Species: Ehsora Tahori

Name: ehsora tahori

Homeworld: Alasa Ka

Height/Length/Weight: Like all the tahori, ehsora have three distinct 'skins' (bodies/forms); females are usually considerably smaller than males. In the hamin ('human') skin, they stand 6-7' tall and weigh 175-275 lbs. In the emigonu ('mix') skin, they stand 7-9' tall and weigh 300-450 lbs. In the sanero ('animal') skin, they stand 6-8' at the withers and 9-12' long, weighing in at 500-800 lbs.

Physical Description: Ehsora are a race of the overarching species of the 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 humans in nearly every detail, barring heavy and blunt fingernails, typically dark brown eyes, large-ish and pointed ears, and an equine tail. In the hamin skin, ehsora are hairless but for their manes and tails, both of which are the same color as their manes/tails in their other skins. They're also extremely athletic in shape and constitution, which is a tendency that extends through all their skins; they also tend to be long-legged and long-bodied. Their middle or 'mixed' skin is their emigonu skin, a blend of their other two skins; they stand bipedally but digitigrade on solid hooves. They have equine faces, a smooth glossy pelt, massive hands with pads and heavy, solid hooves tipping individual fingers; 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 immensely 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 horse in nearly every way. Ehsora, 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); an ehsora 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 an ehsora'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. Ehsora can slowly gather extra qki (over a span of 2-5 minutes) if they have massive wounds in need of healing, in which case shifting becomes much slower (10-30 seconds) in order to heal all wounds; the alternative is successive shifting between skins multiple times in order to heal wounds in stages.

Senses/Capabilities: Ehsora are quite average in their sensory keenness; they have decent sight during the daytime, not motion-based and not greyscale (in fact, they see color very vividly), as well as good hearing and good scent. Their best sense is hearing, though only by a small margin. Sensory keenness also fluctuates with skins - ehsora have better eyesight in hamin skin, but better scent and hearing in sanero and emigonu skins. As for capabilities - ehsora are extremely strong, enduring tahori. They are fast, able to reach a running speed of 25 mph in hamin skin, 35 mph in emigonu skin, and easily 70+ mph in sanero skin. The biggest ehsora are very strong, but even the smaller ones pack an incredible force within a kick. Though most ehsora are not very flexible or agile (in their emigonu/sanero skins), they are still swift and powerful - and they can maintain a solid run (20 mph in hamin, 30 mph in emigonu, 50-55 mph in sanero) for hours upon hours. Comparatively, ehsora are the most enduring tahori but for the inlanlu (dosa cannot keep up a run nearly as long), less agile than all but the dosa, stronger than izune and aresa (and many atihresi and some inlanlu), and faster than aresa and dosa (and most inlanlu, and some atihresi).

Coloration/Clothing: Ehsora only wear clothing in their hamin skins; both genders wear a loose loincloth, and females wear a wrap around their chests (for support, not modesty). Beyond that, clothing is practical and non-showy, but since ehsora do not hunt and therefore have a limited availability of hides, only leggings are typically worn - males go barechested, and females retain their underclothing. Many ehsora will wear nothing but loincloths if weather permits - cold weather will be survived in emigonu or sanero skin, rarely in hamin. However, some ehsora who live primarily in cold areas will have large fur cloaks. Ehsora often have fur or hide wraps around their feet, mimicking the shape and weight of hooves. As for coloration… hamin skin ranges the gamut from pale peach-color to a darker tawny to bronzed to deep brown, and includes various shades of grey-brown. Skin color is a desaturated, lighter version of fur color, and it will retain any patterns of the ehsora's actual fur, including shading or dappling/mottling. Likewise, hair color is the same shade as the mane color. Fur color and pattern are consistent between emigonu and sanero skins, as is eye color and hoof color. Eyes are typically brown, but blue is common - green much less so. Hooves are usually a medium-to-dark shade of grey or, most commonly, matte black. Fur color can be nearly every natural hue - browns (including yellow-brown, red-brown, coppery, and pale/tawny) and greys (including blued grey, white, and black). Many ehsora are solid colors, but many others are shaded (light to dark of the same hue), and some have markings - typically a mottling/dappling pattern, but occasionally distinct patches (or smaller spots on localized bodyparts, such as haunches and face). Manes and tails are usually a lighter or darker color than the base fur color, but can be the same shade. Some few ehsora have faded stripe-like markings.

