Talyxian-Stalkers (日本語：タリクシアン・ストーカー, also called "T-stalkers" or "Stalkers" for short) are creatures that belong to the talyxian group of species on Tal. They are comparable to felines on the Earth, hence are treated as "cats" by fans.
They are quadrupedal and share many of the surface features found in talyxian creatures, specifically the inorganic parts of their head and various details on their bodies. Their appearance has a wide variety, especially the look of their face. Though, it is important to note that these stalkers are not machines, cyborgs, or robotic beings.
Some stalkers are able to talk, but usually behave as animals with non-industrialized lives. Their high intelligence qualifies them as a sentient race, though they are treated as lower beings by the Eltus, as pets or animals. For now, they are not given 'human rights' granted to Eltus races.
Stalkers have a unique setup for the reproductive system and genitals, compared to other Talyxians.
Consistent features of stalkers, as with most Talyxians, include a grey color to their flesh, tongue, mouth, genitals, and blood.
The angular-shaped parts of their body are composed of fur that has been compressed and has hardened which results in their body being incredibly robust. The hardness is similar to a rhino horn of keratin, but the actual biological makeup of these parts is still unknown.
All stalkers have extremely strong jaws and retractable claws like Earth felines. They are extremely fertile, and have a slender head to reduce birth pains on their mother when they are born.
Some stalkers have insect-like antenna on their face around the upper jaw bone.
Every stalker has an incredibly tiny hole, of around 1 millimeter, located on their cranial region. It goes unnoticed by most and is something that can be considered their "weak spot". If somehow an object the size of a needle was pricked into that hole, the individual will immediately die. Talyxian-rooters are the only beings who know the exact position of the hole, as well as how to perform euthanasia with it.
Generally, all newborns are born as hermaphrodites. But once they hit puberty, each chooses what set of genitals they will keep, and this determines their gender for the rest of their life.
All t-stalkers have a slightly protruding duct for an anus. Males' testicles are housed within the body as seen in Earth reptiles and fish. The clitoris is large sized on the females.
Nipple position also varies between males and females: male nipples are located on the upper chest (as in humans), mature females have multiple breasts on their abdomen (as in quadrupedal mammals). Newborns have nipples located at the middle of the abdomen which develops into one of the above sets according to one's chosen sex.
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Some t-stalkers do not necessarily fall into this common anatomy description.
Reproduction and gender system
When Talyxian-Stalkers conceive children, two embryos are created: one male and one female. The normal development results in one embryo merging with the other, however both sets of genitals will develop. Because of this, stalkers are born as hermaphrodites.
There is an exception to the normal birth process: if the embryos fail to merge, the male embryo will develop separately and something rare occurs: a female stalker and a talyxian-rooter is born.
The probability of a stalker becoming pregnant with a rooter after mating (with another stalker) is of ~3%, but this increases to ~12% if one of the parents used a rooter's sperm. While this doesn't happen very often, a rooter can choose to inseminate a stalker with rooter sperm for the intention of creating another rooter.
In general, all t-stalker newborns are born as hermaphrodites, but they are able to choose what genitalia they will keep when they hit puberty. Because of this, adult t-stalkers have a variety of sexes to pick: ranging from solely male/female, to hermaphrodites as well as intersex.
Regarding their diet, the best nutriment for stalkers is fresh raw meat. They are technically considered omnivorous, but they prefer meats more than vegetables. Stalkers who live in more urban areas often have difficulties in finding raw meats, and instead only have access to processed or cooked foods. That's why the quality of an urban stalker's fur is rather poor compared to their rural counterparts.
Generally they hunt small animals or insects and so on, large one may be able to hunt deer-like creatures. Urban stalkers may do scavenging on garbage bags, some of them may be fed by Eltus people. As for urban stalker who is good for ridding of vermin such as rats, may be treated as 'good cat' by people.
Some of them may be not confined to their common diet, may not do hunting and may eat minerals and so on.
In rare cases, part of them may attack to Eltus race, and eat 'Eltus flesh'.
Ecology and behavior
Despite their high intelligence, they have very low interest in higher intellectual pursuits, instead preferring to spend their time hunting, eating, mating or sleeping.
Urban stalkers can talk some, completely wild stalkers can't talk in most cases. Generally they are living as wildlife, so they don't have completely personal rights unlike other race.
Most of them are treated as "talking feral-cats", t-stalkers who get a job in the same way as Eltus race are few. If they work with Eltus race in city, they are good at helping by wild guess as feral animal. (e.g. as for them who work in digging, they are good at finding superior mineral resources. If t-stalker who works at a dentist exist, she/he is good at finding a decayed tooth immediately.)
It is worth noting that most of them seem to have a strong finicky, biased way of thinking and sexual deviances for unknown reasons, often showing sadistic or masochistic behavior.
They are generally known as docile cats, but part of them having a monstrously violent and sexual deviances may be harmful for Eltus race. Such they are treated as a man-eater, and Eltus people will slay them if injured parties are increased.