A species of large, dog-like creatures with digitigrade legs called Gnolls.
Cansu : Largest and first tribe, neutral relations with northerners, deals in many things, is like a large market
Sand-Steppers : Small tribe, positive relations with most tribes and clans, deals in seafood
Stone-Fang : Small tribe / neutral relations, don't interact much with other clans or tribes, uses stone for almost everything
Tetvul : Medium tribe, cannibalistic, locked in perpetual war with Vultet
Vultet : Medium tribe, cannibalistic, locked in perpetual war with Tetvul
Wultagg : 2nd biggest tribe, negative relations with north / neutral with other gnolls, the most war-like and self-sufficient
Loud-Barks : small tribe, neutral, known for their loud screams
8th tribe : secluded small-island tribe 9th tribe : cave-living single-mountain tribe Ground-Growers (extinct) : small tribe, were the first to experiment with farming, survivors escaped to cansu, raided by Vultet
Water-Riders (extinct) : medium tribe, only tribe to learn and make boats, survivors escaped to beach tribe via boat, raided by Tetvul
Anatomy & Morphology
Humanoid, Digitigrade Legs and Paw feet, Large claw hands, strong, wolf-like head
Gnolls are easily affected by their genes, allowing for a large amount of gnolls to be "unique". This includes markings, fur colors, size, strength, etc.
Genetics and Reproduction
Mammal Male & Female, Longer pregnancy perioid, 11 months, 1 pup
Growth Rate & Stages
Reaches full size early at 15, but stagnates and grows much slowly for another 10 years before their "peak" of 25.
Ecology and Habitats
Prefers warmer climates, ideally shrublands. Hardy, and can adapt to different climates if forced.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Omnivorous but prefers meat, gnolls hunt animals, forage, or fish for their food.
Two authority figures decide for a tribe; The Chief, body, and the Lore-Gnoll, mind. The Chief is a Gnoll who either became it from respect, renown, strength, or challenged the previous Chief and won. The Lore-Gnoll is like an advisor to the Chief, and is chosen for their wisdom, experience, or knowledge. While the Tribe-Chief has final say in matters, if a tribe disagrees with their Chiefs decisions, he can be challenged in 1-1 combat for his position. If the Chief wins, the matter is settled, and the tribe listens. If the Chief loses, the challenger becomes the new Chief.
Wolf-Like face, manes, sharp teeth
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Gnolls are spread out wide across the south of Morven, originally at 11 tribes, the devastating famine brought it down to 9.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Great Hearing, Great Smell, Sight, Good Taste, Touch
Civilization and Culture
Gnolls either copy words they've found on the ruin walls, or mix words together.
Well-kept fur, impressive manes, scars
Due to Gnolls being more susceptible to mutations in their genes, the differences between male and female gnolls are circumstantial, Gnolls just tend to do whatever job they wish.
It depends on the occupations and interests of each individual pair, but similar to the northerners style of an Ornate Axe, a Gnoll interested in another Gnoll will gift them with an Ornate Spear, Pottery, Jewelry, Carving, Etc. These gifts are tailored to the individual, and are a pretty big deal in the culture.
Gnolls seek a strong mate to share life with; a strong connection between the two gnolls, and a trust between the two, are what is most desired for Gnolls.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
The Gnolls learned to speak from the ruins that are spread throughout the south; Ancient Northerner ruins, the Gnolls speak a fractured version of it, incorporating their own interpretations of the words, and the noises they make.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
Based on Tribal culture like Africans
The Gnolls are native to Morven, having evolved and spread across the entire south lands. The grew and advanced at an impressive rate, but it was too fast. A devastating Famine spread throughout the south, resulting in the destruction of two tribes, the deaths of many gnolls, and some tribes turning on eachother. With the sudden plummet in population, and with the remaining tribes pushing away from eachother to maintain their own areas, the southerners are on a path of recovery; but the terror the famine brought still sits in the minds of many gnolls.
Chief Big-Fist and Lore-Gnoll Utvel, the two responsible for sending out the various gnoll groups that eventually formed the 11 tribes.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Relations among the tribes and to the clans vary heavily per each tribe. Cansu tries to remain positive and welcoming to continue to promote trade.
- Canines / Wolves / Hyenas
- Average Height
- 8'0" (Female) 8'2" (Male)
- Average Weight
- 250Lbs (Female) 265Lbs (Male)
- Average Physique
- Large, Heavy, Well-Built, Fluffy
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- Gnolls usually are either spotted, striped, or single-tone with some uncommon ones, and are usually Black, Red, White, Grey, Brown, or a mix.