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irbis [2012/10/18 04:50]
hagalaz Reformatted to look more 'wiki-like'. - H.
irbis [2012/10/19 01:41] (current)
hagalaz [Origins] - added link to Wikipedia article 'uplift (science fiction)'.
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 ==== Origins ==== ==== Origins ====
  
-Snow leopards (//panthera uncia// or //uncia uncia//) are big cats of the high mountains, originating on [[Earth]]. On [[Jalan]] (also known as Wildplanet) a population of genetically-uplifted snow leopards, called '​Irbis'​ (after the Mongolian word for snow leopard that found its way into many languages), can be found that descends from snow leopards originally been brought there from Earth by the [[Kirru]] over eight hundred years ago.+Snow leopards (//panthera uncia// or //uncia uncia//) are big cats of the high mountains, originating on [[Earth]]. On [[Jalan]] (also known as Wildplanet) a population of [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Uplift_(science_fiction)|uplifted]] snow leopards, called '​Irbis'​ (after the Mongolian word for snow leopard that found its way into many languages), can be found that descends from snow leopards originally been brought there from Earth by the [[Kirru]] over eight hundred years ago.
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 Genetic experiments performed by the Kirru on this Terran-origin snow leopard stock resulted in the //uncia irbis//, an uplifted, sapient subspecies of snow leopard which, until space-faring races '​re-discovered'​ Jalan, existed nowhere else in Known Space. Genetic experiments performed by the Kirru on this Terran-origin snow leopard stock resulted in the //uncia irbis//, an uplifted, sapient subspecies of snow leopard which, until space-faring races '​re-discovered'​ Jalan, existed nowhere else in Known Space.
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 ==== Physiology ====  ==== Physiology ==== 
 Like their snow leopard ancestors, irbis are adapted for cold, high-altitude environments,​ with a thick furry coat and small, rounded ears to minimize heat loss. They have wide paws with thick protective pads on the undersides. ​  Irbis have long, flexible tails, essential for maintaining balance in steep, rocky terrain. ​ Their tails are also very thick due to storage of fats, and are covered with a thick layer of fur; like their unmodified ancestors, irbis can use their tail as a blanket to protect their faces when asleep in a harsh environment. Like their snow leopard ancestors, irbis are adapted for cold, high-altitude environments,​ with a thick furry coat and small, rounded ears to minimize heat loss. They have wide paws with thick protective pads on the undersides. ​  Irbis have long, flexible tails, essential for maintaining balance in steep, rocky terrain. ​ Their tails are also very thick due to storage of fats, and are covered with a thick layer of fur; like their unmodified ancestors, irbis can use their tail as a blanket to protect their faces when asleep in a harsh environment.
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