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, a Specie of Anthro
Kathula was a specie of anthropomorphics – humanoid animals. The anthropomorphics were the only creatures inhabiting the Six Ringed World, Elgana, centuries ago.
Kathula comprised of one ruling royal family, Cheripious, with four smaller clans made up of the four head families. There were other Kathula outside of the clans as well. These were considered nomads and some clans refused to give them housing. Kathula could all use magick and only the Cheripious family had full access to the magick of the moon.
The many other anthropomorphic species lived near or around Kathula, some even working as warriors or servants to the Cheripious family. There is not much written about the relationships between other anthropomorphics and Kathula. Apart from a few territory skirmishes, they practiced trade with each other and generally seemed to get along quite well.
Humans’ Arrival, Kathula Betrays
When Humans came from Earth to colonize Elgana, Kathula, the only ones with the strongest magick, selfishly locked themselves inside the magick-rich Fourth Ring, betraying their allegiance with other anthros. The other anthropomorphics would suffer under Humans until they would finally be bred out as anthropomorphic genes are weaker compared to Human genes. Soon, a new race of Halfhumans are born and Kathula are dubbed a race. Alongside them are the Shaa (Edglings) who are shapeshifters, but since they take on anthropomorphic features, some scholars claim that the Edglings can be categorized as a type of anthropomorphic species.
Kathula’s Magick and Edgling’s Magick
There are two kinds that a Kathula can use. One, Kathula magick, or potion magick, is poured from the soul into herbal mixtures to create potions for healing or relaxation. Two, Lunar magick or the magick of the moon which only the royal Cheripious family could use as it was given to them as a gift from the Lunar Goddess. The latter is said to be a counterpart to Edglings’ shadow magick.
Kathula’s Clash and Defeat
The Kathula and Edglings, the only anthros left in the world, began to heavily clash until one day, Kathula would be defeated and fall under the rule of the Edglings after the Cheripious queen is forced to use a powerful spell to change beliefs (used the Scepter of Tamido). Instead of the narrative that Edglings were keeping Kathula hostage, Kathula were made to believe Edglings were protecting them from the outside world. As long as Edglings guarded the portal that would lead to the outside world, Kathula would never remember why they lived in isolation in the Third Ring.
The Third Ring is not rife with magick like the Fourth where Kathula were living, so it was perfect for the Edglings to put Kathula there. No other Ring was available at the time. The longer Kathula lived in the Third Ring and didn’t use enough magick, the more their magick weakened. They could no longer project beams of light from their paws or create shields and swords out of moonlight. But the Edglings were not satisfied with that. They didn’t want any possibility of a revolt to happen, so they killed the Cheripious family. Since only the Cheripious family were given that magick, no other Kathula would be able to fight the Edglings.
Kathula Race in the Third Ring
Kathula, now the only anthro specie, is now officially the race of the Third Ring. While they do know of the outside world, they are made to think they should not show any interest in a world that would only hurt them. They are made to believe the Edglings are protecting them from Humans, Halfhumans, and Sorcerers who would do nothing but harm. Kathula believe they cannot defend themselves against those threats.
Yet, some old Kathula, those who are stubborn enough and bold enough voice the truth of the outside world as being vibrant, colorful, and not at all bad. This is considered distasteful and they are shunned as insane or dangerous.
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 although there can be variations due to genetics.
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.