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[[http://www.furcadia.com Furcadia]] is a player-based MMO centered around {{Funny Animal}}s created by Dragon's Eye Productions in 1996. Play is free, though certain features such as larger map sizes or using a mythical animal species such as a Kirin or Phoenix cost money.

The game itself is mostly like a gigantic chat room with FunnyAnimal avatars (called furres in game) scattered around on the screen. A big focus is "Patching", the creation of custom art. Players can control the look of their area's interface, avatars, objects, and environment. Players may chat, interact with their environment, explore official or user-created maps (called dreams), play games created by other users, or roleplay at will.

It should be noted that players have full control of roleplay or social interaction within their own areas. No enforcement to remain in-character or stick to any continuity or power-level is enforced except at the map-owner's discretion.

The game canon was written by Talzhemir and the associated RPG "FURRE!" utilizes the Pocket Universe dice systems by [=UNIgames=]. In addition to material posted to the Furcadia web site, the canon also includes fiction written and posted at Talzhemir's various web sites. (See below for a list.)

In this world there are three continents: the Renaissance-plus-SteamPunk Olde World, the medieval-fantasy-style Kasuria, and prehistoric/Bronze Age Drakoria.

Kasuria is ruled by a king or queen. Prejudice due to species is very rare, but the current ruler belongs to a political faction that has revived a taboo against herbivore/carnivore intermarriage. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Non-addictive substances such as alcohol]] are common but addictive drug use/production/sales is brutally persecuted. In some ways, Kasuria is a {{utopia}}n land. Limbs can be regrown; debilitating diseases can be cured. Mind-magery, a sort of magical equivalent of psychiatry exists. This is the only continent where magic exists.

In Drakoria, the dragon-like Wyrmmes have an empire made up of city-states. The Wyrmmes keep a large enslaved "domesticated" population of furres. Slaves are kept in line via the Wyrmmes' innate [[PsychicPowers psychic ability]]. The furres, in turn, keep Bugges, insect people, as slaves. Out in the wilderness, furres live as free tribal hunter-gatherers. Unlike in Kasuria the Drakorian tribes tend to be a small handful of similar species, for instance, a tribe of big cats or a tribe of equines.

Wyrmmes eat furres because they consider them mere animals. Some furres will also eat Wyrmmes or other furres, as part of a religious rite of "absorbing their power". Some tribal furres also practice ritual eating of the deceased. This is considered "sennibalism" in most lands, the Furre equivalent of Cannibalism, and it is a capital crime everywhere but in Drakoria and assorted wild lands.

Drakoria's harshest regions feature tribes of "Taurians". They have furre-like torsos and matching quadruped bodies. Their heads resemble prehistoric creatures, so the Felitaurs are sabre-toothed, and the Wolventaurs look like dire wolves. Constant warfare between the Taurians keeps their population down.

The Olde-World is a "[[EarthAllAlong Mock Earth]]" focusing mostly on Europe and surrounding countries. Airships powered by coal and made from Bugge body parts are cannon, as are other SteamPunk accouterments. The well-established noble families known as the Greater and Lesser Houses are somewhat segregated by race and allow others not of the same race to marry in or join said house only if they follow the ban on carnivores marrying herbivores.

The god-like Primes can take physical form and at times run among the mortals. The Dark Primes and Light Primes mirror each other in abilities and themes; however, the Dark Primes are far more likely to be found at any given time than the Light Primes are. Whereas the Kasurians revere the Light Primes, nearly all Drakorians [[ReligionOfEvil believe in the Dark Primes]] and have simply never heard of their Light counterparts.

Between the Primes and the Furres in power are the Mythicals: dragons, phoenixes, kirins, and more. They have very quirky abilities. For example, gryffes (bipedal gryphons) can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform]] into eagles.

