This is my current thinking on the appearance of the Anyuvins.
The Anyuvin are a upright, bipedal race standing slightly taller than your average human and with a distinctly canine appearance. They are lightly furred except for a mane that extends from the head and tapers down toward the tail. They are an analog of terrestrial marsupial. (See Genesis.) There is virtually no sexual dimorphism.
The head is remarkably wolf-like. The muzzle can vary in length depending on the racial background of the individual. The canines are not overly large and the lips are as facile as ours, with enough musculature to produce facial expressions and pronounce plosive and labial sounds.
The eyes have both an outer eyelid and an inner nictitating membrane, the čarkode, (“dark eye”.) The čarkodin (plural) act as filters, blocking bright light or light high in UV. They are dark and, when closed, make Anyuvin eyes look black. The iris color varies and the pupil is slit like, running vertically.
The ears are small and erect. Some may have a fold at the base, or a folded down tip.
The nyeči (mane) is long and flowing at the head, then transitions to something narrower and shorter that more closely follows the spine. (See The Mane.)
The Anyuvin torso tends to be about the same width from shoulders to hips. The upper torso being somewhat broader if the individual is heavily muscled. The back carries the same slight curve as a human’s. The depth of the torso (from spine to front) is greatest at the ribcage. A keel-like sternum anchors the ribs in front.
The rataš, or pouch, extends across the bottom third of the torso in front and is generally hard to see unless the individual is irtašo, or ‘carrying’.
Stripes cross the body laterally, being generally broader and darker near the hips. The stripes on the face tend to be narrower and somewhat less distinct than on the body.
The Anyuvin arms tend to be somewhat thinner than a human’s, although the shoulders tend to be extremely muscular. They have four digits on each hand – a thumb and three fingers, which tend to be somewhat longer than a humans. They have canine like claws rather than fingernails, but they are shorter and flatter on the hands.
The legs are very muscular, and the digits of the feet are shorter and less differentiated than on the hand and have longer claws. The Anyuvin have a tendency to walk on their toes, but to stand with the foot flat on the ground.
The tail tapers from a very thick base at the hip, down toward the tip and has a core of extremely dense bone which helps it to act as a counter-balance. It is also quite strong and can be a formidable weapon.
K’moran Racial differences
The Anyuvin come from three basic racial stocks: The Pašav, Mōjari, and Vanda. The physical appearance of the races is somewhat different:
The Mōjari tend toward to be somewhat taller and thinner than average, with dark, almost black fur with stripes that are barely visible. Their Mane is a glossy, ebony black and their muzzles tend to to be on the longer side. Their ears tend to be somewhat larger than the other races and their eyes are usually green or hazel. Their tails have longer fur and curl up slightly at the end.
The Pašav tend to be shorter, with heavier chests and honey to medium brown fur with dark brown or red stripes. The mane is dark brown or reddish in color and their ears have a characteristic fold at the base. Their eyes are generally brown or amber. Their tails are shorter and short haired.
The Vanda are short and whipcord thing. Their fur is a reddish-orange with pale orange to yellow stripes. The mane is a dark, blood red and their ears are turned down at the tips. The eyes are almost invariably gray and their tails are short haired on top, with a ridge of long, luxuriant hair hanging below, also dark red in color.
- 14 April 2015 – first cut.
- 14 April 2015 – Race name change. Bear with me, work in progress…
- 22 April 2015 – Minor edits.
- 23 April 2015 – Added links to world building posts.