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Common elements: Manticores are an odd species, and are unique from other races. One reason for this is that female Manticores are known to have a higher probability for having two affinities, or a secondary element as an affinity, than male Manticores. Male Manticores are almost never seen with more than one affinity, or a secondary element as their affinity. Common affinities for both sexes are Earth, Fire, and Water. If a female Manticore does possess a second affinity, it is usually Acid, Poison, Sand, or Ice.

Hereditary magic: All Manticores will pass down Earth, Fire, or Water as an affinity to their offspring, regardless of what the parental affinities actually are. Elements other than these three are passed down as aptitudes, and the offspring will generally acquire them as affinities with time as they age, provided they are raised in a matching environment. Manticores without an affinity have not been documented, even in families who have lived in Mew York for several generations.

Elemental weaknesses/resistances:

Fire, Sand, Ice: Although not technically an elemental weakness, Manticores are susceptible to dehydration, and these listed elements, when used properly, are highly effective at causing it. Fire may be able to evaporate moisture in the area, causing Manticores to begin to dry out. Sand may be able to interfere with a Manticore's ability to absorb water, and Ice can transform water into an unusable resource for them.

Others: If not purposely targeting their weakness, and if not directly incompatible with their individual affinities, Manticores are highly tolerant of all other elements.

Common locations: Although they are somewhat uncommon, Manticores are native to Owel, with their home city being Gnawth. However, due to their hardy nature, fondness for wandering, and resistance to elements, they can be found almost anywhere.

Climate preferences: As stated earlier, Manticores dehydrate easily, and require ready access to fresh water. Being deserts, they will tend to stay away from the uninhabited territories of Althar and Auroria. Dewclaw and Gnawth are ideal locations for them, as rainfall is plentiful, humidity is moderate, and lakes and rivers are common. If the N.E.W. Gnolls were less hostile towards Manticores, the United Gnoll Territories would also be an ideal environment.

Level of intelligence: All Manticores are capable of higher-level thinking, such as the ability to plan ahead, to reason, rationalize, and to understand abstract concepts and principles.

Tribal Manticores in remote areas may seem feral, but they are merely extremely hostile, aggressive, have no knowledge of languages other than their own, and have no interest in communicating with outsiders.

It should be noted that as all Manticores possess this level of intelligence, any act or ploy from a Manticore insinuating otherwise should be treated as a complete fabrication.

Language: Most Manticores speak Common, and feral Manticores in remote areas often have their own tribal language.

Trivia: Manticores are able to hybridize with a large number of other races, and they vary wildly in physique because of this. "True" Manticores still vary in physique, usually according to gender. Females are apt to possess more insectoid features than their male counterparts, and are often physically larger and stronger.

Tails of both sexes are almost always venomous, and the venom is unique to each individual Manticore. This makes it difficult to create a completely effective general purpose antidote to Manticore stings. Their affinities usually influence their venom to some degree, however, so element-specific antidotes with limited effectiveness do exist.

They do not easily get along with others, including those of their own race, so it is quite common to see Manticores living alone, even when in an area filled with biological family. They have a difficult time empathizing with individuals they see as meek or timid, and will almost always see them as a tool to be used, rather than as an individual.

Manticores have no natural racial leaders like Gnolls have with their Shamans, and are usually content to wander about on their own, furthering their own personal ideas and goals.

Manticores are highly possessive and territorial, and will often become aggressive if foreigners encroach on their land or privacy.

