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A Guide to Hou-Zi Subraces

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A Guide to Hou-Zi Subraces

 


Want to monkey around? Looking to make a Hou-Zi character? Not sure where to start? Picking a subrace would be a great way to begin. Subraces generally exist to add diversity and contrast to a race to keep things interesting, and that is no different with the Hou-Zi. The following thread will describe the appearance and attributes of the three main Hou-Zi subraces.

 

To begin with, here are some features that all Hou-Zi share:

  • A full body of fur

  • Exposed skin only in the immediate facial area

  • Feet that anatomically resemble hands

  • A more protruding nose and mouth        

  • Larger, rounder ears

  • Pupiless eyes (While not necessarily an RP feature, it is done MCly on skins to differentiate them from humans)   

 


 

The Laobai-Zhu

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Intro:

The term Laobaixing is jargon in the Hou-Zi tongue for the ‘common people’. As such, the Laobai-Zhu literally called the “Common Tribe”. Indeed, they were the most numerous in the old Hou-Zi empire and formed the lower echelons of society, the merchants, fishermen, and farmers.

 

Laobai-Zhu often were the subject of oppression by the higher classes, and were unable to rise in the ranks of Hou-Zi society. As such, the teachings of Hualian spread quickly among them when introduced.

 

Laobai-Zhu are the most adaptable and well-rounded of the Hou-Zi tribes, they are a jack of all trades, able to take on any profession and learn any skill they put their mind to. This makes them capable of becoming an expert in any school of Chi-Bending, but less likely to achieve the level of absolute mastery a Fei-Zhu or Hei-Zhu may in their respective paths. That said, a few Laobai have become masters of the Way of the Sun in the past.

 

Height:

4’5ft - 6ft

 

Weight:

100lbs - 250lbs

 

Fur Colour:

Various shades of brown.

 

Lifespan:

80 - 150 years

 

Other Info:

Out of all Hou-Zi, the Laobai-Zhu are the closest to humans when it comes to limb proportions. Their arms and legs extend about the same as the average man.

 

Culture:

Laobai-Zhu are more likely to be devout followers of Hua-Jiao than any other Hou-Zi tribe, and likely place the least importance on the worship of god-king Hou-Shen and his sons. This is because many Laobai-Zhu grew resentful of the ruling elite as the class divide in the old empire widened, and moreso when their favoured prophet Hualian was exiled. Nevertheless, this is not the rule for all Laobai-Zhu, and many still remain true to the God-King and his pantheon.

 

Laobai-Zhu are most commonly seen as hunters, farmers and fishermen. Crafts like potter, cobbler and tailor are not uncommon either. However, a Laobai is fully capable of rising to do great things if he wishes.

 

Skin Example:

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The Fei-Zhu

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Intro:

The Fei-Zhu are the most graceful and debatably the most beautiful of the Hou-Zi tribes. They are known for their iconic fur, which can be any colour of the rainbow, often resulting in brilliant contrasts that stand out among any crowd. Fei-Zhu in the old Empire were primarily the Noble caste, serving as politicians, courtiers, ministers, artists, poets, musicians and councillors. They were always in the minority compared to the much larger Laobai population.

 

Fei-Zhu were historically devout to Hou-Shen, the god-king of the monkey people. Since the god-king’s dissapearance, it was mostly Fei-Zhu who took up the role of becoming Shenjiao priests, teaching that soon all Hou-zi would join Hou-Shen in the kingdom of Heaven.

 

Fei-Zhu have less physical strength than other Hou-Zi tribes, but are the most agile and dexterous, using speed and nimbility to their advantage. In Chi-Bending, the Fei-Zhu are most likely to take on the ways of the Crane or moon, favouring the arts of agility and healing.

 

Height:

5’5ft - 6’5ft

 

Weight:

100-200lbs

 

Fur Colour:

Any colour of the rainbow.

 

Lifespan:

250 - 300 years

 

Other Info:

The Fei-Zhu are somewhat analogous to elves, in that they are the longest lived of the Hou-Zi, they value fine arts, and are the most slender and lithe of the ape folk.

