The Chittiki of Cartyrion
The Chittiki are one of the most misunderstood races of Folk on Cartyrion. Your people are avoided by many, and even abhorred by some, but they have nevertheless made places for themselves all over the world. Yours is a highly social race, most at home in crowded living situations among large numbers of others - usually other Chittiki but the large cities of other Folk are equally comfortable. You have an innate fascinattion for interesting and shiny things, and you may find yourself fighting the tendency to hoard "things". It is not greed that drives you, though. It is simply fascination and wonder - a desire to see and experience new and interesting places, people, and objects.
Physical DescriptionChittiki are smallish humanoids, about four feet tall on average - shorter than most Dwarves, but taller than most goblins, gnomes, and halflings. Most tend to be slender-framed and weigh in at about eighty pounds, though there are quite a number of successful merchant-class Chittiki that are considerably "well-fed", and can weigh in at twice the average. Bodies - except for palms of hands, soles of feet, fingers, and toes - are covered with a very short fur.
Facial CharacteristicsYour head shape and facial features are decidedly rodent-like, with a short snout, prominent whiskers, small eyes, and large ears. While those ears can be be rotated in a manner that some animals use to pinpoint sound, your hearing is generally no better than that of the average human - not acute enough to allow you to rely on it for pinpointing sources of sound around you.
Coloration and MarkingsYour fur coloration is most likely some shade of brown, with hues ranging from a pale, sandy desert-like color to a deep, rich brown that blends well into dark shadows. Your fur may be a shade of grey instead, especially if you are from one of the more urban cultures. Pure white and pure black Chittiki are also possible, though exceedingly rare. Coloration is most likely uniform over your entire body, though there are rare individuals with mottled dark spots of one or more colors (reminiscent of calico cat markings).
Special SensesYour eyesight is more acute than that of humans, especially in conditions of poor lighting. While you cannot see in total darkness, your ability to see in dim lighting conditions is enhanced. Depending on your cultural history, you may have a sufficiently developed sense of smell to allow you to rely on it in certain situations.
4 ft (120cm)
80 lbs (36kg)