what are poptopi?
"poptopi and its sister species are mutated cephalopods, the product of a failed experiment to combine different animals, they were deemed a failure since they seemed to only work with foxes. upon this discovery, they were released back into the ocean. what researchers failed to note is that these poptopi also removed the deterioration factor of cells, essentially removing the effects of aging from the subject, because of this, they are able to prolong a fox’s life, potentially making them immortal."
the relationship after consumption...
"upon being eaten, they will fuse with the consumer, granting them cephalopod features and perks such as tentacles and the ability to breathe underwater."
"the relationship between the consumer and their poptopus is meant to be symbiotic, the poptopus grants the host potential immortality, and the fox shares nutrients with it."
"after consumption, the poptopus will remain a dormant party in the fox’s body as long as it is nourished properly.
there are cases of imbalance in the relationship between the host and the poptopus, regarding malnourishment and mental instability, but that is a story for another time."
poptopi and their sister species...
"after being released into the ocean, the poptopi were able to mutate and reproduce into different species and types."
"the most common is the blue poptopus. it is the simplest of all poptopi, giving a fox the ability to become a foxtopus with the most basic of cephalopod features."
"green poptopi are exotic poptopi that reside in much warmer temperatures, they can be found near islands in shallow waters if the water is warm enough. they tend to taste more sweet to foxes, and give foxes rarer cephalopod features and chances of a mutation."
"king poptopi live in the deepest depths of the ocean, they are bioluminescent, and very hard to get a hold of. it's extremely difficult for a fox to eat one of these, all things considered, we don't live near beaches most of the time. so a deep water animal like this is near impossible to get. however when it is consumed, it gives the consumer wild mutations and extremely rare features that would only stem from a foxtopus living for a certain amount of time."
"mocktopi are just as rare as green poptopi. their taste changes based on the way they are prepared through cooking. when it's raw it lets the consumer grow or replace common traits with more uncommon ones, but when it is cooked, the possibilities are endless."
"blue ringed mocktopi are poisonous poptopi that live in semi-deep waters. they are fairly rare, and give the consumer the ability to grow and gain some very strange mutations. unfortunately they must be prepared properly or else they are lethal to the consumer."
"ikapops are a sister species of poptopi, resembling a squid, upon consumption they can actually give a foxtopus 2 of the long tentacles of a squid, even if a foxtopus has the max 9 tails. it's very strange but that's all they seem to do."
"vampire ikapops are an absolutely lethal sister species of the poptopi. they should not be consumed by anyone that isn't a kumiho-type foxtopus. for whatever reason, kumiho-type foxtopi are able to consume them and grow mutations exclusive to them."
"poptilus are a nautilus-like sister species of poptopi, they give a foxtopus the ability to grow a nautilus shell and gain nautilus eyes. they are by far the rarest poptopus sister species, so rare they would be considered endangered."
"cuttlewishes are the currency we use in the foxtopus community. they are very small and colorful. even though they can be eaten, they don't serve as anything besides a cute snack. they have no benefits whatsoever."
the effects of aging on a foxtopus...
"after living for at least a hundred years, a foxtopus will gain the ability to have a standing form. these forms are much more adept to using magic, as well as fitting in with society. standing forms with more human appearances are able to live among human society while standing forms that resemble their feral form tend to make communities of their own in the ocean or on land, away from humans."
"kitsune-type foxtopi are the most common type of standing form. they tend to blend in with human society, and their morals are greatly aligned with fitting in with others and getting along with everybody while causing minor mischief on the side. kitsune-types do not need to have 9 tails, they only need to have lived a hundred years. they have no particular advantages, but are very versatile to whatever they set their mind to, potentially they could learn to do anything."
"when a foxtopus ages, every hundred years they will grow another tail. this caps off at 9, though eating certain things can create more. at 9 tails, a foxtopus can get the opportunity to become a kumiho-type foxtopus. these foxtopus are very rare, as they need to have lived a thousand years in order to gain their status. kumiho-types are proficient with magic and transformation magic. they are very powerful beings at the expense of their humanity. they must feed on living things in order to sustain their relationship with their poptopi. a noteable feature of kumiho-type foxtopi are their second mouth. it is usually placed on their abdomen and resembles an octopus beak. in special mutation cases, the mouth may be placed elsewhere or might even appear as a mouth from a different animal. kumiho-type foxtopi use this second mouth to eat faster."
"the very rare case of the huli jing is the product of a foxtopus dying and its spirit not making it back to the afterlife. these spirits will possess another living being and essentially kick that living being's soul out of their body. though they appear as the being they possess in standing form, in feral form they appear as a regular foxtopus. their foxtopus features in standing form appear ghostly and aren't tangible in any way. these foxtopi cannot gain or lose tails. they also cannot be aligned with kumiho or kitsune ideology and live by their own values. they do tend to be on the more mischievous side, moreso than kitsune and much less than a kumiho."
"of course there's plenty much to learn with this species, but as of now, i believe that's enough basic knowledge for you to know. as we grow as a community, i'm sure other historians will put their 2 cents in. so look forward to that. by the way, i am dua, the first foxtopus historian. if you have any basic questions about the species, you're free to ask me. i am always happy to speak about what i know."