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((Note: Anything bolded is either an addition or small edit to the original lore. The original was written by Renee and the amendments by Lydyn))

Common Kitsune Lore

Kitsune are a race common only in the oriental lands of north-eastern Tyran. By some, they are regarded as malicious demons, vampires of the north. To others, they are benevolent creatures, honorable and mischievous at the same time. In reality, the truth is a combination of the two.

Kitsune appear to be beautiful human maidens, though they sometimes appear elven or half-elven. This form is, however, only a disguise to conceal their true nature. Kitsune are natural-born shape changers. In their natural forms, they are fox-like creatures, half-human and half-fox. None are likely to see them in this form, unless the Kitsune is injured, or frightened, and chooses to flee. Then they will change completely into a fox, using this form to scurry away into the woods. In their human/elven forms, a closer inspection will reveal that they have the ears, or even the tail, of a fox (or they can choose to have both). Typically, the tail is hidden away under a cloak or the ears hidden in their typically long hair (typically red or black). There are no men, none at all, born into this race.

Kitsune are magical beasts composed of negative energy--not undead in the typical sense. They exist in and of themselves, and are not risen creations of a past life. Due to how they are created or 'born' into the world, they cannot actually be considered undead, but often share many similarities of the walking dead, if anything, simply due to these magical beasts being made up of negative energy.

They possess the natural ability to drain positive energy from living beings. Like a vampire, the Kitsune sustains herself in this manner, even feeding from vegetation if she must (though unlike a vampire, they need only touch the living being, not draw it's blood). None will do this, to any life, save a rogue beast of chaos, without express consent from those they feed from. To feed from plants and animals, they will typically make offerings to, and pray to, Ath'endal'lynn for her permission to do so.

Those of a good heart often offer gifts in return for the service... and given their typical beauty, some willingly accept the Kitsune's company for an evening as gift enough. Such are the ones who bring about bardic tales of a Kitsune's benevolence.

Others of a more wicked nature choose to use trickery and deceit; to claim what they would call "prey." Many study sorcery, mastering enchantment and illusion to trick their victims into giving the kitsune what they want. These Kitsune give the rest a bad name, and tales tell of their trickery just as often as stories would speak of their virtuous nature.

Except in the rarest circumstance, all Kitsune are lawful, or at least honorable, knowing The Seven Truths by heart and living by their code of ethics. Even the vilest Kitsune would not take without first being offered--though the viler creature would not care exactly how the offer is extracted...

The rare, chaotic Kitsune, are predatory beasts. They feed without concern, without care for the consequences, shedding off The Seven Truths and thinking only for their own desires. These are a danger to all life, and a menace even within their own race. Typically, these are destroyed quickly after their presence is discovered--more often than not, at the hands of other, more honorable Kitsune. Tales of these beasts are few and far between.

Two "Breeds" of Kitsune

There are really two types of Kitsune, those that respect honor, and the Seven Truths, and those who respect little or nothing, caring only to better themselves. These two types are called Celestial and Void.

Celestial: These lean towards a Lawful alignment. Make the Seven Truths their most important ideal. Tend to limit their feeding to only what is necessary, and obey the laws by gaining permission before feeding from anyone or anything. Deities vary, but many worship Ath'endal'lynn or Draxil.

Void: These lean toward a Chaotic alignment. They care nothing for the Seven Truths, nothing for other beings, and nothing for any code of honor. They are thought of as monsters by Celestial Kitsune, and by the common folk. Celestial Kitsune make it a point to hunt these creatures down. Their acts and ideals are somewhat a reflection of the Itheril, though the two races are not related. Typically, they worship Karissa.

Alignments

Kitsune can be of any alignment. Celestial Kitsune tend to be lawful. If they are chaotic, they are Void Kitsune, and should expect that they will be considered an enemy by other Kitsune as quickly as their nature is recognized. The rarest alignment is Chaotic Good, almost unheard of. The most common is Lawful Neutral (Though leaning towards good). Being chaotic among Kitsune has an even harsher stigma than being chaotic among dwarves. Those known to be chaotic are hunted down, regardless of their intentions. (This is not to say that your alignment is written on your forehead. )

The Seven Truths

Kitsune are all expected, by their nature, to live up to The Seven Truths. They are born to support its existence, and often come to the aid of samurai during great wars and trials. Some are open about their views, others quite secretive. But if they do not, in the end, support The Seven Truths, they will be shunned by their race, if not destroyed. Void Kitsune disregard the notion of the Seven Truths, or otherwise seek to discredit their validity, or to simply make a mockery of the samurai who follow this code.

