Drabbunny

By Lagoloid

Drabbunny

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Drabbunny (Plural: Drabbunnies) are a minority species unique to the Wukrii comic. Within the world of Wukrii, they are an ancient species not believed to be native to the Wukrii Islands, though little is known about precisely when they started to visit and live on the islands. A drabbunny is a combination of two very old animal species found in the world, rabbits & bunnies, combined with dragons. This unique hybrid species is only seen natively on their own island of Ryusa and while some of them often keep to their own native island, many can be found traveling the world, and are known for their entrepreneurial spirit. A number of them have taken up jobs as traveling shop keepers, cooks, construction workers, laborers, and other specialized trades and crafts. Cities and communities even employ groups of Drabbunnies to work as mail and package carriers. Their large presence within Wukrii have made them integral to the culture of the islands and vital to the local economies. They have become as associated with Wukrii as the lush environments that make up their surroundings.

Drabbunny
Drabbunny

Biology

Anatomy

Drabbunnies share many of the characteristics found from the rabbit species. This includes having long or lop ears, granting them acute hearing. Large hind legs and well-developed musculature giving them their speed and agility when they’re running or hopping so they can track greater distances.  They have sizeable and strong clawed paws that are especially good for digging and for defense when needed. Even their tails, which are stubby and bulbous in shape, similarly mimic the type of tails called “scuts” that would be found on a typical rabbit. Also, like rabbits, they align closer to warm blooded mammals from what is understood of their biology.  However, one particular area in which they take after their dragon kin, both lesser and greater drabbunnies, is how they give birth. Drabbunny hatchlings are born from eggs, which can take a very long time from incubation to the hatching stage, and as such, this makes drabbunny eggs highly prized by poachers and those who wish to do harm to the species. Drabbunnies are fiercely protective of their offspring as a result.

Spines, teeth, claws and horns

Their backs are share similarities with their reptilian and dragon kin, in that they have horns or spikes running down their spines that can vary in terms of size or number depending on the drabbunny, but end at the base of their tails. The mouth of a drabbunny contain rows of teeth, fangs and a series of molars. The biggest and sharpest being their trademark front rabbit-like buck teeth that slices like a scissor through any tough or fibrous food they eat. For example, their powerful jaw muscles allow for biting into the thick rind of a watermelon, making it just as edible as eating an apple is to a regular bunny.  Their claws can be as sharp as their teeth and just as hard as both are made from similar material. As a drabbunny ages and/or increases in size, their claws and teeth naturally fall out and regrow.  Some drabbunnies are born with small horns in a variety of numbers, shapes, lengths and widths.

Dragon Anima

Dragon Anima

Drabbunnies use dragon anima in many unique ways.

One of the more mysterious aspects of drabbunnies come from their innate magical abilities. A drabbunny’s heart not only pumps blood throughout their bodies, but it also generates a power defined as “dragon anima”. This mystical energy flows through their cardiovascular system and enhances a drabbunnies’ body, giving them a further boost in their abilities. Most drabbunnies have a very basic understanding of this skill, but given enough concentration and practice, a drabbunny can direct their anima to certain parts of their body to achieve different actions. For example, a drabbunny could jump higher, sprint faster, strengthen up their musculature and increase their base power in an instant. However, this technique is not without its serious flaws. Relying purely on dragon anima too much can drastically drain a drabbunny’s stamina and can cause serious damage to their body if not carefully monitored along with proper training and mastery. There’s still much that isn’t understand about the dragon anima phenomenon and remains a mystery, even to drabbunnies themselves in some respects.

Breath Abilities

Breath Abilities

Fire and kii are the most common of the breath abilities with healing kii breath being a sub group of Kii.

Another attribute inherited from their dragon ancestors are their breath Abilities. The most common form is fire breath, but others are known to exist. Some Drabbunnies are capable of projecting powerful, long, and large streams of fire, while others can only muster up small, but still potent fireballs. Drabbunnies can use fire as a self-defense mechanism, but with proper practice, they can learn to control their breathing, and use it for a number of applications, some of these include cooking and even blacksmithing. Another common breath ability is “kii” breath (pronounced like “key”), which is emanating pure mystical energy. kii breath often appears as a glowing mist that can be manipulated and controlled by the drabbunny. It can act, for example, like a form of telekinesis that can move and levitate objects. But the utility of this innate ability is not limited to just that, other uses of kii breath can vary relative to the individual drabbunny’s innate talents. Some drabbunnies can even train themselves to use it for other means like a “healing kii breath” for example, to help mend wounds.

Fur and Under Scales

Fur and Under Scales

Drabbunnies’s under scales can shift from soft and flexible to hard and stout.

The Drabbunnies are covered with varying degrees of soft fur on their bodies. Female Drabbunnies, however, are the only ones that develop large mane-like tufts of fur on their chest, which serves as an easily identifiable differentiator between male and female. Under all drabbunny’s fur hides their unique scale-like skin, another inherited trait from their dragon kin. Drabbunny scales are more flexible, which makes them feel quite soft to the touch when they’re in a state of relaxation, but drabbunny scales also have the additional ability to harden up if they’re hurt physically or when a drabbunny feels threatened and tense. Their scales add an additional layer of protection, and when combined with their natural dragon muscle bulk, it can makes them quite formidable. It’s also why drabbunnies can feel comfortable sleeping in rougher terrain like rocky caves or tunnels.