 

Culture:

Fei-Zhu are most likely to value fine arts and craftsmanship over hard labour. The obvious professions are calligraphy, painting, music, poetry, and so forth. Yet, anything which requires skill and mind is consider a worthy pursuit to a Fei-Zhu. Some of the best Hou-Zi blacksmiths are Fei-Zhu, who created fine ornate weapons gilded with jade. Fei-Zhu create much of the famously beautiful Hou-Zi pottery and glassworks.

 

Fei-Zhu are most devout to Hou-Shen and the path of Shenjiao. They do respect (and many actively follow) the path of Huajiao, and even the prophet Hualian himself was a Fei-Zhu, but it is not as common or widespread as it is among the Laobai.

 

Skin Example:

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The Hei-Zhu

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Intro:

Massive and lumbering, the Hei-Zhu best resemble gorillas. They are by far the largest, most thick-set and physically strongest of the Hou-zi. The served primarily in the soldier caste in the old Hou-Zi empire, many distinguishing themselves as brave, loyal and stalwart warriors, serving in the front lines of almost every war the Hou-Zi fought. The Hei-Zhu were historically fewer in number. More than the Fei-Zhu, but outnumbered by the Laobai.

 

Fei-Zhu worship both major faiths of the Hou-Zi equally, revering Hou-Shen as well as following the eightfold path of Hualian. Albeit, they do it with their own strict, harsh warrior-like flavour. Most Hei-Zhu put emphasis on the worship of Hou-Da, the youngest son of Hou-Shen and patriarch of the Hei-Zhu, patron of discipline and strength. They seek enlightenment through perfection in strength of mind and body.

 

Of the Chi-Bending paths, Hei-Zhu are most likely to undergo the path of the sun and turtle. It is also common to see Hei-Zhu performing the hardest manual labour tasks in Hou-Zi society.

 

Height:

6’0ft - 7’5ft (When upright)

 

Weight:

200-500lbs

 

Fur Colour:

Black, or various shades of grey.

 

Lifespan:

150-200 years

 

Other Info:

Hei-Zhu have thick-set, incredibly strong arms which extend down below their knees, much like actual gorillas. They often walk on all fours as it is more comfortable, (much like a real gorilla) although as fully capable of walking bipedally as well. They generally match a large orc in terms of weight, size and strength.

 

Culture:

The Hei-Zhu are most reverent to the great son Hou-Da, who they believe rules in heaven alongside his father the God-King. Each subrace has a heavenly patriarch in the form of one of Hou-Shen’s sons, but the Hei-Zhu worship theirs the most fervently.

 

Hei-Zhu are historically led by a Tóumù, a chieftain. Their society heavily emphasizes constant improvement of one’s physical and mental fortitude. Soft professions like the fine arts of the Fei-Zhu are considered unworthy to them, and instead they focus on hard labour, heavy lifting. Their rite of adulthood involves surviving a month alone in the wilderness. Apart from the obvious emphasis on warriorship and soldiery, Hei-Zhu are often seen as lumberjacks, beast-tamers and bodyguards.

 

Skin Example:

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Credits to Keem for the first piece of artwork on the top. And to Thatpyrogirl/Fenean, Jandy, Senor_Tortuga, and Triplewing for the skins.

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9 hours ago, 吳憾戰士14 said:

Weight:

200-400lbs

I'd disagree with this weight for the Hei-Zhu. Your standard mountain gorilla weighs from 300-485 pounds and they only stand at 4-6 feet tall. A Hei-Zhu stands at 6 feet tall to 7'5. If you just do some numbers you'll see that the Hei-Zhu should weigh from 450 pounds to 600 pounds. If there was some other kind of reasoning that went into determining the weight of the race I'd be all ears but what you have posted just doesn't make too much sense to me. 

 

Good post aside from that though.

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54 minutes ago, _Jandy_ said:

 

Bare in mind Hei-Zhu aren't 100% gorillas. They're still somewhat "humanized". As for their height, I meant when they're standing upright. I think gorilla's heights are measured when they're leaning on their front limbs/arms.

 

A fully grown hei-zhu would be at least 300 pounds in my eyes yes, but there are still smaller women and children which is why I have the minimum at 200lbs. I will raise the max to 500 though, thanks for the suggestion

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12 minutes ago, 吳憾戰士14 said:

thanks for the suggestion

I'm here to help

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