Things have lived here before the first human ever ventured this deep and they'll remain after our last city crumbles.
Kaia-Tani are Kaia
who specialize in the wild and dangerous animals of the dark and deep caves. From docile Khtam
to ravenous Chiwara
, the deep hold an abundance of life capable of cutting short any Kaia expedition.
There are countless strange and hungry beasts out in the darkness. It is the Kaia-Tani who advise their team on the ones they encounter and help the other roles make decisions. They are trackers and scouts, able to identify the kind and number of animals by signs of scratched stone, tracks in the fungi-carpet or scat. A good Kaia-Tani can extract an seeming impossible amount of information from the smallest clues, while a bad one can lead their team right into a Chiwara
Should they come face to face with any beast, the Kaia-Tani are experts at animal behavior. They know how best to act to frighten or at least not antagonize animals that aren't looking for a fight, and how to dissuade more aggressive predators from attacking. To the Kaia-Tani, the wild life is just another hazard of the deep that can be studied and understood. Most of them come to form deep bonds with animals and the wild, with few are able to appreciate the beauty of wild caves quite like they - perhaps in part because they are able to survive it.
The Kaia-Tani are also responsible for training and taking care of any animal the Kaia themselves are employing. They bandage wounds, feed and water the beasts and direct them through the caves and in battle. More than one Kaia group owe their lives to their untitled, bestial team members.
He won't bite. Well, he won't bite me, I mean.