Incidentally, the webcomic ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' was created by a Furcadia player called Mab as a reward for a favor received from another called Dan, but has since gone its separate way.
!!Fiction by Talzhemir:
* [[http://www.thegenieslamp.com/pakas/ Drakorian: The Pakas]]
* [[http://forums.furcadia.com/lofiversion/index.php/t50738.html Kasurian: The King is Dead]]
* [[http://www.furcadia.com/roleplay/wolvenstory.html Wolven Ferrian: Night Music]]
* [[http://talzhemir1.livejournal.com/71939.html Rabben Ferrian: The Way of Things]]
* [[http://talzhemir1.livejournal.com/36995.html Kasurian: Perrozi Seadog]]
!!This game provides examples of:
* AGodAmI: Half Primes, Quarter Primes, and even the Primes themselves.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Ferians
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: For the longest time, the only way to keep someone out of a dream was to use the "eject" command, which kicked the player out of the dream but didn't explicitly ban them, letting them keep coming back over and over until they got bored or got the message. There were lines of code a dream maker could use to permanently eject someone, but it required reuploading the dream in the same spot, which also kicked every other player out. This was eventually resolved with the "banish" command, which not only kicked a player out, but prevented them from ever coming back.
* AuthorAppeal: Furrabian Nights (Talzhemir, Emerald Flame), Felorin's Truth or Dare Pool, the forms of the Primes.
* AuthorAvatar: Watch the game carefully and you will find the staff sitting there, usually not in-character, commenting. They even have a chat channel for this!
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Especially in any map that is not rated "adults only".
* CarnivoreConfusion: Avians are considered non-sentient and acceptable as food for furres, yet the Phoenix is a playable race...
* ChekhovsSkill: A very meta example--some of the programmers working on Furcadia now first learned programming via [=DragonSpeak=], Furcadia's scripting language. One user of it said that its very simplicity and niche use made it an excellent language to learn with.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Out of Character, the Dark Primes are used as plot devices to stimulate roleplay. In-character, however, Tallus, was an "evil" god of prophecy and [[spoiler: only considered evil because he could see the apocalypse and refused to talk about it]]. Taglin Tigh is considered the king of the Dark Primes and the god of Nightmares, but [[spoiler: actually is friendly and helpful to anyone not a light prime. His main problem with the light primes is that they murdered Tallus in cold blood for no reason.]] He also is renowned as a "good father" to his many children [[spoiler: and often his own brothers and sisters. When seen in public with his less-sane family members, he is always taking care of them and preventing them from hurting anyone.]].
* GameBreakingBug: Line 5:2000 is supposed to reset a dream. Unfortunately, it does not take custom maps into account, but "resets" it to a map that is referred to by the server, still keeping the custom map's appearance. This results in rather surreal behavior, and has been a known bug virtually since the line was introduced in 2004.
* DueToTheDead: The Purrwing update of March 2012 was dedicated to one of the major coders of Furcadia, Douglas "Ryhn" Martens.
** Also, the dream belonging to a deceased player remains a permanent fixture in Allegria Island.
* DysfunctionJunction: Many of the Primes, especially the Dark ones.
* {{Fanservice}}: Female Noble Buyables
%%* FantasticRacism
* {{Freemium}}: Possibly the UrExample; as you could buy wings since 1997. You need a flying character to enter one of the main maps (Zephiroth), but some of the special freebie digos can fly anyways.
* GayOption: Homosexuality is the main theme of some user maps. It is frowned upon (but not stigmatized) in Kasuria because it interferes with the widespread noble custom of arranged marriages.
* ImAHumanitarian: Drakorians think nothing of eating Furres, as do Unseelie Fay Furres and other intelligent "magical" races. This is considered anywhere between "taboo" to illegal in most other lands.
%%* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Tallus
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: A surprising number of small items such as certain small plants and waist-high hitching posts can block your path.
