Name: Leothran (pl. Leothrans)
Sexes: Male, female.
Height: From 5'8" to 8'0".
Weight: From 150lb to 320lb.
Hair: Gray, white.
Eyes: Brown, blue, green, hazel.
Lifespan: 60 to 70 years.
Maturity: 18 years.
The average leothran is large, covered in an insulating coat of fur, and deceptively muscular. As their sizeable bodies are usually concealed beneath their warm fur coat, it can be difficult to tell just how strong they are until they demonstrate as much. The males are generally taller, stronger, and more eager to fight than the female leothrans, though both are devilishly quick and make for excellent hunters.
Standing on digitigrade legs that end in large paws, your average leothran is somewhere between six and eight feet tall. The women tend towards the lower half — with only the true outliers reaching seven feet — and the men usually range between seven and eight. They both have similar features, with furred, four-fingered hands that have pads on them for grip, and oval snouts that conceal long, protruding fangs. The men of the race have longer and thicker 'saberteeth', with the women's being closer to needle-like.
Both the men and women have soft, curved ears atop their heads that are sensitive to changes in the wind, touch, and heat.
The males of the leothran tribes invariably have large, spined penises that range between nine and thirteen inches long. The spines themselves are, in direct contrast to some felinids, very fine and even non-intrusive to the point they can enhance the pleasure in a particularly sensitive mate rather than cause them pain. Close inspection reveals that they are extremely small, but stiffen up when being dragged back and forth over an opposing surface.
Leothrans regard sex as both entertainment and necessary to their way of life, and mating can last for hours if their interest is aroused. Kittens are delivered in packs of sizes one to six after a pregnancy of roughly eight months, and the women of the species usually possess very large breasts to handle the demands of their children. In cases where supply is outstripped by demand, tribeswomen will freely lend their aid to the children of another.
Leothrans are a race of nomads. Their ilk spread wide across the Frost Marches and, indeed, anywhere host to cold weather. Hundreds of settlements have been recorded in the past, yet attempts at investigating them lead mostly to uninhabited sites. Direct questioning has led to the same conclusion any explorer might draw — traditionally, they only stick to a location for a few years at a time.
Thus far, efforts at finding a solid point of origin have proven unsuccessful. Each tribe has a differing history and without much in the way of a written language, all that remains are fractured legends and myths that tell of a great progenitor that once stood astride the earth. At best, you can get an oral history of a select tribe by asking their elders.
Society and Culture
As a race of travelling, tribalistic nomads, leothran culture emphasizes the sharing of resources for the betterment of the tribe. Foragers will hunt for edible herbs and mushrooms while hunters obtain meat from the local wildlife. Childcare is traditionally performed by the least able members of the tribe — usually elder members, or those who have been injured in fights. It is widely understood amongst even the strongest of males that rearing children is important for continued survival, and there is no shame in a former warrior taking care of kittens.
Each tribe has a vastly different reaction to outsiders. Those that live in highly populous areas generally take keen interest in those foreign to them, with traders reporting extreme popularity in certain villages. Of course, at the opposite end of the spectrum there are tribes that attack and rob on sight — a learned method in the harshness of the Marches. Of note is that they often forgo clothes, especially in their own village, as their thick coats leave garments mostly unneeded.
Monogamy and polygamy both seem to occur in roughly equal proportions among all tribes, and upon reaching a certain level of population a segment of the tribe will split off to go their own way. This seems intended to better everyone's lives and maintain the way of life inherent to leothrans, as the larger a population grows the more settled in place they get. Not long after the split, the original tribe will move on from their location, as well.
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