The kuna are sociable, charismatic and charming. They have the potential to become celebrities of Dunia. Attractive, socially apt and terrible at being alone, they navigate any social situation with ease and have no problem swaying the masses to their favor.
Almost every popular singer is a kuna and they are heavily overrepresented in professions like merchantry, military leadership and diplomacy. Kuna are also heavily overrepresented in social scandals, broken relationships and gossip news. Tall, slender and incredibly expressive, the kuna are a great choice for a social character.
Mekhrat shivered and stretched his frozen fingers towards the fire. "This god-forsaken winter is going to be the death of me!" He glanced at Chu'key, who was standing on guard, peering out into the darkness. "Get over here, Chu! There's warmth by the fire." "I'm fine." Chu'key replied, in her typical matter-of-fact tone. "That's not what I meant, and you know it." Mekhrat protested. "You're gonna freeze if you stand there much longer." She again didn't turn her head, not wanting to ruin her dark vision with the brightness of the fire. "I'm a vindral, Mekhrat, did you forget? We're far more tolerant to the cold than you furballs." Mekhrat chuckled and leaned back towards the fire. "Suit yourself then, you icequeen. There's food here when you're done being stoic." He didn't see it, but she did crack the slightest of smiles.
The kuna are a canine folk stemming from the southern Great Plains. The diverse tribes of kuna roamed the plains like nomads, hunting and breeding cattle. They met the Kykr on the fields of battle and fought for a hundred years before the Kykr attempted diplomacy. Eventually, the sociable kuna joined forces with the vindral exiles and the Blood Coast settlers and together they formed the original Trifolk Alliance which stand strong to this day.
In those times, the kuna were made up largely of diverse tribes with unique customs and appearances, then known as the Natukunautep Nomads. The three largest and strongest were the Natukuna, the Kunautep and the Nihatmaturu. Members of these three tribe make up the majority of the kuna population of the world today. The stocky, hyena-like Natukuna, the slender, jackal-like Kunautep and the timid, foxlike Nihatmaturu. There are several other phenotypes of kuna, but these three are dominant.
Kuna are built like canines in appearance with a wide, strong chest, thin waists and usually slender limbs. Their thighs are muscular, allowing the kuna to be quick runners, especially if they run on all fours. They have fur covering their entire bodies that is longer on the back, tail, cheeks and underarms. They have five dextrous fingers on their hands that end in sharp claws. Their feet have four toes that also have claws.
Kuna's legs are built differently than the vindral and illim. Their knees appear "backwards", their feet are very long and they walk on their toes, just like the hind legs of wolves and dogs. This is one feature that makes kuna such excellent sprinters. Their actual "knee" is higher up on the leg and their thighs and calves are incredibly strong. The structure of their legs allow them to exert greater force on the ground and give a springiness to their gait. If they leverage this structure, they are incredibly fast sprinters.
The Three Tribes
The Kuna are primarily made up descendents of three tribes: The Kunaupti, the Natukep and the Nihatmaturu. Collectively, their species' proper name is "Natukunaupti", but everyone shortens it to kuna. There are rarer phenotypes of kuna from other tribes, but these are few and mixed up in the general population. The three phenotypes are so alike that most non-kuna don't even consider them different species, and genetically, they are the same species, only phenotypes.
The natukep are hyena-like in head structure and facial features, have shorter, stubbier noses and broader, slightly more rounded ears. They also often have brown or black fur on their snouts and their fur is generally spotted and multicolored. The kunaupti are jackal-like and have longer, thinner snouts and sharper, pointier ears. Their faces and furs are more often uniform in color and smooth, as opposed to the more speckled, rugged natukep. The kunaupti are thinner and more slender than the more stocky natukep.
The nihatmaturu are rarer than the others and are foxlike in features, with narrow, sleek snouts and bodies, triangular, furry ears and prominent fur cheeks. Nihatmaturu have the longest fur out of the three and are often single-colored, even though there are patterned individuals. White, or at least light gray fur is the most common among the nihatmaturu, as opposed to the darker natukep and kunaupti.
Kuna have lively faces with articulate facial muscles and expressive eyes. The eyes are usually green or yellow, set under pronounced brows. Kuna ears are long, triangular and pointy, but as previously mentioned, Natukep usually have shorter, more rounded ears and the kunautpi's ears are slimmer and longer. The fur on their cheeks is longer than the rest of the face giving some of them a foxlike appearance. Kuna have sharp Fangs they can use in melee combat.
With a charm and charisma on the level of gods, the kuna are incredibly successful in particular niches in society. They are extraordinarily keen on social interaction and possess an uncanny ability to read people near them, down to almost being able to read intentions and emotional states off of people. Whether this is just them being observant, their sense of smell reading pheromones or a combination is quite frankly, unknown.
Either way, the best way to describe a kuna in general is an extroverted, charming and generous person who wears their emotions on their skin, or fur, as it were.
The "kykr" are the dominant civilisation of the world, encompassing three sapient species: The Illim, the Vindral and the Kuna. They rule over the continent of Arjin in a diverse collection of cultures and nations.
The Illim are a strong, sturdy and curious species of humanoids. Honest, loyal and reliable, the illim were one of the foundational species of the Trifolk Alliance.