Musin are the micemen of Almaris. These creatures are often seen thieving, yet are usually pacifistic in nature, running away rather than defending themselves. They are kind, small souls, prone less to fighting and more to play.
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Musin are small, fluffy creatures, characterized by their resemblance to mice. The majority of their body is covered in a thin layer of fur, ranging in colors from tan, brown, black, white, or even mottled. The insides of the ears, hands, feet, and tail are barren. They are much smaller than their Ratiki ancestors, only ranging from 1'8 to 2'6 at the tallest. Their eyes are usually pitch-black, but crimson colorations occur in about 1 in every 10 Musin. Their faces and bodies are softer and cleaner than a rat's. Musin have two large incisors, far larger than the rest of their teeth, at the front of their maxilla.
Musin have lost the dreaded fangs common in the Ratiki, although their incisors still hold a significant edge. Most micefolk gnaw on hardwoods throughout their life to blunt and file down their teeth. A Musin’s tail is shorter and thinner than a Ratiki’s relative to their own weight, although it is still tactile.
A Musin’s senses are more balanced for living above-ground, although they are still sub-par to the other sentient races. Musin have no need to wear goggles above ground, and can see with mediocre distance in the day. Their ears are less powerful than a Ratiki’s, but they do hear higher and lower frequencies much farther than a human’s. They are able to locate the sources of sounds with ease.
A Musin’s diet is completely omnivorous, yet their stomachs are more sensitive than a rat’s. As such, they tend to get sick if they continue to eat undercooked meat. They tend to enjoy the taste of something sweet or crunchy more than a nice, juicy steak. A thick, hard graham cracker smothered in peanut butter will invariably charm even the toughest of Musin, while a filet mignon only warrants a passing glance. Despite the popular notion, Musin have a distaste for cheese. While they can eat it, ninety percent of Musin are lactose intolerant and feel sick for days afterwards.
Musin closely resemble upright mice of the mus musculus variety, with several human-like features. Their heads and bodies are covered in fur, with significantly less hair appearing around the hands, feet, and tails. Musin heads resemble the head of a mouse. Unlike their cousins the Ratiki, their noses are pointed and less blunt, their tails are thin, their bodies are more slender and their ears are far larger, proportionally.
The height of a Musin ranges from 1’8” (or 50 cm) to 2’6 (or 77 cm). Their tails are as long as they are tall, give or take 3 inches. Healthy Musin weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds. Their eyes can be three colors: Red, pink, or black. The whites of their eyes are visible. Their fur color can be any fur color expressed by mus musculus, or the common house mouse. This includes the fancy mouse variety. This is any combination of two of the following colors: White, grey, orange, brown, black, and tan. For information on exact color limits, visit https://www.afrma.org/fancymice.htm
Musin are far cleaner than their rattish brethren. As a result of wishing to fit in with the modern world, they have taken up bathing and grooming themselves. No longer are they puss-ridden rodents wallowing in their own filth! Musin groom their fur to a silky-smooth state at least twice a day, whether it be with a brush or their own fingers.
Musin men and women are hard to tell apart. Musin women do not have mammaries, or any significant features that separate them from men. They will try to style themselves with makeup or fur trimmings to make them look more feminine or masculine, combined with differing clothing for the race. Females have a different sounding voice than males.
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As a result of their cleanliness and gift, Musin live far longer than their Ratiki brethren. Musin live up to 70 years old in good health, with the longest recorded individual living to 78. They look relatively young through the majority of their lives to outsiders, although Musin are able to tell the minute differences between a young adult and an older fellow.
A Musin’s life begins as a young mouse pup, barely larger than an apple. It is blind and weak, yet grows fast. Within a few months the Musin is considered a toddler, and acts like such. Their growth begins to stunt somewhat from here, deviating from the usual path of the short-lived Ratiki. They reach physical maturity at around age 12, and mental maturity around the age of 15, which is when they are considered a young adult.
