Kojin

The kojin are a race of catlike humanoids. Not much is known about where they come from or how they came to exist. They are strong race, very sensitive to the earth and surroundings, being strongly rooted to the land, their people and clan. Their kind is playful and intelligent, yet proud and steadfast.

Their body structure is strongly humanoid with their physical musculature being strongly defined, their bodies ranging from soft and slender to quite toned and athletic. Their body shapes can vary like humans, thin and delicate to large, bulky and heavy. Same with their heights. There are rarely fat kojin, as they take great pride in their bodies. Females can vary in sizes as well, and can be just as large or larger than males. Females and have two breasts just like a human female, at just about any size.

That is where their humanoid resemblance ends. A soft warm coat of fur covers their entire body, which can range in a variety of shades of orange, gray, gold, beige, cream, brown, white, and/or black, with or without and patterns. Patterns can vary based on lineage, some having coats with stripes, specks, blotches or rings. Their colorations and patterns can often depend on their clans and regions. Depending on their region some Kojin grow thicker longer coats. The depth of their muscle structure can be hidden under their thick layer of fur, depending on the density, length, color and pattern.

Their facial features are more feline in structure. All kojin posses a nose similar to feline mammals, with a soft furless nose pad. They have a keen sense of smell, and are sensitive to powerful pungent odors. Their mouths are humanoid shaped, generally with thin lips, but their mouths contain pronounced, sharp canines and their tongues are rough and thin. Some grow human-like hair on their heads, this being thicker than average. Some grow manes. Their ears are located on the crown of their head, just like a cat, the size and shape depending on the kojin and their lineage.

Commonly their eyes are often round and large, although some are almond shaped, rarely slanted and/or narrow. Their irises are large, taking up most of the eye, can vary just about any color, and have an oval shaped black pupil, which grows wide and round in low light and extremely narrow in bright light. Given this, kojin have a better transition between darkness and light, and can see slightly better and more detail in the darkness than humans.

Their legs are also more feline at the ankle, with larger wide feet with pronounced cat-like toes. Kojin walk on the balls of their feet, making them look like each step is a calculated elegant dance. Each finger and toe is equipped with a deadly claw, with retractable claws only on their toes. They are excellent climbers and can run quite fast, having agility in the wild that even Elsyven envy. Kojin will never wear gloves or boots. They have a long tail, which helps them to balance their strong agile bodies for climbing and combat.

A Kojin on average lives to about 120 years of age, growing old and frail much like humans. Kojin reach maturity at the age of 16, but unlike humans kojin cannot use magic. Instead, some kojin gain the ability to sense magic when it is used. The birth rate for kojin is slightly less than a human’s. A female carries a child for eight months, and twins and triplets are not uncommon. These babies are born similar to humans, but they are much more like cat infants, being born with little fur and their eyes shut. Their fur starts to come in first, usually within the first week, and then their eyes open about two weeks later. Thus the child becomes familiar with their parent by smell, sound and touch- not sight.

Humans and kojin can interbreed, creating a halfblood offspring called a jikan.

Kojin are not farmers, nor are they herders or ranchers. They are wanderers, gatherers, hunters and traders. They typically live in small groups or clans, and often take residence in one area, sometimes for a few months or for several years. They have taken to trade with the elsyven, offering furs of different varieties, finely crafted bone combs and utensils. In exchange they get flour for baking, cheeses, milk, pottery and weaponry.

In their culture there are a group of leaders, a council male and female elders, who make the overall decision for the clan. The most capable of these kojin is elected the council leader, while the others are advisors and advocates for the rest of the clan. There can be no more than twenty kojin on a clan council, and spaces are either opened when council members retire, dies, or are handed down to those who are of age. In order to gain this council place a kojin who is over the age of thirty, who is deemed capable by the council. Only council members can be elected to clan leader.

Kojin all believe that to be at one with the land they must live and use what is given to them, taking no more than what they need and waste nothing of use.