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Avlis Races: Wemic

PostAuthor: Orleron » Wed Aug 13, 2003 7:58 pm

Wemics
The proud and powerful wemics are a centauroid race of lion people possessing the body of a lion and a human body from the waist up where the lion?s head would be. Much like their proud lion counterparts, wemics are an honorable people who take pleasure in wandering tall grassy plains and prowling lush jungles.
Personality: Wemics are classically idealistic and honorable, possessing strong codes on how to live their lives, and how to govern what is right and wrong. They walk with a proud bearing that expresses their idealism with every step, and view the world with a calm and collected attitude, until such time they decide to strike. When wemics are moved to action, they are decisive and quick. Contemplation and meditation are things that have their time and place, but they are put completely aside when the moment to move in arrives.
All wemics trace their roots through their mothers, who are generally regarded as the elders of the family units or prides. Most prides will wander the plains or jungles where they are accustomed, rarely settling down. They are at one with the land, feeding off of game in the area until they feel it is time to move on to better grounds. Though this existence seems simple, the wemics are by no means primitive. Every pride is networked with all its neighboring units, and through this network, the wemics have a pretty good idea of what passes through their territory.
In hunting and in matters of family life, the females will often take the lead, though males have been known to participate in their own hunts from time to time, and they are by no means regarded as an inferior gender. Male wemics have different personalities. Some are sociable, and some are solitary. It varies. The solitary ones often find themselves living apart from the pride, but not out of contact. Sociable ones are often found among other races.
Physical Description: From head to paws and fully erect, male wemics can stand between 6 and 7 feet tall. Females can be as tall as 6 ? feet. They have broad shoulders and a powerfully muscled physique on the humanoid half, which usually has skin tones ranging from lightly tanned to dark. Their leonine fur is short and can range in color from deep rusty red to sandy yellow. On their heads, male wemics possess a long mane of hair that matches the color of their lion fur, and can grow to be very long and full. Females also have a mane, but it is much shorter and not as thick.
Wemics also have some leonine facial features, such as whiskers and catlike faces with slitted pupils and eye colors of green or yellow, and sometimes red. Their piercing stares are said to strike fear into those of unpure intentions and corrupt hearts.
Most wemics do not wear any clothing on their lion half, and will only wear modest garments on their humanoid parts, especially females who wear halter tops and sometimes shawls. For those individuals that are part of an army or go frequently into battle, it is not uncommon for them to wear specialized armor or barding to protect delicate areas.
Relations: Humans who live within territory roamed by wemics will either revere them as proud creatures of order, or fear them as deadly hunters of injustice. Wemics appreciate this attitude, and will work gladly with humans if their goals coincide. Dracon and wemics tend to agree on certain points of order, but the wemics regard the dracon as passionless and rigid, while the dracon see the wemics as biased and a little unpredictable. Goodly races appreciate the wemic ideal and will work with them if given a chance, whereas evil races are wary of them and try very hard not to wind up on their enemies list.
Alignment: Wemics tend towards lawful good, because they believe strongly in the spirit of the law as a means to bettering society and creating a better place to live. They focus more on the unit than the individual, and have a habit of taking up causes for things that also stress this point.
Wemic Lands: Wemics exist mainly in two different areas on Avlis. In the west, they roam the plains of the Kurathene Empire. In the east, they inhabit the jungles of Jechran and Drotid. Both lines draw their ancestry from the same roots, and have similar cultures, with minor differences.
Wemics do not claim land as their own, and have no countries or nations. However, they will protect their chosen hunting grounds from anyone they see as a threat. They are very intelligent, and always aware that some other race may lay claim to their grounds as part of a nation of humans, elves, or others. This does not trouble them, and often they can find themselves in agreement with the nation in which they inhabit, so long as their lands are properly cared for. Often, male wemics will want to make their own way in the world apart from their matrilineal society, and they will offer their services to the nation where they live. This phenomena is seen many times in the plains of the Kurathene Empire, where goodly lords are common, though it is not often seen in places like Drotid where tyrants play.
Religion: Wemics are the creation of the god Balgar, and almost all of their race worships him as "The Son". Balgar is the son of Mikon and a mortal woman whom he conceived with named Aryeh Gidol. Later on, Aryeh's existence was preserved by Mikon, and she came to be equally worshiped by the wemics as "The Mother". Both gods play important roles in the daily lives of the wemic.
Though the wemics live in a matrilineal society, the males are not oppressed in any way. They simply do not have the drive for organization and structure that the females have. "The Mother" goddess provides qualities of order and structure, whereas "The Son" preaches doing whatever seems prudent at the time. Both philosophies are regarded equally in the wemic society, and they both fill a role.
Language: Wemics speak a language called Lerrrone, which has a characteristic drawn-out rolling of its ?r? sounds. This pattern of speak is carried over when wemics try to speak other languages, such as common. It sounds almost as if they get stuck on their r?s and make them into something that sounds like a growl. When a wemics r?s get shorter, it is a sign of excitement, but longer exaggerated r?s are a sure sign of warning, and impending anger.
Names: Wemics identify themselves by their nomadic groups or populations called prides. Each pride has a name that originates from the female who bore the first litter that established it, and wemics that are part of that pride use it to identify themselves and their origins. When a pride gets too large and splits up, a new name will be chosen for the group that breaks off, and the living members of that group will adopt the new last name. First names are derived from their mother?s and father?s names. For males, a piece of the father?s name is taken first, and a piece of the mother?s is taken second. For females, it is the other way around. Wemics that live around other races will sometimes use shortened forms of their names, or go by new names that are easier for the other races to pronounce.
Names: Borrr?Gorrrak, Brrrend?Kurrro, Garrril?Varrrom, Gorrr?Kurrr, Ku?Kerrran, Marrr?Merrrin, Shakarrro?Garrr, Ulurrro?Werrrim, Urrriko?Karrrak, Warrrick?Kasharrr
Adventurers: Male wemics are born with a sense of adventure and a desire to see the world, especially if there are older males in their pride who are already taking care of social matters there. Female wemics go adventuring less often, but when they do go, it is usually for the purposes of correcting some perceived injustice or problem affecting their group.
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PostAuthor: Orleron » Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:37 am

*bump*

Re-wrote this with more detail.
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