Species: Dosa Tahori

Name: dosa tahori

Homeworld: Alasa Ka

Height/Length/Weight: Like all the tahori, dosa have three distinct 'skins' (bodies/forms). In the hamin ('human') skin, they stand 6-8' tall (typically 6.5-7') and weigh between 200-350 lbs (typically 300 lbs). In the emigonu ('mix') skin, they stand 7-9' tall (typically around 8') and weigh between 350-450 lbs (typically 400 lbs). In the sanero ('animal') skin, they stand 6-8' high at the withers (typically 7') and 8-11' long, weighing in at 800-1200 lbs (typically 900-1100 lbs).

Physical Description: Dosa are a race of the overarching species of tahori, and as such, they have three distinct skins, which they can shapeshift between freely. Their smallest skin is the hamin or humanoid skin; they resemble (large, thickly-built) humans in nearly every detail, barring more rounded ears and a small tail (which is easy to conceal beneath their usual heavy leggings). In the hamin skin, dosa are hairless but for their manes (which are dense and the texture of fur) and furred tails, both of which are the same color as their fur in their other skins - and retain the shading that their pelts have. They're also extremely wide and muscular in shape and constitution, which is a tendency that extends through all their skins; kashuh tend to be very long in the body and legs, while okesa usually have a thick layer of fat over their muscles. Their middle or 'mixed' skin is their emigonu skin, a blend of their other two skins; they stand bipedally but digitigrade. They have fully ursine faces, a thick pelt, massive paw-like hands with pawpads and long, sharp claws; their stances are hunched, spines curved - neither horizontal nor vertical. The emigonu skin is considered to be the best skin in which to fight, being agile and deft like the hamin skin, but still fierce and powerful like the sanero skin; it bears no genitalia and so is less vulnerable to dirty fighting. Their largest and most bestial skin is the sanero skin; it resembles an oversized bear in virtually every way. Dosa, like all the tahori, are perpetually hungry unless their largest skin's belly is full (and then, they can't shift until some of the meal has been digested and eliminated from their systems, lest their stomachs explode upon changing to a smaller skin). Shapeshifting itself is a swift and unmagical transition between skins that heals most wounds (but not poison or illness); a dosa employs their inner qki, physical perceptions are numbed for a moment, and they shift seamlessly from hamin to emigonu to sanero and back - they must go through the emigonu skin if going from hamin to sanero or vice versa. If a dosa's qki is almost dry or almost choked off, shifting does not numb the body and the process, while still short (2-5 seconds), becomes wrenchingly painful. If they have massive wounds in need of healing, the dosa must successively shift between skins multiple times in order to heal wounds in stages; they cannot gather qki in advance for shapeshifting, unlike most of the tahori.

Senses/Capabilities: Dosa, like inlanlu, are not sight-based. They have good senses of hearing and smell, and a fair range of (color-desaturated) vision; they can see very vivid colors (berries, izune…) well, as well as movement, but most everything else fails to matter. In hamin skin, they have markedly better sight but a worse nose; their hearing stays relatively the same across their skins. As for capabilities, dosa are immensely strong and very enduring, though their agility and flexibility is quite poor. They can manage dashes of surprising speed, but cannot maintain more than a slow rolling jog for more than a few minutes. Dosa can typically reach an average running speed of 20 mph in hamin skin (sprint up to 25 mph), 30 mph in emigonu skin (sprint up to 35 mph), and 40 mph in sanero skin (up to 50 mph in a sprint). Comparatively, dosa are the strongest tahori, less enduring than only the inlanlu and ehsora (mostly because the ehsora can keep up higher speeds for far longer), the least agile of the tahori, and slower than all but the aresa (and the izune when on the ground).

Coloration/Clothing: Dosa regularly wear furs and skins as clothing, often in a combination of trousers+belt+vest or tunic; unlike more mobile tahori, they make no effort to wear undergarments for male/female support. Most clothing is thick, heavy, and meticulously well-made; dosa in extremely cold areas will often add gloves, boot-like foot-wraps, and hoods to their wardrobe, keeping blankets/cloaks as necessary. As for coloration, like most tahori, dosa retain the same pattern/colors of fur, claws, and eyes throughout their skins, though their hamin skin is typically a less-saturated and lighter version of their pelts. Okesa dosa are black (head, back, shoulders, flanks, hips, rump, tail) shading to medium-dark brown (face, throat, chest, limbs, stomach, groin). Kashuh dosa are medium silver-grey shading to silvery-white in approximately the same proportions, though some kashuh have been known to be almost uniformly light silver-grey. Okesa have dark brown, amber, or green eyes, while kashuh have light or dark blue eyes. Okesa have matte black claws, kashuh medium-grey.

