Animal Affinities


Common | Uncommon | Exotic | Rare | Insect 

(Note: This page was put up to keep this information accessible and available after the Digital Dreaming domain expired on 1/16/11. All credit goes to the author of the Dreamburrow site, as this is not an attempt to plagiarize the work, but to have it hosted for those who love to play the game.)

Common

Birds: Crows, ravens, chickens, pigeons, ducks, turkeys, sparrows, robins, bluebirds, hummingbirds, seagulls and canaries. Domestic and city-living birds are also commonly found among pooka. Some might not be the most dignified of affinities, but are fun just the same. They tend to be good singers or mimics, for certain. All bird affinities are also a solid reason for pooka to have the Winged Merit, provided their particular bird affinity can fly.
RF: 1

Burrowers: Here you will find moles, shrews, ground hogs and badgers. Some are timid while others are nasty, but all are small burrowing mammals. Such pooka tend to be quite comfotable underground and can dig like no one's business. Mole pooka are noted for their bad eyesight, and badger pooka are notorious for their large claws and furious tempers. Even redcaps step carefully around a badger pooka.
RF: 1

Cats: Here kitty kitty! Cat pooka make up an unusual porportion of of pooka population. No one is quite sure why there's so many cat pooka, or why so many of them are female.
Like dogs, cats can move about in human places without too much notice, and their incredible agility and balance helps them in numerous situations. While cats cannot truly "see in the dark", their sharp eyes and whiskers do give them an advantage in the absence of light. This category includes all breeds of domestic cat.
RF: 0

Crustaceans: Crabs, crayfish, lobsters and king crabs. These unusual pooka are suprisingly common. No one is quite sure why. In either case, they are almost always found along seacoasts, and their fae miens often have hard shells and pinchers. They have an intense dislike of Red Lobster restaurants.
RF: 1

Dogs: Man's best friend. Dog pooka have the advantage of being able to get around in public without drawing a lot of attention. Stray dogs are common, after all. And people are often nice to them, offering a treat or a scritch behind the ear (but be careful, just as many will whack you with a newspaper!).
Then, of course, there's the advantage of a dog's keen nose and ears. There are few scouts that can compare to a fae with the nose of a bloodhound!
Just watch out for the dogcatcher. No pooka wants to be put to sleep! This category includes all breeds of domestic dog, from cocker spaniels to dobermans.
RF: 0

Farm Animals: Cows, pigs, goats and sheep fall into this category, despite that they vary widely in species. Affinities of this nature are most often found in Pooka that grew up on farms, or simply those with calm natures. Cow and sheep pooka tend to be quite gentle and placid in personality, while goat and pig pooka are notorious for their huge appetites.
RF: 1

Fish: This category includes most common fish: Catfish, perch, goldfish, lionfish, clownfish, salmon, tuna, bluegill, tetra, anchovy. Obviously these pooka are good swimmers and often have gills in their fae miens.
RF: 1

Horses: Large, strong, sturdy and fast, horse pooka are some of the best runners around, and usually have great endurance. Childling horse pooka are often called "colts" or "fillies" as a joke, but they actually like it.
While they usually have no problem giving their friends rides when necessary, they prefer to run free. However, there have been horse pooka known that have been paid to be the "noble mount" of one sidhe or another (who will take any opportunity to 'accidentally' dump their elven rider into a mud puddle).
RF: 1

Rabbits: Everyone loves bunnies, right? Floppy ears, puffy tails, twitchy noses. Rabbits are fairly common pets, and many Childling Pooka have affinities towards them. The idea that all Rabbit Pooka eat carrots and say "What's up, Doc?" is a myth, though. They are usually quite good at leaping and burrowing.
RF: 0

Raccoons: A common type of pooka is the raccoon. These furry critters lend themselves well to the pooka mindset, being mischevious little bandits, found both in the wilderness and in urban environments.
RF: 1

