Kittelars (3.5e Race)
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A mysterious race of oriental influence that happens to inhabit an European world, kittelars are hybrids of cats and humanoids often with the mind of a cat and body of a human.
Kittelars are often described as a race that is exotic and eccentric (if not erotic). They have no quarrels with the idea of same sex relationships due primarily to fact that there are so few male kittelars- 1 male for 25 female; one of the mysteries that this race presents- and the many females have either to cross breed or make love to other females (sometimes both) to fulfill the sexual desire that is born into their hearts. However, unlike popular belief breed and kept by young boys, kittelars are not slaves to their sensual desires even though the young kittelars who've come of age tend to make show of their intimate affections in public to brag though it is true that kittelars believe more than any other race that the nude body is beauty of the gods and will go about town in various stages of undress.
Kittelars are also very sensitive about being called any term that means "prostitute" for they value sex as a natural part of life and find that trading one's body for material gain especially money is sinful. Thus fools whose had one to many drinks and let their tongues wag will meet the wrath of kittelar; a fate many would rather fight a dragon unarmed and without armor than experience.
Kittelars are known to be as fickle as a cat (or an elf as many humans would say), as curious as a gnome and as restless as a halfling. A kittelic adventurer will spend from a week to a month in one area before leaving for almost a year on whim alone, often returning to her party when she's hungry or has a not so adventurous lover in the party that he can only scratch the itch that kittelars often gets. In a clan, permission is required before a kittelar can go about adventuring, making it easier to keep track of them.
Kittelars stand an average of 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 feet tall and weigh slightly heavier than elves, 100 to 150 pounds, with females not too noticeably lighter and shorter. They have the goldish-yellow skin of the orient, long black hair, and the ears, tail, eyes and claws of the ancestors the cat. Renown as a warrior race disciplined with a diet of meat and blood berries, they are lean and physically appealing. Kittelic women have the unnatural gift of full bosoms that is one of many mysteries the race possesses. Many people believe that by grabbing a kittelar's tail and yanking on it, it would stun her. The truth is, as many fools found out, that works until the gains her wits enough to angry and well.... let's just say what happens next shouldn't be explained. Though kittelars are declared an adult at the age of 16 years, they are only mature of the body and will outlive about every other race before they reach mental maturity.
Kittelars have very few true allies among the other races. Their outlandish ways turns many away if not disgust them as it does elves whose common opinion of kittelars are very derogatory. There is however members of the human and elf races that are mystified by the oriental culture that they convert to kittelic ways. Kittelars on the other hand, a equally curious race, finds the other races eccentric especially humans whose short life spans causes them to constantly change. Kittelars find elves as reasonable allies and try to befriend an elf at every chance possible. Dwarves voice their opinions openly about kittelars and which keeps the races emotionally separate. Gnomes are far too mischievous for them (though many gnomes believe the pot shouldn't call the kettle black) and halflings are too nomadic (again, the pot shouldn't call the kettle black) for their taste. Half-orcs are too dumb and violent for their tastes though only a fool would suggest that they're similar in those aspects.
Kittelars don't believe in true good or true evil and are neutral by default. They may seem to be fickle because of their laid back personality and habit of leaving unannounced on an elf's whim, but kittelars are duty bound to serve their clan until they are exiled and strict believers in sin and punishment.
Originally Kittelars were created on an isolated island by the whim of the young deities that wanted create loyal followers for their mother. However, through out time, the race has expanded to the mainland continent, inhabiting acres of forest in elven lands. How they ever crossed the sea, since kittelars fear all bodies of water that they can drown in, no one knows. The leader of the clan is decided by the wisest of the eldest kittelars where they might decide to have all candidates dual using only bokuto, wooden weapons used in kendo (japanese fencing), the winner being who doesn't just outpower his opponent, but shows great skill and tactical knowledge to defeat his foe. Though younger lords are often naive and lecherous, they are strong and agile. An older warrior may prove to wiser, but kittelars old enough to be considered old and wise are scarce due to how long they live and how many of warriors die in war. Kittelars that live in nonkittelic lands, usually without a clan, build ghettos where ever they can (no matter what others might think or say) to keep their culture alive and feel at home.
Kittelars generally worship one of the three deities that makes up the Lunar Trinity (Yomai, goddess of the night; Ryomai, goddess of the white moon and daughter of Yomai; Nyomai, goddess of the black moon and daughter of Yomai.) Though Ryomai and Nyomai are quarrelsome as siblings can be, their followers, as well as the followers of the mother Yomai, are sworn by their beliefs to respect the followers of each deity in the lunar trinity.
Most kittelars can't speak Common for the lack of outside influence. Instead kittelars speak, Kittelic Common, which is surprisingly similar to Oriental Common in more ways than using the same alphabet, and Kittelic Wild, the tongue of their ancestors; cats. Only feline related races can learn Kittelic Wild for they are the only races whose ears are able to decipher the meaning of each meow/roar, hiss, and purr that makes up the entire language. Since the language is based on sound alone, it has no alphabet and no scripture. Nonkittelars can learn Kittelic Common and often use words from the language as euphemisms for everything sexual in nature. Youths often learn kittelic to read kittelic romance novels, write a secret letter to lovers, or talk with their friends in about the opposite sex in very inappropriate ways without being scolded by their parents or any priest that happens to worship one the various deities that promote chastity. Owners of rather unlawful businesses may require their employees learn the language so that they discuss and advertise their wares without alerting the sheriff.
Kittelic names are oriental in nature and can be about any word translated into one of various pre-existing Japanese languages. Boys name are often ended with "-maru" or "-ji" and while some girl's names can be ended with "-ko".
Male Names: Hayate, Sasuke, Toraji, Tsukimaru
Female Names: Sakura, Hana, Ayame, Kasumi, Kokoro, Hinata
Clan Names: Yamitatsu, Tsukitora, Rasenchi, Sarutobi
- +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, -2 Wisdom, -2 Constitution: Kittelars are agile and physically attractive, but often foolish and lazy.
- Humanoid (Feline):
- Medium Sized: no bonuses to Armor Class or Base Attack
- Kittelar base land speed is 30 feet:
- Darkvision 60 feet.
- +2 Racial Bonus to all Move Silently and Hide Checks: Kittelars are stealthy hunters.
- Feline Spine: +2 all Reflex Saves and Tumble Checks relating to falling or evading traps.
- Feline claws: When a Kittelar performs an unarmed strike with either hand, they may substitute it with a claw attack (this attack is considered to be an unarmed strike of its size, except the dealing lethal, slashing damage.) A player must announce this substitution upon the attack roll.
- Oriental Weapon Proficiency: Kittelars are proficient in all Simple Oriental Weapons such as the Tanto and Kama.
- Nocturnal Nature: Kittelars gain a +2 Racial Bonus to all Survival checks made at night and a -2 Racial Penalty to all Survival Checks made at day.
- Automatic Languages: Kittelic Common, Kittelic Wild.
- Bonus Languages: Common, Elven, Sylvan.
- Favored Class: any Oriental Class (eg: Samurai or Ninja or as listed in Oriental Adventures or Chronicles of Oreisa).
- Level Adjustment: +3
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