Vulpimancers are an extraterrestrial species of blind mammals from the garbage planet Vulpin.

Biology

Anatomy

Vulpimancers resemble large canines with no eyes, ears, nose, or tail with an ape-like posture and movements. Their teeth are very defined and stick out of their mouths. The various porcupine quill-like spines found all across their bodies are not fur. Rather, they are something akin to whiskers with tactile sensing.[1]

As they grow older, Vulpimancers grow tails and become more feline-like. Male Vulpimancers sometimes have stripes on their backs to distinguish themselves from females.

Although they traditionally have orange fur, Vulpimancers can come in other colors. For example, Vulpimancers from Dimension 23 have dark orange fur while Vulpimancers living in the Null Void have light blue or red fur.

Powers and abilities

Vulpimancers have incredible athletic strength and agility, being able to carry Humans and Florauna on their backs and fight on par with Merlinisapiens, Buglizards, and even other Vulpimancers.

Vulpimancers heightened senses of smell, hearing, and taste. Unlike most mammals, a Vulpimancer relies on two sets of gills, each on a side of their neck, to smell the world around them.

The spines on a Vulpimancer's backs serve as finely-tuned sense receptors that can sense movements, heat signatures, and perhaps even fear, thereby "seeing" in ways most other creatures cannot, similarly to pit vipers.

Once their prey is located, the Vulpimancer can roll themselves into a spiked ball to attack its enemies. Once they reach adulthood, the quills on their backs can be fired off like projectiles.[2]

Vulpimancers can make powerful leaps, something they developed from chasing prey up steep cavern walls.[3]

Weaknesses

Because they rely on their senses of smell and hearing to see, Vulpimancers are vulnerable to strong smells and loud noise.

Having no eyes means that Vulpimancers have some trouble with finer movement. Consequently, a select few enemies have ways of getting close to them undetected or can get the drop on them fairly easily.

If they are infected with an Earth cold, Vulpimancers are rendered helpless because their nostrils are clogged.

Culture and society

Vulpimancers are bizarre and beastly beings that are far more animal than humanoid. Ranging from Human-sized to several times the size of a Human, Vulpimancers share a few common characteristics. Vulpimancers do not seem too friendly with their own kind, but this is a common trait among animals that aren't family. Vulpimancers are very hostile, aggressive, and live for the moment, hunting down whatever they can find and moving on to the next meal.

Some Vulpimancers, however, do live in tight family groups from ten to twenty individuals inside caves or the old wrecks of starships and old buildings. These Vulpimancers are more "civilized" and are known for collecting and recycling materials they find on their garbage planet and selling them to off-world cities and companies.

Technology

Vulpimancer technology comes from different ships and devices that have been dumped on Vulpin by other races.

Language

Vulpimancers have the ability to easily learn most languages. Unfortunately, they lack the vocal structure to speak anything other than their own languages. To untrained ears, their words sound like nothing more than a bunch of growls and snarls.

The Vulpimancers' language is too difficult for most Universal Translators to translate. The only thing that can translate their language is a special translator that is, unfortunately, not as portable.[4]

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Notes

  • The Omnitrix's Vulpimancer representative is named Wildmutt, who first appeared in the original series episode "And Then They Were 10". Wildmutt has appeared in almost every series except Alien Force and the reboot.
    • The Ben Tennyson of Dimension 23 has an equivalent of Wildmutt named Dog-Nabbit, who was confirmed to exist in the Omniverse episode "Store 23".
    • Wildmutt has also been used by the Prime Timeline Kevin, Ben 10,000, Race Against Time Ben, No Watch Ben, and Carl Tennyson. Despite not appearing on-screen, it is confirmed that the Gweniverse Gwen 10, Mad Ben, and Benzarro all have Wildmutt available in their Omnitrixes.[5]
  • The name Vulpimancer comes from the words "vulpine", which means fox, and "mancer", a Greek suffix meaning "to speak to". Thus, the name translates to "one who talks to foxes".
  • One of the trophies seen on Khyber's ship is a Vulpimancer pelt.
  • In 2020, Derrick J. Wyatt released a full-color model of Dog-Nabbit.
  • It is confirmed that the Omnitrix from the Ben 10 reboot contains Vulpimancer DNA.[6] Therefore, Wildmutt is one of the countless aliens whose DNA pod was glimpsed in the episode "Innervasion Part 5: High Override".
    • This has been supported by concept artwork of Omnitrix genetic material showcasing a DNA pod belong to Wildmutt and the appearance of a Vulpimancer-like hat in the episode "Freaky Ben Gwen".

References

  1. According to Dave Johnson
  2. According to the trivia version of the episode "The Visitor"
  3. According to the trivia version of the episode "And Then There Were 10"
  4. According to Dwayne McDuffie
  5. According to Derrick J. Wyatt
  6. According to Duncan Rouleau
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