K A T Z T E , Felidae Catus
Class: Cat People
Other names: Cat-men, Cat-people, Gente Gato, Meowii, Neko, Nekomimi, Kitteh
The Katztes are one of the Loranor cat-people races (Katztes -Cat people-, Leonids -Lion people-, Leoparths -Leopard people-, Pummhas -Cougar people-, Jaggers -Jaguar people- and Tiggers -tiger people-).
They are the smallest of the Loranor, are as well the more social ones, living along with other species. Because of this tendency of settling among other species, in their settlements and cities, they are the more "domestic" Loranor. As well for the same, are the ones preferred by slavers and slave owners, rather than some more feral Loranor, and as so, they can be found in Aels, Hieyoks, Zarhuy and Ushaenor.
Behavior and SocietyEdit
Despite being solitary hunters, Katztes are a social species, and Katztes communication includes the use of language (their own, or more often, from their neighbors of other species and races) and as well a variety of vocalizations (meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting) and body language.
Although wildkatztes are solitary, the social behavior of domestic katztes is much more variable and ranges from widely dispersed individuals to feral katztes colonies that form around a food source, based on groups of co-operating females. Within such groups one Katzte is usually dominant over the others. Each Katzte in a colony holds a distinct territory, with sexually active males having the largest territories, which are about ten times larger than those of female katztes and may overlap with several females' territories.
Between these territories are neutral areas where Katztes watch and greet one another without territorial conflicts. Outside these neutral areas, territory holders usually chase away stranger Katztes. Despite some katztes cohabiting in colonies, Katztes do not have a social survival strategy, or a pack mentality and always hunt alone.
Because of the close relations with other species and races, there are higher number of Katztes hybrids than among other Loranor groups. These hybrids -depending of their ancestor- have more humanoid characteristics, as in the type of face, head-hair, body-hair, tail, ears, etc.
About the IllustrationEdit
An urban Katzte of the slums of the City of the Thousand Trees of Thol-Iznea in the Loranor Kingdom that extended in the forests of Nubla and Bierteno. While the Kingdom was reunited under the hegemony of the Leonids and the Leoparths, most of the urban populations of the cities of Hambo-Lekesh and Thol-Iznea -and then later, the ones dragged in the imperial armies as the Leonids wanted to expand their rule as their Loranor Kingdom became the Likkan Empire-