Pangarans or Clawed Cats are a race of feline Beastfolk feared across all of Haven for their barbaric nature. They thrive in the canopies of the Gorgewald Forest where they live and hunt. Yet, they find little refuge outside of this sheltering wood due to their internal battle with their predatory instincts and propensity for violence. Leading to a life best lived far from the strict rules of civilization.
Pangara adventurers are among the most reserved and controlled of their species, unlike what one would expect. They have learned to control their most primal instincts and redirect their hunting spirit into other more worthwhile pursuits. Many city Pangarans leave behind the wild hunt in exchange for hunting artifacts, criminals, and horrific monsters. Among traditional Pangarans, these domesticated kin are looked down upon for leaving the wilds to be corrupted by civilization's influence.
The ancient origins of the Pangarans can only be found on the oldest trees of Haven's most ancient forests in the form of claw carvings. The Pangarans were among the first of Haven's primal sophonts alongside others such as the Saheels and Alapicos. They once prowled the rolling plains that stretched across the Solemn Expanse known to the Pantherfolk as the Great Hunting Grounds before the region's ecological collapse. Here they learned to run with the wind and honed their predatory instincts into a fine weapon.
When the First Men descended from the Jagged Expanse, the Pangarans were forced deep into the Verdant Expanse to escape from the Human's persecution of all Beastfolk. They were nearly exterminated by the First Men as they battled for what little territory they could cling to and were eventually forced into the trees that would become their home. Before the first Festival of Resurgence and the rise of the Gorgewald Forest, as few as a thousand Pangarans still lived on the continent and only their predator instincts allowed the Pantherfolk to survive their near extermination. Their survival cemented a deep trust in their animal instincts that would allow them to flourish alongside their Beastfolk kin within the Gorgewald Forest.
Rarely more than 50 years old, maturing at 8.
Just under 6 feet tall.
160 to 220 pounds.
Each Pangara is given a single unique name, determined by a clan elder and the movement of the stars in the sky. Pangara names can be considered ridiculous to some civilized races but are filled with deep meaning, yet still, most of the cat-folk use nicknames derived from or inspired by their full names. A Pangara's clan name is usually based on a geographical feature located in or near the clan's territory.
Garas is the native tongue of the Pangara.