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A full grown male tavaki is about 5'9" to 6'3" in height and 170 to 180 in weight. An adult female averages about 5'7" to 6'0" in height and weighs around 120 to 130 lbs. The main portion of the body imitates a human apart from some different distinguishing characteristics. They have short fur from their elbows down to the tips of their fingers, and from the lower half of their body on down. Some tavaki have fur on their ears, some do not.

Their face appears human, but unlike most male humans, male tavaki do not have facial hair. And like humans, where a tavaki does not have fur, they have short soft hair covering their skin. Their ears resemble a cat's. Color of fur, presence and color of fur markings, and size and shape of the ear (some are rounded toward the tip while some are more pointed) depend on genes and the region. Their ears are quite flexible and act as radars to detect sound.

The hands of a tavaki are bigger than a human's, and the fingers are shorter but thicker. Their stubby fingers allow for retractible claws, which are kept very sharp. The hand's palm, and the area under the fingertips, are padded and made up of thick rough skin, providing a firm grip on slippery surface. There are numerous nerves within the pads that can detect variations in texture and temperature by touch. One out of five tavaki are right-handed. Two out of five are left-handed, and two out of five are ambidexterous.

A tavaki typically walks upright and runs on all fours. They sometimes run upright, but the gesture is seen as awkward. Their spine elongates into a long non-prehensile tail that assists in balance.

Their legs are often slightly bent outward to accommodate their posture when upright. When on all fours extra muscles in the inner thigh allow for a more flexibility, allowing them to run on all fours.

Their feet are long hind paws, each foot having four toes. The bottom of their feet are padded, allowing for stealthy movement. Their hind claws are not retractable and tend to be less sharper than their fore claws, due to getting worn down. In some rare cases, there have been polydactyl tavaki, meaning that they have extra toes.

Tavaki have excellent vision designed for detecting movement. They have binocular vision and see in 3-D, which aid in judging distance. They are near-sighted, so their vision is best suited for closer objects. At night, provided there is at least a faint source of light (such as the moon), their nightvision takes effect. The tapetum (a mirror-like membrane) on the back of their eyes reflects the light that passes through the rods in their eyes twice, resulting in double exposure, and therefore enhances their eyesight in the darkness. At night they do not see colors but black, white, and shades of gray. However, they cannot see in total darkness (in which there are no light sources such as the moon, stars, et cetera). During the day they're able to distinguish colors except for red, orange, and brown, which appear as (and this part is unclear) gray or purple.

A tavaki can only reproduce with another tavaki, and not any other type of species, eliminating the possibility of hybrids.

Culture

The Tavaki are a warrior-like race that tend to live in warm to hot climates. Their bodies do not help them withstand cold temperatures very well. They have no magic or natural magic resistance. Their strength is average to above average. Although not dull-witted, their intelligence is below average. Their language consists of guttural growls of varied tones. It is rare for a tavaki to know any other languages, as their intelligence seems limited and actual pronounciation of words is difficult.

Though strong and proud, tavaki are more of followers than leaders. Once they find a worthy leader, they protect them until death. Tavaki begin training as warriors when they are young. When they come of age, they undergo rigorous and painful tests to test their threshold of pain, endurance, and determination.'

Packs or tribes have been observed as being religious. Despite having no magic abilities, they perform ceremonies and rituals as prayers to the gods. They are extremely secretive about their culture when it comes to outsiders, and it is rare when an outsider is allowed to observe these rituals. Even hunts are closed to only members of the pack or tribe. Some packs or tribes of tavaki practice body scarring as records of acts of bravery. Encountering Tavaki

Encountering Tavaki

Tavaki are both merchants and warriors. They enjoy trading, but are easily offended.

Basic rules of commerce

  1. Never deny a gift from a tavaki. They'll think you're saying you're too good for it, even if you explain you're not trying to make it look that way.
  2. All trades with the Tavaki are final.

 

Entering a land owned by the Tavaki

  1. When entering a tavaki's land, bring a nice gift.
    1. Bringing a gift shows that you wish to enter the grounds on neutral or peaceful terms. It also shows that you might be wishing to do business with the Tavaki, whether through swap of news or items. Not bringing a gift means you come on hostile terms, and need to leave immediately.
    2. This means that tavaki will most likely bring a present (perhaps a flower as food, a piece of plant, anything that they may deem worthy of a gift) for the present leading official of the land they enter.
  2. Leave ALL of your weapons at the border.
    1. Failing to do so shows you're hostile.
    2. Never hand your weapon to a tavaki. They'll think you wish to trade something for it, and that can not be undone.
  3. When leaving, pick your weapons up and leave without wandering or looking back.

 

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