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Here you can look up various races, countries, terms, etc. That I made up for Almavavlia. This will be constantly expanding as I write more.


Almavavlia ~ The country in which the story is set. For more info, see The Map of Almavavlia.

Arkeo ~ A large country to the west of Almavavlia. Inhabited by Hooded Rats.


Black Rats ~ One of the Rat Races. Slightly smaller than Hooded Rats, but greater in number. Usually black or grey all over. Same breed as Black Rats in our world.



Dwarf Hamsters ~ One of the Hamster Races. These are the smallest Hamster Race, and have dark grey fur with a white belly and darker grey fur running in a line down the spine. Same breed as Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster in our world.



Field Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Light yellowish brown, smaller than the other Mouse Races. These Mice generally enjoy farming.


Great Desert ~ A large expanse of dry sand and dust to the extreme North-West of the continent. Inhabited by Greater Hamsters, Spiny Mice and Snakes.

Greater Hamsters ~ One of the Hamster Races. Large and plump, usually with golden-brown fur. Same species as Syrian Hamsters in our world. Less intelligent than most other races.

Grey Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Come in a variety of fur colours. Same breed as pet mice in our world.


Hooded Rats ~ One of the Rat Races. Larger but less common than Black Rats, white with a black or dark brown head and markings. Same species as Fancy Rats in our world, but with less variety in colour and markings.





Lesser Hamsters ~ One of the Hamster Races. Smaller and slimmer than Greater Hamsters, with grey or dull brown fur. Same breed as Chinese hamsters in our world. These intelligent, peaceful hamsters live just to the south of the Great Desert.








Silveo ~ A middle sized country to the North of Almavavlia. Inhabited by wood mice.

Spiny Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Fur rises in spine like tufts towards the tail, fur is usually grey or pale yellow-brown. These warlike mice are exclusive to the Great Desert.





Wood Mice ~ One of the Mouse Races. Pale brown fur, with yellowish fur on the back of the neck. Same breed as Yellow Necked Wood mice in our world.




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The Beginning

This story first started when we were watching my hamster, Misty (now dead), climbing around in her cage. She was actually pretty awesome, and my brother suggested making a story about hamsters, but setting it in a world a little like Mistmantle. Now, I’d better explain just what Mistmantle is. It’s a small island in a medieval-style time inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, mostly squirrels, hedgehogs, otters and moles, that features in the excellent book series ‘the Mistmantle Chronicles’. I would highly recommend this series for anyone 8-16, possibly older. Anyway, back to the whole hamster thing. I pointed out that although hamsters would be pretty epic heroes, most people would probably have a hard time taking them seriously (I know I would), so we decided on using mice and other rodents instead. One thing my brother was very big on was, we should try to be original in assigning alignments to different species. Hence we had a whole country full of good-guy rats (not wanting to go down the clichéd ‘rats are always evil’ path), and assigned Egyptian Spiny Mice as the main villains, at least to start off with.

Egyptian Spiny Mouse

Then we added some Capybaras for the Spiny Mice to ride, and hamsters did make it in to the story eventually, but not as major characters.


We decided that Almavavlia would be the name of the country where the story is set, and it would be inhabited by three kinds of mice, (house mice, known as ‘grey mice’, yellow-necked wood mice, and field mice), European water voles, and shrews. There would also be chinchillas, which would not be anthropomorphic but used as riding animals.

Admittedly, the story did not instantly become a book, but started out as a kind of RPG-type game we’d play. I also started on a little booklet about the country and drew a few maps, one full colour, the others black and white. Then the whole idea was practically forgotten for several months, before re-emerging with my idea of actually writing a book about it as originally planned. It’s still in the concept stage, but I do have a basic plot which I am currently sorting out properly. So that’s the basic idea so far, and I hope you’ll enjoy the concept art, country and character information, and, eventually, book chapters, that I will be posting from now on.

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