Group: Chorus of Sirens
General Info: Sirens are an otter-whale hybrid, if one can imagine. Their bodies are mainly otterlike, with their heads, four legs, and similar body shape, but they have whales' tails and the smooth slick skin like an orca or dolphin. Sirens cannot go between, but they are very swift in the water. They are a bit clumsier on land, and move in small bounds as rabbits do.
Sirens enjoy humans' company, but aren't completely dependent on them. Their communication isn't the best. Sirens can mindspeak, though they aren't very good at it at all. Their vocabulary is stunted, and their grammar is poor. Their most unique feature is their pure, expressive voice, ranging up and down octaves depending on the rank.
Mating Info: When Sirens mate, the female leads the males in a long chase in the water and above for tricks and breaths. They sing the entire time, the males trying to enchant the female and the female singing back. It is a beautiful thing to hear, a Siren chase, when the multitude of perfect voices ring out in harmony over the water. The female chooses her mate and they sink to the bottom together, their voices still ringing.
Bonding Info: A few days to a week after Sirens are born, they climb out of the water to the shore and bond to humans, if present, otherwise they go wild. They prefer shellfish and crustaceans to other meats.
Symphonies are the queens of Sirens, reaching up to two feet in length, and their slick skin ranges from white buttermilk to rich sunflower yellow, but not quite gold. Of all Sirens, the Symphonies have the purest soprano voices, and tend to be friendly sorts. They're undoubtedly the largest, and the main mothers, typically having from six to ten pups at a time, and rarely up to fifteen.
The lord Siren and the second largest Siren, a Bolero will only fall short of a Symphony by four inches or less, with a sleek skin of dark red. Most often they have headstrong personalities. Rather than the ringing quality of the queen's soprano, his voice is a clear tenor. While strong swimmers, they're none too fast.
Anthems are the middle men, exactly halfway between the largest and smallest of sizes. Generally they are a little shorter than one and a half feet, with their slick skins most often a sea green and occasionally lighter. They are considered the wittiest of them all, and they sing in soft baritones. In a chase, Anthems run a good chance of catching a Nocturne, but don't win as many queens as Boleros, though it's not uncommon.
Nocturnes are the larger non-queen females, only slightly smaller than Boleros, and their coloring is most often dark twilight blues, though rarely one will sport lighter shades. Slightly anti-social creatures, Nocturnes sport sweet contralto voices. They mate, but have no pups.
The smallest male entirely at only slightly longer than one foot, Requiems also are most often the darkest sirens, with skins of black. Unlike most other Sirens, Requiems don't have such remarkable vocal abilities, but they are among the fastest and most flexible. More often than not, it's greatly entertaining to watch a Requiem chase, though another rank might be more pleasing to hear. It is the Requiems that have the most sporadic personalities.
Not to be undermined, the white Sonata is the tiniest of all Sirens, the longest only just passing one foot in length, more often around eleven inches, and the smallest maybe eight and a half. Like Symphonies, their voices aren't as adroit, but Sonatas are notably more graceful, in water or on land, than their larger relations. A bit more stable-minded than their Symphony counterparts, Sonatas tend to be somewhat shy. They mate frequently but produce small litters of one to four pups.
Spirited and undaunted by the perils of life, the alluring Serenade can put an Anthem through its paces as far as wit. They are roughly the same size as Requiem, sometimes larger, and come in pretty shades of pink and coral. White and gold sometimes join the pinks in accents; subtle, unlike their charm. Really, some of them are about as subtle as a shoulder-lifted boombox outside a window, but they usually have better tonal control. They chase often, and bear between one and four pups like the Sonata.