Login or register. (You can now login/register with your social networks.)

Forest/ Jungle
4 Votes


Hits: 3273
Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Rating: 3.5
Condition: Normal
ID: 1359


May 9, 2008, 11:26 am

Vote Hall of Honour

You must be a member to use HoH votes.
Author Status


Print Friendly and PDF



Rats the size of cats, these insectivores are tree-top hunters. While they are useful to farmers and people, they are considered pests.

Full Description
Crats are a large insectivore.  They are commonly found among the treetops in the wild, but have taken to living in barns & attics in settled areas.  Their name derives from their most common description "rats the size of cats."

While they are neither rodent nor feline, they do have certain traits in common with both.  They possess curved and sharp claws, and a propensity for climbing, similar to cats, but the claws of a crat are not retractable.  They also have padded feet, but lack the feline grace needed for truly silent motion.  In general appearance, they greatly resemble rats, including the naked tail.  They also have pronounced front teeth, but these are sharply pointed, rather than rodent-like.  They share the habit of gnawing with rodents, albeit to a much reduced degree. 

Additional Information
While their ecological niche is useful to farmers—they eat harmful insects & their sheer size frightens away many rodents in the same areas—crats are considered pests.  This is in part due to the damage they cause in building nests; crats do not keep one nest, but change location every few weeks.  Additionally, their size, aggressive tendencies (as insectivores they are predatory, even if two-legged creatures aren’t on the menu), and resemblance to rats do not endear them to those whose buildings they inhabit. 

The natural enemies of crats are the reptilian publicans.

Additional Ideas (0)

Please register to add an idea. It only takes a moment.

Join Now!!

Gain the ability to:
Vote and add your ideas to submissions.
Upvote and give XP to useful comments.
Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities.
Join a Guild in the forums or complete a Quest and level-up your experience.
Comments ( 5 )
Commenters gain extra XP from Author votes.

Voted MoonHunter
November 5, 2005, 14:36
"scritter" "scritter". These things have to make so much noise going across rooftops. They will be the bane of urban dwellers with cheap roofs.

Hmmm. Nasty thought. Those who sneak on roofs might learn to mimic this noise, so people will think it is Scrats instead of sneaks. Maybe all it would take is some "odd" additions to your boots.. scratt toes attached to the front of the boots, so they will "bounce" and "scratch" naturally.
Voted Zylithan
November 18, 2005, 0:32
Lol. I like your post. But if I were a farmer I'm not sure I would be happy that the reason I had no rats was because I had these around :-p
Barbarian Horde
April 4, 2006, 21:49
i don't get it???????????
Voted Dragon Lord
November 18, 2005, 8:38
I like - nice little ecological niche - can just see this creature evolving - 4/5

As a farmer:-
On the plus side - I don't have rats eating all my grain
On the minus - they cause a lot of damage and noise is simply unbearable
Voted valadaar
August 26, 2014, 9:12
Hmm, thinly disguised political satire here :)

Link Backs

Random Idea Seed View All Idea Seeds

       By: ephemeralstability

On route from Geli to Nekrass the characters meet a peasant boy on the road. He's wandering in the direction from which they've just come. If this seems a little bit incongruous, they may wish to ask him a few questions. He's perfectly willing to talk: he's called Lamish and he's run away because he knows he is the heir to the throne of Geli and his parents didn't believe him. How far is his home? About five weeks walk from here. How much has he eaten? Nothing. Has he drunk? Only from the filthy roadside ditches. In short, it's a wonder he is still alive. And yet he seems perfectly healthy.

Is he a thief, waiting for travellers to trick? Is he lying because there's something more sinister under all of this? Is he telling the truth? And anyway, what should the characters do? Do you take him to Geli? Do you try to find his parents? Or leave him to make his own way?

Encounter  ( Locations ) | September 23, 2003 | View | UpVote 0xp

Creative Commons License
Individual submissions, unless otherwise noted by the author, are licensed under the
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
and requires a link back to the original.

We would love it if you left a comment when you use an idea!
Powered by Lockmor 4.1 with Codeigniter | Copyright © 2013 Strolen's Citadel
A Role Player's Creative Workshop.
Read. Post. Play.
Optimized for anything except IE.