Musin usually have a litter of 2-3 children at once, although it is not uncommon for mouselings to die in infancy. Musin are only pregnant for 3 months, and are able to rear new children soon afterwards. However, most Musin try to limit themselves to a few children at a time, so as to prevent a dreaded horde. It is taboo to care for more than 5 children at once.
Only a few key differences make an old Musin look different than a young Musin. Old Musin’s exposed skin, like their paws and tails, grow increasingly paler after the age of 65. By the age of 70, their pink paws and tails have lost most pigment.
Due to the thievery built into their blood by whatever daemon created the Ratiki, Musin have am intense desire to use things that aren't quite theirs. At the very best, Musin may recycle trash laying around in a dump for their own devices- but at the worst, a gang of Musin will pull off a large, pilfering heist. Musin tend to not steal from other mousefolk nowadays, far more interested in descendant relics- higher-quality goods then their own. And, why not? They have so much stuff!
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Musin speak common. However, many Musin speak with a slight, skaven-like accent, a leftover relic from their days as Ratiki.
Musin have 2-3 children in a litter at once, and their amount of children in a household at once usually does not exceed 5.
Musin clothing is usually either ill-fitting or shoddy in quality. Given their extreme size difference from all other races, Musin either have to steal children's clothing, or craft their own out of patches and quarters. Rarely is a Musin seen clad in fine cloth! Despite these shortcomings, Musin try to look their best. They are quite fond of bright colors, and will gleefully scavenge any colorful scraps. They will attempt to patchwork their collections into a mosaic of fabric, although it often results in a jumbled, vibrant mess.
Fighting a Musin has been described like stepping on a pigeon- It’s exceedingly hard to land a hit, but once you do, they’re dead. Musin are the weakest of all the sentient races in Almaris, infamously shorter than even the shortest halflings. Unlike the halflings, however, they lack stock or strength, their arms spindly and twiggy. Their only true strength lies in their dexterity. Quick and nimble, a Musin can dodge attacks with ease- running between attacker’s legs, scampering to their sides, jumping to their heads- with acrobatic feats that rival a Hou-zi. Unfortunately, if they miss a dodge... They’re dead meat. A swing from a small dagger is enough to cause a fatal wound to a Musin, incapacitating them for the majority of the fight. Most Musin choose to flee when necessary, and those who stay and fight are rarely considered ‘brave’- moreso foolish.
Musin have a number of abilities that separate them from the other races.
Musin have greater hearing than most races, yet not as good as Ratiki. Loud and sudden noises will startle even the bravest of Musin, causing them to instinctively jump in the air or at least wince. They can allegedly hear things that humans can’t.
- Musin can hear frequencies from 15 Hz to 20 kHz, and do not lose their ability to hear higher frequencies overtime like humans do. A high-pitched buzzing that may be inaudible to a human is audible to a mouse.
Musin have weaker eyesight than most races, yet they have evolved the ability to see in the sunlight over time. Their vision is normal at night, but hampered during the day.
- Musin can see at half clarity (24 blocks) during a sunny day, and at 100% clarity during cloudy days or nights (48 blocks)
Musin are the most nimble of the races, able to twist, dodge, and run away from attacks with ease. This ability comes from their miniature size, which comes with it’s own downsides. Musin cannot take a hit like a dwarf or human could without being seriously wounded.
- A minor hit from a dagger turns into a severe or lethal blow on a little Musin. In general, react to being hit as if every wound is serious. If using the roll system, act as if every hit is one layer of severity higher.
- A Musin takes to dodging quite well, although more in the sense of nimbleness. They can duck and swerve easily, but due to their small size it takes more time to move out of range.
- Musin have FAR less strength than any other race. They cannot kill by hacking and cutting with intense muscle power like most, and have to rely on their dexterity. The only weapon a Musin can really truly cause damage with are finesse-based dueling weapons like rapiers- everything else is nigh uneffective.
Cities and Settlements
- Mousehole, Urguan
- They are a CA race.
- They are the smallest playable race.
- They have lesser souls, and cannot learn voidal magics.