Small Mammals: Mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, hamsters and gerbils. These small mammals are quick, agile, and can wiggle into places most other creatures will never fit. Such pooka typically make skilled theives and spies. They also tend to shy away from danger whenever possible, though they still carry their own brand of courage.
RF: 0
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Uncommon

Armadillos: This small armored animal rarely has to worry about getting hurt, and neither does the pooka who has an affinities for it. Quite a few of these pooka are found in Texas.
RF: 2

Bats: The world's only flying mammal, bats often instill fear in mortals due to the legends connecting them to vampires. Bat pooka quite often have wings in their fae miens, and bad eyesight but keen ears. Rarer though, is the bat pooka who displays the power of echolocation in her fae mien (better known as "bat radar"). Some of these pooka have also been known to have a taste for blood, but most tend to resent being called vampires.
RF: 2

Bears: Large and usually gentle, bear pooka are not quite as rare as most fae would think. These pooka tend to be large and burly (and hairy) in their fae miens, and often have a taste for salmon and honey. While they are slow to anger, a pissed-off bear pooka can make even a troll think twice about engaging him. They typically have poor eyesight, but sharp noses.
RF: 2

Birds: Penguins, peacocks, cardinals, blue jays, splendid fairy wrens, geese, pelicans, kingfishers, warblers. These less common birds are grouped together here. Penguin pooka are notably fine dressers, and peacock pooka are notoriously vain.
RF: 2

Fish: Pantherfish, blue tang, filefish, sea bass, angelfish, rock beauty, Spanish hogfish, lookdown, moonfish, short big-eye, yellowbelly hamlet, scrawled cowfish, rainbow parrotfish, queen triggerfish, silver king tarpon, puffer fish, African pompano, red hind, pirahna, mudskipper. These fish pooka, like their more common cousins, are excellent swimmers and often have chimerical gills.
RF: 2

Foxes, Coyotes & Hyenas: Sly and cunning, these larger mammals make excellent pooka.
Almost always displaying bushy tails and ears, fox pooka usually have the trademark cleverness of their affinity (or at least they think they do). These pooka like chicken a lot.
Coyote and Hyena are scavengers, and survive on their wits. Hyena pooka have shown a disturbing taste for carrion and rather wicked sounding laughter.
RF: 2

Frogs & Toads: With strong legs and sticky tongues, these pooka are not always the most popular ("Ewww, a toad!"). Many of these pooka have long prehensile tongues even in their fae miens, and have an odd taste for flies. Almost all are incredible leapers and swimmers. However, despite what their follow pooka say, licking a toad pooka has no narcotic effects.
RF: 2

Hedgehogs & Porcupines: These animals have one of the greatest defenses around. Their coats of quills make them dangerous to touch. Pooka of these affinities often have the same defense in their fae miens, with chimerical quills bristling along their backs and arms. Despite such a dangerous physical abnormality, they are rarely violent.
RF: 2

Koala Bears: Fae are suprised this affinity isn't rarer. Koala pooka are suprisingly abundant, probably due to their cute, cuddly quality, and many are found outside of Australia despite popular belief. Such pooka are excellent tree climbers and do indeed have a taste for eucalyptus leaves.
RF: 2

Monkeys and Chimps: Humanity's distant cousins, monkeys have many advantages over other animal affinities. This category includes spider monkeys, slender loris and chimpanzees. Rarer simians are found in other divisions. With working hands, prehensile tails and incredible agility, Monkey Pooka in their fae miens are often known to have prehensile feet and tails (Chimpanze pooka don't have tails, of course).
RF: 2

Moose, Deer & Musk Oxen: These large mammal are generally laid-back and serene beings, but can do soem damage when spooked or provoked. No one wants to be struck by moose antlers. And regardless of jokes, no moose pooka has ever been named Bullwinkle.
RF: 2

Moutain Goats, Ibex & Chamois: These wild goats and goat-like animals dwell in mountainous regions throughout the world. Pooka of these affinities are notably sure-footed. 
RF: 2

