Nila

Name - Nila [pronounced 'NIH-lah']

Size - 5.5-7 feet tall, with the females being much smaller than males.

Physical Description - Nila are short-furred, humanoid bipeds. They have either large talons or feline paws for feet, both unretractably clawed. Their legs are very humanesque, more muscular and the paws digitigrade, but basically the same. Their arms and torsos are also humanesque, including breasts on females. Their hands are, yep, human-like, but only have three fingers, and a long thumb. (This type of hand seems to be prominent on Lavana.) Their fingers have retractable claws. Their heads are rather feline, as much as humans are ape-like, with slight muzzles, feline fangs and teeth, whiskers, small feline ears set low on their head, and adolescents usually wear a human-style mane. Their senses are extremely keen; they're very strong, as well as fast and agile. Nila do live in clans; their society is a tight-knit one, with the males doing all the hunting, warring, fighting, and the females rarely seen. In fact, it took quite a while to convince other Lavanians that there even were female Nila. The females are short and slight, timid, meek, not nearly as smart as the males, and peaceable.

Coloration - Two breeds - taller, more muscular greys with gold eyes and black claws; and smaller, more leanly-built browns with green or gold eyes and black claws. Greys are by far the more numerous race, with browns being a small minority.

Temperament - Fierce warriors. They don't give up easily, and they have that odd temperament that will make a handful stand up against the world. They'll get smashed, but they'll fight for what they believe in anyway. They're also highly intelligent. In their forests, they know every hill, ravine, bramble, and rock. They're not a species to miss much, or condone much either. They take full responsibility for their actions, and if those actions are bad enough, they'll accept the punishment of death. Nila don't fear much, except dishonour. Grey Nila tend to be more serious, with browns a little more light-hearted but still thoughtful.


Nila [pronunciation - NIHL-luh || plural - Nila]

Home World~ Lavana is their origin, and though there aren't many Nila pilots, they do make superb settlers, and have set up quite a trading system on Terole.

Height at Shoulder~ 5.5 to 6.5 feet for males, with females 4.4 to 5 feet.

Colouration~ Limited shades of tan, brown, and grey. Eyes are almost always gold. Generally, the greys and the browns are something of rivals. The browns tend to have paws and the greys tend to have talons, though it can be the opposite. Greys are usually more massive and more powerful than brownfurs, but browns are quicker and more agile, usually with keener sight as well.

Clothing~ Nila nearly always wear clothing, as they have external genitalia (almost identical to human parts, in fact) and need that protected. They prefer loose, billowing trousers or breeches, no boots to speak of, and occasionally tunics. They're rarely caught without a belt holding at least one knife and a canteen of water and a pouch of dried food. They love dark earth-tones and it's a rare Nila that will want a bright colour to wear. They do, however, like colour, and will often paint their fur in extravagant patterns, a bright spatter of hues across their chests, washing up their neck and face, and spiralling down their limbs. They also like jewelry and, as excellent miners and smiths, can fashion better jewelry than most Olashi can.

Temperament~ Fierce warriors. They don't give up easily, and they have that odd temperament that will make a handful stand up against the world. They'll get smashed, but they'll fight for what they believe in anyway. They're intelligent. Very, very smart. With the right training, they can pilot ships right alongside Olashi. But, in the forest, they know every hill, ravine, bramble, and rock. They're not a species to miss much, or condone much either. They take full responsibility for their actions, and if those actions are bad enough, they'll accept the punishment of death. Nila don't fear much, except dishonour.

Description~ Nila are tall, upright, short-furred bipeds. With features very like humans, to some they might even look like a furry — just hope that someone never mentions that in their hearing, or that someone might end up watching himself be sacrificed. (Pleasant people, Nila.) They have either large talons or feline paws for feet, both unretractably clawed. Their legs are very humanesque, more muscular and the paws digitigrade, but basically the same. Their torsos are also humanesque, including breasts on females, as are their powerful arms. Their hands are, yep, human-like, but only have three fingers, and a long thumb. (This type of hand seems to be prominent on Lavana.) Their fingers have retractable claws. Their heads are rather feline, as much as humans are apes, with slight muzzles, feline fangs and teeth, whiskers, small feline ears set low on their head, and a human-style length of mane. Their senses are extremely keen and they're very strong, as well as fast.

The physiology of a Nila is quite simple, but the mental capacities are not. Their main temperaments have been described above, mostly. A few more things. Nila are intensely territorial, and will kill something that they don't like, if it even walks near what they consider theirs. They do live in clans, or however you'd like to call it. Their society is a tight-knit one, with the males doing all the hunting, warring, fighting, and the females rarely seen. In fact, it took quite a while to convince other Lavanians that there even were female Nila. The females are short and slight, timid and meek, not nearly as smart as the males and peaceful. One in a million Nila females will be a warrior, disowned, dishonoured, and cast from her home to live a solitary, but properly violent, lifestyle.

Technology~ Nila do not build nor design high-tech machinery, but are quite capable of learning to pilot and repair Olashi devices. Their technology extends to crude but highly effective weapons. These include the spear, the staff, the short-sword, the longbow, the crossbow, slingers (massive crossbows that 'sling' spikes of heavy iron or steel across far distances), and the rod (a staff which ends in blades on both ends and usually has a ring of blades or spikes poking outwards on each end). Their knife is a handle-length chunk of wood with a small stone or metal 'arrowhead' on the end - a dirk is the long-bladed, short-hilted type. Aside from weaponry, the only devices that Nila favor are musical instruments, usually woodwinds and percussion objects.

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