Levii


Species Name: Levii
"The Portable Pollinators"

Levii | Levii | Spell
singular — plural — collective


Summary

It is said the realm of Gaguro would not be the land it is without the help of its guardians: the Levii. As a tiny, fairy-like species, their main job is to act as pollinators, aiding the glowshrooms and crystals of their homeland by spreading them across the realm. Their thick arms serve as baskets, being a quick and easy way to transfer pollen, spores, or newly-formed crystals from one place to another, especially if an area is particularly struggling with growth. Since the earliest records of Gagurion society, the Levii have divided this work based on subspecies. Arthrofauna — the more fragile but nimble of the two — are tasked with protecting the realm's flora, while Avifauna — the sturdier but less dexterous subspecies — deal with protecting Gaguro’s crystals.

Anatomy


✦ Body
Levii have a bottom-heavy build that, according to all known laws of aviation, should render them unable to fly. Usually, their bodies are covered in feathers, but some have fluff covering their bodies or even both.

✦ Antennae
A Levii’s antennae are sensors that aid all their senses — especially those of smell, taste, and hearing. All individuals are born with them, and they come in a large variety of styles and lengths. If they’re damaged or cut, they cannot grow back, which essentially blinds an individual for life. Because of this, antennae care is one of the most important facets of Levii culture, which has allowed the creation of a wide variety of potions and spells to make their antennae stronger or look different. With the help of other species, there are also magical and technological advancements that would aid in the event of injury.

✦ Eyes
Arthrofauna have compound eyes featuring a dark sclera and lighter-colored irises. On the other hand, Avifauna have a lighter sclera and darker-colored irises. Avifauna have binocular vision that is much stronger than that of an Arthrofauna, but both rely mostly on their antennae for critical navigation data and communication.

✦ Mouth
Levii have a small, toothless snout that contains a long proboscis. Although omnivorous, they are incapable of eating solid foods due to a lack of teeth. Instead, their elongated, tubular mouthparts allow them to drink fluids such as water, nectar, sap, and more.

✦ Wings
The wings of a Levii vary greatly in appearance from individual to individual, but their style depends on their subspecies. Avifauna have bird-like, feathered wings, while Arthrofauna have insect-like wings that may mirror moths, wasps, butterflies, beetles, or any other variety of winged insect.

✦ Limbs
The forearm of a Levii are thicker than their upper arm, and end in small fingers or claws. This enlarged section, also known as a "basket," is particularly porous, allowing pollen, spores, and crystals to attach to it with ease. Their hind legs resemble that of a Kiklet, thin, stick-like, and end in talons.

✦ Abdomen
Levii abdomens closely resemble tails, and serve the same purpose as one, for keeping balance and steering during flight.


Design Guidelines

- Levii are matte, feathered, furred, or a combination of these body textures.
- They have almost chibi-like proportions, with heads around half the size of their bodies.
- Levii possess one pair of antennae, which can be any style but cannot be bigger than their body.
- Some individuals may have external ears, which vary in appearance.
- Their iris and sclera coloration varies by subspecies, but their pupils may be any shape or color.
- Levii have short, rounded snouts, and a soft crest that protrudes from the backs of their heads.
- Levii have thinner biceps and enlarged forearms, which end in small fingers or claws.
- Their hindlegs are thin and tipped with talons of any size or style.
- Their tail-like abdomens come in many styles, but must have a top and bottom segment.
- There are no "standard" Levii; please choose a subspecies below when creating one.

Subspecies

The following subspecies guidelines are in addition to the general guidelines above, and do not completely override them unless explicitly stated. Those marked with an asterisk (*) require an additional subspecies item to create on top of a Lythian Slot item.

✦ Arthrofauna
- Their bodies are usually covered in fur as opposed to feathers.
- Arthrofauna Levii eyes have a dark sclera with lighter-colored irises.
- Arthrofauna have two pairs of arms, so four arms total.
- Their wings are split into two hindwings and two forewings.
- Arthrofauna wings may be any shape, but must resemble insect wings.

✦ Avifauna
- Their bodies are usually covered in feathers as opposed to fur.
- Avifauna Levii eyes have a light sclera with darker-colored irises.
- Avifauna Levii have beaks or beak-like coverings on their snouts, which may cover their bottom jaw.
- Avifauna have one pair of arms, so two arms total.
- Their abdomen always has a row of feathers dividing the top half from the bottom half.
- They have one or two pairs of wings that resemble bird wings.

✦ Aranefauna*
- Aranefauna have at least four eyes, typically arranged symmetrically on their face.
- Their eyes are solidly colored or a gradient of colors, with no discernible pupils or scleras.
- They have mandibles, which protrude from the inside or corners of their mouth like fangs or tusks.
- Aranefauna have three pairs of arms, so six arms total.
- Instead of antennae, their sensors are located on their hands and appear as palm pads.
- In place of wings, Aranefauna Levii have a visibly larger abdomen, about half their body size.
- All Aranefauna must have visible spinnerets of any shape or size near the back of their abdomens.

✦ Atarsalia⁂
- Atarsalia are double the size of a typical Levii.
- Their soft head crests gain a wispy appearance, often becoming an apparition.
- At least one set of antennae are longer than their body, and may be positioned anywhere on the head.
- Their eyes are solidly colored or a gradient of colors, with no discernible pupils or scleras.
- Atarsalia Levii have no visible mouth.
- Their wings are fused with their arms, starting from their wrists and ending at their shoulders.
- Atarsalia abdomens must be long and chubby, around the same size or larger than the Atarsalia’s body.
- An Atarsalia’s abdomen must visibly be full of pollen, spores, or crystals and will typically leave a trail.



