Closed Species: Ringox

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✦ R i n g o x

A species of mystic creatures whose roles can vary depending on where they live and how they were born. Originally created to oversee humans in the role of Angels, some became more attached a bred with humans to create what they are now. They exist in a spiritual realm parallel to humans, but some prefer to live close to temples/shrines where humans worship dieties.

Capable of magic of all kinds, they are partial to shapeshifting and invisibility.

TRAITS ✦

  • Unlimited designs for rings, but they MUST have a central "core" floating close to sternum
  • They have the tail of any conceivable species (that doesn't in fringe on another's copyright). The only exception being those listed in Mutations.
  • Long humanlike legs that split into digitigrade paws.
  • Foxlike ears- specifically the ears of a common red fox. Arctic, Fennec and other types are available as mutations.

Appearence - Fur and Skin ✦

he fur that covers Rinxoes is all that's left of their feral forms from the days of yore.

  • Arm fur can extend all the way to the neck, but may not go lower than the hands (like gloves), unless they are a human hybrid, in which case it is common to have bare hands.
  • Leg fur extends to the navel, but never below the first knee. This is a rule even for hybrids.
  • The fur can be dense and fluffy or thin and buoyant (like an otter). This is dependant on their environment, skills, and genetics.
  • Typically, hybrids have less fur, or thin fur.

Each Ringox leans more toward one than the others. They can be a mixture while also leaning toward one specific classification.

✦ Cores

The gems that hold the Ringox's iconic ring, located floating above their sternum, are called Cores. These cores are their heart and soul. As such, their shapes are just as representative of their soul as the rings they hold!

Commonly, they are oval-shaped gems, however, they can also hold shape as a geode, within a rose, or even a carved diamond. They always feature a gem or stonelike substance which can be any value of precious/semiprecious.

If a core is broken, a Ringox will convert to their small form, also known as their "feral" form. They can return to their previous form by obtaining a new gem from the Shrine Between Realms!

Rings ✦

All Ringox cores hold a Ring. This ring is a manifestation of their soul and personality. This can be hidden within their core. They only have one their entire lifetime, so when it breaks it results in death. They are incredibly difficult to break, and can be made of many different substances such as glass or water all the way to heavy lead or metal. Rings can be one solid ring or naturally in pieces (such as a meteor cloud or necklace).

  • Physical Form:
  • The ring of a Ringox is made of a more dense material, such a stone, iron or gem. This form only shifts when the Ringox changes form entirely (to their "divine lineage" form)
  • Nature:
  • Nature rings are emotion based and may change form of Ringox when revealed OR the ring itself may change slightly with emotion (shifting waters, changing clouds, blooming flowers, etc).
  • The Ethereal:
  • These rings are more metaphysical, transparent, whimsical and tend to be made of energy. Ringoxes with these rings also tend to lean more toward divinity in their lineage.

Each Ringox leans more toward one than the others. They can be a mixture while also leaning toward one specific classification.

Cross-Classing

If a Ringox is a mix of classifications, it means the ring falls under multiple categories. These Ringoxes are likely hybrids of some sort, their parents being on the more "pure" end, or are human hybrids. Fear not, this doesn't make them any less powerful! It just means they're not as close to divinity.

Mixed Rings can be more unique than simply one or the other! There is no benefit or lack thereof for a Ringox to be a mix.

✦ M u t a t i o n s

Mutations are rare deviations of certain parts of Ringox. They often occur if a Ringox is corrupted by The Exiled One or is bred with a God- most often, they don't harm the Ringox but rather give them unique features.

Core / Ring / Tail Mutations ✦

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✦ Elemental Mutations

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✦ Breeding + Childbearing

Because the species is a mix of both mystic and mortal traits, Ringox can reproduce both sexually and through other means. Due to this, same-sex couples are able to conceive children (if they don't want to adopt!)

How Breeding Works ✦

Breeding season for Ringox begins at the beginning of every season. The couples or singles convene at the Shrine Between Realms to find partners and bear children- it's important for most Ringox (especially deities) to allow for them to release some of the magical energy within themselves.

{There is extended information on how to breed your Ringox here!}

Genitalia

Ringox genitalia mimic the species which they are aligned- that is, whatever their tail is! A Ringox having a wolf tail will result in wolflike genitalia. If their species doesn't tend to have genitals- it's up to you, honestly.

Birth and Growth ✦

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Ringox born naturally or magically are all born the same- they start with a core! This gem is created by dust being compressed together by a Shrine Mage or by sexual reproduction. Regardless of how, there's a lot of magic involved- these are divine beings we're talking about!

Live birth (specifically through sexual reproduction) will result in an adorable kit.

Magically-Created kits are born as just a core- after the compression is finished, the core is then activated and a kit is formed!

The amount of children will vary depending on the mix of species. Multiple births are common, most common being 1 to 3 kits at a time; It's not strange for Ringox to simply have one child at a time (as this is the case for the magically induced).

Kit Ringox

Kits are basically tiny, half-human-half-fox children. They are small, cute, and very noisy. They also poop a lot. Typical babies. They cannot yet form rings, and their cores are attached to their body (halfway embedded in the skin). This is to prevent any damage as the kit grows, tumbles, and learns! They have the ability to shapeshift at this age, though it is a little rough.

Childhood and Development

Once a kit learns to speak, they can learn magic!They also begin to develop the ability to summon their ring. This typically happens between 6-10 years, as the core separates from their body. It's a momentous occasion when a child Ringox learns to summon their ring!

Adulthood

Young Ringox tend to develop fully into adulthood around 18-30 years. The speed at which their bodies develop depends on the Ringox, specifically what species they are aligned to. Ringox adulthood is described as a fully physically-developed being- their magical abilities continue to grow through their lifetime.

Generally, Dragons/Reptilian-based Ringox age slower than Mammalian Ringox. Human-cross Ringox develop the fastest as they follow a pattern similar to a human lifespan.

✦ Other Forms + Info

As shapeshifters, Ringox can assume other forms that are naturally part of their being.

"Small" or "Feral" Form ✦

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Corrupted Form ✦

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This is the form a Ringox may assume when corrupted by The Exiled One.

Ethereal Form ✦

LINK HERE

Preview coming soon!

Trivia ✦

  • Ringoxes are omnivorous. Their tastes depend entirely on how they live and their own individual selves.
  • Their life expectancy is about 100-500 years, depending on their lifestyle and whether or not they live around humans. Average is about 250.
  • Ringoxes are extremely tall usually, tending not to go under 5'10"/178 cm. Shorter Ringoxes tend to be hybrids with humans or have human somewhere in their ancestry.
  • Hybrids are uncommon, as they have lower magic levels and are prone to health problems. They are easily pointed out due to lack of tails.
  • Rings are a sign of status, as is a precious core. Ethereal, cloudy, or translucent rings are a sign of powerful magic or ties to divinity.