Species: Lion/JackalopeMature

Species: Lion/Jackalope Hybrid
Order: live-birth mammals
Terrain: Savanna; Grasslands; Desert
Diet: Omnivorous but lean more toward Carnivorous.
Activity: Varied.
Basic Description: lion and jackalope hybrid

Full Description: Bipedal; covered in thin, soft fur ranging in color; long limbs, lean but muscled frame; eyes of a lion, horns of a jackalope, whiskers of a lion; facial structure primarily human with heavy lion influences; dozens of razor sharp teeth; retractable claws; five-fingers on each hand, four toes on each foot; long lion-tail; lion ears. Women have smaller physiques compared to the men. All of the species keep their "manes" long and often keep them braided. Many of the males, especially the warriors, have tattoos on their torsos, arms, and faces. Eye color depends on sex; women have violet, maroon, and brown eyes; men have gold, green, and grey eyes. The color of the body fur ranges from white to dark brown; the color of mane hair ranges from rust to black; especially gifted singers in a pride have been known to have silver manes and white fur, but none have been seen in hundreds of years.

Reproduction: The ratio of female to male Liopes is 1:5; during mating season the males fight, often to the death, for the honor of mating with a female. Upon conception, the fetus gestates for six weeks before the female gives birth; the newborn must be fed milk in order to develop its senses and strength. The pride cares for its own so if a mother dies, another will take care of her young.

Society: The Liopes survive as prides; a pride consists of twenty to twenty-five males, and roughly four to five females. They colonize small areas, usually making dwellings out of caves nestled along mountainous ridges. There is a male alpha and a female alpha for every pride; lineage does not guarantee status among the pride; the alphas are decided based on strength, cunning, and ability to fight. Often new alphas are only accepted after killing the previous alpha. Male Liopes do all of the hunting and foraging, along with weapons-making; female Liopes raise the young and fashion clothing, among other things.  They are also well-trained fighters, comparable even to the males. Female Liopes are considered equals among the pride, though the roles of both males and females remain the same for eons. 

Culture: Aside from the mating battles, Liopes in a pride are extremely close-knit. They care for each other, and each other's young without distinction between bloodlines. It is not rare to see them playing and wrestling, or hunting together. The pride does not consider one dwelling to belong to any one Liope, except for the dwelling cave of the Alphas; otherwise, Liopes move from dwelling to dwelling freely. Mating is not for life among the pride, except between the Alphas, but rather for the term of one mating season; a pair might mate during the season but never interact outside of it, even coupling up with other Liopes in the off-season or subsequent mating season. 


  • Sight: Excellent; not impaired by bright daylight or darkness; a primary method of hunting and tracking.
  • Scent: Excellent; a primary method of hunting and tracking.
  • Hearing: Excellent; a primary method of hunting and tracking.
  • Taste: Mediocre; they can taste but prefer foods unseasoned and often, raw.
  • Touch: Average; they can detect subtle motions but do not have the sensitivity of touch that, say, a human would have.
  • Stamina: Excellent; Liopes are groomed hunters and scavengers; they can survive for weeks in the blazing sun without food, needing water only once a week if necessary. As predators, they can take substantial damage and heal rapidly.
  • Locomotion: Bipedal when interacting with other species or being social; it is not uncommon for a Liope to drop to all fours on the hunt, however, or during play. Faster on four feet than two, but dangerous on either. Agile and flexible, using their tail for balance.
  • Defense: Their overall size and predatory nature provides most of their defense against other species. Their bones are exceptionally strong and hard to break, and their horns serve as lethal weapons.
  • Attack: Varies based on situation; most common methods of attack are pouncing, ripping/tearing with their teeth, clawing, using their horns at every availability, and the weapons they've learned to fashion themselves. 
  • Singers: Most of the singers in Liope tribes have died out, but there remains at least one per tribe. The strongest remaining singers are often Alphas.

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