A rat character design for *Daesiy
. This rat is for her use only! Please do not re-use it elsewhere.
This is a husky dumbo fancy rat. Daesiy wanted a ratty that was interested in navigation, so I gave him (or her!) a nautical theme... although I resisted the urge to make him a black rat (a.k.a., the "ship rat") rather than a fancy rat.
Most of the design is pretty self-explanatory in how it relates to navigation, but I thought that I would share the reason for the "pig" and "chicken" tattoos. Some sailors had those animals (or the Chinese characters for them) tattooed onto either the tops of their feet, in the belief that it would protect them from drowning. Apparently, it was believed that pigs and chickens did not drown, probably due to the fact that they were often transported in crates that would float if the cargo ship carrying them sank.