Otters & other Small Mammals: Otters, beavers, weasels, ferrets, lemmings, voles, meercats, tapirs & muskrats. This category includes all these small mammals. More than one beaver pooka has worked in some capacity with rivers, while lemming pooka are invariably followers. Meercat pooka enjoy singing "Hakuna Matata" whenever possible, especially with a warthog pooka should they find one to pal around with.
RF: 2

Reptiles: This category includes many lizards, salamanders, newts, mudpuppies and iguanas. Many fae find them rather disturbing to hang around, but they are generally a harmless bunch.
RF: 2

Snakes: Here you will find many common snakes: copperheads, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, garden snakes and grass snakes. Few of these are poisonous (the copperhead and rattler being obvious exceptions).
RF: 2

Turtles & Tortoises: These pooka seem to appear slow in their thoughts and actions, even though they are not. They do tend to be shy (except for the snapping turtle variety). An incredible feature is the turle or tortoise pooka that he or she has a shell in his fae mien. This shell is hard and solid, and acts as a form of armor!
RF: 2
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Exotic

Big Cats: Lions, tigers, cougars, jaguars, panthers, leopards, cheetahs, lynxes....the great hunting cats of the wild are all in this category. Claws and sharp senses and a taste for meat epitomize these pooka, as does the typical feline haughtiness.
RF: 4

Birds of Prey: Majestic hunters in the sky, these sleek pooka can take wing as eagles, hawks, falcons, osprey, condors, vultures and owls. The rarest of all is the Bald Eagle Pooka. These fae often have wings, sharp eyes and even talons in their fae miens. Most display an appetite for meat above other foods and tend to have disconcerting stares.
RF: 3 (5 for bald eagles)

Birds (Non-predatory): Scarlet macaws, great argus pheasants, green-backed heron, harlequin ducks, green woodpeckers, wandering albatross, ostriches, toucans & parrots. All these rare birds are found here.
RF: 3

Bushbabies: Small, shy, lemur-like creatures found only in Africa and India, these fuzzy little critters are amazing jumpers. One tree-to-tree leap was recorded at 23 feet! They feed on fruit, berries and small birds.
RF: 3

Camels: Pooka of this affinity obviously do well in desert environments. Their animal miens have the ability to store moisture in their hump (or humps, depending on the breed). They are, understandibly, found near deserts, though nothing stops them from living in cooler locales. Camel pooka tend to be good-natured, but are known for spitting at people when upset.
RF: 4

Dolphins: A perennial favorite, humans love dolphins. These brilliant sea mammals are very clever and friendly. Dolphin pooka are understandably great swimmers, can hold their breath for a long time and are extremely playful.
RF: 4

Elephants: Big, strong (and reputedly with excellent memories), elephant pooka show an odd taste for tree bark among their other dietary staples. They dispise ivory hunting and often work to stop it.
RF: 4

Elk, Reindeer, Caribou & Bighorn Sheep: These wild grazing animals are popular game for hunters. Pooka with affinities for them obviously have issues with that. They also usually have chimerical antlers that can be deadly in combat, and are fleet of foot...er, hoof.
RF: 4

Fish: These fish include Alantic sturgeon, electric eel, barracuda and swordfish. Can you imagine the nose on a swordfish pooka? Would you want to shake the hand of an electric eel pooka? Ouch!
RF: 3

Giraffes and Okapi: Perhaps it is best not to imagine the neck on a pooka with this affinity. Just kidding. These pooka wouldn't really have ten-foot long necks. How would they get through doors?
Okapi are related to giraffes, but have shorter necks and are purplish-maroon in color with black and white stripes. They are from Africa.
RF: 4

Gorillas, Orangutans & Baboons: These larger primates are humanity's closest relatives. Gorillas are strong as well as agile, and tend to be agressive. It is only a rumor that any of these pooka obsess over bananas, but they do like them.
RF: 4

Humpback Whales: The great mammals of the seas, it no doubt suprises many fae that a pooka could have an affinity for an animal that is just....so....BIG!
RF: 4

