M'YowR

M’YowR [Space Kittens!]
The true origin of the m’YowR, known to some as space kittens or lunar catfolk, is buried somewhere in the myriad garbled stories of the chaotic period directly following The Calling. Some speak of a plan by mad Vaarian cultists to breed the perfect infiltrating assassins, cute kitties with an agenda of murder… others point to a besieged platoon of Hesterian catfolk during the NewGod Wars that fled to the dimension-warping sanctuary of the Wall of Sleep, and found themselves irrevocably exiled to the Red Moon of Vaar, changed physically and psychically by its weird energies. In any case, survival in the strange environment caused them to quickly adapt, and within a few generations the transplanted catfolk became the m’YowR, proud space kittens of Vaar’s Eye. Helping with this process were the presence of ancient ruins and technology hidden in caves that the ancestors of the m’YowR took shelter in, left behind by a vanished- or at least absent- ancient race. The quick-witted catfolk became ‘space kittens’ quite rapidly, using the tech to make up for their newly changed smaller physiology.

Appearance and Physiology
M’YowR average about 3 ½ feet tall, for males, and just over three feet for females. They resemble Porphyran catfolk in miniature, but lither, and with larger ears, the better to hear in the thin atmosphere of Vaar’s Eye. Coat colors run the gamut from tabby to “Siamese”, with orange-coated m’YowR rumored to be favored, for good or ill, by Vaar himself. Eye color tends to be dramatic, with purple, red and bright green and blue being evenly distributed. Blue-eyed m’YowR are said to be favored by Queen Bast, and red, again, by Vaar. Females are more prevalent than males by a factor of 3:2. M’YowR are mostly carnivorous but can live on nutri-paste or wild greens for extended periods of time.

Random Space Kitten Height and Weight
Race Height Weight (lbs.) Mod. Dice Weight Mult.
M’YowR 2 ft. 7 in. 50 lbs. +2d6 in. x5

Religion
The m’YowR of Vaar’s Moon have a dualistic religion that is not closely followed, though there is the occasional fanatic that riles up bored kittens to go off on a dangerous quest- this helps relieve overpopulation. The primary god of the m’YowR is Nemyth Vaar, patron of the dimensional enclave that is Vaar’s Moon, known as the Betrayer Betrayed and viewed rather dimly on Porphyra as a deity of rebels, madmen and outcasts. The space kittens know Him as Vaarr, and envision Him as an armored figure with feline claws and feet, but an unseen face in darkness dominated by a single glowing ‘Red Eye’, a symbol of curiosity, madness and fear among the m’YowR. Vaarr is propitiated rather than adored among the lunar catfolk, and his priests are male and of cruel demeanor. Balancing Vaarr is Queen Bastet, Cat-Goddess of the Sacred Sands, blue-eyed rival to Nemyth Vaar- and secretly an exiled god from Porphyra. Her favored weapon is the taserwhip, and her favored animal is the Vaarian lynx. Her priestesses are aloof but very protective of the m’YowR people, and frequently help adventurers if their cause is of sufficient bravery. The m’YowR people are not excessively observant, having very independent minds- but respect the power of the Realms Invisible.

Society
The m’YowR population of Vaar’s Moon number somewhere around 5,000 space kittens in four major communities: Clawdown, the first settlement of the m’YowR, Fusco, on the shores of the Crimson Lakes, New Olthar, near the Forest of Bast and Thunderaa, in the heart of the Red Crystal Badlands. All m’YowR settlements are built around installations of “The Ancient Ones”, which produce technological weapons, armor, devices and nutri-paste. The installations are both above and below ground, with strangely organic and flowing architecture of towers and round archways, and low tunnels that run in labyrinths below the ground, with functional machinery in seemingly random locations. The m’YowR are quite dependent upon the installations for survival, though there is a movement among them for barbaric survivalism in the Red Crystal Badlands and eccentric naturalists in the Forest of Bast that eschew technology.
The space kittens do not possess a centralized government of their folk on Vaar’s Moon, though each settlement has a council of elders, called a “Jellikal”, composed of two of the oldest females and the oldest male, who is nominally the leader. Theirs is a rule of custom and tradition, and based largely on the whims of the Jellikal (as in, “The Jellikal of Clawdown Tribe”). Individual autonomy is important, but mocking the Jellikal or anti-social behavior is punished by exile, for a term or permanently. Crimes against the Jellikal carry a death sentence carried out by as many members of the community as possible.

