Kitsune have an affinity with magic similar to that of the kayka, though their powers are not always as strong. They can learn multiple magics easier than their felinic cousins, though often do not master any of them.
The kitsune are a rather small and often frail species. They have trouble gaining weight and are often sickly because of their high metabolisms.
Av. Height (Male): 5’0″
Av. Height (Female): 5’3″
Ears, Tails, and Legs
Their ears are thick and foxlike, with short hairs that are very sensitive to loud noises. Kitsune have the best hearing of any Sentient and can hear a whisper over a kilometre away, if they strain their ears.
There are 9 tails coming out from the base of their spine that help them balance. Their tails can reach as long as anywhere between their knees and their ankles, depending on sex and family origin.
They have half-canine, digitigrade legs with fur starting from the knees and paws instead of feet. They rarely put more than their toes on the ground and this contributes to their awkward posture that they use their tails to balance out.
They can have tufts of hair over their bodies. These tufts are most common on the chest, back, arms, and around the hips. Not all kitsune have extra body hair, but most do.
The most common kitsune complexion is smooth, slightly tanned skin that is free from blemishes. Pale skin is more common than not, but they are able to have darker complexions and their skin tones can range greatly.
Darker kitsunes scar rather easily, while kitsunes with paler skin are more likely to have freckles show up after puberty.
Their hair can be any colour, though if it is not brown or black it is usually faded or pastel.
Mouth and Teeth
Kitsune have uneven teeth. It is very rare to find a kitsune with a smooth bite. Their teeth are also naturally an off-white colour.
However, even with their odd bite, kitsune rarely have painful dental problems and their teeth are very sturdy.
The easiest way to tell kitsune women and men apart is by their height; kitsune men are usually a half-head (or more) shorter than women.
The women have longer, sleeker tails than the men. Puffed-out tails are considered masculine and many kitsune men put extra effort into their morning routines by fluffing out their tails to the fullest extent they can and will often add colourful “tail extensions” (similar to hair extensions but with faux fur) when trying to impress women.
Men wear their hair longer than women; though this is not restricted and most kitsune will wear their hair however they feel suits them, it is considered a feminine act to cut your hair shorter than shoulder-length.
Mountaineers, also known as the mountain kitsune, are the smallest species of kitsune. Their height matches that of the average foxen, though their body shape and fur overlay is closer to that of a wolven’s; if it weren’t for their nine tails and digitigrade legs, they might be mistaken for wolven/foxen hybrids.
It is believed that they originated from the caves of the Kutu mountains; their smaller-than-average feet helping them stand on the thinner outlets of rock.
The snow fox kitsune have thick white fur covering most of their torso, extremely pale skin, and gain body fat slower than other kitsune.
They are the tallest standard, standing almost an entire head higher than the average kitsune, but also one of the lightest.
They are from the South, originating from Wetea and eventually spreading over Aurn’la Ann.
These kitsune are the largest subspecies of kitsune; though they are short, their large bodies make them at least twice as heavy as any non-Zeht kitsune. They have greater muscle mass and stronger bones than their kin. They have webbed toes and deep-set eyes, and their skin is darker than average.
It is believed they are descended from Kurlune; a famous Zeht kitsune raised by kurloke.
Deformities and Disabilities
Kitsune are naturally very sickly. They suffer from a large variety of ailments, and it is near-impossible to find a kitsune without at least one chronic illness.
A common issue with kitsunes are leg aches. Due to their unique leg shape, kitsunes often suffer pain in their legs when wearing sandals not properly fitted; this usually means they need custom-designed shoes.
Emotional issues are very common among kitsunes, especially during adolescence. Depression and anxiety are common ailments that often prevent kitsune from living their lives to the fullest.
Kitsune are very susceptible to magical corruption; the overuse of magic can cause varying levels of physical and mental issues that inhabilitate the kitsune permanently.
Reproduction and Lifespan
Kitsune people love marriage … and love divorce just as much.
They are quick to marry almost total strangers, only to have the relationship fall apart, and for them to end up saying they’ll be better “just staying friends”. Most of the time these friendships are very successful, though, and their friends will help them find new partners.
Marriage-into-friends is so common that it is actually rare to find someone over the age of 30 who doesn’t have 3-5 friends they have been married to before.
Males have a knot-like bulge at the base of their penis that was originally to lock them inside the females; however, as evolution has it, this no longer works due to the size of the kitsune males’ penises shrinking over time and the kitsune women gaining almost complete control of their vaginal muscles that allows them to tighten and loosen at will.
Though the knot has long since lost its original use, kitsune enjoy using the girth of the knot in their foreplay.
Many kitsune will have 5-8 children, and because of the kitsune habit of rushing into marriage it is quite common for these children to be mostly half-siblings.
Kitsune usually have 1 child at a time, rarely more than 2 per pregnancy. However, early into the pregnancy there can be up to 13 embryos; most of which will be absorbed back into the body before the 20th week. Only the strongest embryos don’t get reabsorbed.
The kitsune gestation period is 7 months, though premature births are extremely common and many are born up to 2 months early. Children born more than a month early are considered lucky for the family if they survive, as the early birth means better health for the mother and has no permanent consequences to the surviving child.
