Catturns are a race of humanoid feline creatures. A secretive species, they originate from deep
within large forests. Though not much is known for certain, they are believed to be small in
population. Their lifespans and cultural habits are largely a mystery and a source of much
speculation. Catturns tend to be small of stature, usually standing a head shorter than an average
man and their ages are hard to determine at first glance.
It is rumoured that they are in fact ageless, like the elves who came before them. This can neither
be confirmed or denied as Catturns are naturally suspicious of others and do not share the inner
workings of their people with outsiders. Their small population and rarity makes gaining
information about them incredibly difficult. The general public has almost no knowledge of them.
When humanity began to expand they began to encounter Catturns more often. It became apparent that
that they had been living on the fringes of human settlements for quite some time. While they were
curious about their human neighbours, Catturns were also cautious. They stayed hidden from sight
for many years, but their actions did not go unnoticed. Villages who once believed that forest
spirits blessed their crops came to find that their bounty was the result of Catturns indirectly
coaxing positive growth with their benevolent spell casting.
Despite their caution, Catturns are very curious and some have been able to coax the mysterious
creatures out of their secluded forest homes; recruiting them as assistants. Mostly spell casters
have been known to befriend Catturns via a mutual interest in the arcane arts. Catturns are
naturally magical, though their spell casting skills are limited. Enticed by the opportunity to
expand their abilities and knowledge, many willingly accept positions under more skilled magic
users. This however is not the only reason Catturns leave their natural habitat.
Catturns who decide to leave the seclusion of the forest to stay amongst the humans are not
unheard of. It is however, rare, at least in the case of most countries. This is not the case in the
Empire of Stalt. 27 years ago a civil war engulfed Stalt, two sides fought bitterly for control of
the empire. The eventual victor gained advantage by enlisting the help of Catturns. With the
promise of citizenship, equal rights and protection as humans within the empire; the Catturns
joined the war and helped win the day. Because of this, Stalt has a rather large population of
Catturns, larger than any other human kingdom in all the lands.