and heal any vorox that they can created if they happen to stumble upon them. However any vorox that is not their own they view as a nuisance and will actually sometimes attack them to make them go away. Matercan are physic and can only speak in the minds of others can only do so when they have physical contact with them. They can only speak the vorox language and are unable to communicate with any other species.
Sometimes vorox are born slightly different from the rest. Color mutations are the most common. This is when a vorox has a too dark or too light coloration for their breed and has an appearance of a different breed without being a hybrid. There is one color mutation that is extremely rare and has only ever been seen once that caused the vorox to be completely black. Another color mutation causes two different colored eyes. These mutations do not affect the vorox in any way but there are some more harmful mutations that can appear. Vorox can be born blind, deaf or mute. If this happens other senses will become stronger but it isn't usually enough to survive. So vorox with these disabilities aren't seen very often.
Vorox do not grow at all during their life, the size they are at the beginning is their size forever. Young vorox have cleaner and brighter fur and a slightly higher pitched voice compared to older vorox. New vorox come into the world with only the knowledge of their own language and some natural instincts but that is not enough to survive. They rely on the teachings of other vorox and are extremely dependent on them for the first six months or so. They are considered adults at one year. The most easily noticeable of aging in vorox are discoloration of the fur and skin. They also grow slower and are more likely to fall ill. Older vorox sometimes will become blind in one eye. This is because they are loosing energy and instead of having two bad eyes the body shuts down one and puts all its power into one. The typical lifespan is 10 years but they can easily live to 20 if they are in a safe place and are given the proper care.
If another vorox happens to be nearby when a matercan lets loose a young vorox then they can decide to connect the two of them. Guaranteeing that the older and more experienced vorox will actually protect the young one. This pairing makes them a mentor and apprentice and it will not go away until one year has past. It can also break if the apprentice dies or if the mentor simply believes that they have died. If they are dragged away but manage to survive but the mentor is unaware of this it will still break. If they were to reunite after this it will not come back once its broken.
The connection causes the mentor to be very protective of the apprentice. They are completely unable to abandon them or stand by when they are in danger. If they do they will experience pain in their head similar to a migraine. They must train them and ensure that they will be able to fend for themselves. The pair will become very close and usually will stay together even after the year has past.
There are three different breeds of vorox. Each one has a slightly different appearance, a different home and different behavior. The breeds are named after the locations that they live in. Sand vorox live in the desert, forest vorox live in forests and snow vorox live in the rare snowy areas. The breed of a vorox is decided by the matercan based off of the temperature at the time of creation. Hot temperatures make sand vorox and cold temperatures make snow vorox. The middle ground between these two creates forest vorox.
When temperatures fluctuate dramatically it is possible to confuse a matercan into switching back and forth to different breeds, creating a hybrid. Because the temperature threshold for a forest vorox is in the middle hyrbids are always mixtures of forest and sand or forest and snow. This is because the temperature doesn't have to change too far off from what is typical for that area to be considered forest vorox temperatures. Although technically it is possible to have a sand and now hybrid in order for this to happen there would be a natural disaster. The desert would have to have snow fall or the snowy mountains would need to heat up. This has never happened and there are no recorded cases of a sand and snow hybrid.
Hybrids show a mix of characteristics of the two breeds in both body structure and coloration. It is common for a hybrid to be very confused as to where it is meant to go as they have instincts to go and live in two different places. They are typically shunned by other vorox because they do not understand what they are and if they belong in their pack or group. Hybrids with only a small amount of the second breed have the highest chance of survival.
Sand vorox are the most common breed of vorox and live in the unforgiving deserts. It is said that they were the first breed of vorox to exist and the other breeds branched off of it. They live in massive packs of over 50 or more members. The pack lives in maze like tunnels underground. It isn't unheard of for a sand vorox to live their entire life underground and never see the light of day. Packs always have at least one matercan nearby or actually within their tunnel system.
These vorox are the most dangerous of all the breeds because they are the hardiest and largest. They have slightly shorter legs than other breeds but they have bulker bodies and a stronger jaw set and tail. They are the most aggressive breed and are the most likely to stand and fight instead of fleeing. Sand vorox are a light tan color similar to the color of the sand. This gives them some camouflage when they leave the tunnels. Almost all sand vorox have red eyes, however it is possible for various other eye colors to appear.
Sand vorox are separated into two groups within packs which are the tunnelers and fighters. Tunnelers stay underground for most of their lives. They keep the tunnels clean and clear as well as creating new tunnels and rooms. They are the smaller members of the pack or vorox that are too afraid to leave the tunnels. Fighters must protect the pack. They are expected to leave the tunnels often and defend their territory. Fighters are almost always ranked above tunnelers and are given more privileges like being the first to eat or given better areas to sleep. Both fighters and tunnelers are responsible for the pack's food sources. Sand vorox are skilled in farming and grow many different plants both above ground and below. Any plants being grown outside of the tunnels is purely the fighter's responsibility.
The pack is lead by one leader and one second in command which will take the leader's place if they were to die. These two are the only ones that can decide anything in the pack and other members have little to no say. Vorox can challenge the leader for their position but not the second in command and they are chosen by the leader and the leader will not accept another one just because they won a fight.
As the name suggests, forest vorox live within the forests. These vorox are a darker shade of tan and sometime even brown. They are skilled in climbing and use it as a safer way to travel through the forest. Forest vorox do not have a set home, rather the move around often where the food is and create dens in oplande trees. Forest vorox live in small groups of three to five members. Although they do not have a set leader they do develop a ranking system of who has more authority than others. The older members usually have more say in what they do than the younger ones.
Forest vorox groups become very bonded to each other and will protect their members with their life. Forest vorox are very good at creating medicines from plants and bits of prey animals. There is always at least one vorox in a group that is a healer and their sole job is to keep the rest of the group healthy. Forest vorox are very welcoming towards lone vorox and will very often accept them into their pack. When two groups of forest vorox meet they may have a dispute over the area, however they rarely will seriously injure each other.
Snow vorox are the smallest and rarest breed of vorox. They live in colder areas, which are always on the top of mountains. They cannot handle high temperatures and would be very uncomfortable in any other place. Snow vorox are the smallest breed but also the fastest. They are mostly white and can only have blue or grey eyes. Because there is very little plant life in the mountains they eat mostly small rodents that hide in the snow. They are extremely friendly and sociable however due to how rare their breed is they have difficulty finding other vorox. Snow Vorox have been known to tame other creatures for companionship.