Because kitsune are so physically weak, they’ve evolved for their labour to be as short as possible. Their strong internal muscles and small size of the newborns mean that most kitsune don’t spend more than 3 hours in labour.
Their children can be weaned off milk between 2-3 eclipses when they begin learning to talk, though most will continue to feed their children breast milk until they are around 5 to help build their strength.
Kitsune puberty is a hellish time. New and changing hormones tend to worsen any preexisting hormonal issues such as depression or anxiety.
Kitsune are considered adults when they first start going through puberty, and they have a ‘right of passage’ which involves learning their first spell; most choose healing magic.
• The average kitsune lifespan is 90 eclipses.
• Kitsune believe that losing a tail will shorten their lifespan by 10 eclipses. Surprisingly there is evidence to support this; though most other Sentients say it is coincidental.
• 30% of pregnancies are unsuccessful. 15% are because all embryos were reabsorbed. 10% are miscarriages due to the mothers growing sickly. 3% are bad luck, and 2% have unknown causes.
Kitsune prefer to live their lives in small cities. They gravitate to lightly populated areas where they can socialise easily, but tend to dislike larger crowds.
They enjoy making social experiences personal and form strong bonds with those who live around them. Neighbours tend to be trusted friends, and most shopkeepers can name their frequent customers.
Oftentimes, kitsune will have small celebrations or city parades. Not all of these have reasons or are considered holidays; in fact, most are simply celebrations of life spurred from a good day or a happy group of friends that made their celebration public.
Besides these celebrations, kitsune life tends to be quiet, personal, and mostly cheerful.
Each kitsune tail is believed to be filled with a different type of magic. Some believe this magic comes from the Original Nine of the Eight Star, others believe it is elemental magic— while some believe the magic is from their own being and not from gods.
Kitsune don’t tend to master any one magic and prefer to learn a small variety of magics that compliment each other in everyday life.
Most kitsune will focus their magical abilities on medicinal magics such as alchemy, but many kitsune enjoy magics such as blood-magic and generalised witchcrafts.
The kitsune countries on Aurn’la Ann are some of the only cultures to not have banned more morally ambiguous magics, such as necromancy, dark spells, and animal merging; though they have restrictions on the spells.
The kitsune language is very slow and monotonous. They separate each spoken syllable into what sounds like its own word and don’t often vary their tones. They are taught to vary the tone and speed of their speech when speaking International, but it doesn’t come naturally to them.
The written kitsune language is made of quick pen strokes; generally, their paper is waxed on top, and they write by using a fine knife-like pen that scratches the coloured wax to reveal the plain paper underneath. Mistakes are made often and are unfixable, so it is common to find kitsune-made papers covered in crossed out words and corrective scribbles.
Kitsune tend to snort when they laugh. They often express joy with open-mouthed, nasal giggles that are littered with snorts and chokes.
Clothing and Armour
Because of their leg pains, kitsune need custom-made sandals. Usually these sandals are made from wooden bases and leather straps, but metal bases are a fashion trend that phases in and out through the generations. The biggest boom in the popularity of metal-based sandals was in the 7,030s, when a famous kitsune actor used the sound of the metal plating on the bottom of his shoes to help exaggerate his emotions on stage.
Most clothing is made from simple cloths such as cotton and leather. They don’t tend to use silks, furs, or denims. Like their shoes, kitsune have most of their clothes custom-designed for them; hand-me-downs are rare and uncomfortable because of this.
Most items of clothing have lots of loose fabric that hangs off in strips; these tend to be tied around the kitsune’s arms and upper torso, and makes them look very cluttered. Most kitsune have trouble figuring out how another’s wraps are supposed to be worn, and it is not often shirts are leant to friends.
Lots of kitsunes also enjoy wearing gloves, headbands, earrings, and tail-bands. The cluttered look is favoured over simple clothing, and sometimes kitsune will overdress to the point of encumbrance.
Kitsune also enjoy getting tattoos, which vary from senseless patterns to fully-illustrated cartoons, depending on the kitsune’s preferences.
There is a famous kitsune depicted in old paintings dating back to as early as 50,000 BW, they are known only as the “Kurlune”. Kurlune’s true name has been forgotten, but they are depicted as a kitsune raised by kurloke. Most paintings show Kurlune at a valenor war front, or leading an army of shackled kurloke to freedom; several other paintings (found in an old Zeht castle in 520 AE) show Kurlune surrounded by kitsune wives and children, only one of the inscriptions on these frames is partially legible: “Great [x] ruler of Zeht, [x] of armies, slayer of [x] and hero of all kurloke; with his 204 sons and 126 daughters.”
It is believed all Zeht kitsune have a small amount of Kurlune’s blood in them, and this is what gives the Zeht Standard subspecie their strength.
Kitsune use a special leaf known as Falji Akji to thicken smoke and give it a sweet, soothing smell.
They used the thickened smoke as a painkiller, and also to tell stories by shaping the smoke into relevant symbols or images.
Make Your Own!
If you would like to make your own kitsune character, you can use this base!