Relations
The m’YowR loathe the skvik race with an almost genetic ferocity, and would parley with them only under the most desperate circumstances. They recognize that the skvik have superior technology and powers, and are jealous of their space-traveling capacity. Porphyra-based ratfolk would also receive this enmity, though ratfolk would likely not be terribly surprised at the attitude of cat-folk, even in space…

The m’YowR are intensely curious about the enigmatic xenarthani, due to their innate nature and the fact that xenarthani tech could even the playing field against the space-rat skvik. This curiosity is a bit unnerving to the xenarthani, but encounters are still fairly friendly.

With other humanoid races that the m’YowR might meet, the general attitude of the space-kittens is curiosity, an intense desire to know what the strange race is about- and what devices and power they have. The m’YowR prefer Small races, but have no fear of larger folk, as blasters and lasers take down bigger enemies just as easily. They do not show any preference for any particular group, such as humans, as all are very rarely sighted on Vaar’rs Moon. Humanoid races with feathers or beaks might be associated with the hated dire corbies of the Red Crystal Badlands, and genetic enmity could be a factor in this case, as well.

Adventurers
M’YowR waver between indulgent laziness and frenetic action borne of curiosity. There are always squads scouting for new outcrops of fresh porphyrite, patrolling for skvik raiders and xenarthan infiltrators, or newly uncovered Ancient One facilities. Space kittens have a deep curious streak, as well, and since they aren’t big on maps or precise oral history, their moon home always needs intrepid explorers. All classes are represented as described under Class Conversions, though the only classes that would have more than one of their kind in a party would be Patrol (fighters) and Scouts (rogues). M’YowR rarely multiclass because they want to be the best they can be at the profession they have chosen!

Names
These are common names of the m’YowR catfolk of Vaar’s Moon.

Male: Busto, Lonzo, M’fisto, Rumpus, Skirf, Tomm, Wizker,
Female: Cheetha, Grizi, J’mima, Pudi, Viki, Zabella


M’YowR Racial Characteristics
M’YowR player characters are defined by class levels—they do not possess racial hit dice. As a m’yowR, you have the following racial characteristics.

  • -2 to Strength, +2 to Dexterity, +2 to Charisma: You are a nimble little scamp that is clever and lovable.
  • Catfolk: You are humanoid with the catfolk subtype.
  • Size: You are a Small creature. You gain a +1 size bonus to your AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –1 penalty on combat maneuver checks and to your CMD, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks.
  • Speed: You have a base speed of 30 feet.
  • Darkvision: You can see in areas of low-light and darkness without penalty.
  • Natural Hunter (Ex): You receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception, Stealth, and Survival checks.
  • Space-Cat’s Luck (Ex): Once per day when you make a Reflex saving throw, you can roll the saving throw twice and take the better result. You must use this ability before the saving throw is attempted.
  • Technologist (Ex): Your race has developed futuristic technology, and you are proficient with technological weapons, armor, and devices. You begin play with a biogun.
  • Languages: You speak Common and Mewlan, a dialect of the Catfolk language. M’YowR with high intelligence can choose from the following languages: Darkchatter, Draconic, Elven, Femanx, Orcish, Undercommon, Xenarch.

Alternative Racial Characteristics
The following alternate racial characteristics may be selected in place of one or more of the standard racial characteristics above. Consult your GM before selecting any of these new options.

Feather-Twiner (Ex): The ‘twiners are a warrior society dedicated to keeping m’YowR colonies safe from the savage dire corbies. Wearing black feathers in your hair, you gain +1 on attack rolls against monstrous humanoids, and gain a +4 bonus on CMB attempts to trip. This replaces space-cat’s luck.

Feline Eye (Su; fear; Cha): Creatures within 30 feet of you that meet its gaze must succeed at a Will saving throw or stand paralyzed in fear for 1 round. A target that successfully saves cannot be affected by your feline eye gaze for 24 hours. This replaces natural hunter.

Followers of the Feral Queen (Sp): A secret society within the m’YowR that follow a shadowy being known as the Feral Queen. Considered an eccentric, you reject technology and the fatalism of the Red Eye and seek powers from their hissing cat-goddess. You constantly radiate nondetection, cast abjuration spells at +1 caster level, and can cast dancing lights and sanctuary once per day as spell-like abilities. This replaces technologist and the ability to speak Common as a starting language.

Ghost Whiskers (Sp): Some m’YowR have pale, almost-white eyes and can sense the unseen, often staring over one’s shoulder at things not perceptible by others. You can see invisible as a spell-like ability for 1 round per level per day. This replaces natural hunter.

Red Dot Chaser (Ex): The cursed Red Dot will never get you, if you get it first! You gain +1 racial bonus to your AC against rays and beams. This replaces space-cat’s luck.

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