Magical fox. Many in this species enjoy taking human form. Always curious. Legends list them as trickers and manipulators2. Loyal to their mates. Ways to tell if someone you meet is a kitsune: ask them to say 'moshi, moshi' -- foxes can't say 'shi', sometimes their tails peek out from under their clothes if they're not adept at shifting to the human form, and their shadow and reflections often show as a fox instead of the human form.
Can have 1-9 tails. (The number increases with it's experience/age. Though tails can be removed as a form of punishment from the gods.)
Genetics and Reproduction
Only two kitsune can give birth to another of their kind. Human/kitsune hybrids have more magical abilities but don't have the kitsune ki well to be as powerful. We often hear of the females in the myths. Though, there are a few stories with males. This points to the fact that males are quite rare, and males almost never seek romantic companionship outside of thier race1.
Growth Rate & Stages
Kitsune gestation and growth rates are slower than that of the average fox and shorter than that of humans.
Time to Maturity
Age Allowed to Take a Mate
20 years, though older is common (one is expected to get the years of play out of their system and learn the ways of the world before taking on the responsibilities of a family)
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Magical beings capable of shapeshifting. Like any naturally magic creature, they can sense magic.
Civilization and Culture
Traditionally, names were given denoting things in nature (燕 Tsubame - swallow) , wishes for the child (大輔 Daisuke - great help), or significant births (久子 Hisako - first in a long time). But in modern times as kitsune blend in among humans, they tend to take on human names.
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Endangered - due to human expansion into kitsune territory, hunting, and human/kitsune mixed marriages. Modern kitsune blend in with human society as best they can to survive. Kitsune parents put immense amounts of pressure for their offspring to help expand the race.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Red (young), Silver (older), or White (venerable, often messengers for Inari)
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