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saphiresparks123 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are they a open species?
Catnip1996 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh these look so SO cool. My ponysona/fursona is a manticore coz I love them too. I love the poses you have drawn them in :) your style for drawing manticore anatomy is interesting and cool!
Zadocfish Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it, love the looks, and I love the sheer diversity of the setting.  But...  I must post this link.…
alamagoozlum Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
sweet jesus once I get a new tablet I absolutely NEED to make a manticore
Velvet-Softpaws Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe someone is trying to sell one of your designs...and art

Correct me if im wrong, or not.…
SushiLion Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The stole it from someone who has it as an oc that they made a long time ago (
Juicebags Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
mushmushroomies Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry if you get this question often, but what are the rules on making / drawing Floraverse species? 
AngieMyst Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
All these designs are so colorful and varied! How d'you have the creativity to make so many different ones? XD
aborigene7 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I literally just screamed while looking at these designs...god you are too good ;-;
Saria4 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
are they an open species?
Dancing-Kitten Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
i love these guys and i have been eagerly awaiting this sheet
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Very Cool :nod:
Spigos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooow! *-*
Xenji23 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am totally in love with the orange Basticore on the bottom left!
AkaPanuka Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man these are super cool
Sorry if the answer to this question is posted elsewhere, but I see a lot of these cool species coming from you, may I ask what they are for exactly? vuv
I should probably check out the group you posted this in for answers I'm sorry LOL
Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Interesting character designs :D
soulSmith1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Capripopcorn1224 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love all your little animal hybrid concepts! They're all really cool and cute! :) (Smile) 
Mageil Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student General Artist
This species is literally me, you have no idea. At first I was like 'I'll be a rock candies because my Pokesona is a Sableye' but now it's like. Wow. I get the empathy part and being alone a lot and I think I found my new favorite species. I say this like every time you put a sheet out, but they just get better and better.
PMD-EZorua Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Writer
You too?
awesposs Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
osterfire Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Really like this species : D
ellisq Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
My favorite so far.
DarkGoldenSpearHead Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
coooooooooooooooooooooooooool . . .
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Cool take on manticores.
Wyvern-1 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Is it strange that I think manticores look more cool than aggressive? I mean, I'm sure that I wouldn't want to meet one in a dark alley, but I also wanna meet one in a well-lit area, too. I mean, they look decent, and that's along with their cool and natural design.

Marl did a good job with the text, too, as usual. (did I ever forget to say that? Dear me, I'm sorry.)
TheRainbowDragon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The whole Flora world is a pretty fucking dangerous place, isn't it? XD
Deluxeloy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If you don't know what you're doing, anything is dangerous. Though these guys certainly raise the bar quite a bit.
grayw1ng Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Stop ur pallets are giving me diabeetus (♡3♡)
So beautiful
Verronan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh! Quite a gem of a species!

There are certain things about Manticores which strike me as complex. Clearly, Manticores are able to run and manage some form of society ("tribes"), though if I had to take a guess, Manticores are highly meritocratic (a.k.a. if you beat me, you become the new leader); that's only a theory.

Manticores are incredibly powerful and durable on their own, but one of their weaknesses is their lack of social skills; what a very intricate weakness, because it prevents Manticores from building a massive army and dominating all of Floraverse (oh the horror!), though I highly doubt they would be interested in taking over desert regions.

The black market bit also perks my interest. So it's implied that it's illegal to sell manticore tails, I reckon? I can understand why, because if that venom gets into the wrong hands, it could spell disaster for civilization! This also makes me wonder if some doctors participate in the black market for this very reason too; what better way is there to make exotic antidotes than to sell what's up for sale behind the eyes of the law. In fact, I think doctors could even sell Manticore antidotes in the black market for a ton of money, even shady ne'er do wells need medical care, y'know.

Thanks for the reference!
vindurza Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think these or the headless characters are shaping up to be my favorite of the species the style these have is just plain awesome
WebbyToes Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
These are fantastic *.*
JunosatoRyu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering before what kinda species would be fitting me if I was to join, but this just ate the bird in flight...

This is oficially a new level of Awesome on my scale.
Congrats PK~
DarkBlackArcanine Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These guys have to be my favorite so far.
SabreSwordTiger123 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!
DarkRainbowDragon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the green one loks verry cool!
iLiekSkittlez Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh wow, there are gorgeous<3
I love all the vibrant colors and designs~ it's so original and just- squeeee! O u O
AndeliaMaddock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Awww yeah. This is cool as heck. Thanks for putting up this sheet and explaining everything so well.
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