|Paradise story universe|
A direct link To the original story.
- The setting is basically indistinguishable from the Real World up until 1987, the year when people first begin to spontaneously transform into furries.
- Exactly one person transformed in Year One (i.e., 1987), and the number of furries doubles in late August each year. The initial story in this setting, A Kind of Paradise, is set in Year 21 (i.e., 2007), when there are just over one million furries. The next year (2008) will add a million, for a total of two megafurries, and so forth.
- The first furry in 1987 was a vixen, with a tod the next year. Some stereotypes do have a basis in "reality". :)
- The entire world will be furry in 2020.
- Species are generally native to a particular continent. So most people in North America will end up whitetail deer, elk, bears, foxes, wolves, etc. Recent immigrants will more likely end up native species to wherever they came from.
- No mythicals like dragons, griffins, satyrs, vampires, mages, what-have-you. Just furries.
- No birds unless the laws of physics get bent a bit so they can actually fly... Which still may happen.
- No dinosaurs. Sadly, I can't include them. There are so many species that are just too big.
- Mammals only until I figure a reasonable way others can be included.
- Size Limitations. Moose and grizzly bears are about the largest animals so far. Elephants, hippos, and rhinos are Right Out. On the lower end, nothing smaller than a mouse.
- Every year it's possible that an already-changed person could change again. With increasing rarity, all less than one percent:
- A species change. ("What the..? I'm a wolf now? What am I supposed to do with all these hoof picks?")
- A gender change. ("Well, I guess the fawns have two moms.")
- A combination of both. ("Don't even call me a bitch! Just show me how to put on this stupid bra!")
- The next year there is about a 25% chance that the person will revert to their original gender/first species. If that doesn't happen, it's fixed. If they change back... there's another 25% chance that you'll bounce back again the next year. So there's some potential for characters who spend years alternating between species/gender.
- Furries can still interbreed with one another as if they were all still human. Children get a 50/50 chance of which of the parents' species they follow.
- Conversely, humans cannot interbreed with furries, probably due to the RDF.
- I wonder what would happen if someone's child goes furry, but not the rest of the family.
- There are some physical variations, but not the wide "Degrees" that Winds of Change has. The most obvious differences are hair, feet, and hands. Otherwise, most everyone is about as morphic as seen in common furry art.
- Also distinctive from Winds of Change: No superpowers. Just whatever natural abilities (things like augmented senses, physical strength, etc) come from being half animal.
- At this point I'm inclined to have some mitigating effects on the "victims". It's still going to be very, very hard to deal with. This is a major life disruption. And there are no doubt a lot of secluded furs. But suicides aren't as common as you'd think.
- The transgendered furs do have an even rougher time. The double-whammy of species and gender would likely make serious post-change Issues a reality.
- Transgendered furs typically refer to themselves by their initials: BD, DL, etc..
- The more adjusted furs have figured out how to find these troubled souls and bring them back into the real world.
- Humans can't see furries for what they are. They still see whatever the person looked like before, even if that person was the opposite gender.
- Some things aren't filtered correctly. Consequently...
- If a TGed man gets pregnant, the filter will change that person's image to female. But she will still appear human to other humans.
- Things like hoof/paw prints, shed fur, shed antlers, clawmarks, animal odors, etc., are not filtered. So if a cougar morph gets in a fight with a normal human and lashes out with his claws, he could cause a hell of a lot of damage.
- Some humans think that there is something up. And some have figured out that the friends who claim to be furry actually are what they claim to be.
- Things like medical care and surgery are still unknowns at this point. We'll see what future stories require.
- The RDF sometimes breaks down a little during large gatherings of furries (like at conventions). "Hey, that's the best costume I've ever seen! Is that a prosthetic muzzle?" Memories afterwards will probably remember some really good costumes, and photos will be perceived as such.
- In more extreme cases it will break down entirely. But it would take repeated exposures, or perhaps having a number of furry friends while remaining humans oneself. Like in Changing Perspectives.
- Transgendered furs may be perceived by humans as their new gender out of the corner of their eye. And there are likely other circumstances where the human RDF image will realign also. Specific circumstances (such as pregnancy) will be the decisive factor.
- Do animals perceive the RDF? Probably not. But the odor of a fur is neither quite human or animal. There are still some common human pheromones, for example. Which is what makes romance between wolf and deer possible. This is a good thing, since it means that a doe-woman in heat won't be chased down by a normal buck.
- It may start to break down as there grow to be millions of furries in the world (see below).
Total sequence as follows (all figures approximate):
Year AD Total Furries Total Populace Furries, as %age of total populace 1 1987 1 5,184,212,887 0.000 000 02% 2 1988 2 5,247,179,035 0.000 000 04% 3 1989 4 5,310,909,955 0.000 000 05% 4 1990 8 5,375,414,934 0.000 000 15% 5 1991 16 5,440,703,374 0.000 000 3% 6 1992 32 5,506,784,792 0.000 000 6% 7 1993 64 5,573,668,818 0.000 001 1% 8 1994 128 5,641,365,200 0.000 002% 9 1995 256 5,709,883,806 0.000 004% 10 1996 512 5,779,234,621 0.000 009% 11 1997 1,028 5,849,427,754 0.000 018% 12 1998 2,056 5,920,473,436 0.000 03% 13 1999 4,112 5,992,382,020 0.000 07% 14 2000 8,224 6,065,163,988 0.000 14% 15 2001 16,448 6,138,829,947 0.000 3% 16 2002 32,896 6,213,390,635 0.000 5% 17 2003 65,792 6,288,856,918 0.001 0% 18 2004 131,584 6,365,239,795 0.002% 19 2005 263,168 6,442,550,400 0.004% 20 2006 526,336 6,520,800,000 0.008% 21 2007 1,052,672 6,600,000,000 0.016% 22 2008 2,105,344 6,680,161,943 0.032% 23 2009 4,210,688 6,761,297,514 0.062% 24 2010 8,421,376 6,843,418,536 0.123% 25 2011 16,842,752 6,926,536,980 0.24% 26 2012 33,685,504 7,010,664,959 0.48% 27 2013 67,371,008 7,095,814,736 0.95% 28 2014 134,742,016 7,181,998,721 1.88% 29 2015 269,484,032 7,269,229,474 3.71% 30 2016 538,968,064 7,357,519,711 7.33% 31 2017 1,077,936,128 7,446,882,298 14.47% 32 2018 2,155,872,256 7,537,330,262 28.60% 33 2019 4,311,744,512 7,628,876,783 56.52% 34 2020 8,623,489,024 7,721,535,206 >100%
Things should start to get really interesting around 2010. There's enough furs in the world then that niche markets would start to open up. More clothing and products specifically designed for furries start popping up. Also, it will become harder and harder to induct new furs into the group in a healthy manner. Society may start to break down in places.
It will take a concerted effort by those previously changed to keep everything under control...
This section will be for events of note that will be important to the overall storytelling.
- First instances of total RDF breakdown. Incidents isolated.
- First appearance of anthro dolphins. The RDF with these people is a very strained affair. The longer they stay around humans, the more likely it'll fail. Perhaps it realigns the image as a normal dolphin in the water, and a human on land.
So, why is this happening? What's causing it? A nanotech virus? Microscopic magic pixies? The return of magic? The wrath of God? What?
The answer is contained in Tall Tales.