** The game boasts a highly detailed Map Building program, where anyone can design, build and then upload their own "Dream" for others to explore. By making very simple alterations to an object, ANYTHING can be made into an Insurmountable Waist Height Fence. This includes grass, pathways, carpets and other easily traversed items--[[InvisibleWall or a blank object]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Although different species may marry freely, and (with aid of a potion) reproduce, an important law now bans carnivores marrying herbivores or omnivores if they are members of the nobility.
* LevelEditor: Furcadia is ''huge'' on User-Created maps (called Dreams) (in fact, that's a major point of the game), so it comes with a graphical map editor, a script editor (the programming language is called [=DragonSpeak=]), a program that lets you make your own sprites, and a program that lets you edit how the window itself looks. Graphite's Dream [=ColdFusion=] revealed that you could use these tools to really, ''really'' [[InterfaceScrew screw with how Furcadia worked and looked.]] Also, the first programming language that some of the newer programmers of Furcadia learned was [[ChekhovsSkill none other than DragonSpeak]]
* LightIsNotGood: Most of the light primes aren't all that nice, especially if your character has any traits that go against their major themes.
** M'rill is a thief and liar who used to be known for sleeping around. She also wears a clawed glove [[spoiler: just like Tallus used to. It may actually have been his before she and the others murdered him.]] If you are a law-abiding citizen and don't tend to cause trouble, she may beat you up, then rob you.
** Chim is a gambler [[spoiler: and seldom cares about anyone unless they can beat him in a game, which seldom happens as he's the god of luck]]! He has been known to curse those who disapprove of gambling, sometimes going so far as to curse multiple generations.
** Danival is vain [[spoiler: to the point of cursing anyone who doesn't agree she's the most beautiful. When angry, she usually targets everyone in the area, not just the one who angered her.]] She especially can't stand anyone "ugly" and is likely to spit in their face if they ask for help.
** Patrilius, the prime of wisdom, [[spoiler: has been known to turn a blind eye to those who are "uneducated" or "barbaric" in his eyes]], which is bad as he's also the god of justice.
* LongRunner: Amongst [=MMOs=], one of the (if not ''the'') longest, having run for more than 16 years now.
* TheMultiverse: Occasionally you will find player-generated maps with all human characters and jarringly realistic settings.
* ObviousBeta: {{Inverted}}. The game's fully playable, with no more [[{{Pun}} bugges]] than most releases. It's still in ''Alpha'' stage.
* OutWithABang: Male Bugges die after mating.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Wyrmmes.
* PerpetualBeta: It's been in Alpha stage since it started in 1996, and according to a joke isn't expected to go into Beta stage until sometime after the end of the world. However, ''without'' this information, you think it might be a finished game that gets regular updates.
* RetCon: The original terms "Half-Prime" and "Quarter-Prime" were changed in 2005 to "Demifane", a term which formerly referred to half-fey only. Now the term includes all "half-breeds", not just those who are descended from Primes, with "half primes" being marked as "mythological" and removed from character creation rules. Several of the Primes also changed species which was written in long after the initial material's first release to cover the "new species" in the game.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: It's a game with user-created content, what do you expect?
* SteamPunk: Airships are canon in the Olde World.
%%* VideogameCaringPotential
* WingedHumanoid: You can purchase wings of varying types to go on default characters and most other buyable avatars have wings already.

!!Common character tropes:
* AntiHero
* AuthorAppeal
* BashBrothers
* BattleCouple
* BrainBleach: Especially in Furrabian Nights, Club Dusk 2 Dawn and Drakoria.
* ButtMonkey
* CaptainErsatz: Especially in non-adult oriented maps.
* CuteMonsterGirl
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeusAngstMachina
* FireForgedFriends: Usually combined with other combat/angst tropes.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Or sometimes "Half-furre Hybrid" for extra {{Squick}}.
* HappinessInSlavery: Especially in Kasuria and Furrabian Nights.
* HeroicArchetype: Painfully common and overwrought.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Especially SinisterScythe type weapons.
* MadeASlave
* All forms of MarySue
* MementoMacGuffin: Usually introduced in a character's description and never really used.
* MixAndMatchCritters: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Horse/Wolf/vampire/dragon/wizard....]]
* PettingZooPeople
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Drakoria, Club Dusk 2 Dawn and some areas of Furrabian Nights.