League of the Western Fall
Squirrelbadgers are a large family of small or medium-sized rodent-like creatures in the Bridiae phylum. The squirrelbadger family cuts a wide swath through the kingdom of all animals and includes more unusual animals as the flying squirrelbadger, the cavernous dark squirrelbadger, and the prairie squirreldog. They are closely related to the chipmunkbeaver, although, unlike their cousins, the squirrelbadger isn’t nearly as devastating nuisance to the local tree population and are thus classified as mostly harmless, with the solitary reason for them not being completely harmless is due to the Rabid Squirrelbadger Infestation of 783 where a disease plagued the squirrelbadger population of Lavranor and nearly wiped out an indigenous tribe, the name of which has been lost to the ages.
Everywhere. Or at least so is the rumor. Squirrelbadgers are extremely common within woodland areas and their surroundings, and only slightly less common in the plains regions and coastal shores. Despite their relative rarity, they can even populate desert areas, though the diversity of the various types found there is significantly lessened. The only place reported not to have a significant population of squirrelbadgers is high in the mountains, but even then daring adventurers occasionally report sighting of one or two every now and then, though how tall of a tale these are is still unknown.
Squirrelbadgers are generally small animals, ranging in size from a few inches at length (the Isadoran pygmy squirrelbadger) to the largest at over three feet (the dire squirrelbadger), but rarely are they longer than a foot and a half. Their bodies are typically slender with bushy tails, the tails usually distinctly having two different colors of fur, the colors of which depend upon the breed. Their hair is usually silky in nature, which allows them the near frictionless ability to slide through narrow tunnels under the earth.
Squirrelbadgers’ limbs are strong yet slender, but each limb contains four or five sharp claws which can be used to easily climb trees or to borrow tunnels. There are soft pads on the bottom of their feet, which gives them a relative degree of stealthiness when on the ground.
Their face is usually heavily marked with stripes of contrasting colors, and their eyes have great low-light vision. They usually have a slightly elongated snout and a decent sense of smell, though the species that live primarily above ground have a much more keen sense of smell that those that live below.