Huge, sentient ferrets, and our strongest allies in the war against The Evil That Fluffs™. More powerful even than an equivalent weight of squirrels (qv), and far, far more rational.
According to Ferrotti myth, they are the creations of a human experimenter, what they call a mage, ages ago. But no one is certain. Some Fudds believe that the devilbunnies created them by accident. The devilbunnies claim a human accident with toxic waste started it all, but that's the sort of thing they always claim.
They range in size from eight to fourteen feet in length. Males are larger, averaging about eleven or twelve feet, females average about nine feet long. These are very loose estimates, though. Some females can grow to fourteen feet, some males end up at only eight feet.
Ferrotti are carnivores, so they eat meat -- lots of it. They don't mind vegetables, and seem to have a real weakness for chocolate. Also note that Ferrotti seem to be the only natural species (if they are) that can stomach Devilbunnies, and they only eat certain parts, preferring the eyes, brains, liver, and the... er... reproductive organs of the larger bunnies.
They already are. Ferrotti are honored to be working alongside the AoF in our eternal battle against the DBs. Ferrotti cannot speak a human language, but can type quite well, and so use computers to communicate with their human allies.
Ferrotti are not common anywhere. The last census we did indicated that there are only about 200 Ferrotti world wide. The largest known population was in Oregon, with approximately 1000 Ferrotti living in the area, but they have fallen silent, and the Fudds suspect devilbunny-backed genocide.
The Ferrotti have an extensive knowledge of herbs and other natural substances and how they affect living creatures. Not only that, but they have a highly complex spiritual component to all their medicine. This is especially apparent in the fact that all healers are also religious figures.
Ferrotti primarily use their claws and teeth.
"Humans are foolish and blind," is a quote from one Ferrotti leader.
The Ferrotti's time-sense is imprecise, so they don't really know. If the devilbunnies know, they aren't saying.
Of course not! Ferrotti would never do such a thing, even if they were hungry and the symp absolutely deserved it, which in general they do. Fudds are actually more at risk. There have been a few lamentable accidents in which an unthinking Fudd, wearing his prized devilbunny slippers, was set upon by a frantic, enraged ferrotti who had mistaken the situation for one much more grave.
Yes. Ferrotti reproduction has become largely unsucessful and males are very rare now. It is hoped that they can still be saved, but the Ferrotti themselves are not optimisitc.
Ferrotti spiritual leaders tell this story:
"In the beginning there were no Ferrotti. But then the great mage called to us, we heard the voice of the spirit, and we Ferrotti answered. We came before the mage and were granted great intelligence, equal to the humans' own. For years we lived with the mage, learning much about ourselves. The mage and those who followed learned our language, and we learned to understand the languages of man. For years we lived in peace. But all too soon, the golden years melted away and an evil spirit came to the land.
"We called this spirit Rlllll-Thsss, the death-bringer. He came to us in the form of lth -- what humans call rabbits. We have been at war with the Kyrl-lth (evil rabbits) since this time, and it is our holy duty to kill them where ever they are found, or to die in the attempt."