Physical Description Edit
Caldorvis (pronounced /cal:dor:vis/) are omnivores that live in the cold tundra biomes of Frigus. Their name is divided into two parts, caldor and vis. Caldor means warm and vis mean strength, their naming meaning warm strength. The species of Caldorvis usually have long white coats and blubber under it to keep themselves warm. They have a long snout and look a bit like wolves. Caldorvises can be up to 95-120 cm and weigh up to 90 pounds depending on their diet. They have a strong body build; it is a mix of the big cats and wolves that we know on our planet. They are very balanced of their power in the strength and speed zone, but store a lot of stamina. This stamina allows them to travel several miles per day in search of food without tiring out. They have long claws that can be tucked into their paws (see image on right). Despite looking like wolves/big cats, they have a giant fish tail. This allows them to swim when they need to. They can also hold their breath to up to one hour.
The Caldorvis species often do not interact with their own kind, in fact is it quite rare. At these rare occasions, one or two more Caldorvis young can be born. Caldorvises are like earth mammals, so they give birth to live young. The young are born being able to eat anything, unlike earth mammals we know that must consume milk first. Caldorvises can live for up to 200 Frigus years, so there is no need for a lot of populating. They interact quite a lot with other animals, despite their behavior around their own kind. They enjoy helping other animals, and are seen as wise, joyful, and beautiful creatures. They eat small rodents, plants, fish, anything that is offering its life. Caldorvises only kill when they need food to eat, they never waste any kind of life they have taken. They make chirping sounds and all Caldorvises have a habit of chirping when it strikes 12 at midnight. It is believed that they chirp at this time to scare away nightmares. They are passive creatures and do not claim territory, but become defensive when in possession of young. At different times of the year, they move from the tundra to the Icelands since their coats are too long for the heat, even if it is still below 0 degrees celsius. Their coat is very warm and if not in a cold enough environment, they can suffer from fevers. They cannot shed and grow a shorter coat.
Caldorvises live on the planet of Frigus. There are four kinds of biomes; Tundra, Iceland, Frozen Sands, and The Frozen Seas. Frigus used to be regular planet, with trees and lots of vegetation. Over years, the planet faced a Fire age, where it got so scorching hot that all of the plants and trees burned. Desert biomes start to form. Quite abruptly though, the planet started being pushed away from their center star, which provided them heat like how the sun provides us heat. Frigus got pushed so far and so fast from the center star that the deserts froze over, including all of the other biomes. In the tundra biome, it snows often and the snow can be from 7-9 inches. When there are blizzards the Caldorvis often will bury themselves in the snow and sleep until the storm burns out. In the Icelands, it also snows, but not as thick. The difference between The Frozen Seas and Icelands is that Icelands is actually facing the center star, even if Frigus is a hundred light years away, so Iceland has broken ice and ice water, while The Frozen Sea is on the other side of the planet. The Frozen Sea is completely frozen with thick, unbreakable ice. There is plenty of wind in all of the biomes and the whole planet has an average of -50º C. In the Tundras and Icelands, it can range to -40º C to -60º C. There are many different species in Frigus but Caldorvis is at the top of the food chain. The animals can range from rodents, deer, fish, and small mammals. Caldorvis are the only mammals that are large. There are many plants in Frigus. The plants there are adapted to the environment and are a main food source for many animals on the bottom of the food chain. These plants can spread around and grow fast, which is the reason why they recovered from the Fire Age so quickly and efficiently.
Physical Adaptations Edit
The species of Caldorvis have many different kinds of adaptations that make them powerful and long-living creatures. They have a thick coat and blubber to keep themselves warm from the frigid temperatures. They have long claws to hold on the the ice when they walk. Long snouts provide them easy fishing. When swimming, they have a fish tail to provide them advantage to hunting down prey or swimming down to eat underwater plants. Their tail also provides them balance on the ice. They have sturdy paws, much like polar bears. They are great in battle; swift and adapted to moving in deep snow, fast, cautious, powerful jaws and a strong wack from them can knock an animal out cold. They can also climb, even though they only climb in The Frozen Desert. (but rarely enter The Frozen Desert).
Behavioral Adaptations Edit
Caldorvis are passive to all animals (unless needing food) and have no natural predators. Since they are strong survivors, they do not need to reproduce often. When temperatures get too cold, they can sleep to keep their temperature stable. They can swim if the ice suddenly melts and the Fire Age ever reoccurs. Caldorvises used to be herbivores, but in the Fire Age all plants burned, so they turned to meat. This makes them omnivores. They eat anything that is available and if given a choice, would rather eat plants.