|As you press the button, the stone shakes almost imperceptably and then stops suddenly. Nothing seems to have happened. Cautiously, you peek around to the back of the stone and see that in fact another large panel has opened. Set back into a little cubby in the stone is an ornate silver stand with a brilliantly shining white slab of stone propped up on it.
You slide the stand forward and see that this smaller stone within a stone has several more buttons on it. You press them in order starting at the top, and each time you do so another set of carvings appears on the face of the stone.
|Habitat and Feeding Requirements|
|Felcan can live virtually anywhere you would find big canines or felines on earth. Examples include: mountain, forest, savannah, tundra, desert, jungle, plain, etc. Felcan do need a large area to hunt in, though, and it is suggested that you not locate them next to small edible critters that you would rather not have eaten.
Several Felcan can be placed on the same page, especially if they are members of the same pack or pride. Felcan do not handle overcrowding well, though, especially if the personalities of the Felcan clash. It is not recommended that they be placed on a page with other big preditors (dragons, other felines, etc) because they can be highly territorial when hunting for food and a conflict is likely to erupt.
Felcan are strictly carnivores and need a steady source of meat. They are very opportunistic and will eat anything from small rodents to large equines (if there are a group of them to hunt together). They generally try to restrain from eating other sentient life forms, but hunger always overrides this polite behavior.
|Felcan are a very social species that tends to have a very strict social structure, especially where packs and prides are concerned. Although loners do occasionally crop up, most Felcan enjoy spending time with others of their kind. A large part of socializing for a young adult Felcan is the search for a mate or group to join.
Packs are led by a mated pair called the Alphas or the Rauu. Usually one of this pair is the dominant one or the "leader," but not always. It could be debated whether Wrere or Kemira is in charge of the Pack of the Frozen Sky, for example.
Second in command of a pack are the Beta pair or the Krauu. Any other members beyond the top four are known as Gamma members or Seru.
Prides are always led by a dominant male who has exclusive breeding rights to his females. He may have one or more subordinante male under him, but these extra males are generally not permitted to mate with the females except in special circumstances. Lordship over a pride is usually passed down to one of the pride leader's sons.
It has been known for there to be some hostility between separate packs and prides, but usually the groups carry on civil relations with each other so long as no one is invading previously claimed territory.
|Mating and Breeding|
|Felcan mate only seldomly and only if resources are plentiful enough to support a new cub. Usually only one or two cubs are born at a time, although having more is not unheard of. Within a Pride structure, the cubs are always looked after by their mother until they reach adulthood, while mated pairs in a pack generally share responsibilty for looking after the little ones.
This means that if a female within a pride becomes pregnant, the cubs are always sent to live with the adopter of their mother, at least until they reach adulthood. At that time, the father may take his male offspring under his wing, especially if he is destined to be the Pride Lord after the father is gone.
Within a pack, the mother and father have an equal chance of having the offspring sent to live with them. If there are two cubs, usually one is sent with each parent. Of course, cubs being reared by the father must make frequent visits with their mother to suckle.
Felcan will never mate with a Felcan who is directly related to them. Inbreeding is a large taboo in Felcan society and is always looked down upon. This means that mothers and fathers do not mate with their offspring or grandpups. Siblings and half siblings will not interbreed and you will even find that most Felcan shun mating between cousins, aunts and uncles and their nephews and nieces.
|Felcan cubs are a handful! They are playful and mischievious and hardly ever listen to their parents. (Perhaps this is why Felcan don't breed that often). Young Felcan require almost constant attention from their parents.
A cub's favorite thing is playing with other Felcan his or her age (with parental supervision at first). Felcan who are not properly socialized as cubs may grow up to be moody and unsocial adults who are incapable of mating.
When cubs reach young-adulthood, they are taught to hunt by their mother or father (or both). A cub's first kill is generally considered a rite of passage into adulthood and is greatly celebrated. Only after reaching adulthood do young Felcan consider finding a mate and joining a pack or pride.
It is not unusual for newly mated Felcan to join the same pack as their parents, or they may split off and form or join a new pack. The same goes for young pride members, though males are somewhat of an exception. Young adult males usually leave the pride they were born in, except for the destined Pride Lord, who always stays in the same pride.
A Felcan that is born into a pride is more likely to join a pride with it reaches adulthood, and a pack-born Felcan is more likely to monogamous like its parents. Some crossover is occasionally seen though.
|Cubs and Growing Up|