Kikitsu are a foxlike species with an affinity for the various plants that grow throughout Lyth. With quick wits and playful natures, they can be quite the tricksters, though generally mean well. These creatures are born with transformative types of magic, one of which is the ability to turn seeds into gold! This technique comes easily to all Kikitsu, and while they cannot be forced to perform magic, they seem to enjoy gifting the gold to those they trust. However, their source of magic is not infinite, but more like a rechargeable battery; they need to take breaks and rest in order to continue using it. Sleeping in a field of freshly-bloomed flora is the only way for them to replenish their magic, which also doubles as bodily energy. Both magical acts and mundane tasks both pull from this same power source, so they must be wary of how they spend it! Kikitsu tend to get along with most other species — though some have the habit of taking a bite out of the occasional, unwary Roobite — and may form curious relationships with Haenyms for religious reasons.
Usually covered in silky fur, Kikitsu groom regularly to maintain a shiny coat. Though what's more interesting is their ability to transform from their normally quadrupedal form into a bipedal form. Unlike the Natbaktera, this magic is not glamour and actually causes physical shifts in the vulpines' bodies. These transformations come naturally to all individuals of the species though of course, there are those who prefer to spend their time in one form over the other. While on all fours, they are agile creatures, reaching a height of three feet; when standing bipedal, they are usually around four feet tall sans ears.
Their ears come in all variations though are most often large and pointed. They have very acute hearing that's on par with that of a Kella Ser.
When quadrupedal, Kikitsu have padded paws with retractable claws. Their front paws turn into fingers with opposable thumbs in their bipedal forms.
Kikitsu always have between two and nine tails. They are generally large and bushy, though other variations have been seen. Most individuals take great care of their tails, keeping them neat and tidy; dirty, unkempt ones might be hints at underlying issues. Kikitsu with missing (from injury) or damaged tails definitely cause heads to turn.
✦ Floral Item
Every Kikitsu has at least one floral item somewhere on their body when in their quadrupedal form; it is nonremovable. The flora is generally of a single plant species, which may bloom or wilt depending on the season, but is always present. When transformed into their bipedal stance, the plants increase in size and/or number. For example, a Kikitsu that normally sports a single rose on its chest might have them bloom all around its neck like a mane while transformed. This transformation uses up magical energy, as well. If they are not careful and use up all their energy, Kikitsu fall into what they call "hibernation," in which their main body retreats into their floral item. They will not wake up unless they are placed surrounded by natural growth, which is why Spring is the favorite season of most Kikitsu.
- Kikitsu are by default quadrupedal with bodies covered in fur.
- They have at least one floral item somewhere on their body.
- The floral item can resemble any sort of vegetation — leaves, fruits, flowers, etc.
- Having flora that is of a single plant species is the most common.
- Kikitsu commonly have large, pointed ears but other variations exist.
- They have long, slender muzzles.
- Their paws are tipped with retractable claws.
- Kikitsu must have between two to nine tails.
- Their tails are generally large and bushy, though other variations exist.
✦ Bipedal Form
- This transformation is natural to all Kikitsu (no design items needed).
- They become upright and walk on their hind legs.
- Their floral item increases in size and/or number, and can slightly change in style.
- Their forepaws turn into hands with fingers and opposable thumbs.
- Their fingers can be rounded or clawed.
- Kikitsu hind legs can be digitigrade or more plantigrade (whichever you're more comfortable portraying).
* Subspecies marked with an asterisk require an additional item to create. Please see the Design Guidelines tab for more information.
⁂ Subspecies marked with three asterisks require an additional step to create. Please click the Mythical Ascension Quest button for more information.
* Please see the Design Guidelines tab for more information.
Baby Kikitsu — also known as "kits" — are born quadrupedal and small with chibi-esque proportions; their ears and head are oversized in comparison to the rest of their body and their tails are more fuzzy than bushy. Their large, glassy eyes have poor vision, and they don't properly develop until weeks later. Once they reach adolescence, their sight fully develops and their eyes can change in style and color. Kits are born with their floral item already embedded in their fur somewhere, but only one single sprout. Some Kikitsu have floral items that gradually grow in number and move across their body, while others may keep their single plant in the same position throughout. In their baby stage, they already have access to their energy source for day-to-day purposes but are unable to harness it for magic yet. When kits make their first transformation into their bipedal form, it is believed they have reached adulthood, which can result in major changes to their floral item's appearance.
- Baby Kikitsu are all quadrupedal with chibi proportions.
- They only have one floral item somewhere on their body.
- Their ears and head tend to be oversized.
- Kits may have shorter, smaller muzzles.
- Their eyes are glassy with poor vision.
- Their retractable claws have not grown in yet.
To grow your baby Kikitsu, you'll need to complete their Origin Story Quest!
There once was a small plant that sat in the middle of a large field. Every day, children would run through the fields, laughing and playing with one another. As it watched the children, the plant also longed for the ability to play, to run, to laugh, to live its life to the fullest. It prayed to whoever would listen in hopes that someone out there was willing to grant its wishes. Its prayers were heard by a young deity, who was absolutely tickled by the prospect of a plant wanting such things for itself. Fortunately for it, the deity was a playful trickster of sorts, who was more than happy to answer what they thought was a delightful request, though not without additional modifications. They crafted the plant a body that would carry its form, that was swift on all fours but could also walk on two. They gave it the ability to turn seeds into gold, so the plant would know its life was of value. Finally, the deity gave it their own laugh, so it would never forget who answered its silly wish, kikiki!
The first transformation a Kikitsu performs is seen as a rite of passage, for it is always the first act of magic that every kit will do. After the first, all other transformations will come to them naturally and they will have full access to their magical energy source. It is also believed to be an indicator that they have reached young adulthood.
See more information about origin story quests on the Origin Stories page.
Frequently Asked Questions
When a Kikitsu shifts between quadrupedal and bipedal, can their floral item change locations?
Yes, as long as it stays recognizable as the same floral item in either form.
My Kikitsu only has its quadrupedal on its index entry; can I depict it in its bipedal form in submissions?
Yes! In submissions, you can depict your Kikitsu in either form, even if its index entry only displays one form. However, your quadrupedal Kikitsu should still be recognizable as the same character when depicted as bipedal and vice versa. If you would like to display both of its forms, you can update its index artwork to include both on one canvas, or submit its alternate design with a FORMula Plus to have a toggle between the different forms.