Manes

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 21, 2020, 9:09 AM


What are Manes?


Manes consist of the amount of fur found around the collar, stomach, and tail of the Tokota. Each mane has different characteristics and histories which are detailed below creating a different silhouette. Depending on the mane type the tokota may have less or more fur and the fluffiness of the fur is determine.  Manes also may affect physical traits when present on Tokotas.

How rare are manes and how do I get them?


Manes are broken up into four rarities: Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Very Rare. The harder it is to breed a mane determines the rarity of that mane. Most breedings can result in either of the manes added to the breeding but the official list of combinations can be found in the sections below. The pairings under "Breeding Combinations" for each mane are listed from most likely to least likely.

The list below ranks the currently available manes roughly in order of least rare to most rare;
  • Natural
  • Half
  • Short
  • Razor
  • Silky
  • Sphinx
  • Long
  • Curly
  • Yeti
  • Barbary




Common Manes


Natural

Mane-Nat by TotemSpirit

The Natural is the most common mane type found in tokotas, and displays on all build types. The Natural mane is characterized by long fur on the tokota's neck and chest, and medium-length fur on the tokota's cheeks, underbelly, haunches and tail. The face and body feature short fur that appears deceptively smooth - this fur is still a double coat just like the longer fur. As with all tokotas fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water. Medium level maintenance required.

As tokotas descended from the mountains and their diet changed to contain both creatures of land and sea, it is believed that the Natural mane evolved as a compromise between the two environments. The long fur on the face and neck protects the tokota from neck bites from rival tokotas or violent prey, such as bears or mountain lions, yet the short fur allows for quicker drying times when the tokota enters the water to fish or hunt for seal. It also serves to protect them from harsh winds.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires, Akotas
Unavailable For: -
Breeding Combinations
  • Possible in all breedings




Uncommon Manes


Half

Mane-Half by TotemSpirit

The Half is the second most common mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Half mane gets its name from the distinctive "half mane" formed by the lack of fur on the underside of the tokota's neck. The Half mane is characterized by medium-length fur on the tokota's cheeks, tail and back of the neck. The remainder of the body features the classic short fur usually found on the body. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water.

The Half mane is more adept to coastal living as they benefit greatly from having less of the longer fur to dry after swimming, though they are almost as far spread as Natural manes. Scientists also believe that this mane type is the first adaptation tokotas developed to survive in warmer climates, allowing them to live at lower altitudes.

This variety also has a unique advantage when hunting in grassy plains. While their short coats create less sound, their long neck hair provides extra camouflage in the long grasses they use as cover, making them excellent ambush predators.

As they lack the protection of a full neck of fur, it is not uncommon to find neck scars beneath the fur of wild Half manes. However, the tokota's natural layer of blubber is thicker along the neck than other parts of the body, so it is uncommon for these tokotas to suffer fatal neck wounds.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Half x Half
  • Half x Razor
  • Half x Short
  • Short x Razor
  • Half x Silky
  • Half x Natural
  • Natural x Short
  • Natural x Razor
  • Half x Sphinx
  • Natural x Sphinx
  • Half x Curly
  • Short x Sphinx
  • Razor x Sphinx
  • Half x Long
  • Razor x Razor
  • Sphinx x Sphinx
  • Half x Yeti




Short

Mane-Short by TotemSpirit

The Short is an uncommon mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Short mane gets its name from the medium-length fur on the neck, which is shorter than the fur found on a Natural mane. The Short mane is characterized by medium-length fur on the tokota's  cheeks, neck, haunches and tail, and short fur on the remainder of the body. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water.

The Short mane evolved through selective breeding among Natural, Half, and Sphinx tokotas as a compromise between the bare neck of the Half mane and the fully covered neck of the Natural mane. Such a mane type could have plausibly occurred in the wild with another few hundred years of natural breeding between coastal Half and Natural manes. This mane type is considered by many to be purely cosmetic, as it adds very little benefit over Half or Natural manes.

