Name: Tiffin and Khee
Species: Aerosquirrel (Tiffin), Wandering Albatross (Khee)
Gender: Male (Tiffin), Female (Khee)
Evil/Good: Both Good
Age: Around 10-12 years (Tiffin), 29 years (Khee)
Mature Adult at Age: About 5-7 years (Tiffin), 12 years (Khee)
Appearance: Tiffin is the size of a large gray squirrel... standing on his hind legs, he's around sixteen inches tall. His tail also stretches sixteen inches, and is very bushy. Yet, he is far from being a normal squirrel... he sports a pair of feathered wings that, unfurled, span around two feet. However, despite being a powerfull flyer, Tiffin lacks endurance, and cannot travel long distances without rest. Also, his forelimbs are scaled, like a bird's... though they end in five digit handpaws, with sqirrel-like claws on the ends of his fingers, coupled with human-level dexterity. His hind legs, as well, sport scales, from his digitigrade ankles to his toes, on the frontside... though his hind legs otherwise look like they belong on a squirrel. And further, he possess two other glaring differences... his ears are twice the size of a normal squirrel's, looking more like they belong to a bat, and though he has the gnawing buckteeth of a rodent, his dentition... in the gaps on each side, where rodents have nothing... includes canines. Yes, teeth that look more suited to a small carnivore, but work quite well grooming fur and feathers. On his head, running down his neck to his shoulders... blending with the feathers of his wings... is a thick ruff of fur, dark grayblack, with a blue tint. His underside fur... from throat to inner thighs... is light gray, with cream colored spots on his chest... the rest of his fur is grayblack, lighter than his headruff. As for the feathers on his wings, they match the grayblack of his body fur, with black bar markings on the paler undersides and blue- tipped primaries. What also sets him apart from a normal squirrel?... he wears a pair of goggles on his head, and sports both a dark brown leather (wool-lined) jacket and a faded, pale green scarf. And his eyes... his bright, intelligent eyes... are a deep saphire blue.
As for Khee, the one unusual thing about her is her size... she's a bit large for a female Wandering Albatross. Her wingspan is over thirteen feet, and her body length is over five and a half. A normal Wandering Albatross has a wingspan of almost eleven and a half, with a body length of almost four and a half feet. Along with her unusual size, her eyes are a bright golden yellow.
Personality: Tiffin has a great love for travel and adventure... a bravery and strength of heart way beyond his size. Despite his early history, life with Khee... sharing in her heart and wisdom... has taught Tiffin the true value of life. He is also creative, inventive, and possessed with a great sense of humor... with a loyalty to his friends that would shame a dog. Still, he is not loose in his trust... one thing his early life taught him that he has never forgotten.
Khee, in all of her life's travels and travails, has never lost her gentle soul. With her unusual size and sunlight eyes, she displays great wisdom for her age... an almost supernatural talent to see into others, to know their hearts and desires... though her own have never been fulfilled. Still, since she met Tiffin, she has never felt alone.
Abilities: With his creativity, handpaw dexterity and intelligence, Tiffin has come up with a number of solutions to remaining comfortable, while touring the world on the back of an albatross... though, of course, not all of them are original. His goggles, scarf and jacket he created from scrounged materials and WWII aviator photos... the riding harness strapped to Khee's back, he had to figure out himself... it's not a usual thing, figuring out how to saddle a large bird, but he managed. Otherwise, his abilities included very sharp senses of sight, hearing and smell. And, of course, flight.
As for Khee, her abilities encompass all the normal skills of an albatross of her species, along with the ability to see a person's true soul.
Family: Tiffin has no idea who his parents are... or were. He was created in a lab... whether by magic or science, or maybe some of each... he doesn't remember, if he ever knew in the first place. As well, though he remembers other creatures in the lab, he never knew of any siblings.
Khee is the only surviving member of her family, her parents both killed by longlining (a human fishing method)... and her two younger siblings, by a viral infection (passed on through infected fish... not lethal to adults), when they were both very young.
History: The first three years of Tiffin's life... at least, that he can remember... were spent in a cage, being poked and prodded and tested. Then, the lab was raided by the authorities... probably due to illegal genetic research... and Tiffin was due to be destroyed, along with all the other experiments. However, the transport carrying him and the others crashed, dumping its living load near the seaside. Tiffin's cage broke open, and he escaped... of the others, Tiffin saw some of them already dead, killed in the crash... most, still trapped in their cages... but he ran in fear. For the next year, he struggled to survive... struggled with the reality of his life, and the lives he'd left behind to die, unable to help... due to his fear, he believed. But then, he met Khee on a beach one evening, as she was watching the sun set... and his life changed. With her help, he learned to first trust himself... to believe in life... and move foreward. From that oh so important begining, Tiffin spent the next six years of his life traveling with Khee around the world.
Khee was born to normal Wandering Albatross parents, but her unusual size and eye color prevented her from finding a mate, once she reached breeding age... so her life remained lonely and childless, until she met Tiffin... though he was neither albatross nor quite a child, Khee adopted him as her own, and taught him with her wisdom and open heart.
Hey, Kai... thanks for the note and the help.