Str -1 Mys 0
Acc +1 Spd 0
Dex +2 Con 0
Entangle Resistance 5
A lithe and graceful race, Catlines are a people who are only just beginning to integrate themselves into the realms, having emerged from the wild places of Mythmere to adventure the land with the ‘furless ones’. Said to be descended from a similar root to the centaur peoples of Mythmere, Catlines are the result of wild God Magics altering the structure of a band of roaming big cats into the graceful and secretive people that they are today.
A huge tome, written over the course of a lifetime, the ‘Guide to Norland’ has been created by human scholar Dahwyn to detail all aspects of life in the realms. The following extract may be of some interest to Catlines in the realm
Standing perhaps five and a half foot tall, Catlines have a lithe and muscular physique, that is perhaps best describes as ‘sinewy’, rather than strong. Their bone structure is light, yet tough, whilst their long tendons and elastic ligaments enable them to perform amazing feats of stretching and twisting, far beyond those achievable by other races. A long, flexible tail gives them an excellent sense of balance, and often acts as an indicator of mood by accident. Their low slung hips and relaxed stance often makes them look as though they are slouching, however, this is a natural side effect of the angled nature of their powerfully muscled legs. Catlines are able to leap great distances, due to their strong limbs and their excellent eyesight means that they rarely miss what they were aiming for.
Unlike the other races, Catlines sport slitted pupils, and large golden or green coloured eyes. They possess an unnerving stare, which can sometimes upset the more sensitive races. Amongst Catlines, particularly males, the staring contest is considered a vital element of determining social standing, with those that do not flinch from a long bout of glaring being considered socially ‘superior’ to those that give way. This custom, whilst inherited from their feline ancestors, was made a formal ritual by the wise Jaguar pride, when the race was seriously threatened by internal strife in the early years of the Cat people. Cataline vision also differs from other races in that they are naturally drawn by things that move. Originally a feature that made them the excellent hunters they are today, this unique adaptation means that Catlines have a hard time taking notice of unmoving details, and are forced to concentrate much more than other races if they wish to find secret doors, traps or other still features of a location. For this reason, Catlines make poor thieves, but excellent marksmen.
The fingers of Catlines are not as long, nor dexterous looking than those of humans or elves, and when relaxed, their hands tend to curl inwards into loose fists. Due to their feline ancestry, they conceal sharp retractable claws in the ends of their furry fingers. Catlines are able to extend these at will, but in moments of high emoting, often unsheathe them with out realising. This can easily lead to injury and ruined equipment.Similarly, Catlines are given to snarling when angry, bearing impressive meat rending fangs at the drop of a hat. These sharp teeth stand them in good stead for the entirely carnivorous diet that Phrall’s people enjoy. Catlines seem to have no preference for cooked flesh, over raw meat, though they often refrain from eating fresh kills in mixed race company, knowing that it can cause upset, and occasional fainting. Though the Catlines are at home using any type of weapon, and often excel with bows, they are not adverse to hunting bear handed, indeed, during the extended courtship rituals many of the prides insist on, the male must prove that he is a good hunter and provider by leaving fresh ‘hand hunted’ kills on the prospective brides doorstep.
Socially, the habits of the Catlines vary wildly from pride to pride, however, generally speaking, they are a cautious people, given to fast, and fierce emotions. They favor simple clothing, and complex ornament. All Catlines enjoy shining and dangling pieces of jewelry, and feathers and bells are also highly favored items of adornment. Trade amongst the prides is quite brisk, for all their stand offishness when with other races. Catlines are keen craftsmen as well as hunters, and due to the regulations on inter pride behavior that the lion pride instituted, there are regular festivals in which the Cat people gather and trade carved wooden goods, weapons, armour and string toys. It is very rare for Catlines to take mates from outside their pride, as extreme ostracism, and expulsion from the tribal homelands is the usual result of this.
The Catlines have a complex language that seems at first to consist entirely of yowling, snarling hissing an purring. The tongue of Mrrp is very difficult for non Catlines to learn, as it not only involves much use of body language, including tail position, fur fluffing and ear twitching, but also many different smells. Their race Godess, Phrall is said to have invented this language, however, no one has ever seen her to ask if this is true or not.
Catlines for their part, seldom speak of their mother Godess”
Phrall is the champion of the Catline race. Her symbol is a silver cat’s eye.
Phrall is seldom seen in the realms, as she firmly believes her children are fully capable of getting on with things on their own. She claims her presence can be felt whenever a kitten plays, or a Tom cat purrs. She has been known to appear at night, when the moons are in eclipse.
warriors. As muscular as they are determined, these catfolk are fearsome to behold when they are enraged. When a tiger sets his mind to something, he will achieve it, or die trying. The tiger pride have a natural affinity for swords and spears, and often prize their weapons above all other possessions. Due to the warlike nature of this pride cubs are encouraged to grow up as
quickly as possible, in order to seek glory and honour in battle.
and to carve a territory for themselves.