Kagzar

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Kagzar
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Species
Closed? Yes
Home Prova
Lifespan 30-40 years
Locomotion Bipedal
Communication Verbal

The Kagzar is a closed species that lives on Prova. They are the living ancestor of the Kagzaren.

Description

Kagzar are humanoid mammals. They are covered in fur except for their long snout and smooth underside. They typically have stocky, muscular bodies that are well suited to both speed and physical strength. A Kagzar has four fingers on each hand and three toes on each foot, both with claws.

Adults range from 6 to 8 feet tall with a tail as long as their body. They exhibit no visible sexual dimorphism and have a wide variety of colorations depending on their environment. Kagzar reproduce sexually and lay eggs, but breastfeed their young as well. A Kagzar reaches full maturity around 10 years of age, and individuals have been found living for as long as 50 years.

Kagzar fur can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The most common variations are cool shades ranging from green to purple, with spots, stripes, and other fur patterns having been seen. The color of their underbelly often matches their fur.

Behavior

The Kagzar are a predator species who place a strong emphasis on warfare, hunting, and ritual combat. They are a non-magical species and incapable of using enchanted objects.

Diet

Kagzar are omnivorous, but meat is a nutritious requirement in their diet. They primarily prey on the Jasemi, a species of peace-loving birds that are religiously required to do very little to fight against their predators.

Besides the Jasemi, the Kagzar hunt a wide variety of wildlife, including the Vostruo. They also have a history of raising herds of Pufbulo for their meat.

Culture

The Kagzar live a nomadic lifestyle, following their prey's migration habits and tending to herds of small domesticated animals. Kagzar do not form centralized societies, instead roaming as independent clans made up of several Kagzar families. Once a year (or more, depending on need), the clans will congregate in a moot to discuss migration habits, perform trade, and catch up on important news.

Although there are no strict leaders in a Kagzar clan, there is an established and fluid caste system that all Kagzar belong to. There is the herder caste, who tend to the flocks; the hunter caste, who hunt for wild meat and participate in warfare with other Kagzar clans; and the artisan caste, who craft weaponry and tools for the other two castes. There are no requirements by birth or deed to be member of any caste. A Kagzar who is a herder may decide to take up arms and become a hunter, or a hunter may wish to make bowls for a while. Each caste is equal in dignity and honor.

Body modification

Kagzar practice body modification as a ritual act.

A tattoo or body piercing is given as a permanent marker of a significant deed, such as saving the life of a hunting partner.

Ear cropping is another body modification the Kagzar practice with significant cultural and spiritual importance. Cropping of the ears is considered an important social symbol, marking the recipient as a permanent member of the hunter caste. They have dedicated their life to warfare, and will eventually die in battle.

Combat

Kagzar use their claws, teeth, and simple bronze weaponry in their hunts. They are incapable of using magical tools in hunting, preferring the physical to overpower their prey.

Waging war with other Kagzar clans as a significant religious activity, with highly specific rules and norms. Battle is typically a bloodless affair, fought with clubs and fists - only those who have shown bravery and honor in battle are allowed to wield sacred swords of bronze. These sword-users are the only warriors who are allowed to shed the blood of another Kagzar, and the only ones they are allowed to kill are other sword-users. It is believed that death in battle will bring a blessed spot in the afterlife, but only the truly glorious are worthy of such a seat.