The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

For all your fantastical creature needs! This is the beginning of my encyclopedia, and I'm collecting as much information as I can on various fantasy creatures. Most of my stuff can be found on wikipedia. However, no source is perfect, so the stuff that is my input is often italicized. Help me by sending me more information at Questkid13@gmail.com

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Zoras and Zolas

The Zora are a race of aquatic humanoids who are a largely peaceful species that live in the sea. Though phsycially similiar to a Zora, Zolas are fire-spitting creatures who chose lives of violence over loyalty, typically living in freshwater rivers. The theory is yet untested, but it has been surmised that the absence of saltwater creates a flux in their systems that enables them to spit fire, but in turn creates tension and aggression in a Zola.

Culture
Both Zoras and Zolas rely heavily on water and reflect this dependency in their culture. Zoras are mostly seen gracefully swimming about and frolicking in water, and it has been obsevered that Zoras like diving in particular. All Zoras are powerful swimmers, and some have been known to swim up waterfalls. Besides routine swimming and sports, Zoras also enjoy music.

Zora government is apparently monarchical, as illustrated by King Zora, the sole ruler of the Zoras and Queen Rutela, the deceased ruler of the Zoras . Queen Rutela mentions that her husband, King Zora, died some time ago. Zolas also shown having a monarchical system, as King Zora was a Zola. The Zora Royal Family is responsible for maintaining order among their people, overseeing care for Jabu-Jabu and assuring that the waters upon which he and all creatures rely are clean and pure.

Zoras revere Lord Jabu-Jabu, a giant fish-like creature, as their guardian god. Some of the Zora guards also wear helmets that resemble Jabu-Jabu's face. As an expression of devotion to the patron god on behalf of all Zoras, attendants feed him with smaller fish and care for his well-being.

Appearance
Zoras resemble other marine creatures in their body structure. Most of them wear no clothes, but certain members of their species do wear clothing, or a helmet that completely encases their head. They are generally covered in silver scales, which give them a pale blue sheen from a distance, and they have dark blue spots on their extremities. Where humans sometimes have long hair, average Zoras have rear-hanging caudal extensions of their heads shaped like the tails of dolphins, perhaps as a cephalized form of dorsal fin. These tails undulate periodically, which gives a Zora's head the unique semblance of a fish. Zoras have two large ulnar fins located distally on their forearms, and some have smaller fins at their ankles. They are sometimes depicted as having webbed feet and hands. They lack ears in the traditional sense, but do have pronounced noses. Although typical Zoras have no visible gills, they can breathe underwater (although there have been a few subspecies of Zora who have gills on their abdomen, analogous to the placement of lungs on a human.)

The gender of common Zoras is not well defined, as their physical appearance is not wholly conclusive on the matter. It has been obsevered that some females have a distinctly rounder, more feminine body and human features but this is not necessarily a guarenteed confirmation.

It is also revealed that Zoras lay eggs to reproduce. Zora eggs need to be kept in cold, clean water in order to develop healthily, and every egg from the same clutch must be kept together in order for them to hatch. Newborn Zoras are tadpole-like with a circular body and a long, skinny tail ending in a fluke

A Special Thanks to Wikipedia, and the makers of Zelda for the information...
and to The Zelda Collection of Deviantart.com for this slightly stolen art.

1 comment:

Michelle Miles said...

Stumbled upon your blog today and I'm thrilled to see all this cool information, especially since I'm working on a new book feature elves (you know, the LOTR kind but some are really rather evil). You have lots of great info here. :) I'll be back!