Species: Kat'ni

Kat'ni

Physical Description~ Kat'ni are very much like humans with only a few noticeable differences. Their canine teeth are elongated into small, sharp fangs, and their fingernails are naturally sharper and longer, usually referred to as claws. Builds vary, as in humans, though by far the most common is tall and slender. Kat'ni have pointed, surprisingly mobile ears, and their main senses (hearing and eyesight) are much better than humans, with their sense of smell better but not by as much. Despite their similarities, kat'ni are much faster, more agile, and usually a good bit stronger than humans, as well as faster than most demons. Kat'ni can have skin of almost any naturalish color, normally medium to dark in shade… blues, metals, browns, even pure black; rarer are purples, reddishes, and blue-greens. Kat'ni skin is almost always one color, sometimes lighter on the palms, chest, throat, and stomach; when there are any markings, they're usually restricted to stripes or streaks across the backs of the hands, cheekbones, shoulders, or hips. Eyes tend to be bright natural colors (gold, silver, brown, green, and blue, or any shade in-between) with no highlights or flecks present. Claws are normally painted, but are naturally a pale shade of peach or pearl. Kat'ni hair has the same color-range as their skin, though blues, purples, and reddishes are more common than metals, browns, black, and white.

Temperament~ Considering, they don't differ from humans nor demons too much. They place a heavy value on honesty, self-discipline, physical and mental strength and speed, adaptability, and endurance. To them, weakness is to be trained out of both mind and body as quickly as possible. Not to say they're strict militians, just that they like being strong. However, kat'ni tend to be far more sensitive than humans and take offense easily, but also are less prone to direct violence. They're usually excellent fighters, but they don't do battle without very good reason… except with their own kind when a rebellious sect attacks a good, hard-working town. Kat'ni are also very adept at communicating through body language, using language as a secondary way of expressing themselves, unlike humans and demons.

Links~ Links are long-legged, almost cheetah-like felines that stand anywhere from 5 to 7 feet high at the shoulder. When they hatch, their soul bonds with that of a kat'ni and they're able to communicate telepathically from then on. Links come in four varieties: large females (Mothers), large males, small females, and small males. Females, when they hit the peak of their fertility cycle, will Race; the fastest male will catch her and mate. (Mothers can only breed with large males; small females can breed with any male.) The Racers' two Links usually also mate, though this rarely flourishes into a real relationship and is considered one of the downfalls of being Linked. Small females only have one or two eggs and cannot produce a Mother; Mother clutches can range up to a dozen eggs and can only produce one (or none) Mother egg. Mother eggs are white, female eggs are silver, and male eggs are golden. There aren't many Linked pairs in Khetten, probably around three hundred, and there are less than twenty Mothers. Mothers are supposedly the leaders of their town's Linked pairs, but a good half of the current Mother-Linkeds are either stupid or simply not leader material. The population of non-wild Links is delicate and shaky at best, balance barely maintained by dedicated kat'ni.

Trotters~ Trotters, originally domesticated by kat'ni before being spread by friendly trade to the continent of Erodak, greatly resemble the medium-sized carnivorous dinosaurs of Earth. Their head is much like a that of a raptor, long-snouted with rows of sharp teeth perfect for ripping and tearing; they have almond-shaped, slit-pupiled eyes and a forked tongue. Their basic build is, like previously said, dinosaurian; they're bipeds with horizontal spines and forearms normally tucked close to their deep chest. These forearms are somewhat long, almost able to reach the ground, and their 'hands' are equipped with three long, clawed digits. Their hind legs, on the other hand, are powerfully muscled and undeniably dinosaurian, ending in heavy, three-toed, clawed talons. Their tails are long, held straight when running for balance, and otherwise quite flexible. Trotters are covered in a supple, soft-leather-y hide that's tougher and thicker than it looks.

Trotters are separated into breeds, each breed having its own build, color, temperament, and special characteristics. Earths can be any medium to dark shade of brown and any non-flourescent green. Brown earths are very bulky but not very tall, averaging 6.5 feet, and are very stable in mentality, tending to be loners. Their specialties are strength and endurance. Green earths are more slender and shorter, around 6 feet on average, and are much faster in running and thinking than brown earths… however, their endurance and strength are far less. Blues are the smallest, slim and averaging 5.5 feet; they have webbed talons and 'fingers', as well as gills. They swim insanely well and have surprising speed and endurance in the water, though on dry land they're the weakest and slowest of the breeds. Whites and blacks, though considered separate breeds, have the same temperament (highly intelligent, strong willed, and spirited) and the same build (the largest next to golds at 8' and well muscled). Golds belong to the last breed, metals or metallics, which consist of very large, muscular golds, shortish (6.5') and somewhat toned and lean silvers, and brass/copper/bronze Trotters of medium build and height (7'). Metals are the most fiery and difficult to train of the breeds, followed by whites and blacks, then earths, then blues. (As a comparison, you could capture a blue adult and train it within months, as opposed to a few years for blacks and whites, a year for browns, and training from hatching for metals.)

