Katanoj

Catfolk

The Katanoji, also known as Catfolk, are an aloof but friendly race of humanoids recognized by their furry bodies and graceful tails. They have exceptional hearing and can see well in the dark. The Katanoji generally prefer to walk upright but can easily sprint on all fours for short distances. They are known for their grace of movement and make exceptional dancers.   Playable Race: As a result of their claws a Katanoj character has +1 to attacks made with bare hands or bare feet. A Katanoj can also use their teeth as a weapon, dealing +1 physical piercing damage.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Katanoji possess four main limbs, two arms and two legs, plus a tail. They typically walk upright but can also run comfortably on all fours if the situation demands. They possess retractable claws at the tip of each finger, typically five in each hand and four in each foot.

Dietary Needs and Habits

The Katanoji are fairly carnivorous, consuming plants and herbs solely for additional flavoring or medicinal effects. While most prefer their food cooked they are well adapted to eating meats raw with no ill effects as long as they are fresh or well-preserved.

Additional Information

Facial characteristics

Katanoji have facial whiskers extending from both sides of their mouths as well as smaller whiskers in front of their ears. A Katanoj's ears are typically triangular and upright on shape, with a wide 120 degrees of independent rotation, allowing them to pinpoint the origin of most sounds with fairly reliable accuracy. They have sharp pointed teeth as befits their mostly carnivorous appetite.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Katanoji have exceptional hearing, and can rotate their ears to better pinpoint the origin of the sound. They can also accurately identify shapes and letters in dim lighting, although their sense of color will be lacking in these situations.

Civilization and Culture

Beauty Ideals

Katanoji are especially proud of long tails and shiny coats. Whiskers are another source of pride, especially when present with extra length or quantity. They keep their claws clean and their fur neatly arranged.

Courtship Ideals

Katanoji courtship requires many gifts to the potential partner to prove one's interest and catch their attention. If the recipient approves of the gifts the Katanoji enter into a mutual courtship relationship, with each Katanoj periodically grooming their partner while enjoying the company.

Relationship Ideals

Katanoji relationships involve much cuddling and partner-grooming. They are also known to periodically present their partner with gifts at random intervals to show their love.

Common Dress Code

Many Katanoji-only societies feel that clothing is unnecessary as it hides their beautiful fur. Most will wear protective gear when it is needed, including protection from the elements.   Those who deal regularly with non-Katanoji will adopt the clothing styles of their contacts' cultures. Experience has shown this to be generally good for business. Katinoji who have grown up in outsider societies also adopt the clothing habits of these societies and do not feel comfortable foregoing the coverings.

Common Taboos

It is considered disrespectful to intentionally touch the tail or whiskers of a Katinoj without permission.

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

The Katanoji pity the furless races, assuming the absence of magnificent fur, tails, and whiskers is the reason for their insistence on clothing, so they can try to look as handsome as the Katanoji. The Katanoji generally do not mention the furless races' handicap when conversing with them, out of politeness.


Scientific Name
Animalius felicidae
Lifespan
60 years
Average Height
4 ft to 8 ft
Average Physique
Most Katanoji are fairly muscular, although their various body types mean these muscles are not always visible.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Katanoji are found in a variety of colors and markings. A Katanoj could possess fur in orange, brown, white, gray, black, and even a dark iridescent blue. Most have fur in multiple colors and shades with a unified pattern or stripes, spots, or splotches. These colorations are genetic and can manifest in new and beautiful ways each new generation dependant upon their parents' colors. Their fur can be long or short, and in some Katanoji even a pattern incorporating various fur lengths.

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