Before we get any further, Kah-TWO-la. The “h” is relatively silent. Think of saying “hula” but with no hard “h” sound. Kathula are an anthropomorphic cat race, yet calling a Kathula a cat, a kitty, or telling them to drink milk is an insulting racist comment. While Kathula are a race today, they didn’t use to be a race. They used to be part of the anthropomorphic race as a specie.
Birth of the Kathula Race
Kathula was a specie of anthropomorphics – humanoid animals. The anthropomorphics were the only creatures inhabiting the Ringed World centuries ago.
Kathula were the ruling body at the time as they had extremely heightened senses that detected any magick in the air. They were the only specie that could fully harness magick making them powerful over other species.
When Humans came from Earth in search for other planets to habitat, they found the Ringed World and found they could live there. They decided to occupy it.
A few decades go by and any surviving anthros are fully integrated into the Human race becoming Halfhumans. Kathula soon became the only pure anthropomorphic race. They have much skirmish with their mortal enemies, the Edglings, until one day loss is inevitable and they surrender. Kathula are then locked into the Third Ring where they had already begun to live. The Edglings enforce only minimal interactions among clans, forbid Kathula to leave their Ring, and frighten them with horrific illusions almost daily.
While the outside world changed, the Third Ring remained, in a sense, preserving the Kathula specie and their ancient culture. Although, for a while, knowledge of the outside world was passed onto Kathula through Edglings, soon that even stopped. They truly became isolated. Soon, all the other species of anthro were integrated into the Human race.
Kathula, now the only anthro specie, came to be known as the Kathula race.
Related article: Edglings – a Wiki (A Wiki of the mortal enemies of Kathula)
Related article: Halfhuman Race: What kinds are there? (If you look at what types of Halfhumans there are, you can see what species of anthros there used to be before Humans came to occupy.)
– Kathula –
What are they?
They are an anthro-cat race which perform magic through potion-making using natural ingredients like herbs. They age the same way Humans do. So, a sixteen-year-old Kathula is sixteen. There is no such thing as “cat years”.
Singular: Kathula | Plural: Kathula (NOT Kathulas just like you don’t say “sheeps”)
What do they look like?
Kathula don’t have to wear clothes because their fur covers them up. Also, when they’re not wearing clothes, it doesn’t mean they are naked.
Kathula are different shades of blue and the main color on their fur can vary in shades depending on which clan they’re from.
Where do they live?
Third Ring: The Ring with the highest amount of vegetation. Swaths of forests and hills. Has one river and one desert area. Because of the year-round warm climate, they have a short autumn and warm winter. No snow. Kathula have never seen snow or ice.
Universal, modern Kathulan (written, oral, Kathulan tail sign language), ancient Kathulan (oral and Kathulan tail sign language)
Related article: Ancient and Modern Kathulan
Related article: A Language for Everyone – about Universal language
Male and female.
Kathula are the most primitive race in the World of Elgana. They will have a stricter idea when it comes to gender. To Kathula, there are only male and female. That isn’t to say there may be Kathula with other orientations who feel uncomfortable conforming to one role or the other despite reproduction is important to their race.
About Kathula growing up, Kathula don’t have puberty although their bodies do go through similar growth stages to Humans. Males will typically become taller and have deeper voices. Males will also shed a lot of their fluffier baby fur and have coarser fur compared to females. Females will typically be shorter than males and have higher voices. Females will also retain a lot of fluffier, finer fur because they are the ones that carry the babies. Softer fur is thought of to be a natural comfort to babies and helps them suckle. Natures way of ensuring that mothers can properly care for their children.
Of course, there can be shorter males or males with higher voices, taller females or females with lower voices.
Often names have some meaning in relation to their ancestry or habitat.
Each clan lives in a certain part of the Third Ring (which is mostly covered in forest). There are four clans; Makiista, Prendai, Jurana, and Yajis.
Only clan leaders (Shaman/Shamala) and their successors can use a good chunk of Kathula magic and their potions are more effective than average because more magical properties of the potion can be activated. Also clan leaders and their successors can create more complicated potions as well because they can access more of their Kathulan magic than average.
Average Kathula typically only tap into a very small part of their magic and although they can make potions, their skills are limited.
Territories / Identifications
Makiista: Occupy the forest area. Sky-blue coat with dark blue stripes along the arms, thighs, the sides of the face, and sides of the ears. The only clan with many stripes. Said to help them blend in with the grasses in the forest. Although predominately short-hair, some may have ruffles of long hair on the sides of their faces and have bushy tails.
Prendai: Occupy the marshes and the river. Pale-blue almost white coat with light blue stripes. Some Prendai have such light-colored stripes, it looks like they don’t have stripes. Prendai also tend to have oilier skin making it easier to swim. The oil is natural and also from eating so much fish.
Jurana: Occupy the rocky, mountainous area. Indigo-blue coat with dark blue almost black stripes only on their arms and sometimes on their legs. Bushy tails are particular to the Jurana clan, helping them climb very steep mountains.
Yajis: Occupy the vast area of desert. The only nomad clan, moving from oasis to oasis. Yajis survive on very little and remain thin yet they are muscular. Sky-blue coat with a gradient of dark blue around the paws and feet. Very thin dark blue stripes only on the tail. They also have thicker padding on their paws and feet compared to other clans. This helps them walk long distances on the hot sand without getting burned.
All Kathula are omnivores (like bears who have varied diets. Wiki: Bear.)
Makiista: Small animals like squirrels or rabbits. Small birds. Berries. Herbs. Anything else edible found in the forest. Wheat is made into a kind of flat bread. They also own goats for goat milk.
Prendai: Fish. Small birds. And water chestnut. Fish oil gives their fur a sleek look, almost shiny. Prendai also create pockets filled of river water to farm their own fish. They might dry the fish in the sun and eat that during times of dryer or colder seasons when fish are hard to come by.
Jurana: Birds of prey. Jurana use small birds as bait to get the bigger birds. They also make soup out of surrounding vegetation and herbs. The only bird they don’t eat is the eagle which they consider as the king of the skies, therefore, too precious to eat.
Yajis: Small animals and scorpions. They also herd sand sheep which are beige-colored sheep, a little leaner than the normal white sheep that Humans often own. Sand sheep are used for making cloth to wrap babies in or to make cotton balls to treat wounds. They are also used for their milk and if times are rough, they will be a source of food as well.