Culture~ Kat'ni live in small groups overall. Mainly nomadic across the plains-covered continent of Khetten, kat'ni are primarily hunters and traders, not very advanced at all in 'technology' compared to humans and even demons. However, their swordsmithing is equal, if not superior, to that of the other two races. There are several small villages scattered throughout Khetten, consisting of some permanent homes and then open spaces for nomadic kat'ni to stay on their journey (usually migratory). There are only five or six villages, considered the major villages (kat'ni cities, so to speak), that have Linkeds living in them alongside non-Linked kat'ni. The biggest is Rhe'ton, one of the most prosperous is Chu'ton, and the one with the most warriors is Kya'ton. Kat'ni villages are headed by a group of kat'ni, usually related to one another, that is in turn led by one or two prominent, respected individuals. In the aforementioned Link-mixed villages, the current Mother-Linked is also given a special place in running the village. A large part of kat'ni culture is the search for a soul; some kat'ni find proof that they have a soul by Linking, others by learning the khazet tahliik (a sort of bardic/art magic). Kat'ni do not believe, unlike humans and demons, that every sentient being has a soul to begin with, and thus are easily offended in that area. Having a Trotter or Linking has immense impact on their society as well.

Relationship with Other Races~ Kat'ni are very laid-back on their view of other races. They tend to view humans and demons alike as harmless curiosities, as equals but strangers; only those kat'ni who live in Eliode ever become accustomed to the foreign mindsets of humans and demons. Kat'ni sailors, merchants, and traders simply deal with human and demon traders respectfully, with an open and friendly air, but they don't give their trust easily and tend to watch their backs carefully. On the other hand, merfolk are very much liked by the majority of kat'ni and are often seen as closer than the other two races in friendship. Kat'ni don't interact with lizardfolk, tuits, or tiquins much.

Location(s)~ The vast majority of kat'ni live on the continent of Khetten, a small land mass southwest of Erodak. The only other considerable number of kat'ni live along the shores of human-dominant Eliode, where laws ensure their equality with human and demon alike. There's also a handful of kat'ni families living in seaports on the continent of Tsok, mostly to act as a base for the few kat'ni traders who sail from Khetten to Tsok.


Name~ kat'ni

Home World~ Cadora

Height at the Shoulder~ human height

Coloration~ Kat'ni can have skin of almost any naturalish color, normally medium to dark in shade… blues, metals, browns, even pure black; rarer are purples, reddishes, and blue-greens. Kat'ni skin is almost always one color, sometimes lighter on the palms, chest, throat, and stomach; when there are any markings, they're usually restricted to stripes or streaks across the backs of the hands, cheekbones, shoulders, or hips. Eyes tend to be bright natural colors (gold, silver, brown, green, and blue, or any shade in-between) with no highlights or flecks present. Claws (resembling elongated, sharp fingernails) are normally painted, but are naturally a pale shade of peach or pearl. Kat'ni hair has the same color-range as their skin, though blues, purples, and reddishes are more common than metals, browns, black, and white.

Temperament~ Considering, they don't differ from humans nor demons too much. They place a heavy value on honesty, self-discipline, physical and mental strength and speed, adaptability, and endurance. To them, weakness is to be trained out of both mind and body as quickly as possible. Not to say they're strict militians, just that they like being strong. However, kat'ni tend to be far more sensitive than humans and take offense easily, but also are less prone to direct violence. They're usually excellent fighters, but they don't do battle without very good reason… except with their own kind when a rebellious sect attacks a good, hard-working town. In which case… let the blood fly!

Description~ Kat'ni are very much like humans, with only a few noticeable differences. Their canine teeth are elongated into small, sharp fangs, and almost to match their fingernails are naturally sharper and longer, usually referred to as claws. Builds vary, as in humans, though by far the most common is tall and slender. Kat'ni have pointed, surprisingly mobile ears, and their main senses (hearing and eyesight) are much better than humans, with their sense of smell better but not by much. Despite their similarities, kat'ni are much faster, more agile, and usually a good bit stronger than humans.

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