Species: AthsheanSize: .9 - 1.2 meters
Move: 9/11 (walking), 11/13 (climbing)
Source: The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Attribute Dice: 12D (+6D for PC)
Climbing: They have a very good climbing ability and as such gain a bonus of +1D when climbing.
Athseans are fur-covered, forest-dwelling entities. The color of an Athshean ranges from deep green to brown to black, with pale green skin on face, palms, and souls of the feet. Athshean adults stand and average of one meter tall. They have dark, glistening eyes and high, soft voices, and move with a loose, graceful gait.
It is believed that the Athsheans evolved from tree-dwelling primates after a more human species on Athshe became extinct.
Athsheans live in small clan groupings in communal warrens dug in under the roots of large trees. The omnivorous species hunt small game with spears and bows. They have a complex spoken and writen language and a highly-evolved sign language based on touch. Normally pacific, Athsheans substitute competative singing for physical combat.
Central to Athshean culture is the concept of controlled "dreaming." Athsheans perceive two equally valid realities: "world-time" and "dream-time." trained "Dreamers," male elders of the clan, meet for prolonged dreaming in a Men's Lodge. Their visions are interpreted by the female elders of the clan, who are the rulers and administrators of the loosely-knit Athshean government.