Races/Breeds: Ehsora do have some vague breeds that are swiftly mingling into obscurity, much like inlanlu breeds have already done; already, there are more 'impure' ehsora than there are members of any 'pure' breeds. The most common breed left is the kadhuhvu ('heavy') ehsora, a thick-bodied and heavy-hooved animal that is typically muscular and tall, with longer fur around its hooves and a long, thick mane and tail. Most kadhuhvu are dark in color, with solid black being very common. The second most common breed is the kajykeh ('mad') ehsora, a smooth-bodied and lean ehsora that is well-balanced between speed and strength of limb. Kajykeh are often brown with darker or lighter points, and tend to be a bit more feral in behavior than their brethren. The third and last breed is the kafa ('wind') ehsora, a smallish and almost frail-looking animal with intricate markings and color combinations; they are the fastest of the ehsora, as well as the most agile and reflexive. Kafa are characterized more by build than coloration, since they vary so widely, and are some of the most daring ehsora.

Language: Ehsora are the only tahori without one singular language to their name; they speak a mishmash of Uhjayi, a smattering of words unique to their kind, and also rely heavily on body and sign language. Most ehsora can communicate without ever using more than a handful of 'real' words; they are typically not the eloquent type. (Note: They're perfectly capable of learning Uhjayi or Fulyu to fluency. They just don't think in words, and so they take much longer to communicate with language alone.)

Technology: Ehsora scorn technology even more than inlanlu do; they won't touch it.

Magic: Ehsora have an unspoken but deeply rooted affinity for the world and its creatures, especially its plants; they are natural druid-types and have an excellent intuitive understanding of animals and flora. They do not manipulate elemental or nature magic, except to encourage growth and life. They see nothing out of the ordinary with this and would not consider it 'magic' so much as a way of living. Like all the tahori, every single ehsora is a qki-converter; 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. Few ehsora can convert enough qki to increase their speed, reflexes, and strength for short periods of time - those who can use enhancement qki best in hamin skin, somewhat in emigonu skin, and practically not at all in sanero skin. No known ehsora have ever learned to use external qki (qki blasts or balls, qki auras, qki bursts used to enhance leaps), unlike atihresi (who are quite adept at both enhancement and external qki) and izune (who are fantastic at external qki).

Values: Ehsora primarily value the ability to live in harmony with the life around them. This does not mean a completely passive, pacifistic existence; part of life is fighting to stay alive, and they realize this. But an ehsora who is gentle towards and protective of his herdmates, proud of his life and unobtrusive to nature - that is a fine ehsora.

Social Groups/Society: Ehsora live in nomadic/migratory herds. Each herd has two leaders - the dadumi and the jesakhinen. The dadumi is a mare who is tasked with keeping the herd peaceful and healthy; the jesakhinen is the strongest stallion who is tasked with protecting the herd from outside dangers. All ehsora are raised to be attuned to their worlds and to protect themselves and their herdmates, regardless of gender, but these two leadership roles are never gender-bent. Unfit leaders are removed from rank; the dadumi is usually coerced to step down, but the jesakhinen may be challenged by stronger stallions if he will not cede his rank.

Habitat/Settlements: Ehsora do not have a permanent settlement; they do not construct huts, tipis, tents, or any other form of shelter. The herds wander the world as they see fit; some make a migratory pattern and circle the same route over the years, but many simply forge on and never look back. Despite being large and seemingly clumsy (compared to atihresi, for example), ehsora are quite adept at navigating a wide variety of terrains. Even treacherous swamps or impassable rocks can be overcome in the right skin; ehsora are surprisingly skilled at climbing in their hamin skins, a testament to their unexpected adaptability. They can survive extreme cold and heat, as well as extreme rain and dry.

Religion/Beliefs: Ehsora acknowledge the living spirit of everything that exists, even not-obviously-alive things like rocks, the sky, and rivers. They are respectful and humble before these spirits, seeking to live in harmony with them, and they do not make any attempt to bend them to their will; instead, they encourage each spirit to live as fully in its physical incarnation as it can. Similarly, they seek to do the same within their own lives. They have no belief in an afterlife, nor in gods.

Interaction w/ Other Species: Ehsora are typically wary of everything except for izune, which are the only ones of the tahori that will not actually eat an ehsora if desperate. Ehsora are fearful of and will flee if a kykadheh inlanlu approaches - they react similarly to k'anta, though they are quite capable of fending off a k'anta attack if pressed. Many ehsora are fond of humans who have shown them kindness and compassion, but some humans have treated them as dumb beasts to be used, and those kinds of humans are avoided at all costs.

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