Mountain Tlaxu have a shaggy coat of hair all over (about 2 inches in length) which is a pale ginger colour when young and gradually darkens to a rich orange. Dark brown-black stripes develop with maturity, and the individual patterns of these stripes is the way most humans discern individual Tlaxu. The Mountain Tlaxu have larger ears than their cousins, often with tufted fur at the tips.
Mountain Tlaxu wear little, except for adornments. Their fur keeps them warm
enough, and they have no concept of nudity. What items they do wear tend to
be decorative or magical talismans. They will wear the hides, or various
parts, of animals that they have killed. They are fond of jewelry, especially
Mountain Tlaxu are by nature solitary creatures. They live by hunting wild
game. Male Tlaxu have a territory that they range within, guarding it from
intruders and hunting whatever lives within its bounds. Female Tlaxu are
wanderers. They will pass through the territory of several males before
finding a mate, and when this happens the male and female then share the
hunting grounds. Parents raise a single cub at any one time, taking turns to
teach it they lore of hunting and survival. When the cub has come of age
(its stripes have developed and it has successfully hunted by itself), the
cub is sent away. If male, he will wander until he can establish a territory.
If female, she will wander until she finds a male she wishes to marry. The
parents may then decide for another child.
Mountain Tlaxu are uneasy in the presence of more than their family group, and it is unlikely to find them in a human city, or even a village. Mountain explorers, such as Vug Harvesters, learn to read the Tlaxu territory markings and avoid them. Tlaxu rarely attack without warning, but some Tlaxu consider their territory marking warning enough. These markings have a visual element (usually claw marks in tree bark) and a scent element, readable only by other Tlaxu.
Tlaxu can see partially into the spirit realm. Because of this they have an animistic religion, and revere certain places in the mountains as sacred. These locations are cared for by shaman, specialised Tlaxu who remain in one place and learn how to placate the local spirit. Shamans need to do little in the way of hunting, as the local hunting Tlaxu will bring them offerings in exchange for healing, wisdom and magical gifts. Shamans are forbidden from mating, but choose apprentices from amongst wandering Tlaxu who enter their domain. These apprentices are trained in the ways of the spirits, and takes over from the shaman when he or she dies.