The Seven Truths are;

Rectitude (義, gi) - A Kitsune deals openly and honestly with others and cleaves to the ideals of justice. Moral decisions do not come in shades of gray, only right and wrong.

Courage (勇, yū) - A Kitsune never fears to act, but lives life fully and wonderfully. Respect and caution replace fear.

Benevolence (仁, jin) - A Kitsune takes every opportunity to aid others, and creates opportunities when they do not arise. As a powerful individual, a Kitsune has a responsibility to use that power to help others.

Respect (礼, rei) - A Kitsune has no reason to be cruel, and no need to prove her strength. Courtesy distinguishes a Kitsune from an animal, and reveals one’s true strength.

Honesty (誠, makoto or 信 shin) - A Kitsune's conscience is the judge of her honor. The decisions she makes and how she carries them out are a reflection of her true nature.

Honour, Glory (名誉, meiyo) - When a Kitsuune has said that she shall perform an action, it is as good as done. She need not make promises; speaking and doing are as if the same.

Loyalty (忠義, chūgi) - A Kitsune feels responsible for her actions and their consequences, and loyal to the people in her care.


Gods

Kitsune can, and do, worship any of the non-racial gods, though many worship Draxil, the god of magical beasts, or Ath'endal'lynn, the goddess of nature. Only a Void kitsune would worship Karissa.

Appearances

Kitsune can appear human, elven, or half-elven. They're typically quite beautiful, with either red or black hair. Most often, they appear to be oriental.

Favored Classes

Because of their typically high charisma, Kitsune most often become bards and sorceresses. Some Celestial Kitsune even become paladins, though they never become samurai. Despite their love for The Seven Truths, Kitsune see themselves as a support for samurai. It is not their path to become samurai, themselves. (Granted, they might create a disguise to appear as a samurai, perhaps to speak some inspiring words to a true samurai who has seen better days).

Void Kitsune, in addition to being bards and sorcerers, are likely to be found as rogues or occasionally as blackguards. They might pose as a samurai, not to teach the Seven Truths, but to make a mockery of them.


Birth/Death

Kitsune are born of negative energy in the material plane. Once manifest, they can live for up to 900 years, all the time appearing as beautiful maidens.

They do not go through a stage of maturity, but are born as adults (or sometimes as children, if they choose to appear in this form) fully knowing who and what they are, unlike many races. They must still train themselves, and have the capability to become stronger as they do, like any other creatures. While fully human in form, they are always sterile, unable to have children. New Kitsune are born in and of themselves, not through other lives.

It is, however, possible to become a Kitsune. In the same way that a vampire can do this, by draining the life of their victim completely, so can a Kitsune. As with anything else a Kitsune would do, this would require the complete permission of the person being so changed. Kitsune consider this a great gift, and rarely ever will grant this to anyone. Kitsune "born" in this way live only about 600 years. Their perceptions on life do not have to change. They do not suddenly feel bound to The Seven Truths, afterwards. However, should they not live up to The Seven Truths, other honorable Kitsune may likely hunt them down, along with the one who turned them. So, it is typically in their best interest to adopt these principles.

While a Kitsune *could* grant this "gift" to a man, it's highly unlikely they would do so. If by rare chance a Kitsune does bestow this upon a man, the man actually goes through a magical sex change, appearing like a woman. Their memories are still the same, so this is often a serious matter to consider as they will have to learn not only about the Kitsune body, but also to fight in their new female appearance.

When a Kitsune dies, her energy disperses, traveling to the after life. If a Kitsune ever becomes chaotic, it is typically near the end of its life. They become driven to survive, feeding constantly to sustain themselves, trying futilely to escape their inevitable death. Because they are so old, they are typically powerful, which is why such a beast can be exceedingly dangerous. Most Kitsune accept death, and do not fear it's coming--doing their work in the mortal world while they live, up until the very last moment. If a Kitsune if forced to die (via battle or some other method), typically the negative energy bonds stay together though 'soul' of the Kitsune is forced into being dominate. Only a few things can reverse this affect, that being the ability to resurrect or raise the dead directed to the Kitsune's body.