Smell

SmellDrabbunnies have strong olfactory faculties which are strong enough to detect odors from a great distance. They’re capable of pinpointing the various components of a given odor and even that odor’s location within a certain range. Not unlike a snake, drabbunnies can even flick their tongues, to further help locate the source or quality of an aroma.

Taste

Taste

Speaking of their tongues, that ability is often best put to use when it comes to their sense of taste. No humanoid can match a trained drabbunny cook’s ability at parsing the various flavors, seasonings and ingredients from a particular meal. It’s why some chefs have a drabbunny as an assistant in the kitchen to taste test new recipes or find a particular flavor in a dish. Though this does makes drabbunnies rather tricky to cook for as some maybe very picky eaters because of their sensitive taste buds. A positive review from a drabbunny is a sure sign you are on your way to culinary mastery!

SightSight

Drabbunnies’ eyes are also quite capable with fantastic distance vision, though they joke that it’s attributed to their high diet of carrots. This is especially apparent in low light areas like caves or tunnels with minimal to no light. Their pupils not only naturally expand to let more light in, but they also have the ability to use small amounts of dragon aura in their eyes to give them the ability to see in the dark and sense light outside the spectrum humans and Demimon can typically see. If you look closely, you can sometimes see their eyes glow ever so slightly in the dark.

Lesser and Greater Drabbunnies

Lesser Drabbunny

Lesser DrabbunnyThe Drabbunny species can be found in two distinct types, Lesser Drabbunnies and Greater Drabbunnies. Both differ significantly in physical appearance and abilities.  Lesser drabbunnies, are diminutive and childlike in size with fringe ear tips. Their average height ranges from 2’7”-3’11”. They also have a white fur pattern that covers their muzzle and part of their face that makes them very recognizable. They tend to have longer and fluffier fur relative to their bigger counterparts, taking after their rabbit and bunny inherited traits. One of their most prominent strengths is their ability to fly with their set of wings. They can gain altitudes from an average starting point of about 5,000 feet and progressively climb to almost 20,000 feet. There are some records of lesser drabbunnies flying even higher than that, but that’s often regarded as either legend or the acts of daredevils and competitive thrill seekers. Most drabbunnies from childhood and onward are strongly advised against going any higher, as air starts to get dangerously thin at higher elevations. Some theorize that dragon aura provides lesser drabbunnies the extra strength needed to take flight beyond pure muscle power. Lesser drabbunnies can fly for many hours, while taking advantage of updrafts. This helps them glide, so they can use less energy flapping their wings. Their wings do have limits, such as being unable to do long cross ocean flights like certain migratory birds. It is understood that their wings burn up high amounts of energy, especially when carrying heavy loads. That’s why it’s important for a lesser drabbunny to take breaks and eat throughout the day to regain their stamina. Though small, they can have sizeable appetites, especially when flying a great deal. Luckily, lesser drabbunnies have a resilient metabolism that helps keep their bodies fit and thin for flight.

Greater Drabbunny

Greater DrabbunnyOn the other end of the spectrum, Greater Drabbunnies, undoubtedly are the larger cousins of the species as their name would suggest. While lesser drabbunnies evolved more physical attributes from their rabbit side, greater drabbunnies evolved closer to their dragon side. Their average height can range from 5’0” to heights of 8’0” and even more in some cases, towering over most. Greater drabbunnies are significantly shorter haired then lesser drabbunnies, giving them a much smoother appearance from a distance. They also lack the fringe ear tips and the white fur marks on their face as seen in the lesser types. The shape of their muzzles are more pronounced and slightly more dragon like, giving them a mature look to their appearance when compared to the lesser drabbunnies. The most obvious physical features greater drabbunnies lack are wings. While to some, this may seem like a big limitation, they make up in this deficiency with their incredible strength. The power that would have been used for their wings is distributed more proportionately into the rest of their bodies and muscles. So much so, they’re even capable of lifting many times their own body weight, especially with enough practice. Their powerful large hind legs especially benefit the most from this, enabling them to travel for long hours and many miles by foot. Because of greater drabbunny’s natural born strength, they can traverse over huge stretches of land farther and faster just by hopping. If given enough strength, an average greater drabbunny could easily jump to 3 times their own height. There have been some instances of greater drabbunnies going further through many years of training. That’s why they’ve earned the nickname “Island Hoppers” as stories accumulated over the years saying that they could literately leap to nearby islands. Leg strength and size is a point of pride to Greater Drabbunnies. It’s safe to say you never would want to be on the receiving end of their kicks as its strong enough to break bone.

Culture

Drabbunny Diet

Drabbunny Diet

Drabbunnies are known to be both very capable gardeners and fishers.

