- - - [ SLINK REFERENCE SHEET ] - - -
( LAST UPDATED: 9/10/18 - Links updated to go to the wiki (except for the mogg section, which is maintained on DA). Please refer to the Myriaverses Wiki page on Slinks for the most up-to-date version of this article! You're still free to fave and comment on this one since that can't be done on the wiki, though. <3 )
- - - SPECIES RULES - - -
Gifting: Yes! (Just let me know)
Trading: Yes, but only for other slinks created by EnterTheDwelling! (Just let me know)
Species Type: CLOSED*
* Though Slinks are a closed species and you're not allowed to create, breed, or sell more of them, you CAN breed Slinks you've purchased to other breedables and do whatever you'd like with the hybrid offspring, so long as:
those offspring don't just look like Slinks with minor alterations (A 50% difference or more will suffice (example))
you credit EnterTheDwelling for the Slink species itself on your sheets!
You can make more of those crosses, breed your own strains of critter based on them, gift them to other people, sell them, etc.
Slinks can also be retired from the species if desired. More info on that here.
A Note on Official Slink Breeding: You CAN commission EnterTheDwelling to breed your slinks! Check out the Mogg slink page for more information. These offspring follow the same rules as normal slinks, so you can't sell them! Trading and gifting with permission is still okay though.
- - - ORIGINS - - -
Long ago, a long-lived and ancient race called the Cudal felt themselves in need of a companion animal - not one that was selectively bred over successive generations and many years (that's boring!), but one that would test their skills as advanced geneticists and could truly be called their own animal. What sounds like the recipe for a good pet? Hm, something energetic... manageable in size... adorable... easy to breed and mass produce... predominantly harmless... portable... yes. They figured they could manage this.
After many fascinating but still technically failed genetic experiments, they found success!
- - - WHAT IS A SLINK? - - -
Usually about the size of a large cat when full grown, Slinks aren't made from Earthen animal parts, but many of their components should look familiar to a Terran. Cats, wallabies, weasels, snakes, and smatterings of other critters probably come to mind when looking at a slink. Their body is plush and hefty; some describe them as beanbag-like, and their fur is short and moderately soft, though the exact texture varies. More importantly, many of their biological processes are heavily based on those of animals that live on their creator race's desert homeworld, making them extremely hardy and inexpensive to feed.
This brings us to one of the most important things about Slinks. When food and water are scarce, their environment is inhospitable, or they're almost at the end of their natural lifespan, A Slink will basically just curl up and die... but not really! In actuality, they find a safe spot and desiccate, losing most of their body's moisture, slowing down their metabolism to nothing, and turning into a weird piece of alien jerky. In this state, they can wait for conditions to change or for owner intervention almost indefinitely so long as they don't go moldy or get broken during that time. This ability can be tapped with the appropriate application of hormones and artificial stimuli, which has led to the Slink gatcha capsule phenomenon that has become so popular under the cudal's area of influence. Handy and lucrative!
Nowadays, they've since been shared with the rest of the universe and marketed as easy to breed, easy to care for companion animals. Their creators aren't particularly fussed by aspiring scientists mixing them with other creatures either, so splices between Slinks and other organisms are a very common occurrence.
- - - SLINK BEHAVIOR - - -
Slinks are inherently friendly, playful, and curious. Though not necessarily very clever, they're capable of using a simplified form of language to communicate with their owners and other Slinks that consists of beeps, gestures, and flashes of the bio-luminescent patches on their sclera, saddle patch, and tail. It takes familiarity with slinks to learn their default form of communication, but they can be trained by their owners to use these inherent skills in a way that said owner can personally understand.
When going about their daily business, the Slink's nature as an endearing but spliced-up abomination becomes pretty obvious. Instinctively, they're a hodgepodge, displaying behavior that just doesn't match up. They'll try to jump up on to high tables with their powerful back legs, yet lack the grace and dexterity (not to mention the sharp claws) to actually land the jump and end up flailing and falling onto the floor instead. Even though they've been blessed with two toes and a thumb on each of their adorable feet, they're clumsy with them and can't do anything TOO complex. Still, they've got enough spatial awareness to preform simple tasks like pressing buttons or picking up and manipulating objects (Don't expect them to solve a Rubik cube, though. They're more likely to open your fridge). They love to run like hares when excited or startled, but this doesn't always work since they have huge and ploppy tails, slinky anatomy, and again, lack of appropriately sized claws for traction. Basically, they end up doing that thing that dogs do on tile sometimes - scrabbling awkwardly while their legs flail at hyper speed - while still getting almost nowhere.
Their owners still love them, though.
- - - SLINK INTELLIGENCE - - -
Slinks (at least Original Slinks specifically), though not "smart" by human or humanlike standards, are extremely emotionally and linguistically intelligent creatures. They can't speak conventionally, but they make good use of their glowspots and beeping vocalizations to string together simple, but real, sentences in their native language "Slinkese". They'll also happily and quickly learn their owner's language in order to understand them. Slinks have the capacity to make requests, give advice, express their needs (both physical and emotional), and make comments on objects or entities around them. Slinks can feel the complete emotional rainbow that humans are familiar with, such as happiness, sadness, frustration, anger, concern, and pity.
Some could argue these traits should classify Slinks as an intelligent race of their own, but Original Slinks have never been reported as using tools or demonstrating particularly creative behaviors. This doesn't mean that they can't learn to open doors, use dispensers, collect your mail for you (if they can reach the box), and tell you if the house is on fire. It just means that you'll probably never catch them making art on purpose or building a house of cards.
