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Rooth, art by Spunky

Rooth, also known as Roothragon and as Ruuth Runo on Second Life, is a furry commissioner/patron and fursuiter who lives on Colorado, USA.

Fandom involvement[edit]

Rooth is a patron of furry artists, having commissioned dozens of artists to draw his characters, including Spunky, Vicky Wyman, Ken Sample, and many others. Rooth extends this financial patronage by donating time and expenses to Anthrocon annually, staffing and now managing that convention's Artists' Alley, which seats 128 artists each day of the convention, serving over 250 individual artists over the course of the weekend.


Rooth'roo by Dox © 2011

Rooth's fursona is a white-scaled blue-maned dragon character on FurryMUCK, created in February of 1991 and recreated on March 16, 1991, after a server issue caused a rollback of the database. In that world, he appears as either a quadruped form[1] or biped/anthro form[2][3]. He will often assume macro sizes for fun but is just as often found at a normal human size.

Other characters[edit]


In early 1992, Rooth created Rooth'roo, then a simple white kangaroo originally designed to be therapeutic treatment for a brief period of depression. Playing a happy-go-lucky, silly, innocent, naïve, rambunctious, macro[4] kangaroo character was successful in countering the condition. The character evolved in form since then. In addition to naturally growing ever larger (consistent with real-life kangaroos)[5][6], he is presently described as a "snowshooroo" or "snowshoe roo", a species devised by Rooth and Flinthoof Ponypal that resembles a blend of kangaroo and snowshoe hare. Not to be confused with a "hybrid", with mixed parentage. The notion here is that kangaroos homing in snowy climates instead of desert ones might develop convergent evolutionary traits similar to a snowshoe hare, explaining his pigmented softer white fur and the disproportionately over-sized feet compared to ordinary kangaroos. He also sports blue headfur, reminiscent of his dragon alter-ego. For symmetry, his dragon alter-ego took on the handle of Rooth'ragon, although Rooth is sufficient, and in most scenarios refers to his dragon persona.

Rooth'roo is credited with developing and marketing the RADPouch™, a soft-skinned container with specially designed straps usually worn at roughly the same position a flyer (female kangaroo) has her pouch. As it is close to the center of gravity and the natural pivot point, the pouch does not shake around quite as much on a kangaroo as a backpack or other similar accessory might. RAD stands for Rooth'roo Anthropomorphic Designs, although the RADPouch™ is the only product the fictional character has made to date.

Other original characters[edit]

Rooth created these characters, and as such, "owns" them.

  1. Aram, sometimes written as Aramu, an emerald half-dragon monk from D&D games Rooth participated in on and off from 1991 through 2017
  2. Cinnamon, a sort of jackrabbit Na'vi. An homage to James Cameron's world of Pandora from the movie Avatar. If Pandora had a desert climate (the unseen Rey'tanu Clan of the arid highlands notwithstanding), it might have Na'vi with jackrabbit influences instead of the cat-like Omaticaya Na'vi of the jungle or the aquatic Metkayina Na'vi of the islands. Perhaps it won't, but Cinnamon and her people are original creations of Rooth, based in James Cameron's world.
  3. DragonLotus, and her "pilot" Mara. DragonLotus was a character for a game called Kaiju Kombat, by Sunstone Games. Rooth backed the game at a level that granted creative control over a kaiju character in the game. Originally intended to simply be Aram, adjustments were necessary as there was already a couple of dragons in the game, and Simon Strange (CEO) wanted something different. In conjunction with Matt Frank[7], Rooth and Simon adjusted Aram's design to a sort of intelligent armor capable of transforming the user (pilot) into a towering anthropomorphic kaiju capable of fighting other kaiju with martial arts.

Adopted characters[edit]

These characters were created by others and adopted by Rooth, who hence has creative rights to the characters.

  1. Darrow, a male anthro rabbit-like species adopt from Faruku. Rooth named the species Lapanaki. Males are small, ranging 4-6 feet or so. Females are generally much larger, ranging 5-9 feet. There are two subcultures, divided into many loose groups of naturalists, tending toward tribal, nomadic lifestyles, and a smaller organization of technologists, with technology capable of supporting limited space exploration.
  2. Sharith, adopted from skulldog, a female "felizard" (feline lizard).
  3. Khazzie, adopted from tsuki579, a female sort of .. dragon .. mon? Creation seeded by Rooth with a few words, imagined and designed by tsuki579.
  4. Cassandra, adopted from fudchan, a female unicorn. Fudchan introduced her as an original character in art Rooth commissioned. The unicorn returned in a later commission depicted with Rooth, and thereafter was gifted to Rooth as an adopt, to include in future commissions.
  5. Styria, adopted from Honeytongue at auction, a female "noodle dragon"
  6. Rhonda, adopted from AirRaiser, a female jungle kangaroo
  7. (unnamed species) Geckocritters, lizard creatures adopted from Lizardbeth. Specifics in flux, but they are depicted with Cinnamon often, so perhaps they are from Pandora, as their pattern of glowy dots might suggest.


Rooth at FC2004 © 2011

Rooth has three costumes of note:

  • a partial fursuit representing his dragon character made by White Wolf of White Wolf Creations, and has appeared in several fursuit parades. The tail for this fursuit is often worn as an accessory by Rooth when staffing Artists' Alley to make him easier to spot when he is needed. Rooth is not much of a performer in his fursuit, and only makes appearances in it outside of conventions when costumes are expected, such as Halloween, and even then only once outside a private residence.
  • a full fursuit of Rooth'roo made by Laura Mercer of Apple Monster Studios circa 2008[8], when she and her husband just graduated college.
  • a full fursuit of Rooth'ragon made by Clockwork Creature, circa 2012. This costume can be worn as a full or a partial, with separate pieces for the head, claws, arms, torso, legs, feet, and tail.


  1. Ref art by nyface of Rooth'ragon's quadruped / feral form
  2. Ref art by Rukis of Rooth'ragon's anthro form
  3. Toony ref art by EPawArt of Rooth'ragon's anthro form
  4. though he is magically able to shift size, his natural height is currently 139 feet, growing ever larger
  5. states that kangaroos never stop growing throughout their lifetime; article dated 9/2009, referenced 3/2011
  6. The Continuum Encyclopedia for Animal Symbolism in Art, by Hope B. Werness
  7. [1]Matt Frank is Kaiju-Samurai at DeviantArt, a renown artist of Godzilla comics
  8. ref needed

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