As the Dark Sun Sleeps
The Smoking Monkey originally known as the Tyrian Longtail Monkey, is a breed of domesticated monkeys. They are so named because after centuries of attempting to make the seeming useful beasts come to heel, trainers were finally able to make them performed through a reward system of rolled, lit tobacco. Smoking moneys are prized for their intelligence and their agility, but tend to be extremely irritable when upset. For this reason they are rarely kept as pets anymore except by the extremely wealthy (who can hand them off to a servant) or by those of comfortable means who have a close personal bond to their animal. Many Smoking Monkeys, given access to tobacco, will readily take up the habit and grow violently agitated if they don’t get their fix. It seems that the addiction to the substance was bred into them through the years of domestication.
Smoking Monkeys can be trained to be extremely skilled as appraisers of foods, spices, tobacco and textiles… their keen senses and nimble fingers have an instinct for worthwhile wares.
Occasionally, a small pack of feral smoking monkeys will establish itself in a town or city and grow bold enough to terrorize the population, brazenly stealing foodstuffs and flinging poo at pursuers. Rooting out such a nest can be extremely difficult, as the beasts are small targets and exceedingly skilled climbers.