Bearfolk come in a range of ethnicities which mostly correspond to location and physical attributes. From the diminutive Gherau to the massive Eswe, they share a basic shape even if the details vary from group to group.
Anatomy & Morphology
All bearfolk have two arms and two legs, though the average length of these limbs varies from subspecies to subspecies. They normally walk on their hind legs, but are comfortable switching to all fours. They possess non-retractable claws on both hands and feet. Those on the hands are much shorter, but they can still be used as natural weapons in a pinch, though most bearfolk would rely more on their bite in such situations. Their skulls are massive in proportion to their bodies with sharp canines and flat molars, reflecting their omnivorous diet. They have a thick insulating coat of fur covered by long guard hairs. Coloration varies by subspecies. They tend to be muscular under a layer of blubber. When standing, their shoulders are not prominent.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Physically, bearfolk are omnivores, but the proportion of their diets that come from meat or vegetation varies by subspecies and locale.
Though they do not hibernate like their distant ursine cousins, bearfolk do slow down in colder weather. They eat less, sleep more, and socialize very little.
Bearfolk do not form tight-knit family units.
Short snouts with large noses. Small, dark eyes. Small, rounded ears that stand on top of the skull.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Bearfolk have excellent smell and can locate carrion from several miles away.
Civilization and Culture
Vary by subspecies.
Many bearfolk are tribal, but the Gherau have a large nation. Called Maɾun, it is a demarchic federation that is home to many other species.
Beauty ideals vary greatly from one ethnicity to the next.
Common Dress Code
Most ethnicities wear little clothing; They do not need it for protection from cold or sun. Decorative clothing varies by locale, but tends toward headgear and belts.