06 November 2005
From A Bestiary of Imaginary Species edited by Nenad Dragicevic: Severlense
The Severlense is a fur bearing mammal similar to a domestic cat, although much smaller. It begins its life completely blind and remains so for several years. During this phase severlenses can often be found as companion animals of amputees. Researchers believe a rudimentary reciprocal telepathy may be at work. Amputees have consistently reported the strong sensation of severlenses curling around their missing phantom legs and of being able to pet severlenses with their missing phantom hands. The relationship rarely lasts. As Severlenses mature they gain eyesight and usually abandon their amputee companions. Little is known of their subsequent lives.