Species: Famor

Name: famor(a) [fah-MOR(-ah)] (Fishers)

Homeworld: Vyza

Height/Length/Weight: Famora are large quadrupeds at 6-8' high (measured from the arch of their spines) and 6-8' long, plus another body-length of tail.

Physical Description: Famora are furless, somewhat feline amphibians. They have smooth, thick, almost rubbery hide that endures both sun and water very well. Their heads are long-muzzled and cat-like with slitted nostrils (that can completely squinch shut) and large, dark eyes; their teeth are small, numerous, and sharply curved backwards in order to better grip fish. They have four fin-like protrusions on their heads - two sweeping upwards in place of ears, and two curving downwards along their lower cheeks (almost like cheekruffs for a long-furred cat). Their necks are short and thick, and their bodies (when standing on solid ground) are held in a high arch, so that their head and tail are held low and aimed at the ground. They have long, powerful legs with long-toed, hook-clawed, webbed paws. Their tails are almost delphinic, powerful with two horizontal flukes at the very end. They also have a fin-like ridge running from between their shoulderblades to halfway down their tails, somewhat similar in function to a keel. Their entire bodies are extremely fit and flexible, enabling them to swim in a somewhat crocodilian manner very swiftly, though they can paddle as well. Both genders have entirely internal genitalia (just a slit for access).

Senses/Capabilities: Famora have well-rounded senses, given their adaptation to dual land-water life. They have good senses of smell above-water and a good sense of hearing below-water, their ears being adapted to low-frequency vibrations that carry so well in the water. Their eyesight is decent - rather short-range, but good on both detail and movement - and functions well both in and out of the water. (They have two eyelids - inner one is translucent and acts like a goggle lens for swimming.) Famora are slow on land, topping out between 20-25 mph, but they can swim upwards of 30 mph in still water for short bursts and can double that speed if aligning themselves with a river's strong current. They are neither immensely strong nor extremely agile, and their endurance is average at best, but their flexibility in terrain navigation makes them very capable creatures.

Coloration/Clothing: Famora don't wear clothing. They tend to be muted colors and many are mottled or dappled; potential colors include medium-to-light greys, dull dark-to-light swamp greens, greyed medium-to-dark blues, and desaturated medium-to-dark browns. Their eyes are uniformly black, and their claws are often translucently grey-white.

Races/Breeds: Famora don't have distinct ethnicities.

Language: Famora, like the tuaha and aduina, speak both their native tongue and vyzan. Vyzan is a rough language, filled with guttural noises and jaw-snaps, able to be spoken only by those with long muzzles and many teeth. It has a basic vocabulary and simple structure, making it easy and quick to learn alongside any Vyzan's native tongue. Moran, the famora native tongue, is a deep, low-pitched language filled with calls, croons, and moans that travel well through the water. It is the most complex language on Vyza, having several different vocabulary sets to address different levels of person (elements, plants/animals, other famora, tuaha, aduina, and then the gods) and an intricate structure.

Technology: Famora don't use technology.

Magic: Famora don't use magic, which may be surprising, given their affinity to water and their intricate religion. They have a shamanistic view of life and gods, but they don't meddle in any kind of magic. (Prayer =/= magic.)

Values: Famora value life. They are as pacifistic as predators can be, killing only as much as they need to eat. They also tend to value people - the person they are, rather than what they can do or how they treat a famor. It's an unusual value, but they have it, nonetheless.

Social Groups/Society: Famora have loosely social tendencies (they enjoy company but lack hierarchy), but don't actively group together for long periods of time. Rather, famora will live with overlapping 'territories' - their territories are not fiercely defended or even clearly demarked, but consist of the water and land in/on which a famora typically lives, sleeps, and fishes. Any given famora will typically have two close neighbors, since their territories are usually aligned with a lakeshore or a river/stream, and share resources freely. The only time famora will group together and actually consolidate their resources, however, is during a time of drought or other limited food supply; they consolidate in order to make sure everyone has an equal share of food and no one starves needlessly. Famora usually choose mates from their neighbors and work together to provide for the cubs until they're grown; famora do not mate for life and only occasionally choose the same mate repeatedly.

Habitat/Settlements: Famora, being amphibious, always live near and in water. The vast majority of famora live along lakeshores and rivers in warm-to-tropical climates; they tend to live in wetter areas, but some famora will live in dry lands, so long as their river/lake doesn't dry up entirely. Although a famor will spend most of its day swimming and fishing, it does sleep on solid land (or on a barely-submerged rock/shore), and famora often wander the land nearest their water for a change of pace. They make no actual settlements and rarely do so much as dig a more comfortable nest in the riverbank/sand.

Religion/Beliefs: Famora worship an extensive pantheon of water deities, and they consider water to be the essence of the soul, which drives all living creatures. They acknowledge and respect the 'water' (spirit) of all living things, and they realize that water has its destructive, unpredictable qualities along with its nourishing and cleansing ones. They also acknowledge these qualities within themselves and do not try to marginalize or suppress them, which is perhaps why even aduina are wary of them.

Interaction w/ Other Species: Famora are regarded as very strange by their fellow Vyzans, but they don't return this opinion. They realize how respectful the tuaha are and how integral that respect is to the (reasonably) peaceful coexistence of the three Vyzans. Famora are generally self-contained, not going out of their way to interact with others, but they tend to be calm and (somewhat unnervingly) kind during what encounters do occur.

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