The Kifaru are a physically large race with strong herding instincts. Adapted to the arid dunes and vast plains of Northwestern Panultima, Kifaru rely on a sense of conservative tradition and community to survive in the sparse unforgiving flatlands they call home. Kiafru are most commonly seen moving in close knit groups within populous and well fortified permanent settlements throughout the Iteru and Kermai territories. Their relatively long lifespans and great size have imbued the Kifaru with a penchant for building and a predisposition towards long term collectivist thinking.
Kifaru adults may grow from 7 to 10 feet tall on average and weigh between 500 and 800 lbs. While they do possess opposable fore limbs and are capable of bipedal movement, their top heavy body shape causes them to move primarily on all fours, this is especially true of males who have even larger upper bodies. During quadrupedal movement, the forelimbs are used for knuckle walking.
While technically omnivorous, the typical Kifaru diet is mostly made up of plant matter. They have pointed mouths with semi prehensile lips specialized for grazing.
There is a minor degree of sexual dimorphism found in Kifaru, with the males growing relatively larger with broader shoulders and larger facial horns. While females are often smaller with a more proportional ratio of hip and shoulder widths.
Kifaru society is predominantly matriarchal. The undeniably greater size and strength of males has led to their dominating the labor and military workforces of Kermai and Iteru. While females are normally entrusted with passing on familial lore and tradition through the generations, and make up the vast majority of Kifaru leadership and policy makers. Roughly 60% of all Kifaru are born male, this, combined with overwhelming male prevalence in military and laborer occupations, has led to a commonly dismissive and even expendable perception of males in Kifaru culture.
There is a strong orientation in Kifaru society towards valuing the collective over the individual. Thought to be an extension of their natural herding instinct, this predisposition is expressed in many facets of Kifaru culture, from their memorization of choreographed, highly synchronous, stomp-dancing, to their pragmatic deference to authority and casual employment of slavery.
The first species on Panultima to develop written language, Kifaru scribes are diligent and meticulous record keepers.
The thick hides, large size, and collectivist outlook of most Kifaru make them highly effective warriors, especially in the context of a larger organized army. This military potency is curtailed by slow birth rates of only one child at a time and a one year gestation period.
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