What Are Merchants?
Merchants are an interesting little bunch of creatures coming from all sorts of backgrounds all over the world. Every Merchant sells their own specific type of good/goods (ex. Fruits, Blankets, Sewing Products, etc.) and all sport a unique mask of their own. Merchants can range from being feline in appearance like Zacharie to being a canine, dragon, bird, nearly any species at all! (excluding other original species ei, manokits, dutch angel dragons, protogens, etc) Merchants are mainly identified by their mask, clawed fingers, fluffy forearms, belly pouch, and their own unique Tycoon (tail mouth) with its very own name and individual personality.
the Basic anatomy
Merchants are composed of two separate, yet connected beings: The merchant themselves and their tailmouth companion known as a Tycoon. The merchant and tycoon do share some internal organs such as a shared circulatory system and a nervous system, but the tycoon has a few of their own organs independently owned. They normally sport a stomach which then reconnects to the merchant's digestive system, a heart, and brain of their own. Other than the basic ingredients for a simple merchant, the sky is the limit for creation!
Merchants themselves are fairly similar to their none merchant counterparts. Without their mask, they seem to blend in, but a few characteristics make them the unique species they are. All Merchants have a mask of some kind, clawed fingers OR large claws, a stomach pouch, a Tycoon tailmouth companion, and at least one marking of a heart somewhere on their body. Could be small, could be very large, but a heart nonetheless. Nearly any species you think of could be a Merchant if they're born with the Merchant Gene. Merchants are not born with their mask, however. They are discovered, made, or simply bought. The way a merchant gets their mask could be complex or simple. They are not initially born with a mask, but they find or make their own by maturity. A merchant may even have more than one mask!
A lifelong companion and another mouth to feed, Tycoons are a separate being in of themselves. They do not always have the same personality of their Merchant, or might not even get along well, but they are stuck together for life usually. Tycoons have their own name, personality, and mind of their own. With that, Tycoons do not have the same capabilities as their host though. They have about the speaking capability of an African grey parrot. No matter their public speaking abilities, their merchant can always understand what their tycoon is saying to a degree. As they live together in life, death is not always a pretty part of being a tycoon. If a tycoon dies before a merchant, the Merchant could have the corpse of their tycoon removed surgically before infections spread to them. If the Merchant passes without their tycoon, the tycoon will continue to live for a few hours, or even days, until they too eventually pass from their merchant's organs no longer functioning.