These are Kahara's races. It should be noted that there is no cross-racial breeding. You cannot have a child between two different races. The only exception is that fae touched of the same base race can have children with those of the same base race who are not fae touched.
Humans are the most populace of the races in Kahara. While there are many humans scattered across the continent in various nations, some have been absorbed into elven society after the elves succeeded in taking part of Valland in the Agarwaen war. In particular, humans from Valland still carry a quiet undertone of bitterness for losing that war, but would not dare openly insult the elves. Humans who live under Moriquende's banner often serve as house knights, merchants, crafters, farmers and ranchers. Human names are widely varied, however those from Valland should largely be older forms of nordic, teutonic, or scandinavian names. Humans have the widest range of body types and heights from quite short(dwarfism) to extremely tall(gigantism). Either extreme comes with issues. The average height for women is 5'6” and for men is 5'11”. Humans tend not to live past the age of 100, at best.
Hailing originally from a land across the sea called Laurëa Bardor, the Elves of Moriquende settled in Kahara believing it to be the holy land spoken of in their scripture. They are a highly militaristic race, adept at felling dragons and other large beasts through highly organized military operations. Their society is very strict socially, and class based. They are highly devoted religiously, and all schooling is done through the church. They believe themselves to be superior to other races, but are not so gauche as to act as such outright, preferring subtle jabs. Their names should be elven sounding, generally speaking. All citizens save those who have entered into the church are expected to have at least one season of military training, though it is not unusual for those in the church to undergo military training as well. Elves tend to be quite tall and willowy in build, though this is not a good measure of their physical strength. On average women stand at 5'11” and men at 6'6”. Elves tend not to live past the age of 350, and visibly they age at a significantly slower rate.
Pravalkans are anthropomorphic animals and hail largely from Pravalka, though some may also come from Atria. There are several varieties of them available to play. They believe in ancestor worship and have a strong oral tradition. Size varies depending on type. They cannot crossbreed outside their specific type. Pravalkan names tend to be three short syllables, ending with harsher sounds like ka, ko, te, xi etc. Pravalkans can live up to 130 years. (Admin note: Pravalkans at no point should have features such as human breasts, or carved abdominals, for example. These are not those types of anthros. - Fritz)
These are fox type Pravalkans who can range in colouring, most commonly red, grey or white. They tend to be quite small, with a maximum height of 3'5”.
Often bulky and thick furred, these are a cat type of Pravalkan who usually favour the colder climes of northern Pravalka. Their fur colours tend towards greys, browns and blacks and a variety of patterns. They rarely stand below 4'5” and rarely above 5'7”.
Quite large, the Sova are owl type Pravalkans. They tend to be quite bulky, with large wings ending in extended digits to serve as hands. Their wings cannot carry them in sustained flight, however short leaps are possible. Feather colouring tends towards browns, blacks, whites, and greys with a variety of patterns. They don't tend to get any taller than 5'11".
Peacock Pravalkans who stand quite tall with a maximum height of 7'4”. Both male and females can have either magnificent plumage and immense fan of tail feathers which stretch out to upwards of 14 feet, or the more dull and average colours and tail feathers associated with peahens. This does, however mean that the risk of having their lovely tail feathers stepped on can be quite great if they're blessed with such plumage. Like Soma, the digits of their wings are extended and more flexible, allowing them to grasp at objects.
The largest of the Pravalkans, these are bear types who are bulky and intimidating in height, maxing out at around 8'7”. Their fur is usually either solid black or solid brown with little variation.
These are small rodent pravalkans similar to mice or rats. Extremely small, they stand no taller than 2'0” in height. Their fur has many variations in pattern and colour, though black, brown and white are common.
A mid-sized bird of prey type Pravalkan resembling hawks or falcons. They have an extra set of limbs to serve as arms unlike the Sova, tufted with feathers up to the elbow and resembling their taloned feet. Maximum height is 5'3”, and feather pattern and colour is varied.
Otter type Pravalkans, they come in two varieties: river or sea. River Vydra tend to be smaller, reaching a max height of 4'0”, with thick, water resistant fur, while sea Vydra are larger, with a max height of 5'2”. Their fur tends to be various shades of brown with bits of white.
Preferring snowy mountainous regions, these are thick furred, primate type Pravalkans whose fur is grey, white or a combination of the two. They are mid-sized, reaching a max height of 5'1”. Many of them seem to enjoy hot soaks.
Octopus type Pravalkans who are most at home on the southern coast. They stand and walk on their eight tentacles, at any time using a minimum of two to support themselves. Stretching out to full length gives a maximum height of 4'7”, and their colouration can vary wildly.
Fae are considered the children of specific Spirit Beasts, and as such their features vary depending on which beast they are associated with. They tend to be naturally inclined towards illusory magic, and may cast glamours to disguise themselves as a different race, however their voices have a natural, charming musicality to them and may give them away to a scholar, or someone who has spent time amongst the fae. if they're not disguised well enough or quick witted enough that they can provide a believable enough excuse. Their lifespans are not known, but presumed to be quite long. Their names are generally old scottish or irish inspired, and consist of a proper name and a title. For example: Deònaidh an uisce thapa or in common, Deònaidh of the swift water.
