TTS - on hold, just too much on the planning/scripts side right now
scripts - research continues, a possible lead on a mental fitness plan has been found, more evaluation needed
I finally have a firm plan for her coat coloration after initial research uncovered two schools of thought on the matter. Some characters are depicted with coat patterns analogous to the similar animal, while others have coloration presumably more consistent with having evolved as bipeds. The major difference is that most quadrupeds have dark dorsal coloration, such that they appear dark from above or any side, but lighter ventral fur. I don't know why land animals would have this coloration rather than a uniform pattern, but it seems widely consistent, with the notable exception of some domesticated species.
Evolved bipeds could be expected to have similar dark coloration over their entire bodies, but unfortunately there's only one known species of walking biped on Earth and we generally lack fur! Our closest living relatives, the other great apes, also tend to have different ventral and dorsal surfaces, albeit typically with more uniform coloration overall. Since we have the best vision in the animal kingdom, I don't know if the variation visible to us between the ventral and dorsal surfaces of a gorilla, for example, is visible to other animals enough to be meaningful.
Interestingly, kangaroos, which generally move by hopping on two legs, also have the general pattern of lighter ventral coloration, but kangaroos are strict herbivores in an environment with few or no predators, so there has been very little selective pressure on them towards camouflage of any type. On the other hand, orangutans do have uniform coloration and fur, to the point that even a human cannot reliably distinguish their dorsal and ventral surfaces if the head is obscured behind foliage, but are almost exclusively arboreal and rarely walk on the ground at all.
from the planning outline
> Her fur is amazingly beautiful, with a combination of bright white, cream, silver, deep raven black, and reddish, orangish, and brownish tawny strands. She would blend in amongst a dim forest floor very well if croucPost too long. Click here to view the full text.