Name: White-Crested Mouse (Peromyscus Iubatorum)
Typical Height: 1 in. (25.4 mm)
Typical Length: 6 in. (1.53 cm)
Typical Weight: 0.7 oz. (20 g)
Physical Description: A rather small, innocuous rodent, the White-Crested Mouse is one of the most powerful creatures found across the Dunes of Cape Cod. The small grey haired, black eyed mouse looks incredibly normal, yet it possesses a large plume of white hair around its head, shaped in a circular position atop the top of the cranium. Some believe that the crest is symbolic of a halo, giving the creature its nickname, “Holy Mouse”
Diet: Much like normal mice, the White-Crested Mouse enjoys dining on insects and various seeds. However, the creature is also strangely drawn to holy relics, basking around them if they are left alone for long enough. This causes their crest to glow slightly. Magical scholars believe that the creatures are somehow devouring the magical power of the item, and using it for sustenance and defense.
Behavior: Timid and cowardly, the White-Crested Mouse often avoids confrontation with other creatures. When they are spotted, they tend to dart away as fast as their legs can carry them, sometimes unreasonably, and incomprehensibly fast.
Ecology: Much like normal mice, avian creatures are the White-Crested Mouse’s main predator. However, unlike other rodents, the White-Crested Mouse has a strange built in defense mechanism. Whenever a predator attacks the mouse, a large pulse of bright white light shoots out from it in a circular shape, scorching and burning anything that would attempt to grab it. This reflexive measure seems to use much of the mouse’s energy, however, and tires the small creature out immensely after use. Scholars are baffled by this strange power. Could it be a magical evolution? A natural defense? A gift from God?
Lifecycle: To continue the confusing and confounding information surrounding this odd creature, the White-Crested Mouse appears to be entirely immune to all types of diseases typical to most rodents. Lyme disease, parasites, and many other types of sickness do not seem to affect this creature, even when injected directly. Additionally, the mouse is capable of living up to 75 years; an incredible amount for something belonging to the rodent family.
Human Relations: Understandably, these tiny creatures are absolutely terrified of humanoid creatures. After decades of being used as laboratory mice, as well as the general size of a human, these creatures take every excuse to escape from a larger, scarier threat such as a human. However, at the same time, they are drawn to human structures, especially holy sites such as churches, cathedrals, and, in some portion of the Dunes, lighthouses. They usually build nests underneath these places, and when near a holy building, their ring glows much as if they were by a relic of some sort. The exact reasoning behind this is anybody’s guess.