The Sidhe consists of two types of fae. The Seelie who are said to be the children of Ghiran tend to have a golden undertone to their skin and pale hair and eyes, while the Unseelie, said to be the children of Ghealach have a silver undertone to their skin with darker hair and eyes. Both have various features reminiscent of the beasts, ranging from small antlers, furred tufts, bony spinal protrusions and feathers. They can even have long tails similar to either beast, or hoofed feet. The Sidhe originally began to civilize together, however a split happened and now the Seelie and Unseelie do not see eye to eye. Territory which was once shared no longer is, with the Unseelie having been pushed into the Starlight Forest, a place thought to be cursed, with a canopy of trees so thick that seeing daylight is rare. Despite the good relationship between their two rulers, the people of either court do not trust each other as a general rule. Men and women are similar in build and height, averaging at 5'8”.
Said to be the children of Latae, their skin tends to be a pale white, their eyes golden, snf their hair resembles the verdant grass-like fur that Latae has. It is often quite long, and may grow all along their spine as well, with flowers and foliage often woven in. Their fingers and toes tend to have sharp claws, and their teeth are usually sharp as well. Many are known to run on hands and feet much like Latae does, and unlike the Sidhe, they have remained wild, sticking with more primal traditions, including animal and humanoid sacrifice, and have a taste for raw flesh. They are known to at times raid farms, stealing sheep and other livestock, however sheep are their favourites. As with the Sidhe, there is little difference in build between men and women, and their average height is 4'9”.
Bäni are identified as the children of Ennlún, they always have wide, orange hued eyes that show no whites or pupils. Their hair is often white, and may cover much of their bodies. Many of them have small goat-like horns, tufted ears and may have feet that are more bird-like. The Bäni are known to be mischievious, and few are trusted even if a member of another race might consider them a friend. Like the Fjǫrlag, they hold to much older, more primal traditions. There is little difference between the build of men and women, and their average height is 5'1”.
The Fae Touched are specific bloodlines who in times past had an ancestor that made a pact with a spirit beast. These may span over different families, but the curse of the pact is specific to which beast it was forged with, and it's progression is different depending on how deep the pact itself is. In general forming new pacts will be difficult, if not impossible, as those rituals seem to have been lost to time. However, it may be possible to rediscover them. Many people view touched bloodlines in poor light as they are considered to be cursed, and Elves especially tend to view them as foul abominations. Fae touched tend to live a bit longer than their non-touched counterparts, the 'cursed' blood tending to add approximately 50 to 60 years to their lifespans.
Nar-Folr is an old Vallandan word meaning 'white death'. While the reasoning behind this moniker has been lost to time, it still may inspire apprehension in some as those from a more advanced bloodlines are rumoured to need to cannibalize the flesh of fellow sentient races every so often to sate unbearable cravings. Their eyes tend to be quite pale in shade and may be mistaken for eyes which are blind. Some may have small to medium horns or antlers, and fingernails which are thicker, stronger and claw-like. Some are even born with long and thin, furred tails. They are rumoured to have the ability to shapeshift, and advanced bloodlines are said to have a monstrous form resembling no known beast, however this is unproven and may only be rumour and speculation. Currently all bloodlines of Nar-Folr should be humans from Valland, leaving little subtlety to the fact that they're fae touched. While in Valland this is not a problem, and they are considered a perfectly normal part of society, other countries have a much lower view of them. Creating a new bloodline of Nar-Folr would be impossible, as it is unknown to which beast the Nar-Folr are beholden, thus, all bloodlines should be old families.
The Panayk are those who, somewhere in their bloodlines, formed a pact with Skrekk. As such, they can have a range of unusual features including multiple sets of eyes, and even an extra pair of limbs in more advanced lines. Teeth tend to be thicker and more fang-like in all lines, and some have speculated that some Panayk can produce venom, or even regurgitate web-like substances, though this is uncomfirmed. Many lines of Panayk have taken after Skrekk in preferring dark, cavernous spaces, though it is not advised to make a home in any of their patron beast's tunnels, as he does not discriminate in his prey. Any race except fae can have a bloodline beholden to Skrekk.
Beholden to Sehrasil, the Vatnsormur tend to be quite localized in Atria, though it is more than possible that some families have moved along the coast. They tend to be drawn to the water, seeing as the beast they are devoted to is a great serpent of the sea, and as such display physical traits that reflect this. Patches of glistening scales and webbing between the fingers and toes is quite common to all bloodlines, and may also be accompanied by fin-like protrusions at the joints, or what appear to be gill-like structures at the neck, though none are yet known who must survive solely in the water. Some appear to be blind, much as it is suspected that Sehrasil is, and though this appears more in further advanced bloodlines, it has been known to occur at any point in a family history. Any race besides fae can be bound to Sehrasil.