The King Of Wishes
Katheni are wild and free, the nomadic catfolk tribes of the world’s deserts and jungles.
Katheni are Humanoid creatures that look rather like large predatory cats. The variety within the species is quite amazing. Some Katheni resemble lions, complete with mane and tufted tail. Others are closer to leopards. There are also Katheni that resemble tigers, panthers, bobcats, lynx, cheetahs, and jaguars as well. Their bodies are shaped much like that of Humans, only with more powerful legs and shoulders. Their feet are longer than those of Humans, as they are designed for running. They walk upright, though because they walk on the front portion
of their hind paws, they sometimes appear to be walking on tiptoe. When sprinting, they drop to all fours. Standing upright, males can be as tall as five foot ten, with females usually two inches shorter. The exceptions to this are Lion Katheni, who have been known to grow to almost six and a half feet. Most Katheni weigh somewhere between one hundred and twenty pounds to two hundred, depending on their breed.
All Katheni, save lionesses, have a large patch of guardhair on the top of their heads. This patch runs from atop the head, goes between their ears, and continues down the back of their necks. It can be cut to the length of the rest of the fur, but in traditional Katheni culture usually is not. It is more often left to grow, and can be softened, combed, braided, and
the like, much like Humans hair. But since Katheni have fur on their entire bodies, they typically do not spend as much time taking care of what they term “head-fur.”
Relations to Other Races
There is much debate in Human circles as to whether or not Katheni share the same range of emotions and intellectual abilities as Humans possess. The negative position is popular among Humans who wish to think themselves superior to other Races. These persons tend to disregard the aspects shared by Katheni and Humans, and treat them as animals. Worse, some Humans in this group capture and sell Katheni as intelligent animal slaves. Needless to say, this does not improve the already tense relationship between the two Races.
Katheni get along well with almost all races, save the Istaka, against whom they bear a deep-seated cultural grudge.
Katheni are free spirited folk who love song and dance, art, theatre, and physicality. While Katheni mate for life, they are often much freer with ideas of decency, and with their sexuality. Most Katheni consider clothing an adornment rather than a necessity, citing their fur as natural clothing. They generally don it only for celebrations or interaction with other Races.
Katheni are also nomadic by nature, and tend to grow bored living in one place too long, hence part of their hatred for slavery. Being nomads, they place little value on material objects, enjoying lasting friendships and intangibles such as song and music more than pretty gems and gold.
Katheni politics are simple: Just Get Along. Katheni are easy-going, and the ones best at amicably settling quarrels amongst them are chosen as tribal leaders, called a Haj. A Haj, much like a chieftain, is usually ruler until he or she dies, whereupon another Haj is chosen.
They are not slow to defend their freedom and those of their loved ones. In many situations, a friendly Kath will talk his or her way out of a situation. A Kath driven to fight rather than talk, however, is a dexterous and dangerous opponent, choosing to use their fleet feet to their advantage, often choosing to Spring Attack to stay back from dangerous foes.
Katheni have the following statistics:
- +2 Charisma, +4 Dexterity.
- Humanoid type.
- Base land speed is 40 feet.
- Low-Light Vision.
- Katheni gain Darkvision out to 120 feet.
- Katheni movement is not impeded by up to shallow sand or low undergrowth, and they can tumble in deep sand or heavy undergrowth without penalty.
- Natural Attacks: Katheni have two claw attacks that deal 1d4 points of damage. The claws are retractable, and do not in any way hamper fine manipulation.
- Weapon Familiarity: Catfolk are proficient with the Net and Katar. Katheni with formal weapons training (such as gained by a level in fighter) can use the scimitar as a martial weapon.
- Racial Skills: Catfolk have a +2 racial bonus on Listen and Move Silently checks.
- +1 natural armor bonus.
- Automatic Languages: Central, Kath. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Gnoll, Sylvan, Terran.
- Favored Class: Scout or Battledancer
Katheni count as Catfolk for all feats with the prerequisite of Race: Catfolk.