While the Current Alpha and Brother Eagle were the first humanoid animals known to exist, they are not the origin of the beings the world has come to know as Furries. Not in a direct way, at least.
The beings the world-at-large calls Furries are in fact the result of genetic experimentation conducted by the Hospes Lategum and they are known within the Hospes Lategum as The Children of the Lategum.
As mentioned in the explanation of the origin of the current Alpha, she and the Eagle were genetic uplifts created by bonding non-sapient animals with a Lategis. The Children of the Lategum were intentionally created as sapient human-animal hybrids, thus their typically human physique with varying degrees of animal features.
The first group of these human-animal hybrids was planned on the freighter while the Hospes Lategum was fleeing England at the beginning of the Second World War.
Upon reaching what would become the new home of the Hospes Lategum, work began in earnest to acquire the equipment and materials necessary to start work into manipulating the genetic makeup of several samples that had been collected. The goal was to make them suitable for implantation into a human ovum, and then the ovum would be implanted into the womb of a volunteer who had not yet been joined with her Lategis.
Samples from the current Alpha and rats were deemed most promising. A sample from the Alpha was chosen because of the level of mutation she had already undergone to take her from non-sapient tiger cub to what she currently is today. Rats were selected because of their physiological similarity to humans. In addition, samples were collected from a domesticated cat who had just born a litter of kittens, and a sea otter that had somehow managed to find its way to the shores of the Hospes Lategum’s new island home.
With the exception of the sample taken from the Alpha, processing the few cells needed to harvest the genetic material required took months. Ultimately, however, the Medici Lategum found a method of cellular slicing that allowed them to harvest the necessary material and implant it in the collected ovum. Each of the volunteer Sisters Zeta was implanted with four hybrid ova.
The gestation period for each hybrid was different, and despite all the volunteers being implanted the same day, there was a two month spread on the days they each gave birth.
The tigress that was created with the current Alpha’s genetic was the first to be born. The two rat hybrids were next, followed by the sea otter and the domesticated cat hybrids.
Each of the hybrids developed physically, mentally and emotionally at a rate that far surpassed human development. This accelerated maturation process was credited to their animal DNA, and as each type of hybrid had a slightly different rate at which they matured, the theory was deemed to have merit.
More hybrids were made over the following months and years. By 1960 the Hospes Lategum had successfully created hybrids of many mammalian, reptilian, insect, avian, and aquatic species. On the island, these hybrids came to be known as the Children of the Lategum, and as is the way with children, many wanted to go out into the world and find their own way.
Discussion on the matter among the Medici Lategum, the Betas and Alpha was mixed. Some said that allowing the Children of the Lategum to leave the island would be a danger to the Hospes Lategum. Some said that the Children of the Lategum themselves would be at risk. It was Alpha, unruffled as always that ended the discussion.
As the current Alpha put it, “We all choose our own destinies. The Children of the Lategum have just as much right to make that choice as any of us. I will not have them enslaved against their will simply because we created them as not human. I hope they choose to remain with us, but if they don't, then we must allow them that choice and respect their decision.”
More than half the hybrids chose to leave the island, and they were taken to parts of the world where they could live in peace and relative safety, and among the animal species they were engineered from. While most have remained hidden or lived in small isolated enclaves, some have been unable to resist the lure of human contact. Although the Hospes Lategum has made no attempt to bring these wayward Children of the Lategum home, there is concern amongst some that these outgoing hybrids may bring misfortune upon the Hospes Lategum once again.
Written 2016-09-28 by β3491