In lands deemed forsaken by most races the Ursus thrive. Deep in high mountain ranges looking over vast, dense forests, atop crags with the floes of the sea whipping below and on the edges of the world where icy winds freeze an arctic tundra is where an Ursus feels alive. It is here that an Ursus is free to live the quiet life they prefer; a typical day would incorporate gathering, hunting and tending to the natural world. Outsiders familiar with Ursus know they are a peaceful and helpful race as long as you mind your manners.Ursus have a reputation for showing kindness, and a willingness to be patient as wisdom will guide their hand. Because of this, Ursus are often described as nomadic healers and are actively sought for medical help. However, their gentle nature can quickly change into a seething rage when provoked. When pressed with no other alternative or in times of great danger, an Ursus becomes a rampaging beast drawing on their primal instinct.
An Ursus combines the features of a humanoid with a bear. Large in stature with thick fur hides covering a massive build, Ursus have large canine teeth and powerful jaws. Their fur color and size profile is often dictated by their subrace and habitat which can be found in the racial traits below.
Growth Rate & Stages
An Ursus reaches adulthood at age 20. A coming of age ritual where the young Ursus will attempt to prove to their clan they are ready for adulthood. Regardless of when they reach the "age of adulthood" if they do not succeed in proving their maturity to the clan will look upon them as a child.
Ecology and Habitats
Ursus tend to gravitate towards harsh climates away from natural civilization. Many Ursus wander the world nomadically, curious about the state of the world and how they fit. Because of their travels, it is not uncommon for an Ursus to mix both his homeland traditions with the new traditions learned from differing cultures.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Masterful hunters and foragers. An Ursus tends to eat a large amount of meat cooked plainly. They do indulge a sweet tooth and have been known to travel inland buying out general stores of chocolates, honey, and candies.
Civilization and Culture
Ursus do not mate for life or follow any forms of marriage. If a child is born, the parents will proudly remain together and raise their young until they are of age. After the child has proven to be mature, the couple will usually split and began courting other available mates in the clan.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
Ursus tend not to worship deities, though they do show respect for other beliefs. Mostly, they show reverence for traditions and taboos that are passed down from their home clan. An Ursus is more likely to build a home instead of a temple as they feel no need to worship, and a home is more practical.