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FRIC — Viewing Species: Cithera

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Species Info
Grouping: Reptilian, Mammalian
Rarity: Seasonal
Time Per Stage: 20 Hours
Location: Wintry Glacier
Wild Caught: 3741
Captive Bred: 642
Total Population: 4383

Common Chroma Breakdown

Red
401 Total
Green
314 Total
Blue
363 Total
Purple
336 Total
Orange
335 Total
Pink
297 Total
White
330 Total
Tan
238 Total

Rare Chroma Breakdown

Obsidian
260 Total
Silver
238 Total
Gold
214 Total
Bronze
206 Total
Rainbow
244 Total
Sapphire
220 Total
Emerald
226 Total
Ruby
161 Total

Baby Stage Notes

A large, white egg with a curious blue marking on the bottom. There are hard, smooth bumps on the shell, golden in colour. The entire egg is very light for its size and almost feels hollow to a casual handler.

Juvenile Stage Notes

The egg has hatched into what one can only assume is a mammal, though with distinctly reptilian traits. Although it has wings, they seem only half-webbed and one has to wonder if it will be able to fly as an adult. The small creature is covered in soft, plush fur, smooth bumps like those on the eggshell, and sports short horns on the top of its skull. It watches its handler with intense curiosity, occasionally mimicking their actions or chirping a mimicry of their speech patterns. It seems carnivorous, and particularly enjoys fish.

Adult Stage Notes

The Cithera is a draconic synapsid curiously more closely related to the Qidrik and Barkback than to Vitreverns and other reptiles, despite physical similarities caused by convergent evolution. It is an ornery beast, with wild adults being defensive and territorial when faced with other creatures, including members of their own species. Taming a Cithera is difficult if the creature isn't obtained directly from the egg, as hatchlings quickly pick up their parents' foul dispositions. Because of this, however, a handler can train a Cithera from the egg relatively easily—the creatures are intelligent and rapidly learn how to behave from their caretakers. Citherae have a very wide vocal range, able to vocalize anything from a whistle or purr-like hum to a shrill screech or melodious roar.

They are migratory and are reclusive during most of the year, only gathering in large numbers to nest in the middle of winter before vanishing again as spring approaches. Despite having wings, they cannot actually fly, although gliding is possible; the wings are primarily for courtship display and song. Cithera wings are laced together with strong, interwoven strands of fur that act much like the strings of a zither instrument; when the animal preens its wings with its teeth, the strings are pulled taut and make a melodious noise not dissimilar to that of a harp. Citherae have remarkable auditory memory, able to hear a complex tune once and whistle it back. If the creature likes the tune enough, it will play the melody on its wings; a group of Citherae may then quickly pick up the song and play it like an orchestra. Because of this group music-playing behavior, a group of Citherae is informally known as a symphony.

Common Chroma

Red
Green
Blue
Purple
Orange
Pink
White
Tan

Rare Chroma

Obsidian
Silver
Gold
Bronze
Rainbow
Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby


Artwork: Keileon