"Felins" redirects here. For the Starbound mod, see Felins (mod).
The Firrhna Project is a collaborative worldbuilding project between Kawa and Letrune, with extra assistance from various others. It includes a species, planet, culture, and language. One of the primary expressions of the Firrhna Project is the Felins mod for Starbound.
The felin home planet, Firrhna Prime, historically just Firrhna, now also known as Felis, has an Earth-like atmosphere and two small moons on either side known as Mira and Manae The gravitational pull on the planet is about 1.2 that of Earth. It has a circumference roughly 15% larger than Earth, for a total surface area of 673,544,000 square kilometers. The surface is about 60% water, leaving 269,417,600 square kilometers of dry land, of which up to 90% is covered in lush vegetation, even if it's just grass, with very little desert and insignificant polar ice.
Most plant life is a striking lilac, with trees similar to Earth's fir and palm in the more temperate zones, and complex, many-branched behemoths in tropical climes.
There is very little tectonic activity, thus there are little to no proper mountains. The only thing that could be considered "major" tectonic activity was the appearance of a giant tentacle monster, which resulted in a rather ridiculously large canyon and a vast network of caves.
The felin resemble large, bipedal cats. Their faces are generally fair in appearance, and somewhat between a human and animal. They have a full-body coat which comes in many colors and patterns. The patterns subdivide the felin into several groups, including but not limited to the leoni, cheetari, domesti, and panthri. These are all similar enough to interbreed.
Felin are almost always somewhat androgynous in that the females tend not to have very large breasts and the males look girly. The exceptions are those uncommon females with larger breasts, and the extremely rare bearded males, such as the three heroes described in the lore. The rarest variations of all are the felhru, who have both male and female organs.
Felin of all pattern classes are usually hardier than their fair appearance would signify, and can land from incredible heights with little to no damage.
Felin can live for roughly 200 Earth years. They reach physical maturity around 30, and begin to look old-aged around 160.
Felin females are capable of near-perfectly controlling their fertility. Sex education (along with several other topics) begins relatively early in a felin's life, at around 12 years old, so that by the time they are mature they'll be well-informed. Because of drastically reduced risk of unwanted pregnancy, felin are usually very sexually open. They don't mate for life; rather, a given felin has a preferred partner who's likely but not guaranteed to be the other parent of their child. Physical closeness is paramount to felin society -- they are, on the whole, very clingy and likely to hug at the very least. Felin are usually bisexual and bi-romantic, with a minor preference either which way, only actively seeking out the opposite sex when intending to reproduce. The rare felhru are in all known cases entirely infertile.
Felin vision could be considered a form of color-blindness when compared to baseline human vision.
Because of the compression and desaturation in the red to yellow range, the felin language colloquially has a single word for all three, nevla, which usually refers to orange. In return, felin are very good at spotting movement in daylight, and seeing at all in the dark. They have a small degree of sight into the infrared range which may be part of their night vision. The noticeable difference in the blue/violet range may be related to how plant life on Firrhna Prime is mostly lilac.
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Felin culture resembles an odd mix of Greek and Japanese, with a strange 1970's American veneer gained from watching old TV signals.
Felin like good food, and have a population-wide preference for flesh over vegetables, though they are certainly omnivores.
Felin follow the somewhat taoist principle of the Four Paths, which subdivides all sorts of jobs.
- Hunters are often guards who don't usually travel. A Hunter-Crafter is one who catches wild animals and produces material from their spoils, such as leathers and meat. A Hunter-Comforter often serves as a field medic, healing their party members while still capable of self-defense. A Hunter-Scholar is perhaps the most dangerous of the lot, and this is the implied Class of the felin player character in Starbound. The danger with Hunter-Scholars is in how they have the smarts to supplement their battle prowess.
- Crafters are those that produce things of higher quality than one who is not a crafter at all. A Crafter-Comforter focuses on comfort. If a Crafter-Comforter cooks, expect the food to be more delicious than it is healthy. A Crafter-Scholar is often an architect or inventor, and trade range of applicability for quality.
- A Comforter is one that provides services to others that improve their quality of life. They can be medics, sustaining their patients' health. Some may provide services like massages, while others may be prostitutes, selling physical pleasure.
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All classes except Crafters, by virtue of building things, tend to think in terms of professional targets. For example, a Hunter considers a wild animal to be a valid target for killing, but not an obviously sapient being, unless paid to terminate said being. A Scholar would consider anything within their chosen field a valid target for studying. To recap:
- A wild animal is a valid kill.
- A pet is not.
- A person in general is not a valid kill.
- A person with a price on their head is a valid kill.
- A person who skimped on payment for services rendered may need to double-check their locks.
Felin theatre is best described as Japanese wikipedia:Kabuki meets Ancient Greek drama. The audience is seated on sloped stands, about five rows of varying length, with a catwalk running through the middle towards the stage. Actors usually play certain archetypes and/or historical characters, identified through their costumes and/or oversized wigs, though it's mostly the wigs. Practice stages are much simpler and easier to erect, having only a single row of seats and less elaborate set designs, if any.
Music is mostly diegetic -- played by the actors on stage -- with the sole exception being dramatic drum stings provided by a stagehand sitting in the corner between the catwalk and main stage. Stagehands, not unlike in Kabuki, provide effects and set changes, and hand actors their props. Popular characters include, but are not limited to:
- Historical characters such as the Leader, Healer, and Hunter
- The Alien
- The Explorer
- The Fool
- The Lover
- The Model
- The Mother
- The Pervert
- The Princeling
- The Salesman
- The Scholar
- The Swindler
- The Virgin
- The Warrior
Most of the non-historical roles have various associated proper names, but they are usually referred to by title.
In later times, advances in costume design allowed felin actors to play other sentient species to varying degrees. Television technology allows a single play to be watched by far more than a measly five rows would allow. Even so, most television shows are basically performed in front of a live studio audience. TV performances typically use four cameras; one high up for wide shots including some of the catwalk, two on either side, and one next to the catwalk.
Theatrical performances also serve to educate the young. Educational shows typically gain most of their mileage from the Lover and Virgin characters, often more of the same and in various gender combinations, going against the Swindler and Pervert.
Groups and Institutions
Each Path has a few different conglomerations of practitioners. The Path of the Hunter is usually represented by the Travelers, who make their base in the Felis Orbital Shipyards, and the Wildcats, a galaxy-wide police force whose lower-ranking members usually serve as town guards. The Path of the Scholar is expressed in several large universities, including the prestigious Blackshard (motto: "Investigate everything, doubt everything.")
Early felin commonly believed they were made by a "Will of the Planet" and its avatars, the chaerrnah, and that stars were their dead ancestors. The first wave of scientific insight slowly squashed this belief and replaced it with several rival theories. Felin currently have no gods but they do engage in fervent hero worship, often asking themselves, "what would [hero] do?" The Will of the Planet is now used purely metaphorically.