While versatile they cannot remain in exposed frigid cold for long periods without some additional heat source, such as blankets.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Short x Short
  • Short x Silky
  • Half x Short
  • Short x Razor
  • Short x Sphinx
  • Natural x Short
  • Half x Sphinx
  • Natural x Sphinx
  • Razor x Sphinx
  • Half x Razor
  • Short x Curly
  • Sphinx x Sphinx
  • Natural x Razor
  • Natural x Half
  • Short x Long
  • Razor x Razor
  • Short x Yeti
  • Short x Barb




Rare Manes


Long

Mane-Long by TotemSpirit

The Long is a rare mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Long mane gets its name from the longer than usual fur on its neck, chest, cheeks, and tail. It also has medium-length fur on the haunches. The Long mane also presents itself in "feathering" on the feet and ankles, though this is most prominent on Dire tokotas. The remainder of the body features the classic short fur usually found on the body. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water.

The lush and silky fur of the Long manes was originally a mutation of the yeti mane. It has since been sought out by those wishing for the perfect show companion, much like those of the Curly mane mutation, however some breeders found practical uses for this gorgeous mane. Some found that the mane could be spun and woven, much as sheep's wool could be, often being used in artistic pieces, such as tapestries.

Those who chose to use their Long maned tokotas for hunting and similar tasks will braid the mane and tail to keep it out of the way, sometimes keeping it simple so that it could be easily undone if handler and tokota found themselves stranded on a mountain and needed the extra warmth.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Long x Long
  • Long x Barb
  • Long x Yeti
  • Long x Curly
  • Long x Natural
  • Long x Half
  • Long x Short
  • Long x Silky
  • Long x Sphinx




Razor

Mane-Razor by TotemSpirit

The Razor is an uncommon mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Razor mane gets its name from the distinctive line of medium-length fur along the tokota's spine and shoulder blade. The Razor mane is characterized by the medium-length fur on the tokota's cheeks, haunches, tail, and along the spine and shoulder blade. The remainder of the body features the classic short fur usually found on the body. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water.

The Razor mane was discovered deep in the Tartoks during the recent Expedition there where akotas were also discovered. It is believed to have evolved as an aid to intimidation for standard build tokotas, foreboding mountains are primarily home to dires with akotas at their heart. With such an extreme size disadvantage, the raised fur along the spine adds height as well as a more aggressive appearance. Some speculate that the mane comes, in part, from diluted akota blood, as the Razor silhouette closely mimics the thick neck and shoulders of an akota, but there is no scientific evidence of this.

A common misconception is that the mane on a Razor is too stiff and unable to support a saddle comfortably.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Razor x Razor
  • Razor x Half
  • Razor x Short
  • Razor x Barbary
  • Razor x Natural
  • Half x Barbary
  • Razor x Sphinx
  • Razor x Yeti
  • Half x Yeti




Silky

Mane-Silky by TotemSpirit

The Silky is a rare mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Silky mane is characterized by a mid length, smooth mane and feathering that starts from the shoulders down to the paws and the same on the rear legs. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water, although any undercoat peeking out from beneath the topcoat has the chance to put this in jeopardy.

At first glance, it would appear that the Silky is the result of breeding a long mane with a yeti mane, but those who ventured out on the path of LoRE know better. Long into their quest, Aippaq revealed this new mane type that had been hidden within the Labyrinth.

The Silky's unique look makes it highly sought after within the show community. On a practical level, they are fantastic all-round tokotas.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Silky x Silky
  • Long x Short
  • Silky x Short
  • Silky x Half
  • Silky x Long
  • Yeti x Short
  • Silky x Natural
  • Silky x Yeti




Sphinx

Mane-Sphinx2 by TotemSpirit

The Sphinx is a rare mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. Sphinx is actually a misnomer. Whilst appearing naked like the Sphinx cat, the Sphinx is covered in fur made up of tight curls, more in line with the Rex cat. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water.

This is one of the oldest recorded mane types, second only to Natural and Half manes. The Sphinx mane has long been bred for by native Tokotnians along the coast as a fishing and an ice hunting companion. This mane type is ideal for cold water swimming as it is easy to monitor the amount of blubber on the tokota's body and the short, water-repellent fur dries quickly if soaked through, however, on long treks during harsh winters, the Sphinx requires blankets to help keep warm.

