Yeti

Huge, muscled, and shaggy, the Yeti is as powerful and relentless as an avalanche. Dwelling at the very fringes of civilisation, these apelike humanoids are perfectly adapted to life in bitter tundra and icy mountain peaks; their limbs are strong, their hands powerful enough to keep a grip on sheer ice, their claws capable of digging all but the hardest of rocks, their teeth adept at tearing flesh and crushing bone. Large feet provide extra traction on frozen ground and prevent them from sinking into snow drifts; for this reason, the Yeti is also known as Bigfoot in places. Other names given to Yeti include Sasquatch, Snowman, and Wendigo.

Though they are insulated by thick, leathery skin and a layer of long fur, a Yeti's true defense against the cold is a low natural body temperature; the colder the environment, the lower the temperature dips. Members of this species who live in sub-zero climates are actually capable of breathing ice particles, and can even exhale miniature blizzards from their freezing lungs.

Vital Data

Representatives: Umaro (FFVI)
Typical Height: 2.0-2.2m (Male) / 1.9-2.0m (Female)
Typical Weight: 180-220kg (Male) / 170-190kg (Female)
Fur Colors: White, brown, red, gold
Eye Colors: Yellow, black, brown, red
Habitats: Mountains, Forest, Tundra, Underground
Lifespan: 25-30 years
Young: 1-2 years
Average: 4-15 years
Old: 20-25 years

Society

Yeti society begins where most other races give up entirely—treacherous mountain peaks and howling, snow-covered wastes where only the hardiest of life forms survive. In these conditions, civilisation is superfluous; food is hunted down and killed, shelter comes in the form of natural caverns and burrows hastily dug out of the heaped snow, and possessions are limited to what can be carried—sometimes no more than a club or a necklace of trophies. Harsh conditions serve to keep numbers small. Nomadic tribes rarely number more than ten to fifteen at a time, hunting in groups of two or three, though Yeti are far more common as individuals than as groups. Even families are temporary arrangements, lasting only from mating until such a time as the couple's offspring are capable of fending for themselves—typically between one and two years. At this point, the young Yeti usually strike out on their own, and the couple separates until the next mating season.

Because of their isolated habitat, Yeti rarely come into contact with other races, giving them something of a mythical status among naturalists. Those living in the coldest, bleakest areas typically attack other humanoids on sight, treating them no differently from any animal or monster. In more hospitable environments, that aggression is traded for reclusiveness, albeit justifiedly so; because of their monstrous natures, it is not uncommon for Yeti to be used as sport by unscrupulous hunters or fall victim to frightened villagers. Yeti who dwell within reach of a community tend to be excessively cautious creatures, staying far away from prying eyes and emerging from their safety of their lairs only under cover of night or fog.

Roleplaying

Yeti are straightforward, uncomplicated thinkers. Some would characterise them as stupid, but it is better to think of them as guileless; the brutal simplicity of day-to-day existence in Yeti society does not reward any thinking more intellectual than “Where I get food?” Their strength and exceptional vigor makes force a natural and regular part of the communications process; debates are frequently resolved by who can land the heartiest blows. To gain a Yeti's respect requires the strength to beat him in a man-to-man battle, though bravery is an acceptable substitute—Yeti figure that anybody with enough confidence to stare them down without quailing is probably worth listening to.

In the same vein, Yeti simply do not have the imagination or sophistication for culture shock. If dropped into high-tech society, they are more likely to shrug at—or smash—the devices they encounter rather than stare in rapt amazement. This unflappable attitude can be a great boon to adventuring parties; faced with an unfamiliar situation, Yeti are far more likely to keep their heads on straight than other races.

As they have little use for language, their take on the Common Tongue is somewhat crude. Yeti prefer to put what others say with words into a mighty roar or a swing of a club. Conversationally, they are creatures of little subtlety, always searching for the fastest resolution to a situation; poor diplomats, if excellent interrogators. Yeti names are short, built of one-syllable blocks each ending in a vowel. This construction is deliberate, allowing those names to be bellowed—one syllable at a time—across mountaintops and gorges to maximise the echo effect, and with it the distance the sound carries. Examples of this style of naming include Akuna, Kisatu, and Nuka.

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