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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

AKs. Soviet bloc country. Interesting.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

DB has said that this takes place within 2000 km of Volgograd, Russia (a range that is about 1/3 Russia, 1/6 Kazakhstan and the rest various Balkan and Middle Eastern countries). He deliberately refuses to narrow it down more than that, to avoid getting tangled up in human geopolitics.

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

I'll cheer on our not-Russians then.

Thanks for the additional info, I must have missed it somewhere.

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just one guy51 (transfer from Disqus)

Linguistic power grows from the barrel of a gun.

Note: I'm curious, are the Raharr ambush hunters (like cats or foxes) or endurance hunters (like wolves or humans)?

Edit: Or maybe 'rushdown' hunters like lions or cheetahs?

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Darth_Biomech

They're endurance hunters, like humans. The only ones in the Alliance in fact, which plays a role in the similarities in the psychology of both species, among other things.

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just one guy51 (transfer from Disqus)

Thank you for the answer!

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

On that subject, what is Raharrs' natural relationship with water? I've been thinking ever since I first saw them that their tails are obviously evolved for swimming.

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Darth_Biomech

Best to think about their evolutionary ancestry as catlike tree-dwelling monkey-beavers. Their home planet generally has a bit higher ocean to land ratio (74 to 26 IIRC), and the continents feature more rivers, lakes, and mangrove-like environments. Raharrs are mostly terrestrial, but they did had a need to swim often.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Sorta like tigers, then. Gotcha.

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Darth_Biomech

Um... well... sure, I guess?

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

I just mean the water thing. Tigers are land animals, but do a lot of swimming across rivers while on patrol, and have the webbed paws to show for it.






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Raharrs descended from the evolutionary branch that can be described as "apelike cats" by their evolutionary niche. Although initially carnivorous and solitary, they were forced to become omnivorous and form persistent packs during the latest of the rare ice ages of their homeworld, approximately 30 million years ago.