This is to be the first post in a series of posts about the Far Land, the Echoes of Ashes universe, and my various inspirations and thought processes that I went through when creating the world that my characters live in.
The felidae are a race in the Far Land that are essentially cat people. The description in the book is as follows:
"The felidae, or cat folk, are known to be both clever and quiet, dealing often with money and trade, and with their sly tongues are often able to secure the most fruitful bargains. A handsome species, they come in all sorts of colors and breeds. Their tails vary in length, their ears and muzzles as well, all together simply appearing to be bipedal cats, but with the ability to spin the smoothest of tales, and tell the most convincing and wicked lies."
The above photo is of Midiga, one of the main characters in the novel. She is an independent huntress, a mother figure, and fierce friend.
My inspiration for the felidae came from several places. I think the biggest inspiration came from The Elder Scrolls game series, as I would always play as the Khajiit race; a race of anthropomorphic cat people.
Another reason I created the felidae was because I wanted to create a race dichotomy within my novel, an issue which Midiga herself struggles with. Racism is prevalent in our society, and I wanted to be able to address that issue full on. So, along with the felidae, I created the canids, a race of dog people, playing on the stereotypical cats-disliking-dogs trope.
The felidae and canids have a troubled history with each other. Felidae especially dislike canids, viewing them as clumsy, stupid, and dirty. Canids see felidae as pretentious, weak, and untrustworthy. Each set of stereotypes seem to make sense, but usually are exaggerated and incorrect. There are of course plenty of intelligent canids, and humble felidae.
Nevertheless, this racial divide is prevalent throughout the book, plaguing Midiga's life. She struggles with her prejudices, sometimes feeling justified in her views, and other times recognizing that they are wrong.
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