The Tyven

Introduction:

Of the free people of the Reflected Worlds, the Tyven are one of the more recent.  They were created during the fifth age by Morphael.  He wanted a race of spies that could move through the wilderness Tyvenwith the cunning of the quick fox, but had the intelligence and mind of a human.  So he blended humans with the fox, and threw in a few other things and came up with a race called the Tyven.  Unfortunately (for Morphael) they were a bit too clever and the whole idea of being under the control of someone went against their nature, so they planned and executed an escape from Morphael’s control and declared their race free.   Over the past few hundred years they have developed into their own societies. These stand aside from the current rule of the Eyes of Darkness, yet they do not actively oppose the Citadel.  However, they hate Morphael for trying to enslave them and actively battle against his rule.  The Citadel treats the Tyven under the old saying, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’, and so they tolerate the Tyven settlements on what they consider Citadel lands.

Description:

Tyven stand upright from their human heritage, but retain the ‘dog leg’ bone structure from their fox relatives.  Their head is fox shaped, yet their mouth is capable of forming human language words.  Due to their fox heritage they are smaller than human, but not weaker.  They can be very strong and make excellent warriors due to their quickness, but they are also strong in magic and so it is up to the individual Tyven as to what they wish to become in life. 

Tyven have a definite scent.  To a human, as long as the individual in question has been able to perform normal grooming it will just seem like a light musky smell.  In fact, if the proper scents are blended with it during grooming it can be quite pleasant to the human nose.  However, if normal grooming cannot be performed for whatever reason it will develop into a sharp/sour scent similar to skunk spray though a great deal milder.  Due to this Tyven have a better sense of smell than humans, and can use it for longer distances.

Tyven have vertical pupils similar to a cat’s eye.  They also have the same kind of reflective lining behind the retina as a cat’s eye which is what gives them their low-light vision.  This reflective lining can make it seem as if their eyes are glowing if it is dark out and the angle is just right.  Tyven learn how to look downwards a little bit in order to prevent this from happening when it is undesired.

In personality they are mischievous, lighthearted, mercurial, confident, scheming, sardonic and serendipitous. 

Social Structures:

Tyven villages are small and rural, and depending on the location they can be constructed from surrounding materials like mud brick and thatched roofs, or burrows dug into the sides of hills.  They do not work in stone, and care little for metallurgy.   They work with their hands and their styles of armor are often leather based, or small hard tile plates sewn into a grid, or bamboo stripped and cleverly woven together into a mesh that can give more protection than steel in the right situations.  They trade with other races to get metal armor, weapons and tools that they may need (or just take them as the case may be).

Tyven society is very egalitarian.  Group decisions are usually debated until a consensus can be reached.  While this can often make reaching a decision difficult and time consuming it usually means that once a decision is reached the group is of one mind about what should be done.  Surprisingly quick and decisive action is usually the result once a decision has been made.  However, sometimes there just isn't time to call a council, something has to happen NOW!  Perhaps a life is at stake and there just isn't time to do things in a civilized debate.  In cases like that someone will swallow their pride, risk their reputation... and just take charge.  It will almost always be the one present who has the strongest reputation as they will feel the most confident that their actions will be understood for what they were. 

Their one time bondage to Morphael is also largely the basis for their resentment over anyone trying to "boss people around" or "take charge."  That kind of behavior is viewed as thinking that you're somehow better than everyone else.  While it may well BE that you're better than particular individuals, by Tyven society it is considered very rude to self proclaim it (or even to fail to deny it if another proclaims it).  Rather, it is your past actions and decisions that determine how much weight your fellows grant to what you say and it is their opinion of you that will determine whether or not your words are heeded. 

Being self sufficient and self reliant is not just encouraged it is demanded and from a very early age.  Though Tyven can be generous with those in their community that meet with an unforeseeable and unfortunate circumstance they do not tolerate individuals who are reluctant to "pull their own weight."  Those who are so inclined will find themselves forced into self reliance when they are ostracized and eventually (if their behavior does not change) ejected from the community. 

Natural born Tyven do not join the Citadel Military, only naturalized Tyven whom were originally human can tolerate a military structure with commanders who give out orders.  But whe