There is rarely a race that is as curious and enamored with traveling as catfolks, who follow the scent of adventure wherever it may lead them. Catfolks are well-liked among other races because of their charming nature and warm companionship.
Catfolks can be found in all corners of the lands, filling the much needed roles of entertainers, craftsmen, traders, and entrepreneurs. However, there is never a shortage of catfolk adventurers either. Their widespread nature requires them to be adaptable and to rely on their social intelligence, cunning, as well as their feline nimbleness to succeed where many may fail.
Lithe and Nimble
Catfolks look almost identical to human without their ears and tails. These feline features come in a variety of forms and colors, but never feature any prints or patterns. The color of their hair and eyes cover a wide range like human. Physically, catfolks are more slender and nimble than human on average, making them suitable for more delicate tasks.
Most female catfolks also feature a distinctive marking on their cheeks. Male catfolks sometimes feature marking near their eyes, but most of the times they do not have markings on their face.
Although Xamsara was a prosperous home for many catfolks, there was rarely an opportunity to distinguish oneself within such a developed, albeit archaic society. At a specific period in history, the mass emigration began—many catfolks left their comfortable lifestyles behind to travel to all corners of the world in search of new lands and opportunities. Their eagerness to travel and explore often leads them to the most extreme and unlikely of places. Fortunately, their adaptability and diligent nature helps them succeed where many fail.
Like human, catfolks come in many flavors. From thieves to cutthroat merchant, hapless adventurers to aristocrats, they are may appear in all stations of life. However, the one thing they all share is their ability to blend into any society they come into contact with. This adaptability helps catfolks fit in and assimilate to other culture at an incredible speed, which makes them highly suitable for city life. In fact, catfolks dominate the commercial and the service industry in major cities.
Catfolks are highly perceptive in social situations and can be a good judge of character—this makes them appear more trustworthy. Some catfolks use their skills to establish speedy friendships and expand their social network. Others use their silver-tongued acumen to manipulate others for their own gains. Regardless, their social nature makes them great adventuring companions.
Catfolk names are based on Romanian.
- Male Names: Adam, Antoniu, Cosmin, Dragomir, Eftemie, Emilian, Gabriol, Mihail, Mihaita, Razvan, Teo, Valentino
- Female Names: Angelea, Craita, Cristea, Dorota, Floarea, Lavinia, Mariana, Marta, Oana, Sorana, Trandafira, Olimpia
- Family Names: Balitiu, Blaga, Ciora, Dita, Dumitrescu, Gilca, Iagar, Ilie, Lazar, Mihai, Negutesco, Pavel, Rudeanu, Stirbei
Catfolk subraces are distinctively different from one another, each comes with their own unique traits and features.
Xamsari are born on the continent of Xamsara, far across the wide ocean where contemporary catfolks originally migrated from. Xamsari tend to feature darker complexions than their foreign-born kins. In general, xamsari are more in touch with their bestial nature which is necessary for enduring the dangers that reign supreme in the jungle-filled continent of Xamsara.
Their harsh environment makes xamsari rugged people. Unlike catfolks born abroad, many xamsari fondly holds on to archaic traditions. As far as social structure goes, xamsari has a highly intricate caste, seperated by the color of their feline fur. The lighter the fur, the higher the xamsari in within the caste. Those with silver-fur are considered royal and are placed at the top of the caste.
Xamsari are vigilant in martial training, honing their combat and navigation skills to drive back the encroaching wilderness that cannot be tamed.