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Class: Demon

Skvaders are a species of demon related specifically to Sweden; some groups of Skvaders have emigrated to Norway, Finland, and other surrounding countries. Most Skvaders don’t bother with religion, seeing as they are basically animals, but since they are raised in Norse countries, many of them are familiar with mythology of that region.

Appearance and Characteristics:

Skvaders are, most basically, hare-like creatures with wings. Some look more like rabbits, and some look more like hares, depending on the region and bloodline of the Skvader. Skvaders are usually normal rabbit colors- brown, black, white, varying shades of gray, as well as a striking crimson color. It’s a rare mutation to have a Skvader with adverse colored fur (blue, green, purple, etc.) and it’s usually considered a mark of beauty. The gene for such colors is recessive, and thus more common in males.

Most Skvaders also have a bird-like array of tail feathers- some don’t. Demon genetics is slightly different from human genetics, at any rate, and we won’t bother the scientists charged to figure this out. Feathers on Skvaders are just as varied as birds’ feathers colors, and so are the wing types. Depending on the region, Skvaders can have wings resembling a wood grouse’s, a seagull’s, an eagle’s, or any variety of songbird, but the wings are ratioed for the individual’s body. Usually Skvaders with dull fur with have dull wings, and Skvaders with bright fur will have bright wings. A contrast between the two (Say, light purple fur and gray wings) is rather rare.

Shape Shifting
Skvaders also have the ability to assume a human-like form, though few are magically adept enough to assume one that is fully human in appearance. Their ears are always rather huge, and younger Skvaders’ ears are quite perky and can often stand on their own. Older Skvaders find it harder, as their ears will be bigger, and Skvaders over the age of 50 will find it impossible. Their wings and tails- lapine or avian- are also present on the human form. They have a unique ability to sort of shrink their wings to a smaller size when not in use- and then grow them out fully when they need them.

Male Skvaders
They are very different from male humans- they are usually quite delicate-looking, almost effeminate, with a slightly wider set to the hips and a narrower waistline. Even a Skvader with muscle lacks much masculinity, for the pectoral muscles are not very defined, even at their best, and the stomach musculature system is entirely different from a human’s, and is next to invisible. Often one can only tell a strong Skvader from a weaker one by touch.

Female Skvaders
Usually hardier-looking than males, though they do possess a feminine figure similar to a human female’s. They’re more often than not taller than males, with heavier musculature on the arms and legs, and slightly larger, more powerful wings. The reason for this is that females in the wild need to be better at supporting themselves and their young, and thus must be more hardy and intimidating.

Both genders have particularly strong leg muscles- and, thusly, a vicious kick. A Skvader can bash the skull of virtually any beast in on itself, especially if shod in shoes. Their arm muscles aren’t quite as strong, but can be developed. A Skvader in battle with usually fall flat on its back and tuck its knees up under its chin, prepared to kick off any attack. Roaming Skvaders usually find more creative and tactical ways to fight. But know this- you never want to see the bottom of a Skvader’s foot.

Despite their cuddly appearance and usually bubbly nature, Skvaders can be quite fierce in battle.

Skvaders live in Warrens. Warrens can be simple underground tunnels dug my Skvaders in their true form, or vast catacombs used by Skvaders in a human form. A Warren, much like an estate, has a dominant couple and family that are responsible usually for the initial construction or foundation of the Warren, but they are certainly not the rulers. Young males in a Warren might join their fathers for excavation (for they are always building) or other such work, but more often than not they go roaming to find themselves. The desire to wander is usually larger in males than females, seeing as it is common in rabbits to be so.

Skvaders are all very open about their sex drive. Though some might be coy and pretend not to think about it 98% of the time, chances are they do. A constant urge to reproduce is the undercurrent of many a Skvader’s thought, and it intensifies as the spring season approaches.

Skvaders might mate with many different partners throughout their life, and they support harems- though the opinion varies with the individual- but they usually establish a single mate. Someone they love. Offspring of a pair of mates usually have a good relationships with their mother and father, but offspring of a Skvader who’s partner merely ambled off after the dirty deed was done usually only know their mothers. It’s a common thing, and they usually don’t understand a human connection to both parents.

Skvaders often wander for many, many years before they find a place to settle down. Some return to their native lands, some do not. They have been known to crossbreed with humans and other demons- a breeding between Skvaders usually results in quadruplets or quintuplets, but a cross-breed will produce triplets, twins, or, in rare instances, a single child- it depends on which is the male and which is the female, really.

All Skvaders are strict vegetarians- they cannot handle meat. The smell of blood often makes them queasy, as does the smell of cooking meat. They mostly have a fondness for raw vegetables, as well as just plain grass, and they can eat some bakery products.

Picture Reference: Wikipedia, Skvader [Website]