A Kitsune runeblade, Katto Ret Salo challenges his enemies.
A Kitsune, or foxfolk, is thin, white furred, and humanoid, with a fox head. Unlike actual foxes, their ears are incredibly long and their mouths very small. The average height for a Kitsune is 5’ 4"- shorter than a human by about 5 inches.
The foxfolk were historically nomadic, visiting towns with their tight knit families and bringing whatever it was they sold- often a combination of things- tattoos, circuses, rune magic, music, theatre, and most commonly, religion.
Kitsune typically worship two gods- the sun general Ar Eri and the Moon Trickster Queen Vua Yem.
Ar Eri is their god of sun, harvest, war, and fire. He has become incredibly influential on Manzan, and has many festivals performed in his name every year. The version of the Sun taught on Manzan mentions his role as Queen Vua’s consort and general, but does not really show what he does for her. Ar Eri is usually seen as a Minotaur with the sun between his horns wielding a mighty sword in each hand.
Vua Yem is the moon goddess, but also is in charge of love, music, beauty, cold, and trickery. She is underplayed on Manzan, but every Kitsune knows and understands that she controls Ar Eri. She is a shapeshifter, but is commonly pictured as an imperious Kitsune woman with a ridiculously large crown.
Kitsune society is based on the Sun/Moon balance. They teach others the edicts of the sun, bravery, loyalty, and teamwork, but cleverness, forgiveness, luck, and passion are kept in the home, only taught to those living with them.
The most known about priests are the sun priests, who are known for loudness and long speeches, usually about working together and harvest. The moon priests are much more respected within the Kitsune community, going into the homes of the foxfolk and teaching them how to best use what they have to gain joy in life, heal the sick and to cast out unlucky spirits. The proper title for a priest is “Koe.”
The next rung of society is the Kitsune runeblades, warriors who channel magic into their attacks. The runeblade balances the sun’s two weapon combat with subtle time, luck, and gravity manipulation, making the runeblade seem like he is far stronger and faster than he is. Each priest is assigned a runeblade to protect him after becoming a priest, and many runeblades serve in the Chainguard fighting to protect the city from invasion. The proper title for a runeblade is “Katto.” A runeblade is identified by his blades and the runic tattoos all over his bodies.
The next group is the spear fox, who typically work in temple guard and in the Chainguard. As flexible and acrobatic warriors, they lack the raw power of a runeblade but make up for it with their uncanny speed and acrobatics, often jumping huge distances and running on walls or across the chain to reach their foes. They are known for their antics and mischief. They usually wield spears that double as vaulting poles but many adopt other weapons styles. The defining characteristic of a spear fox is a spearhead on a leather thong worn around the neck. Their title is “Kattochi” but they consider it demeaning and typically just use first names.
Most other Kitsune use the title “Yujin,” be they entertainers, shopkeepers, cliff farmers, or even warriors who have not been inducted into the runeblades or spear foxes. Most Kitsune don’t fit into the priesthood or barracks brotherhoods, and instead do what Kitsune do best- prank each other and play games whenever they can. Kitsune are often considered incredibly annoying for their constant jokes, which are usually followed by obnoxiously know it all nuggets of wisdom. Despite this, Foxfolk are quite disciplined and rarely cheat on their spouses, act cowardly, steal, or disrespect their superiors.
Kitsune society is incredibly intolerant, a constant flow of judgements, secrets, and subtle disapprovals. The only non-kitsune tolerated to live in their society are humans and Mattin raised from a young age, and even these are refused the titles of a priest or runeblade. Any non-Kitsune with the red tattoos of a runeblade is sentenced to death.
Kitsune choose any two of the following at character creation:
+2 to wisdom. Kitsune are very perceptive of the world around them.
+2 to dexterity. Kitsune are agile and have excellent control of their movement.
+2 to all knowledge skill checks. Kitsune have excellent memories.
Spring Attack as a bonus feat. Kitsune are quick and can turn on a dime.