Kangaroo: Bouncy bouncy bouncy! These pooka are, despite popular belief, also found outside of Australia. They do tend to be excellent jumpers, and many have belly pouches in their fae miens (females, anyway). Despite another rumor, they are not naturally-skilled boxers.
RF: 4

Lizards: This group has geckos, frilled lizards, thorny devils, gila monsters and chameleons. Gecko pooka can often walk on walls while Chameleon pooka are notoriously hard to see when they don't want to be seen.
RF: 3

Misc. Mammals: All of these various mammals are grouped together here mostly to save room. Wombats, wart hogs, flying squirrels, steenbok, dik-diks, anteaters and the spotted cus-cus. Yes, anteater pooka do eat ants. Especially chocolate-covered ones!
RF: 4

Platypus: This, the goofiest looking of all mammals is also the only one that lays eggs. Still, they hold a special place in many people's hearts, and it's not suprising that some pooka take after them.
RF: 4

Polar Bears: The ursines of the arctic, these huge pooka prefer the polar regions and are almost never found outside of them. They make excellent swimmers and fishers.
RF: 4

Sea Lions & Manatees: Although not closely related, these two creatures are grouped together here. Manatees are also known as "sea cows". Pooka of either affinity would be skilled swimmers. Manatee pooka have a taste for seaweed.
RF: 4

Sharks: Hunters of the seas, these fearsome (and fearless) creatures think of only one thing: Food. Pooka of these affinities are obvious rare, mean, typically Unseelie, and found only near oceans (or in them). This category covers all breeds of shark affinities, including the incredibly rare Great White Shark.
RF: 3 (5 for great white sharks)

Snakes: Here you will find the nastier types of snakes: cobras, asps, boa constrictors, vipers and adders! They can make for some very nasty pooka. Yessssssss...
RF: 4

Wolves: One of the finest hunters nature ever produced, humankind has always had a love-hate relationship with the wolf. Pooka of this affinity are excellent fighters, and work well in groups. They also have a dangerous attraction to werewolves, and often refer to themselves as such.
RF: 4

Zebra: The famous black and white striped horse of Africa have long been a favorite of mortals. Pooka with an affinity for zebra always have skin colored in the same manner in their fae miens.
RF: 4
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Rare

Alligators, Crocodiles & Komodo Dragons: The biggest reptiles on earth, found most often in swamps and jungles. Pooka with affinities for these beasts usually live near such environments. 'Gator pooka in New Orleans are rather common (but no, they are not all Cajun). These pooka are noted for their strength, tough hides and powerful jaws, even in their fae miens.
The rare Komodo Dragon is only found on the island of the same name, but the very few pooka with an affinity for it are somewhat more widespread.
RF: 5

Binturongs: Also known as the "Asian Bearcat," Binturongs are tree-dwelling mammals found in southeast Asia. Weighing as much as 50 lbs according to soem reports, they have black fur and prehensile tails, looking like a cross between a cat and a small bear. While cute and rather friendly, binturongs do not make good pets.
RF: 5

Birds: These are birds that are currently in danger of extinction in the World of Darkness. The King Bird of Paradise, Atlantic puffin, secretary bird, kea, superb lyrebird, whale-headed stork, whooping crane, flamingo, hoatzin, yellow-bellied sapsucker, quetzal, great crested grebe, moas, tragopan pheasant, kiwi, ibis, cassowary, emu, and booby.
RF: 5

Fish and Seahorses: This group includes the rare snaggle tooth fish and the viper fish. It also includes seahorses. Yes, seahorses can be pooka. No male seahorse pooka has been know to give birth, however.
RF: 5

Octopi & Squid: These odd and freaky pooka often have multiple arms or tentacles in their fae miens, not to mention large eyes. Despite what they say, these pooka are not responsible for pulling ships and submarines underwater to their doom. Some have been known to ejct cloud of black ink from their bodies, even into the air. They are always found living on ocean coasts, if not in the oceans themselves.
RF: 5

