Lepi are medium-sized hare-like humanoids (animalfolk).
Genetics and Reproduction
Lepi are very prolific and tend to have large families. Females are fertile a few times a year, litter size can range from 2-6 kits, with 3 as the average. They prefer other Lepi partners but are compatible with many other humanoid races. These unions only yield one or two offspring, that are usually sterile.
Growth Rate & Stages
Lepi kits are born with their eyes open and can run around on all fours within a day of birth. They tend to be uncoordinated and clumsy for the first month or so, but learn fast. They grow quickly, and eat prodigious amounts to fuel this growth. Often 1-3 feet in the first year. They become an adult between ages 2-4, leaving home to train with the Fianna soon after.
Ecology and Habitats
Any temperate, but prefer mountainous and hilly areas, some like plains or desert as well.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Lepi are vegetarians, with prodigious appetites. They prefer a diet of root vegetables, tubers and greens; with a sprinkling of nuts and fruit. A rare few eat fish or insects.
They have a very structured society. Whether it be from the military or guilds depends on the location and time period.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Mercenaries, or craftsman.
They have long, narrow faces with tall ears and bushy cheek hair.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Lepi are of average intelligence.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Lowlight vision, and keen senses (+2 racial bonus to Perception).
Civilization and Culture
Lepi commonly have 3-6 names. The first name is usually a nickname, others are from relatives and the last is their surname. Male: adarin kordyne, algador swiftback, ballaw de quincewold, jodd, kersey, longeyes, lorquin woodsorrel. Female: maudie, peasblossom, pennybright, petunia, daphne duckfontain dillworthy, dewfleck, ecrea
The Fianna clans are a similar to a militia, beholden to their clan chief. They roam their territory to protect the clan from roving hordes and enemies of any kind.
A Lepi's ears, tail and coloring are important to females as well as some males.
One of the few examples of differences in the sexes, is that females are trained more in ranged weapons than melee. In everything else, there is no difference.
Females are often picky when choosing a male to give permission to court her. Courtly manners and battle prowess are important to some prospective mates.
Honor and strength of character are important characteristics.
Average Technological Level
Lepi are a developing culture in the Iron Age.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
Their main language is Lepin. Elven, Sylvan and Common are also spoken.
Common Etiquette Rules
Lepi are a friendly and boisterous people. They hold honor in high esteem.
Common Dress Code
Many Lepi, even ones that have retired from the Fianna, wear military uniforms or something similar.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
They have a militaristic society similar to the Irish. All Lepi have some form of martial training and most hold a place in one or another of the Fianna clans. All Lepi are given basic military training, no matter what job they will fill later in life. After this training, they are required to fulfill 2-5 years of service. This is usually by patrolling with one of the Fianna clans that keep the peace along the borders.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
Lepi follow the seasons and find any reason to have a feast. For this reason even a change in the season is the reason for a party.
Making friends with vermin.
They are one example of Atlantean forced evolution that gained few side effects in the process. Lepi were bred for slave labor and cannon fodder. This is also why they were among the first to rebel against their masters.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Lepi are friendly with most good aligned races. Their closest allies are Elves, Tree Gnomes and Fey; as well as other animalfolk.
Homo Leporidae Lepus
Mountain Hare, Plains Hare
Lepi have a lean but muscular body. They are fast, flexible and great jumpers.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Lepi have a large variation of possible colors to its fur. Some of them are: tan, dull yellow, pale brown, or sandy-grey with brownish or reddish stripes. Some additions can be tan, brown, orange or grey. The head has often has a pale, bare, grayish or orange (or brown, tan) patch of skin around the eye and extending forwards to near the muzzle and backwards to the base of the long ears, which have black tips. The underparts and flanks are usually white or light tan. The top of the tail is usually a dark color.
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