Ruins of Old
Catfolk respond to the varied experiences of life with passion and emotional intensity. They accomplish as much in their quick but short-lived bursts of activity or emotion as other races do at their relatively plodding pace. Catfolk relish both the heated ferocity of battle and the warmth of a hunted meal with trusted companions. Catfolk share a quick and engaging conﬁdence that makes them seem always ready for the next challenge. Quick to anger and just as quick to forgive, catfolk live a life ﬁlled with emotion. Members of most races ﬁnd catfolk pleasant company despite their mercurial temperament, ﬁnding their free-ﬂowing emotion and enjoyment of life refreshing and captivating. The emotional catfolk have a darker, dangerous side as well, and they are as likely to meet an insult with a drawn weapon as they are to shrug it off with a jest.
Catfolk let their emotions come to the surface at every opportunity. When they form an opinion, they express it. They react passionately to most encounters, drawing weapons when a ﬁght is eminent and offering welcome to those who seem friendly. They’re not shy about criticizing things they dislike. They’re not stingy with praise for those things they enjoy.
Catfolk move in quick bursts of speed rather than in one steady gait. Even when covering long distances, they intersperse short dashes with short periods of rest. Members of other races ﬁnd this style of movement almost impossible to emulate, but to catfolk it’s much less tiring than simply trudging on at a steady pace. Catfolk also place great importance on small tokens that serve as physical connections to their memories, and they view these special tokens as having physiological importance if not true magical power. Adult catfolk carry several such tokens with them at all times, ranging from objects as large as weapons and armor that served well in past battles to items as subtle as a small brooch that the character wore on an important day in the past. For catfolk, this tradition is a deeply personal experience, and the highest compliment a catfolk can pay someone is to present one of his tokens as a gift and explain its signiﬁcance.
Eccentricity is the norm for catfolk. They would rather stand out than go unnoticed. They never condemn their peers for being a bit too weird, they’d rather make fun of the plain and boring ones. Their personalities may be as unpredictable and skittish as their moves and thoughts. They change lifestyles, opinions and personality traits constantly. Change is growth. Because they have no strong ties to a specific region, their cultural heritage is the most diverse of all races of the ruins of old. A catfolk is a collection of his experiences (as reflected by his collection of tokens), not a product of inherited family values or local culture.