Wherein Luce collects raw data for a phenotypical project.
Project summary: We're assembling a list of all known variations for Tae'dae, Furrikin, Aslaran, and Loboshigaru phenotypes (subrace, subspecies, species, etc.) as well as the strength of the variation's canon-status.
As a corollary, whether there is evidence that NON-PORTAL phenotypes are known to be inherited, or known to occur without a strong genetic correlation.
Race - Aslaran, Furrikin, Loboshigaru, and Tae'Dae. While there is some variation in other races, these are either cosmetic only (eg: fur colour and thickness in Igasho, hair colour, eye colour, male-pattern baldness in humans, or the length of an elfen ear.) or the race is so variegated that the differences cannot be categorised with any regularity (eg: viscanti, dracnari scale colours, presence, horns, frills, or ridges, or the shape and patterns of Faeling wings.) Arguments will be considered with regard to additional races being added.
Specimen - A specific member of a race, identifiable through a) the Honours system; b) the Library system (eg: Celest 1234, p3; Tosha Monastery, v5678, page 3 of tome1234 on bookshelf) c) a mobile ID (eg: hoopa1234, taedae9198, statue78, etc.), whose shortdesc, longdesc, description, or text mentions a given variant.
Phenotype - The outward appearance of a given member of the Races in question that is categorical in nature (eg: Furrikin who are shaped like foxes, Tae'Dae who are built like mountain bears, Aslaran who look like leopards)
Type - The levels of canon occupied by a phenotype. The options are Impossibe, Lore, Player, Confirmed, and NPC.
Impossible - This phenotype cannot present. Please provide a reason and cite a source. (eg: Furrikin cannot present as deer - Bollikin did not create deer, Charune did.) If an entry is Impossible, it shouldn't exist in any other Types
Lore - Lore suggests this phenotype can present, but no non-anecdotal evidence exists. (eg: Bollikin created rockeaters, but I've never seen a player playing one.)
Player - An established player exists with this phenotype, but the character has not been vetted or confirmed by an administrator [this will ideally be an empty category if an admin gets bored and/or cooperative enough] (eg: I've played a collie Loboshigaru for x years)
Confirmed - A specimen exists with a given phenotype, and an admin has acknowledged it without asking it to be changed - or- an administrator has stated that the phenotype can present, but no specimen exists. (eg: Lisaera said on the forums she'd love to see someone play an opossum shaped Furrikin, or Viravain confirmed panther Aslaran by making a rug of someone's pelt.)
NPC - There is an NPC explicitly of a given phenotype. (eg: Weeky is a badger-kin, Master Quettle is a jackal-lobo, the official art shows a polar Tae'Dae)
(Soft) - The specimen is a given phenotype, but it's not made explicit that they are the real-world equivalent. (eg: my Aslaran is described as having slate-grey fur with black rosettes, but she's not explicitly called a snow-leopard; this Furrikin over here is described as having long ears, brown fur, and buck-teeth, but he could be either a hare or a rabbit; This book makes a reference to cropping tails and dark brown/black fur, but never outright calls the Lobo a doberman.) Note that in cases where it's quite clear what the specimen is meant to be, this can be upgraded to remove the soft descriptor. (eg: Sammy Pewpew never outright states he's a skunk, but he lives off by himself because of his musk, he's described as having black fur with long white back stripes that extend through a large, fluffy tail. Skunks would still be classified as NPC, not NPC(Soft))