Subspecies

✦ Arthrofauna

Arthrofauna Levii are much more attuned to the flora of the realm, and as such are especially skilled in pollination, having multiple arms primed with pollen baskets they use to transport spores and pollen. They are capable of handling newly-formed crystals in small amounts, but cannot carry as many due to their smaller arm pores.

✦ Avifauna

Avifauna Levii lack the additional arms of Arthrofauna Levii, but are more attuned to the crystals that grow throughout Gaguro. Their pollen baskets are built with larger pores to handle these crystalline growths. However, this results in them not being able to handle pollen or spores very well, due to how easy it is for a simple breeze to blow them off of their forearms.

✦ Aranefauna*

As a neutral party, uninvolved with either glowshrooms or crystals, Aranefauna completely lack pollen baskets. As such, they aren’t capable of spreading any substances, but are instead renowned for their durable, multipurpose silk they produce from their enlarged abdomens. They have an innate knowledge of architecture, and aid in building and providing homes for the residents of Gaguro.

✦ Atarsalia⁂


Thought only to have existed in legend, Atarsalia are a mythical subspecies that very few have laid eyes on. Typically ethereal in appearance, they are said to be the protectors of Gaguro — free spirits who travel across the realm in search of areas of decay. Locations blessed by the presence of an Atarsalia Levii are reported to experience tremendous growth, as they leave a trail of crystals or flora in their wake. Unlike Avifauna and Arthrofauna, the pollen baskets of Atarsalia are located on their elongated abdomens, where it seems an unlimited supply of spores, pollen, or crystals are stored. Also different from other Levii subspecies is their distinct lack of mouths, which seem to disappear upon ascension. Communication with Atarsalia is done telepathically, and their energy is gained from the growth of the surrounding environment. While Avifauna, Arthrofauna, and even monstrous Atarsalia have been seen, Aranefauna seem to be unable to ascend.

* 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.


Body Types

* Please see the Design Guidelines tab for more information.


Baby Information



Colloquially known as "levlets," baby Levii are squishy and rather fragile, resulting in most caretakers having to hover around to ensure their safety. During this time, they are rather ravenous, and need to eat a lot to keep up with their constantly-growing bodies. Unlike the toothless beaks of the adults, babies have mandibles hidden inside their mouths, allowing them to chew through practically anything they want. This can often lead to bitten fingers if one is not careful. At a certain age, they will enter a short pupation stage that lasts about a week before entering a juvenile state, in which their alignment is revealed.

Design Guidelines
- All alignments of Levii babies look alike, lacking their defining features until after pupation.
- Baby Levii are coated in differing lengths of fuzz; some are hairless.
- Their eyes are beady and round, and can be any solid or gradient of colors.
- Rather than a proboscis, they have a set of hidden mandibles inside their mouth.
- Their limbs and talons are nubby and rounded, lacking digits or claws.
- They haven’t grown in their wings yet.
- The abdomen is spherical, and cannot be larger than their head.

To grow your baby Levii, you'll need to complete their Origin Story Quest!


Origin Tale

Kryshaii

In the beginning, the crystals and the mushrooms harbored a burning hatred for one another. They believed the realm was only big enough for one of them, and constantly fought each other to grow bigger and faster. The two factions split a rift amongst the Levii tribes, as Avifauna took the side of the Crystals, and Arthrofauna took the side of the Mushrooms. Homes lived in by those not involved with this petty fight would be quickly overtaken, leaving Gaguro’s creatures without shelter. Both sides were angry with one another, telling each other that they were better, without realizing the hurt they were causing to others.

Finally, a single figure stood up above the rest, reaching out to the crystals and the mushrooms, disciplining them for their selfish desires; instead of attempting to overtake one another, why not work together? They reached out, taking the spores from the mushrooms and shards from the crystals, combining them together to make the first glowshroom. The two sides were shocked, and then felt guilty. How could they not see that all this time, they could have helped one another? They apologized profusely, both to themselves and the rest of the folk who had lost their homes. The figure would go on to teach the Levii to spread the glowshrooms across the rest of the realm, their arms carrying the dust of the future.

Origin Quest

At a certain age, usually before their week-long pupation stage (although late bloomers are possible) a Levlet begins to grow bigger pores in their arms. Around this time their parents will guide them out to a field, teaching them how to use these developing baskets to carry pollen, spores, or small crystals.

How does your Levii take to pollinating? Do they have an easy time gathering their chosen material, or is it difficult for them? Please portray your Levii using their baby design or an adolescent design that’s not quite their adult form yet.

See more information about origin story quests on the Origin Stories page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can Levii legs be thicker or thinner than the example image?
Levii legs may be depicted in any size, ranging from stick legs to eagle talons.

Does my Levii’s talons have to resemble the example image?
Levii talons can be depicted with any style. They most commonly have perching talons, but others may have talons suited for running, climbing, swimming, grasping, or scratching.

Can Levii have more arms than shown in the example images?
Depending on subspecies a Levii may have a certain number of arms, no more or no less (excluding injuries or disabilities); Avifauna may have two, Arthrofauna may have four, and Aranefauna may have six, while Atarsalia and Monsters may have as many as their base subspecies listed above.