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Thu, Jan. 5th, 2006, 05:04 pm
barrowhound: On Khibakrhi

Khibakrhi are a construct race, created five hundred years ago by the kenaki, their first and best loved effort in this little hobby of theirs.
The khibakrhi were created to be merchants, and they fulfil this purpose well. Countless gythe were hacked to pieces to provide the raw materials in their creation. They find pleasure and peace in work, but they are not gythe. Creativity and cold cunning are their principal strengths. Their emotions are closer to those we are familiar with, and they possess a great deal of manipulative empathy, but not much in the way of sympathy. They do not experience remorse, nor do they honor any emotion that does not serve themselves or their masters.
Once created, the khibakrhi quickly earned their freedom, by way of deliberately playing on their creators sense of pity and fairness. If they do their job willingly and well, they say, why should they be slaves?
They are legally recognized as a free race by the Emrikalen government. They can own property and slaves, and can form and join guilds. They have a history of carefully minding their behavior, so that their legal status doesn't come into question. They focus, instead, on benefiting from trouble other people cause. Most manage the finances and business of the kenaki, the Emrikalens, or the guilds.
The kenaki simply adore them, but the khibakrhi know that their creators aren't bound by that, and will take action if they become more trouble than their worth, so they remain, largely, loyal. The implanted instinct to obey has been removed from their minds as a gesture of trust.

Khibakrhi stand three to four feet tall. Their skin is covered with short, furry fuzz over pale skin, like a baby mouse. Their features are somewhat equine, but juvenile, like a young foal, instead of a grown horse. They appear, simply put, deceptively and disarmingly innocent. Their manes are mops of hair, usually a few shades darker than their fur. Their hands have two fingers and a thumb, and their feet have two hooved toes, with a vestigial claw further up the leg. Their tails are long, thin, and prehensile, with a tuft at the tip.

The vast majority are in the employ of kenaki, or another khibakrhi. The males tend to hoard wives, and the wealthy ones will keep harems. The eldest child is expected to take over the family business, with the younger children assisting or starting similar buisness or branches, or marrying a khibakrhi of parental choosing.
Despite their tendencies, male and female khibakrhi are seen as equal by each other in business and culture. There's no shame in being supported by a male khibakrhi, provided one doesn't become idle.
They usually own or employ at least one carosen, who are instinctively disposed to obey khibakrhi. This instinct is so strong, in the carosen, that even khibakrhi not actively employing one will almost always have a few in tow.

Their diluted gythetic heritage has given the khibakrhi both an unusual vulnerability to mental magic, and the inability to use it. Khibakrhi cannot use Lun magic, but can instantly detect the presence of silver or black magic, which is slightly painful to them.