Kitsune are a species of mischievous, humanoid foxes. They are the second most populous humanoid species in Tsurukoku, and live alongside humans in both rural and urban areas.
Kitsune resemble a human/fox hybrid, with vulpine facial features, including a pointed, slightly upturned muzzle, and erect ears. Depending on their ethnicity, their fur ranges from reddish-brown to a dull tan, to white, silver, black, or dark grey. Their eyes are a deep amber color and have vertically slit pupils, like a cat.
Kitsune are, on average, about as tall as humans, but are more slightly built. Like humans, males usually have greater muscle mass and stand a few inches taller than females.
Kitsune have an extremely long lifespan, upwards of nine hundred years. Every century, a kitsune will grow another tail, and the most venerable members of the species can end up with nine.
Kitsune are capricious and curious creatures. While they are not generally malicious, they do enjoy playing pranks and derive a deep sense of satisfaction from watching others get their just desserts. Kitsune almost always have some scheme in motion and treat others as though they do, as well.
As ascended canids, kitsune exhibit certain canine behaviors that other ascended species sometimes find unusual.
Within the kitsune community, there is significant debate on grooming. Kitsune from Tsurukoku have largely adopted the human practice of washing their coat with soap and water. Kitsune from the Hordelands, on the other hand, still exclusively practice oral grooming habits.
Even kitsune that have adopted a human style of grooming, though, will engage in mutual oral grooming with family and close friends. Parent kitsune commonly groom their young children this way, even when they, themselves, do not.
Unlike other humanoid canids, kitsune are not pack-oriented. Foxes are primarily solitary hunters who rely on stealth, and kitsune share this trait. While they can be perfectly social, their need for frequent isolation can sometimes be interpreted as arrogance or aloofness.
Despite their tendency toward mischief, kitsune have managed to fully integrate themselves into human society. As a result, there are few isolated kitsune communities, and even the smallest mountain village will have at least one kitsune family.
Conversely, there are few homogeneous kitsune communities. Even in areas where kitsune are the dominant humanoid species, one will find humans living among them.
Kitsune have an insatiable appetite for new information and experiences, so much so that they will often work to generate new experiences when life does not provide them. Therefore, many kitsune take up the mantle of the adventurer in order to satiate this appetite, while others are forced into the life of adventure when they make things a little too interesting at home.
Because of their tendency to treat anyone they meet with suspicion, kitsune often take a very long time to build trusting relationships. Consequently, the bonds they form tend to be unbreakable once established.
Tsurukokan. Kitsune from Tsurukoku consider themselves the standard by which all others are judged. Their fur is a rusty red with yellow tints. Their chin, neck, and chest are white.
Khümüüs. Hordelander kitsune call themselves üneg. They have grey to yellowish fur and pale markings around their face. Their coat becomes longer and silkier in the winter and turns straw-grey in color.
Naari. Kitsune are known as al thaelab in al Naar, the Land of Fire. They have adapted to life in the harsh desert environment, and have larger ears and a more slender build than their Tsurukokan cousins.
Rajput. Lomri is the Rajput name for kitsune. Their fur ranges from brown to grey to reddish-brown, and they have a more slight build than those from Tsurukoku. Lomri have prominent black markings on the tips of their tails.
Watu. Mbweha are native to the continent of Nyasi. They have exceptionally large ears relative to the size of their head and are the most slender of all kitsune. Their fur is straw colored, and they have a black-tipped tail.
Xin. The kitsune of Xin are known as húlí. While they have the same coloration and markings as those found in Tsurukoku, they consider themselves the standard by which all other kitsune are judged.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Intelligence score by 1.
Age. Kitsune have an extremely long lifespan. They reach maturity around 20 years of age, and can live up to 900 years.
Size. Kitsune are, on average, about as tall as humans, but are more slightly built. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 ft.
Darkvision. Accustomed to twilit forests and the night sky, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Trickster Instincts. You have proficiency in the Deception and Sleight of Hand skills.
Tail Casting. You can use your tails to provide the somatic component for the spells.
Kitsunebi. You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast faerie fire as a 2nd-level spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the scorching ray spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write your ethnic language (e.g. Tsurukokan, Khümüüs, Rajput, Watu, or Xin) and one extra language of your choice.