A Wunimal is an animal-human hybrid that exist throughout the Unnamed Realm. However, their existence isn't acknowledged by the government in the Wintersea Republic, making their lives dangerous there. Throughout Hollowpox, it is evident that Wunimals are a marginalised group that experience discrimination even inside the Free State.
Wunimals are, essentially, anthropomorphic animals. They are "sentient, self-aware, intelligent creatures capable of complexities such as language, invention, and artistic expression, just like humans." They exist alongside regular animals (also known as Unnimals), humans, and other creatures that do not fall into either the wunimal or unnimal category (eg. Magnificats or Centaurs). Wunimals come in as many different types and forms as unnimals.
Major vs. Minor
A Wunimal Major would be considered to appear completely unimal. These Wunimals are essentially impossible to tell apart from their unimal counterparts.
Wunimal Minors are more part-person, part-animal then their major counterparts. They typically will have more humanoid features compared to unnimal features to them (though in varying degrees). For instance, Dinah Kilburn appeared to only have a monkey tail whereas Professor Onstald was almost perfectly half-man, half-tortoise with a shell, leathery skin, and tortoise feet. However, he still counted as a wunimal minor.
Wunimals are always to be called their animal type followed by the suffix wun, (eg. 'Bear'-'Bearwun '). To call a wunimal its corresponding unnimal name without the wun suffix is a highly insulting and near-unforgivable matter.
|Hemingway Q. Onstald||Tortoisewun||Minor|
|Juvela De Flimsé||Leopardwun||Major|
Behind the Scenes
- Before she knows about Wunimals, Morrigan calls Dinah a monkey during the Show Trials. Hawthorne laughs, but tells Morrigan she can't actually call her a monkey.
- Some magical beasts, creatures, and possibly beings, are not considered to be Wunimals even though they possess many characteristics that Wunimals do. This includes Magnificats and centaurs.
- Eight to nine Ages ago, it was legal to keep Wunimals as pets. Wunimals still are widely misunderstood and experience discrimination and hatred.