|Appearance||Vulpine anthro. Furred bodies. Varied, possibly elegant natural markings.|
|Lifespan||70 Earth years|
|Facial Appearance||Vulpine Snouts|
|Fur/Skin Colour||Oranges, Reds, Grays, whites, and silver. On rare individuals, gold.|
|Bipedal/Feral Looks||Digitgrade bipedal|
|Place of Origin||Tet'Hon|
|Behavior||Peaceful, mercantile, shrewd, Plutocratic. Partnered with the Krani.|
WIP by Shep and Handsome.
The Lamura are a city state of very wise merchants, bankers, and entrepreneurs. They are peaceful, but for obvious reason, rather defenseless. They have an agreement with a larger, more militaristic power, the Krani. The Krani provide military protection for the Lamura and all their assets, while the Lamura themselves provide a stable economic system for the Krani people and their own.
The Lamura are covered head-to-to in thick fur, on all except for their soft external organs, inner ears, and paw pads. Their fur patterns are generally darker towards the ends of their extremities and lighter towards the inside ends, then their bellies and inner thighs being of the lightest, cream colors. They have two arms and two legs, the latter of which sporting small digitgrade paws. Their hands are mostly humanoid, though sport small claws and thick pads on them. Fur grows between the pads, (though it is often shaved or trimmed by negotiators and merchants so their handshakes seem stronger). Females have slightly wider hips and thinner waists, as well as lacking certain markings on their fur. They are mammals, reproducing through sexual reproduction, giving live birth, and breastfeeding their pups via a pair of breasts on the female's chests.
The Lamurans also have beautiful dark fur crests that start about their foreheads and trail back into medium length manes, and two large, dark furred backswept canine ears with softly colored internal fur tufts, (see here for an example of the mane and ear style). Iris color distribution throughout their population is as follows; Brown 35%, 25% Hazel, 20% Blue, 10% Gray/Silver, 8% Green, and only 2% an Amber/Gold shade.
Historically the Lamura were solely carnivorous, but the changing world and trans-cultural influence has made them adapt to an omnivore's diet.
"Are you betting against us?"
Before the Doctrine, the Lamura were isolated mostly to the city state of Theod, on the south east coast of what is now Tet'Hon. It was, and still is, a hugely important port town for trade ships from many nations, including the Lamura themselves and the Kalss. In modern days, Theod serves as a secondary capital for Tet'Hon, and is still a just as crucial port for trade ships in and out of Tet'Hon. Theod is a luxurious, romantic city, with canals that run through the very heart of town of which small transport ships ferry trade goods and passengers to all the crucial parts of town. They seek to be a popular tourist attraction, and as such it is a very clean city on the outside. Rudimentary plumbing systems exist, and buildings are mostly built of stone and inlayed with very decorative carvings and tapestries imported from much of Nakti.
The Tet'Hon Doctrine was a document penned by Lamura rulers which set the precedent of government for a new nation. The nation combined the Lamuran city state of Theod with the Krani empire and destined the old Krani capital Zahkim as the new capital of Tet'Hon. The doctrine also made the Lamura the sole economic force of Tet'Hon, having command over the all trade in and out of the new nation as well as direct advisement to the Deti of the Krani. The Krani in return promised military support and defense over all the Lamuran assets, including their trade routes, as well as their citizens. The reason for the document was that the Krani government's aggression had dug them into a hole of national debt their people were suffering in poverty. The Lamura are brilliant merchants and investors, and after the ratification quickly repaired the failing government. Even today they continue to advise the Deti on most, if not all, decisions regarding her nation. The hope is to stop rash decisions, or at least prepare people for the effects of them. Thankfully, the Deti puts her pride aside and usually listens.
Government and Economy
Business is the hallmark of the Lamura. They come from a long history of mercantile and banking, and are quite damn good at it. They are very wise and shrewd. Often, morals of who to trade with are pushed aside for the betterment of their own peoples. With the new defensive power and capital of the Krani and their coifers, their trade capabilities have only ballooned. Routes with Endran, the Ruadh, and other nations give them access to new luxuries and technologies and the Krani access to strategic technologies like wood and iron.
The Lamura are lead by a council, or board of powerful merchants, which themselves follow behind a Doge. Though since the unification the board has become overtaken in political power , they still lead occupations outside of governing. In truth, the most politically powerful Lamurans would be the Deti's advisers in Zahkrim. Both groups communicate regularly though.
The average Lamuran serves as a tradesman, merchant, negotiator, or banker. In all these jobs, there is much communication with the personal lives of outside peoples. As such, they are exposed to many different cultures and religions, in fact, it is a near a requirement to rigorously study the customs of the lands they are operating in, as to not cause offense. As such, many Lamuran have found peace in the tenants of outside lands, and chosen to follow them. Theod was always a religious melting pot, as they themselves were unique in having not developed a strict faith. Many different individuals follow many outside faiths, and the Lamuran government never enacted anything to stop this. The same still persists in the modern united Tet'Hon.
In the old days, long before Tet'Hon, the Lamura had an almost cult-like following of the concept of profit. The faith is still followed by some, however there is not much information on it publically available. What is clear is that the tenants of the faith still persist in Lamuran culture today, as much of their actions still are to seek profit.
A majority of the Lamura could be considered upper class, therefore there is little divide among them. However, bankers and entrepreneurs are often holding more political power and thus, more power over all Lamura. Their governmental structure resembles that of a corporation, the one in the most power is the most profitable. All Lamura strive to generate profit in some way, to better their people and their own lives, or to allow for more advanced scientific breakthroughs.
As with religion, the Lamurans find themselves varied far and wide in terms of fashion. However historically Theod has always excelled in making great, ornate dresses and men's suits which are still coveted by many wealthy folk throughout Nakti. This is often considered to be the basis of their fortune. Jewelry is extremely popular, especially ear piercings, pendants, and rings, but is always worn in subtle, understated ways rather than looking like pincushions. The Lamurans often would prefer outfits that enhanced natural beauty, rather than simply masking flaws behind gold and gems. A Lamura will sometimes wear their mane in cuffed braids, ponytails, or other simple styles. Hair dressing is commonplace for both genders.
Mating and Sexuality
While the Lamurans do not have many unique customs when it comes to mating. They are rather progressive about sexual freedoms, no official laws about interracial or homosexual actions. Though sex is often a private matter between two individuals, that is not to say they do not enjoy it. Additionally, they are very aware of what constitutes sex appeal. Their fashion is built around amplifying natural beauty, and do not often wear cosmetics.
As such, it is not uncommon for the most beautiful of their race to be serving as ambassadors or negotiators, the "honey pot" as it were. Trade negotiations grease the cogs of many races and as such it is important to make sure they go through. Male and female ambassadors are often assigned based on the known attractions of those they will be meeting with, as it's always easier to negotiate with a pretty face. It is not unheard of these negotiations leading to sexual behaviors, but ambassadors are encouraged to do whatever it takes within reason to secure a deal.
After a woman is impregnated, she is often granted maternity leave from her occupation to be nurtured and pampered. They usually give single births, though twins or triplets are not unheard of. After a gestation period of around 10 months, the woman gives birth to her small kits. She will breastfeed her child for a period of about a year, and by then their teeth have grown in enough to eat soft foods.