- Lifespan: 500 on average
- Typical Height: Varies
- Typical Build: Varies
- Distinctive Traits: Small physical traits of an animal
- Where Found: Around the world
All Letai displays some small physical appearance and behavioral traits of an animal in addition to the physical traits of their non Letai parent. These animal traits can be something as such as claws instead of nails, or horns, or ears of their affinity animal, patches of scales/feathers/fur, or a tail, or eyes like their affinity animal. Some can even have a couple combinations of traits, or hardly any noticeable traits at all.
The animal a Letai has traits of are a kind of symbol to them, something special just to them. For some Letai this bond with that animal can go beyond just appearance. Many Letai are capable of shape-shifting, usually into a specific animal that they often have the characteristics of (PCs still require a skill if they wish to have this ability).
A Letai's aging generally resembles that of their non Letai parent up until puberty. Depending on the non letai parent aging may then speed up or slow down as they come into their Letai heritage.
Some Letai are able to sense other Letai in the same area (PCs still require a skill if they wish to have this ability), but the small traits of their animal affinity usually give them away upon being seen.
Frediens choose to live together as a group. Some groups of Frediens will settle in existing cities, towns or villages of other species integrating into those communities, while others may form their own small villages. They are matriarchal, all lineages are traced through the female line, females are the heads of the household and all positions of power are held by women. Males of these communities do not face much prejudice and are treated well with the community. Though they find it hard to get into any of the politics of the community.
These communities are governed over by a council of three women, each representing one of the three generations - the elderly, the grown, and the youth, and are known as the Voices. These positions are earned through a combination of community work and by passing a series of trials to prove that they have what it takes to fill the role. One that starts in the position of being the Voice of the youth or the grown has the chance of progressing to one of the other positions as they age. Though they may step down any time they choose.
The Frediens worship animals as representative deities of aspects of nature and emotion. Each animal is tied to a unique emotion or aspect of nature that best reflects its traits. This especially plays into each individual's own personal animal affinity as well, often seeing their affinity as being a blessing from the respective animal deity. They also consider all of their deities to be female and even a mother with many of their symbols being accented with offspring.
This also causes something akin to fraternities to form within the Fredien communities as those with similar animal affinities will form a kind of extended family with each other. These extended families are very close, and often will treat each other as if they were their own relations, even if there is no blood relation.
The role of a mother is extremely important to these Letai, and is one of the closest relationships they have. Even if a mother was to die her child (or children) would immediately be formally adopted by another woman in the community to ensure they still had a mother presence in their life. Many of these communities even have a ritual to go with the significance of such and act. If the father is lost there is a time of mourning, but it is up to the mother to decide if she will replace him in the role.
Fredien communities also openly welcome non-Letai species within their ranks. Many members of these communities, Letai and non-Letai alike, tend to be polyamorous, or at least comfortable with the idea their partner may seek another out in order to reproduce. Many of the couples within these communities are often composed of around three to four people, a mix of Letai and non-Letai.
Staerlixs often roam alone or in very small groups, called clans, numbering usually no more than ten or so. They also tend to be more predatory in nature than other Letai. Central to their values is the idea of the hunt and individual ascension. This causes many Staerlixs, either alone or with their group, to seek out challenges to gain more strength and to find more interesting and difficult prey.
They have many rituals to celebrate a successful hunt or completion of a challenge in order to celebrate that Letai being one step closer to a kind of ascension. To them the stronger they are the more closer they are to being a kind of perfect being. They also have separate rituals to celebrate challenges that were completed as a group. While individual achievement is more revered, they do understand that on occasion cooperation has its place.
In addition to worshiping the idea of the hunt, some clans may also revere past heroes, those that had made it to legend by being one to nearly become that perfect being. There are some stories that rumor that a couple even had succeeded in their ascension, and for some clans those are gods.
Staerlix clans tend to be loose knit and far flung. The most strongest member is the leader, and their rule is absolute until they are challenged and removed from the position. It is not unusual for some clans to disintegrate if the other members get sick of the leadership or believe there is no more challenge to be had with each other and they go to seek their own path or find another clan that holds more potential. These clans also do not allow non-Letai within their ranks.
The handling of children that varies from clan to clan. There are three main views: one is to keep the child within the clan and raise it as they were, another is the child may be seen as a potential threat and abandoned, lastly some may let the child stay with the non-letai parent until they come of age then they will return to test the child to see if they are worthy of joining their clan.
Many Staerlixs often think themselves superior to others that can not shape-shift, and the lack of such an ability is a sign of great weakness that is an insult to their idea of a perfect being.
Staerlixs tend to prefer living out in the wilderness where they believe they can face their greatest challenges, though some may settle near a city or town.
These are Letai that rarely ever learn what they are. They go either much of their life to all of it unaware of their Letai Heritage. There are many ways one may become an Unknowing, the most common is that they were left with their non-Letai parent and there were no Letai communities near them.
These Letai tend to adopt the culture and religion of their non-Letai parent and the region they are in.
In some cases there are stories of feral Letai, whom are Unknowing that had ran off or been abandoned in the wilderness and survived somehow, but away from most kinds of societies and culture. These Letai often give into more into their affinity animal, acting more like it.