Of course, intelligence varies a lot, especially with hybrids and more obscure breeds...
- - - SLINK DIET - - -
Slinks will eat just about anything you give them, so long as it's not rancid and is easy enough for their tiny guts to digest. They seem to love fresh fruit, nuts, and root vegetables though! They also prefer juicy treats to drinking straight-up water. They're not as good at eating meat most of the time, since their teeth are inherently pretty dull and much better for clipping and grinding food than tearing.
- - - SLINK LIFE CYCLE - - -
When a Slinklette (also called a kit) first hatches or emerges from their capsule, they're palm-sized, sexless, and almost immediately eager to start learning about their environment. It's important to keep them out of trouble during this stage of their life, as they're voracious learners who'll press every button and turn every knob they can reach just to see what happens. Their kit stage is when they do the strongest bonding with their owner or owners, as well as the Slinks or other pets around them. This part of their lives is very important but also quite brief, normally lasting about a year or so. After that, they're well on their way to becoming adults.
As a Slink approaches puberty (and also every time a Slink reanimates from being jerky), its body hormonally assesses the male-to-female sex ratio of all slinks in the immediate area. If there are more males than females or vice versa, they'll shift their sex accordingly to balance things out. This helps a group of slinks maintain a suitable breeding population. Considering this, ensuring that both of your slinks are male when you get them doesn't guarantee you'll be able to avoid being a grandparent forever. By the age of about one and a half years old, their sex should settle for the first time and a Slink should be ready to reproduce.
When they're feeling frisky, a Slink will often make it very clear that they're into the object of their affections, beeping and flashing their name often and expressing their like of said slink very liberally. A pair who feel like breeding may become borderline inseparable for several days, and when the moment is right... they make out. No, seriously. They reproduce orally, which is a lot more kid-friendly for races like ours who don't do it that way. That isn't the case for their creator race, which means the awkwardness is still there when their kids point and say "Look, mommy, Cocoa and Potato are rolling around and kissing!" when the terrible truth is plain for the parents to see. It's okay, though. The kiddies are going to need to learn about the miracle of life someday.
After a week or so of being fat and waddling around (they're pretty fast reproducers), the female Slink will lay a single egg from the other end of their body, which then takes another week to grow to full size and hatch out into a new baby Slinklette. And thus, the cycle starts anew. It won't be long before your house is flooded with these beepers.
If kept in a healthy and captive environment with lots of loving care, an Original Slink can live to twenty years of age before shriveling up one last time. Cudals are quite good at reviving them from this state and extending their lifespan indefinitely if they choose to, but this is normally the end of the line for a slink who doesn't belong to an owner with that sort of advanced technology. In contrast, they don't generally make it past three or five if left to fend for themselves in the wild. They weren't designed to live without owners, not that it always stops them from giving it a good try.
- - - OFFICIALLY REGISTERED SLINK BREEDS - - -
- - - ADDITIONAL SLINK TRIVIA - - -
Slinks come in pretty much any color and pattern, but more often than not, they lean towards blotchy or spotty markings. Maybe it's a side effect of their pigment genes being a royal yet somehow functional mess...
There have been several instances where Slinks were accidentally lost on or introduced to other worlds. Though by default they're horrible at protecting themselves against predators, some unique populations have managed to hang on and keep breeding through sheer adaptability and their ability to go dormant when the going gets too rough.
A unique thing about Slinks is that they can literally shrink over time in response to a (liveable) scarcity in food, water, and space. No worries, though! They'll start growing again if conditions improve.
Though Slinks aren't normally that big, they have potential to grow FAR beyond their standard size if overfed. Please don't do it. Please.
Slinks are edible in emergencies (at least to their creator species) and many varieties have been bred to smell tasty. Please don't eat them yourself, though. For one because that's cruel and unusual, and for two, you would probably die a horrible death; slink flesh is HIGHLY TOXIC to anything that's NOT a cudalform.
Like many desert animals, their solid wastes are mercifully dry and easy to deal with. Thank goodness. They can be litter trained too.
Large gatherings of slinks are colloquially known as "traffic jams" because of how they flash and beep to communicate. This can get VERY LOUD which is why you don't see as many "little old slink ladies" as you do "little old cat ladies".
It's not unheard of for slinks to learn the tunes to very catchy songs and beep them back without being trained to do so! They'll also flash in time with the beat or when they think it's appropriate... whether or not it is. This has spawned hundreds of thousands of viral videos.
Slinks have a proneness to polydactyly, a condition where a creature can grow extra digits on their hands or feet, so it's not uncommon for even direct-from-the-gacha slinks to possess extra toes or thumbs. Sometimes, it will just be one foot, and other times, they'll all be affected!
- - - [ SLINK RESOURCE LIST ] - - -
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I've gotta post art so badly
I've got this HUGE pile of sketches of assorted quality and assorted projects (both fan and original) and... GOD I've got the posting anxiety. I should do it, though. This is months of content. Literal months of free-time art. GHHH. Either way uh. I know it's important I get some more stuff up, so I'm just gonna bite the bullet and DO IT, so head's up! TONS of stuff coming up, even if it's poorly labeled and I have to retroactively add information f;esjlfs
How long can you keep calling a hybrid of a Slink and a non-Slink a Slink? Like, a critter that's 50% Slink appears to be able to be called a Slink. How about 25% Slink? 10% Slink? Do you only need 1% of Slink DNA to be a Slink?