Unlike their rabbit ancestors, drabbunnies are omnivores capable of eating both plants and meats. Because of this, drabbunnies are hunter-gatherers by nature but also display great knowledge in agriculture as well. They enjoy farming and growing their own fruits and vegetables, which they harvest every year.  Seafood is another large part of their diet as many traditional drabbunny dishes include fish as an ingredient. This makes their fishing skills second to none and they are capable of catching some of the more dangerous creatures of the sea. Lesser Drabbunnies are known for practicing their ancient tradition of dive swooping to catch jumping fish, sometimes as a competitive endeavor with other lesser drabbunnies, though both greater and lesser drabbunnies have learned traditional fishing skills as well. Hunting is another important activity for drabbunnies when it comes to foraging for food. Often groups of drabbunnies will go on hunts to take down large and treacherous prey to feed their families. They display high degrees of cunning and skill while they hunt together. It is believed part of the original lure to the Wukrii islands for drabbunnies was its wide variety of beasts and game to match their hunting wits with. While some drabbunnies prefer to carry on their ancient hunting traditions, most drabbunnies living in Wukrii have integrated into human and demimon society and enjoy many of its modern conveniences.  Drabbunnies have taken a particular liking to human made foods such as pizza, pancakes, and especially doughnuts.

Drabbunny Dwellings

Rao's Drabbunny Dwelling

Rao’s Drabbunny Dwelling

Drabbunnies traditionally live in modified natural cave formations or boroughs like the dragons of old called “Drabbunny Dwellings”. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can house many rooms and tunnels. Drabbunnies create these shafts by burrowing deep underground like their rabbit kin. Groups of drabbunnies often live in networks of interconnecting dwellings called drabbunny warrens. These can be large and densely populated depending on the size of the districts, housing many families and friends alike.

Delivery Drabbunnies

Delivery DrabbunniesOne of the industries that drabbunnies have excelled at in Wukrii is delivery and mail services. The Island’s major communities employ a large number of drabbunnies to help deliver mail and packages in areas too far to reach in a reasonable amount of time. Lesser drabbunnies, with their ability of flight greatly excel at this job, especially when it comes to covering large distances to areas on the outskirts and more rural parts of the island, while avoiding criminals, bandits, and thieves on the ground. Greater drabbunnies natural strength helps them carry the larger packages that occasionally need to be delivered. They even use cargo bikes to haul loads of parcels in one go. Their powerful legs make peddling with all that extra weight a breeze. Delivery drabbunnies are usually split up in teams of 5 or more, where they work together on the mail routes that are assigned to them every day. They are equipped with their signature hat, messenger bag, and their most important possession, their pocket watch. Keeping track of the time is a crucial part of their work in order to keep track of their delivery output for the day. It can become very competitive between delivery teams as each will try to outdo the other in how quickly or how much they can distribute within a day. This is not only used for bragging rights, but also for negotiating new mail jobs with the city or a local businesses that would need their services. Needless to say, in most areas of life, drabbunnies are a very industrious and competitive bunch, and are always looking for new pursuits to excel in or turn into businesses opportunities.

Drabbunny Toys & Games

Drabbunny Sqaures

Drabbunny Sqaures

Drabbunnies have a particular affection for toys and games. They have been creating various types dating as far back as ancient times. They’re known for their simplicity in design and gameplay, but at higher levels, players must learn an almost endless number of techniques and strategies.

Bungoma

Bungoma

Some of the most well-known titles include Drabbunny Squares, a board game not unlike normal chess, but more intense and faster pace. Another popular one is a toy that goes by the name Bungoma or traditional drabbunny tops. Two players launch tops in the center of and arena to see whose will spin the longest or get knocked out of the playing area. Learning how to build the perfect tops for the game is just half the battle.

Drabama

Drabama

Probably one of the more well-known and iconic drabbunny toy is the Drabama. The general concept of drabama is to catch the ball in the center of the horn on top of the toy, on the sides or on the bottom while trying to avoid getting the string tangled on the ears. It takes years to master some of the simplest tricks. Its been gaining in popularity among even non-drabbunny users over the years.

Drumdumo

Drumdumo

Drumdumo is an ancient form of competitive full-contact wrestling that has great importance to drabbunny culture. It was first created as a test to see which Drabbunny warrior was the strongest of their peers. Winning this contest was said to bring the champion’s strength closer to their powerful dragon ancestors. The goal is to get your opponent outside of the boundary of the combat ring through sheer force or to make your opponent tap out and surrender. The sport itself is taken very seriously with many strict rules and regulations. Professional Drumdumo athletes are greatly idolized and are seen as celebrities within the drabbunny community.

Original work and nonprofit use of the Drabbunny species.

Drabbunnies are a species that are open to be used for original creations or stories, provided that the work is not for profit. Fan creations such as, fan-art, fan fiction, fan characters etc. are allowed. Keep in mind, any fan creation will not be considered part of the Wukrii canon, unless mentioned otherwise. When posting your fan creation, we only ask that you credit us, and if possible, link back to the Wukrii website and make a mention of Drabbunnies being an exclusive species to the comic world of Wukrii.

We want the species of Drabbunnies to flourish like any community without being too strict on how you can or cannot draw your own.  We take any for-profit use of Drabbunnies on a case-by-case basis as every situation is unique. If you have any further questions, please send us a message through our contact page.