Rhinoceros: Pooka of this affinity tend to be big and strong, obviously, and often have horns jutting out of their faces in their fae miens. And talk about rough skin! These are not the type of pooka you want to taunt into charging at you.
RF: 5

Tasmanian Devil: Warner Bros. cartoons aside, there is some very interesting potential found in a pooka of this variety. Depsite what you might think, they are indeed found outside of Tasmania.
RF: 5

Whales: The biggest mammals on earth, and the biggest anything found in the oceans, these pooka are always found near those oceans, and tend to be large with big appetites. This category includes all whales except Humpback Whales.
RF: 5

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Insect

Ants: Some of the hardest workers you will ever find (which actually helps them get along with Boggans and Nockers), ant pooka work well in groups. In fae miens, they often have fierce bites and are suprisingly strong, often able to lift several times their own body weight (but they never very large). Fire ant pooka also have venomous bites.
RF: 5

Bees, wasps, yellowjackets & hornets: These similar flying insects are grouped together here. Pooka of these affinities do often display stripped flesh in their fae miens and sometimes have poisonous stingers. A potent weapon, perhaps, though it does take some skill to strike someone with your rear-end.
RF: 5

Beetles: This category includes all types of beetles. These pooka often have hard shells in their fae miens, giving them good protection from harm. They may occasionally have the large pincers extending from their mouths.
RF: 5

Butterflies: All varieties of butterflies fall into this category. They are undeniably the most beautiful of the rare insect pooka, no matter what their current form. Delicate and gentle, these pooka almost always display butterfly wings and antennae in their fae miens.
RF: 5

Dragonflies: Often considered nearly as lovely as the butterfly pooka, these shapeshifters have beautiful shimmering wings.
RF: 5

Fleas: These tiny pooka are strongly disliked by dog and cat pooka for obvious reasons, despite that flea pooka do not usually bother their furry brethern. They tend to be incredible jumpers.
RF: 5

Flies: House flies, horse flies, fruit flies...these common pests are found here. Fly pooka can often fly and cling to walls and ceilings. They also often have the uncanny ability to know when they are in danger (and not just from flyswatters) and some faceted eyes in their fae miens.
RF: 5

Ladybugs: These pretty pooka come in both genders in spite of many jokes, and male ladybug pooka don't exactly appreciate the humor. They occasionaly display wings in their fae miens, but not always.
RF: 5

Mosquitos: These pests are most abundant in summer and breed in stagnant water. Mosquito pooka, like their spider brothers, have a taste for blood, and also often have working wings.
RF: 5

Moths: Not as pretty or popular as the butterfly pooka, the moth pooka is still very similar. It is only a rumor that moth pooka have a tendancy to run or fly into fires. They certainly do not do so against their will.
RF: 5

Praying Mantis: This category includes all sorts of mantis. These fearsome creatures have scythe-like forelimbs, and their pooka occasionally have similar weapons in their fae miens, for which even redcaps give them a nod of respect.
RF: 5

Scorpions: Much like the spider, the scorpion pooka had the ability to generate venom in their animal mien. If their fae mien includes the tail, such a pooka becomes a force to be reckoned with.
RF: 5

Spiders: Arachnophobia aside, spider pooka have numerous advantages, namely, venom and webbing. Imagine being able to carry those abilities over into your fae mien? Now that will give people arachnophobia! Not to mention that these creepy pooka often have a taste for blood! Sluagh seem to have a strange attraction to them.
This group includes all spiders, including tarantulas, black widows, brown recluses, daddy long legs, you name it.
RF: 5

Termites: These pooka do tend to have large appetites, but not necessarily for wood, as some would say. Eating wood is best left for redcaps, but termite pooka seem to be able to stomach it.
RF: 5

Worms: Not technically insects, but found here anyway. Many, even other pooka, find it hard to believe there are worm pooka, but there have indeed been a very few throughout history. They understandably dislike going fishing, and tend to be excellent burrowers.
RF: 5
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