The Age of Arcana
Nobody knows how or why the Mutates came into being. Half humanoid, half wild animal, these creatures can be as civilized as their human half or as bestial as their counterpart. They walk upright and possess the power of speech, but little else is known about them. They have not been seen since the rise of the Iltherian Empire. They are rumored to have returned to their homelands in the continent of Tensire, given their mana-laden nature. It is thought there are as many species of Mutates as there are animals in the forest, but only a few are well known.
Avians are an eclectic group of bird humanoids that reside in the outskirt islands of Lunalia. It is believed they left Tensire for the sky after many conflicts with the other races due to their territorial nature. They are generally unfriendly to other races, especially if you trespass on their islands without express permission. Punishment for this offense will usually result in you leaving with nothing of value.
The Avians have mastered the art of intimidation and fear. That, in combination with their amazing speed, makes up for their frail build and lack of brute strength. They prefer riches and glory in life over integrity and societal value. This makes Avian territories areas of constant unrest and distrust.
Ursine are a large bear human hybrids and generally kind and caring despite their large size. They are often found roaming the countryside of Tensire, protecting the innocent and defending the weak.
Sometimes eight to nine feet tall when standing, these bear like humanoids are covered in heavy fur and have incredible strength. They use their size and ferocity to elicit fear in the hearts of those who would cause harm to others. Master climbers, swimmers, and sprinters, these great beasts are anything but slow and clumsy.
Lupines are wolf-like humanoids, often with grey hair and a long muzzle-like face, rumored to have dog-like personalities. They reside in the wild lands of the continent of Tensire. The Lupines have managed to find themselves in the service of other, more powerful kingdoms as master scouts and messengers. Some Lupines band together instead of being dependent on more powerful masters, creating their own packs that roam the lands as mercenaries who can either pay their costs or follow the alpha.
Lupines pride themselves as either lone wolves running ahead of combat and doing as much tampering with the enemy as much as possible before retreating, or as pack warriors who work very well with their allies to accomplish greater goals. They are diverse and skilled when they dedicate themselves to a craft. Unfortunately, at times societies have mistaken them for werewolves and have lynched and exiled them from their homes. The mistake is made because the Lupine are powerful and quick like werewolves they have come hate. They have made it their mission to educate the world around them about the difference between the were-creatures and the inherently Lupine.