Okay, I know we have done Orcs before. But we have done Elves a few times as well. These are an Orc Replacement. They are something everyone has a reason to hate, elves to despise, and it explains half orcs. They are a brutal intelligent race.
Faunoids is the fancy, scholarly name. Â Others call them Critters, or Beastmen, Beasties, or even FurFolk. Â (Insert other name... ) Â Others will called them The Changed or BeastSouls or DammedOnes.
Faunoids start out as regular people, from all races. Â At some point in their life, they change. Â They become a mockery of their race, mixing the race with an animal - becoming half human and half something else.
The shift in faunoid is normally painful and dramatic. Those who are changed lose all empathy for others, being sociopathic and driven only to meet their own needs. They keep their intelligence, but lose focus to use certain skills that do not generate immediate gratification.
In addition the shift grant great strength and speed, in relationship to the beast the faunoid becomes. They also gain enhanced senses, claws/ horns/ hooves.
The reason for all this? Â Is it a super recessive trait/ bloodline, is it a curse, is it a god calling its own, nobody knows for certain. Â
I like the Evil Diety calling his own, choosing those without a soul or those whos soul were given over to him. Â That way you can have "finger pointing" as to why someone became a faunoid (ancient pacts, parents who are evil/ trafficing with evil, someone born "wrong").
Eventually they either leave their place, are driven from the place (even if they have not done anything yet), or destroyed by an angry local mob. Â They seem instinctively drawn together (or they just want to live in the same kinds of environments). Â
The Faunoids of all types group together. When the groups get large enough, they break into gentes or groups based on type. This gives us a more tribal feeling.
Pack: Wolf Faunoids. These are your main group of Faunoids. Â They always operate in groups and thus are more effective.
The Pride: All the various cat are kept in line by the Lionoids, who want a group competitive to the Pack
Cloven: Boars and Bulls
You get the idea
A couple of points
Given the low Elven Birthrate, and a higher percentage of faunoids, it could explain why Elven types hate Faunoids. Â They are children "stolen" from the Elves.
Let Faunoids follow an Evil Figure, both in the past and now. Â This gives a great tie in to the reason for faunoids.
This allows faunoids to be familiar with weapons and items, but unable to produce them. They are not warriors, they are simply kids who now can use violent means to achieve what they want.