Scientists have finally done it. They nuked the planet. Fortunately, you can't keep life from stopping. A few thousand years later, the earth has flourished into a paradise without humans. In their place, animals have evolved to become human-like. The ones who hold most influence over the planet are primarily Rabbits and Wolves. No one is sure why Rabbits and Wolves have risen to populate most of the planet, leaving other animal types in the dust. Maybe it's because rabbits tend to have lots of children. Maybe it's because wolves are currently Apex Predators on the new earth. Maybe it's reasons even the Rabbits and Wolves don't know. But the point is, Rabbits and Wolves rule most of the world. The only other animals that managed to survive the nuclear explosion are rats, cats, dogs (now considered a sub-species of wolf), and various reptiles. The only natural environments left in the world are deserts, fairly small forested areas, and frozen tundras. Every other environment type is destroyed from the nuke, turning the ground black and making the water toxic.
Our story begins during the war that currently rages between Rabbits and Wolves. While Rabbits have numbers and ninja-like agility to defend themselves, Wolves have brute strength and weapon skills similar to a Samurai. Someone needs to end the war, and it really doesn't matter how. We just need to stop it before it gets out of hand, and before any more innocents get killed in the crossfire.
The Basic Species Information
Taking their name from the old human language, Rabbits are typically very quick, agile and hard to hit. Their thin and lithe bodies allow for magnificent stunts, such as wall-running, wall-jumping, and feats of balance on thin ropes. Due to the war, rabbits are trained from the moment of birth through games. Not only that, but they are given a series of toys that are not only fun to play with, but are often used as unlikely weapons. A small ball for playing catch would be thrown at dangers, for they fill a lot of toys with lead and rocks. Not only does it hurt, but it makes the game of catch much more challenging.
When it comes to weapons, Rabbits primarily use Bo Staffs, knives and daggers, and even their own fists. They wear thin armors such as leather and cloth, so they can still move freely and have a small amount of protection. It's all the protection they've got, so if you land a hard enough hit on them, they'll go down easy in just a few strikes.
Wolves are brawny, tough and vicious. Their bodies are bulky and heavily built, allowing for impressive feats of strength, such as punching through solid stone and lifting twice one's weight. Due to the war, Wolves are trained very harshly from the moment of birth. It is believed that this is one of the reasons that Wolves are in smaller numbers Rabbits. The second they learn to walk, the wolf pups are taught to use training weapons, thus preparing them for the real thing. Children spend their days sparring and play-fighting until someone gets a bad injury.
When it comes to weapons, Wolves tend to use one and two-handed swords, katanas, spear weapons, and occasionally short swords. Wolves are easy to hit, for they are usually a bit slower than rabbits and typically never dodge. However, they are very powerfully built, so it takes a lot more than one strike to get them on the ground. Instead of dodging, wolves are more likely to block attacks. To add to their slowness, Wolves typically wear heavy armors, such as thick leather and metal. They also carry shields. All Wolf Packs have a family crest of sorts, which can often be found marking clothing and shields.
Rats are clever thieves, and while often in smaller numbers than wolves and rabbits, they are still quite numerous compared to other species. Their lifestyles are so secretive, little is know about them. But their slender and nimble bodies allow for agility and stunts even better then that of rabbits.
They are often seen armed with daggers and knives, and clothed in leather or fabric. Their fighting styles are full of "dirty tricks", such as going below the belt. They shouldn't be trusted very often.
Cat's are as equally secretive as rats. They are easier to open up, however, and they tend to form alliances with other species (besides rabbits and wolves). Most have a generous dosage of vanity, but are still incredibly good fighters. They only fight when threatened or cornered, and when they do, you'll wish you weren't born. Their fighting styles tend to resemble that of Tae Kwon Do, but with many claw-based attacks. Cats also come in many colors and fur styles, from those of a typical house cat to that of a tiger or lion.
Dogs, the once-domesticated pets of humans, have survived with their knowledge of the humans. They are considered lesser versions of wolves now, for their previous domestication has left them with abilities that, while similar to wolves, are still much weaker. The benefit of dogs is that they have so many breeds, and thus they can come in all kinds of styles. Many dogs have a "Jack-of-All-Trades" lifestyle, some knowing how to both fight and infiltrate enemy bases. They can be pretty much anything thanks to their special breeding conditions from the Human Age.
Lizards are often the more wise and sage-like members of the planet's sentient races. Unlike their feral ancestors, some reptiles have developed the ability to grow primitive feathers or fur. They are so clever they often wiggle their way out of trouble, rather than fighting off foes. They are also one of the few species not participating in the war entirely.
Depending on the breed, Lizards can be slim and lithe, or bulky and thick-skinned. So just like dogs, they can be pretty much anything they want, though their clever minds always stay intact.
I based this rp off of a game called Lugaru. You can buy it for 9 dollars, and get a demo for free. It is an extremely violent game that mainly features rabbits and a few "elite" level wolves. I call the game "Rabbit Doubt" out of habit, since it reminds me of the cellphone game from the manga called Rabbit Doubt. So, who likes this idea?