Their unique appearance makes them highly sought after within the show world and also gives them an edge as racing tokotas.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Sphinx x Sphinx
  • Sphinx x Half
  • Sphinx x Short
  • Sphinx x Natural
  • Sphinx x Razor
  • Sphinx x Long
  • Sphinx x Curly




Very Rare Manes


Barbary

Mane-Barb by TotemSpirit

The Barbary is a rare mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Barbary mane gets its name from the visual similarity to the Barbary lion. The Barbary mane is characterized by long fur on the neck, chest, shoulder, underbelly, and tail, and medium-length fur on the cheeks, forehead, elbows and haunches. The remainder of the body features the classic short fur usually found on the body. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water.

The Barbary mane first appeared as a random mutation resulting from the breeding of a Natural mane and a Yeti mane, and is believed that the combination created a mutation of the gene in charge of determining where to grow the classic Natural mane's "mane". Through selective breeding, this "mane" has evolved into a dense, burr-resistant coat that makes the tokota an excellent land explorer and brawler, giving the neck further resistance than a Natural mane's.

Barbary maned tokotas have a tendency to fluff up their whole body to appear larger than normal, a scare tactic put to good use for battle and taking down larger prey.

Since Barbary manes became more common place than when they first appeared in Tokotna, many handlers use their thick fur to line clothing for insulation, usually harvested during grooming in the warmer months.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Barbary x Barbary
  • Barbary x Yeti
  • Barbary x Long
  • Barbary x Curly
  • Barbary x Natural
  • Barbary x Razor
  • Natural x Natural
  • Natural x Yeti




Curly

Mane-Curly by TotemSpirit

The Curly is a rare mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Curly mane gets its name from the distinctive curling on the longer fur. The Curly mane is characterized by long, curling fur on the tokota's neck and chest, and medium-length curled fur on the tokota's cheeks, underbelly, haunches and tail. The remainder of the body features the classic short fur usually found on the body. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water with the added curls making it act more closely to the fur found on such dog breeds as the Spanish Water Dog.

An odd mutation that occurred as the result of an accidental breeding between a sphinx and a natural mane, the curly mane became quickly sought after as a show tokota. It was some time before people realised their potential as water hunters and fishers, longer still until it became apparent that they were hypoallergenic.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Curly x Curly
  • Curly x Barbary
  • Curly x Yeti
  • Curly x Long
  • Curly x Natural
  • Curly x Half
  • Curly x Short
  • Curly x Sphinx




Yeti

Mane-Yeti by TotemSpirit

The Yeti is a rare mane type found in tokotas, and currently displays on all build types except for akotas. The Yeti mane is characterized by long, woolly fur all over the body that forms "bangs" over the tokota's face and covers the feet, and short fur on the face. As with all tokota fur, this mane is a double coat that repels water, although any undercoat peeking out from beneath the topcoat has the chance to put this in jeopardy.

The Yeti mane was discovered deep in snow laden mountains. It is believed that a single yeti maned dire was the source of the yeti myth and it is the cryptid that is named after them, not the other way around.

They have since been bred to be used as rescue animals, much like Saint Bernards and sled haulers, their thick coats perfect for traversing the mountain ranges of Tokotna, though in more recent years they have been bred as show animals.

Regular grooming is a must, with most fur gathered to be used as insulation, much like Barbary maned tokotas. They must also be kept cool during the warmer months.

Available For: Standard Tokotas, Tokis, Dires
Unavailable For: Akotas
Breeding Combinations:
  • Yeti x Yeti
  • Yeti x Barb
  • Yeti x Curly
  • Yeti x Long
  • Long x Barb
  • Yeti x Natural
  • Long x Curly
  • Curly x Barb
  • Yeti x Silky
  • Yeti x Half
  • Yeti x Short
  • Yeti x Razor





FAQ


There used to only be Common and Rare manes, but now there are four rarities. Did that affect breeding numbers?

No it did not, the current numbers were used to make the four tiers.

Were more breeding combos added or were these always possible?

No new combos were added, we've just expanded this journal to show the full lists.

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