Kitsune-to-Kitsune Relations

Kitsune all have a sense of dwarf-like camaraderie which passes beyond alignment. Kitsune paladin feel the bite of this most of all, when they must shun all evil, even those of their own family. Given this problem, Kitsune paladins typically make it a point not to actively seek out evil within their own race, turning somewhat of a blind eye to their possible presence.

Kitsune hold a yearly gathering in North-East Tyran, discussing the possibilities of looming wars, calling to attention any rogue, chaotic beasts, and simply communing. They possess the natural ability to see through each other's illusions--always knowing each other when they see each other.

Other, smaller gatherings do occur at other times of the year, but this one yearly gathering lasts for two or three months in the middle of the year. All are not required to attend, and many come only for a small part of the gathering, but it is rare for any to miss it entirely.

Void kitsune would not typically attend these gatherings, unless it were to cause trouble.

Typical Guild Affiliations

Celestial kitsune, seeking to promote The Seven Truths, are often found in the ranks of the Jade Dragons. In this guild, they appear as talented mages, priestesses, and sometimes warriors, keeping their eyes on the men and women of valor and helping to keep their honor true. Many, however, choose to be unaffiliated, travelling the world to do their work as they see fit.

Void kitsune are not likely to adhere to any sort of organization, though they may find camaraderie among the thieves of the Torn Shadows. The more destructive type might find a home with the Dark Knights or Black Hand. A good-aligned Void kitsune, if ever one exists, might find a home with the Midnight Company.

The Kitsune Body

When a Kitsune is born, they are made up of pure negative energy. While the energy manifests into a body, most of the vital organs are either incomplete (such as the stomach or lungs) or entirely missing (such as the intestines). This alone have several numerous affects that make the Kitsune seem even more like the undead.

Eating for one, is very possible for the Kitsune. The food or drink can freely enter the mouth and travel down to the stomach. However it simply dissolves due to the negative energy surrounding it and is quite obviously unneeded for the Kitsune's survival. If anything, they may refuse food more often than not (unless specifically trying to fool people or just tasting the food, as the tongue is very much complete) simply because they would feel full. Even at the times when they needed to feed on positive energy, prepared food would do very little for their hunger if anything at all since most prepared food is devoid of the living energy already.

Diseases and poisons also seem to have an odd affect on these creatures. While definitely not immune to them (since they -do- have some organs and a body that can be attacked), it often more than not halts their body functions, but ceases to make them 'feel' sick. Though they may recognize what has happened to them as well as feel the sudden urge to feed more often than they normally do.

The Kitsune also cease the need for sleep like many of the other races. They needn't close their eyes and dream or fall into memorable trance like elves do (though they could choose to do so, in both cases), but they do need to rest at least two hours a day. This means relaxing and engaging in non-strenuous activity or none at all. Kitsune also cease the actual need to breath (though they can willingly choose to do so) as they take their energy from living beings rather than air and the negative energy that pulses through their beings actually vibrates their vocal cords for them.

Kitsune also do not have any blood in their entire body. The negative energy replaces this need for them, moving their limbs for them and supplying energy. Though, despite this, they can still be stimulated or even feel pain in about as many ways as any human could be without tiring. The only exception really being food or being able to bare a new-born child (one of the vital organs that are missing, though the sexual organs still exist).

Negative & Positive Energy relating to the Kitsune

In a simple sense, Kitsune's being is slowly dying much like a human's own body is dying. In more complicated terms, even though the negative energy from several pieces have bonded together into one being, the simple fact that it is negative energy is that its trying to break those bonds. This is why the Kitsune must feed on positive energy, to have the new energy pulse through their own being and consistently repair the bonds made.

To this affect, healing the Kitsune with positive energy spells (Such as Cure Light Wounds) not only heals them, but in many cases can provide a source of 'food' for them. Though this process is a bit tricker since the Kitsune must 'activate' their innate ability to take positive energy.

The Kitsune's ability to 'feed' on living beings is actually the act of taking their positive energy and guiding the energy to repair the bonds. So when using spells as a 'food' source, they must activate the ability as the spell is cast - making it impossible for them to cast the healing spells on themselves as a 'food' source.

Negative energy has the opposite affect. Not only does it harm the Kitsune, but threatens to break the bonds in the Kitsune's being apart at each casting. The side-effect increases the Kitsune's need to 'feed' on positive energy.


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