AN INTRODUCTION TO TATAURS

by Victor Whitepaw

 

Physiology

Outward Appearance and Characteristics

Tataurs are a predominantly feline centauroid-like species. The basic body structure comprises two main torsos joined at right angles at a common 'waist', with the head appearing on top of the upright upper torso in the same manner as upright bipeds. While technically quadrupeds, Tataur in fact have six limbs in total - the four walking limbs are attached to the lower torso, while the remaining two limbs function as arms and are attached to the top of the upper torso. They have the ability to change their shape to a biped form by shifting some joints. The two forward legs turn into arms and hands, although not as good developed and the normal arms and hands.

The height of a fully-grown adult Tataur is about 1 to 1.3 meters (3' to 4' approx.), doubling their height when in biped. An adult Tataur weighs between 90 to 160 kg (200lb to 350lb approx.). Life expectancy is approximately 200 years to 250 years

  • Fur Color

The body is covered with dense fur. This includes the four breasts where the nipples are generally only seen as bumps under the fur. However, Tataurs do not like extremely hot conditions. They are most comfortable at temperatures between minus five and ten degrees Celsius.

The Tataurs do not share a single fur color or pattern with in a families. They, as a species, seems to contain only a few fur coloration, white and black being the bomminant. Tataurs have mostly plain-coated with diferent color patches. No two-coat markings are completely alike.

  • Upper Body Description

The upper torso is very human-like. They are able to twist  in a two hundred degrees circle at the central hip and reach any part of their body with little effort. They have a lot of strength in proportion to their mass and lower-body capabilities. Their hands are very human with the exception of retractable claws in all six limbs.

The ears are fairly large and highly mobile and expressive. They can hear much higher frequencies than humans, and at amplitudes of only -15 dB.

Their eyes can see partially into the infra-red and ultra-violet while normal color vision is sharp at both close up and distance. Eye color is often green but many variations exist, such as a blue.

The muzzle is not particularly prominent. being typically feline in shape. Being omnivores, they have both grinding molars and long canine teeth, which are quite conspicuous. A Tataur grin can be a bit unnerving to those people unfamiliar with them.

  • Lower Body Description

The lower torso is quite solidly built and is very strong. Without a load, they can move very fast and leap a couple of meters high effortlessly. With an appropriate harness, they can carry the load like a packhorse. All four paws have retractable claws and the front paws have elongated toes with the dewclaw modified into a semi-thumb. This does not interfere with walking or running, but it does enable them to grasp objects. When in bi-pad they have the use of an extra pair of hands, the grip being crude but very strong. Along with the ability to rotate their forelegs freely, this enables them to climb extremely well.

The tail is quite long, about 1.5 meters by age 16, and very sleek. It can hold moderately sized objects, anchor or brace the body and helps counterbalance the upper torso. It can be a very effective surprise weapon in combat. It has enough strength to support the entire body weight for a short time and act as an anchor for an extended period.

 

Aging

As mentioned previously, the average lifespan of a Tataurs is up to 250 years. Tataurs enjoy a long and healthy middle age. Their bodies have fully matured and stop growing (except for the tail) when they're in their mid twenties. At about 200 fur starts graying and skin tone starts sagging. Vision loss starts to become noticeable, as does diminishing hearing and smelling capability. Joints may not be subject to arthritis, but the efficiency of them gradually deteriorates and causes some stiffness. Muscles are one of the organs that constantly needing to replace themselves, but again, the effectiveness of this ability slowly reduce. This is the major cause of death amongst Tataur because the most important muscle in the body is the heart.

Sociology

  • Dress

Tataur have no nudity taboo; they have no need for clothes except for protection in harsh environments, but they are well aware of the allure of well-designed decorative clothing. Often, the Tataurs just wants some pockets! They are also sometimes a concession to some more prudish aliens.

 

Their Home Planet System

The Tataurian system is located in a dual sun system containing eight planets. The home planet is located on the fourth planet.

The home planet is 80 percent water with four continents spread around the planet. Technology used on the planet is used in such around that the wild live has been minimal impacted. The communities can be divided into four groups.

  • The Oceanic communities are mainly based on the bottom of the oceans floor.

  • The Surface communities are mainly farmers. Farming in small communities.
  • The Air communities could best be described as Big City communities drifting in the atmosphere. This is also the place for the governments main control entities.
  • The Space communities are mainly exploration and space mining/

Examples of Tataur Personalities

To give an indication of what some Tataurs are like, here's a description of one:

  • Victor Whitepaw:

This Tataur very much resembles an earth black panther except for a white right forward paw. His eyes are green. he is tall for a Tataur, about 3' 8".

 

He often preferring to muddle through something and learn from his mistakes rather than wade through volumes of technical books. He feels that you can better understand what you are doing that way. However, he very much likes reading fiction, especially humoring or fantasying type books. He enjoys bush walking when he is not away on a tour of duty. His favorite color is red.

 

He works at the national space agency. Trained on long range Seeker class space ship as pilot and systems support engineer. His work takes him out amongst the stars for about three years before they return back by means of the Star Gate's. He is normally on leave for about three to four months in which time there are normally a couple of refresher courses to bring him up to date with new technology. He then returns to the stars to continue his mission of mapping and discovering.

 

 Credits:

The Tataur mostly dreamed up playing around on the Furry Muck. I have incorporated some features from users found there. Being not a person too mighty with the pen I have used this page gotten from the Chakats website to put into words the description of the Tataurs and no. I created the Tataurs before I met the Chakats (The Tataurs is around for more than three years already. Never got the opportunity to put it on the web). I think it was the Centaurs that got me interested in the taur shape..