Moons of Fate
Mithra are some of the most mysterious, feared, and lusted after races in all of Lyhl – typically all at the same time. Hailing from the steamy jungles found in the lowlands of the deep south, only females are encountered in the greater world. Men are a rare commodity to the tribal Mithra – their unique genetics, or perhaps a curse, results in a predominance of female births. Men are so rare, they are kept within the homeland and are tasked with breeding willing females. By ancient law Mithra men are to never experience the wonders, and more importantly, dangers of the wider world. All that said – a maid who puts breeding at the forefront of her aspirations can birth a litter of five kits in just over sixty-five days, granted the rare outsider to woo this reclusive race can only expect one child for their trouble. Further, the pregnancy for such a pairing always becomes complicated and slow by a Mithra’s reckoning – resulting in catty moods and often a breakup between the two lovers.
With such fertility one might wonder why they keep such close reign of their men folk – the answer, and in so the problem, is two fold. First, Mithra are a race that believes weakness should be snuffed out or survival of the fittest. Life is a gift and it should be shared with the worthy. Kits who can not meet the mother half way in there survival do not make it, the life giving teat a prize much fought over by the young. The healthier of the kits grow quickly and dominate the mothers attention and food supply, as a result few litters have more than 3 young survive to adolescence. The second issue is one that could not be addressed even if the Mithra wished to change the very core tenants of their culture – Mithra children are predominately female and the females are typically more aggressive than the males. Those males that reach puberty are regarded as extremely virile and cunning as they were able to secure their existence despite the competition of a litter full of larger and stronger female kits. Despite the great focus on hunting ability and strength, skills only the women folk can pursue, men are still honored and respected for the cunning advice they can lend a war council and the seed they so generously give up for the continuation of the race.