Races/Breeds: Dosa have two breeds - okesa and kashuh - and the okesa comprise probably 80% of the race. Though of similar height, they have different builds: okesa are very thick-bodied and often somewhat short-legged with wide stances, while kashuh are longer-legged and longer in the body, slightly more streamlined with longer muzzles. Okesa pelts are shaggy and layered; kashuh have short but extremely dense, water-resistent pelts. The two races do not interbreed or mingle in social groups.

Language: Dosa speak san, a simplistic and guttural language that is primarily comprised of ululating groans/moans, grunts, and growls. It is thunderous in sound, but not grating or harsh, and it can be spoken with a hamin mouth. Its structure is simple and its vocabulary practical and small. Some dosa also speak Uhjayi, but only if they're nomadic or live near inlanlu packs or atihresi prides.

Technology: Dosa don't use technology. It is a very rare dosa who will even wield a weapon (typically made by inlanlu or atihresi).

Magic: Dosa are extremely skilled druid-types, typically falling under the 'berserker' class (in the human categorization). Nearly all dosa have some talent with druidic magic, and particular spells and skills are passed down as hereditary. However, like all the tahori, dosa are qki-converters; they not only have an internal and self-sustaining source of qki in order to shapeshift, but they can also draw on the raw, unrefined magic of the world and convert it to qki to enhance their physical abilities (hence their tendency towards berserker-ship, rather than being pure druids). Many dosa can convert enough qki to increase their speed, reflexes, and strength for short periods of time - they can use enhancement qki best in hamin skin, somewhat in emigonu skin, and practically not at all in sanero skin. Interestingly enough, dosa are often better with druidic magic than they are with enhancement qki, but their innate talent with qki as tahori typically balances out the skills.

Values: Dosa value an attunement and sensitivity to the spirits of the world, as well as the patience and knowledge to work wisely with them. They also value self-sufficiency to the point of surplus. Most dosa also pride themselves on being able to act on knowledge and logic, rather than succumbing to impatience or irrational emotion, though they try to be compassionate while reasonable.

Social Groups/Society: Dosa have some selective social tendencies; while many dosa are solitary, more often than not they will band together in tiny groups of two to four. These groups are frequently one or two pairs of mates, though a mated pair and a third (often related to one of the mates) is not uncommon. There is no dominance system, hierarchy, or anything of that nature; dosa typically don't bother claiming a territory, either. Many dosa are nomadic, wandering where there is good food and good weather, but kashuh dosa typically stay in the same area for their lives. Cubs leave their parents' group when grown and will often form their own groups until they find mates or strike out alone.

Habitat/Settlements: Dosa do not build settlements, remaining in their sanero skins if the weather is harsh enough to batter their hamin skins. Okesa dosa prefer wooded lands, often seasonal, mountainous, and evergreen, and avoid areas of extreme heat/cold and dry/wet. Kashuh dosa live in cold areas, either seasonal or tundra-like, and always near a deep body of water, as they fish rather than hunt most of the time.

Religion/Beliefs: Somewhat similar to inlanlu, dosa have a shamanic belief system, acknowledging and interacting with the spirits in the living things around them, as well as the natural occurrence of elements. They do not consider these spirits to be intelligent, but rather instinctive and intuitive entities that exist within and because of their physical forms - they believe every physical form, alive or not, has some kind of spiritual counterpart that can be communed with via magic. Dosa are extremely aware of how they affect their surroundings and how healthy their surroundings are; they highly value life and do what they can to avoid needlessly extinguishing it. They have elaborate funerary rites for their own people and will, occasionally, perform similar rites if they discover patches of ruined land.

Interaction w/ Other Species: Dosa are extremely self-sufficient and have little bias towards other tahori or other species, though they are well aware of k'antan and tache enmity. Because of their size and strength, atihresi and inlanlu are often wary of them, but dosa hold no innate aggression towards any of the tahori. They are, effectively, stoic.

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