Loranor are the collective name of the various "cat-people" of Aiers IV It is a widely varied and successful group of Beast People. Despite the vulnerabilities of their carnivorous natures and several sub-races, they competed quite well against the encroachments of the 'civilized' folk such as elves, Kanovs and humans for quite some time.
Types of LoranorEdit
Loranor are cat-people, with generally humanoid bodies of great flexibility and variable postures, but that can stand completely upright and legs in a bipedal columnar stance. They are covered with fur, and have eyes, ears, noses and mouths like a cat's. Usually their jaws and teeth are sufficient so as to hunt and kill prey, and consume meat, with claws on their digits to rake at or hold prey. They have long feet that extends their stride for speed, but lack bent legs, so, as bipeds, they cannot achieve the same sorts of speeds as wild big cats that they are named after.
As a result of their biped nature, they must need to use tools and weapons, and they have perfectly suited hands and arms for this. All types of loranor seem to have a high degree of intelligence so as to use tools and weapons, and even to interact with each other and with other races in a sophisticated manner. They generally have a nomadic, hunter-gatherer life style, of small groups in ranges of large areas. Despite this, they were willing to use metal weapons and implements, and technology like fire and clothing long before the coming of the modern age.
As they are cat-like, being an integral part of a major and sophisticated society seems to be against the run of their natures. Nonetheless, many individuals do just that, and several kingdoms have been formed in their history, mostly small and tribal, but some like the Rakshasa kingdoms in eastern Hieyoks, or the Loranor Empire of Aels of the 25th and 26th Centuries a.a.H., were indeed large and/or sophisticated.
The Loranor are generally carnivorous and therefore hunt their food, although many have come to raise domesticated meat animals in herds or flocks. Those that do, tend to be settled or live a semi nomadic lifestyle. Generally, loranor are hunter gatherers, that run down their prey using their bipedal endurance and spears.
Despite their hunting, their bipedalism changes the nature of their predation, so they are not a direct competition with big cat animals, but exist somewhat between big cats and hunter gatherer humans and elves in hunting practices. They are perhaps more competition with other humanoids that practice a heavy hunting lifestyle.
As a result of this, the loranor do not take over the hunting ranges and ecological niches served by the big cats or other animal predators. Although large numbers of loranor will certainly reduce game animals in general.
Genotypes and MorphologyEdit
Because the loranor have been so successful, but also tend to spread out in wide ranges, they have a long history of interbreeding with other humanoids. Perhaps not so much with other Beast People and goblinoids of the Neolithic periods but with elves, who were useful as meat, but easy to subdue for other purposes. Certainly the loranor would have antagonistic, but sometimes beneficial, relations with the Neolithic Verdennos Elf people, and the savage Wollumis, and the more advanced and common Sylvan elf folk, and Flairie peoples.
This process likely picked up in the centuries leading up to the Apparition of Humanity, as the colonization of the High elves spread colonies of the Rossnes High elves throughout the coasts of the world. This colonization eventually increased the total populations of elves, also unseated and disturbed great masses of native elves, be they Rossnes or Dark Elf peoples, making contact between elves and loranor much more likely.
After the events of the Apparition of Humanity, humans and Kanov began to wander, and then to surge throughout the world as the centuries rolled by. They would effectively take the place of the elves as the most common humanoids, and sporadic interbreeding with them would take place as well. As a result of this, many loranor were seen, both before and certainly after the Apparition of Humanity, with humanoid facial features and body builds that were smaller, more gracile, and differently formed than that of most loranor.
Problems with Humanoid JawsEdit
Apparently, this hybridization didn't disturb the loranor culture overly much, they were not nearly so concerned about specific appearances. It would seem that smaller jaws and teeth surely meant difficulties eating meat, which may have made use of fire and cooking necessary. It should be noted, though, that even loranor with clearly cat like palates, jaws and teeth make use of fire and cooking of the meat of their prey. Perhaps this was a cultural innovation that began as a result of the loranor amongst them who needed the digestive aid, or natural development that came with the native intelligence of the loranor, making the meat more digestive and caloric efficient even for the regular loranor?
With centuries of several sentient species living together, it's not unheard of interbreeding. In the case of hybrids of "beast-men", with other species, this is more visible as the more animal-features seem to be recessive, and as such, even some non-loranor ancestors of generations ago, could mean more humanoid looking features, such as face type, tail, body-build, etc, being observed by investigators of archeological remains the development of population.
About the Example PicturedEdit
In this case, this Loranor warrior, she is considered a full Loranor, but the face, head type, hair, short fur and body build would suggest some elven or human ancestors as well. Normally, in Loranor (and beast men) populations with more contact with non-Loranor, such humanoid appearances are much more common, meanwhile in more isolated groups -or culturally more closed, and who reject openly relations with non-loranor-, predominate the animal features.