Lupurns

Once a single race humanoid hounds or wolves, lupurns evolved over the years into two distinct and divergent cultures–the semiens and the tarmiens. Semiens resemble greyhounds or jackals, with sleek, short fur, dark searching eyes, and the physique of a gymnast or distance runner. They are a race of peaceful scholars, with a civilized society based upon the study and acquisition of knowledge. Tarmiens appear much more wolf-like, with long shaggy fur, ever watchful eyes, and the mind, demeanor and powerful physique of a predator. They are a nomadic culture of hunters and warriors, whose daily struggle for survival has made them strong and resilient. Physical Description: Lupurns are taller than the average human, and stand between 6 and 6–1/2 feet tall. Their fur can be sleek or coarse, depending on their home environment, and ranges in color from black, dark brown, or gray, to light brown, rust, and on rare occasions, white. Their eyes are typically brown, gray, or black, though green and yellow are not uncommon. However, that is where the similarities between the two subraces end. Semiens are trim, athletic, and resemble hounds or jackals, while tarmiens are broader, more muscular, and resemble wolves. Semiens prefer rich robes and other finery, giving them the appearance of nobility or members of high social class. On the other hand, tarmiens favor leathers, furs, feathers, and other such apparel that give them a wild and rustic look. Because of their similar appearance, lupurns are commonly mistaken for werewolves, greatly angering them, for werewolves are one of the lupurn’s most hated enemies. Society: Lupurns have evolved from a single bloodline into two divergent cultures. Semiens are a society of intellectuals and establish small egalitarian communities where all citizens have everything in common. They spend much of their time in honing their body and mind, meditation, and individual growth. In contrast, tarmien are tribal nomads, dwelling small, transportable villages, traveling the vast wilderlands, and struggling daily for their own survival. They naturally strong warriors, skilled trackers, and rely upon their own strength and agility to ensure victory against their enemies. Regardless of their lineage, all lupurns have a deep seeded hatred for werewolves, and immediately deploy hunting parties to destroy them whenever and wherever they are found.

Relations: The lupurn’s uncanny resemblance to werewolves has elicited much fear. Many individuals are apprehensive when associating with them, but once they come to know them, they realize that their fear is unwarranted. Each lupurn subrace gets along best with different races. Semiens are well educated, focused, and seek for personal improvement. Humans, elves and half-elves, especially those of noble class or those