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Khajiit Physiology - Phases and Forms

Author: 
Raptormeat, Revised by Lady Nerevar
Librarian Comment: 

A summary of Khajiit Physiology based on the ja-Kha'jay (Lunar Lattice).

The Khajiit are the mysterious cat-like race that inhabits the deserts of Elsweyr. The 1st Pocket Guide to the Empire reports that there are  ranging from what might look like a normal tiger to what could almost be called a tailed, clawed human. The ja-Kha'jay (Lunar Lattice), which is a mysterious force related to the phases of Nirn's twin moons, determinines which form a Khajiit will take.

 

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Ohmes-raht: Similar in size and shape to humans, but with light fur and a tail.

 

This was the form found in Daggerfall. 

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Ohmes: This form is similar in appearance to the Bosmer, sometimes shorter. Due to their man-like appearance, the Ohmes are the most common breed of Khajiit outside of Elsweyr. They are commonly employed as diplomats and adventurers. Ohmes tattoo their faces to resemble their more feline brethren. Ohmes do not have phalic barbs. They are commonly known as "man-faced" Khajiit.

 

This was the form found in Arena. 

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Suthay-raht: Walk upright but are more cat-like than Ohmes-raht. Suthay-raht have a slight degree of phalic barbs. Sometimes called "ja'khajiit" by other races, though this is a misnomer. 

 

This form was found in Redguard and Morrowind. 

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Suthay: Similar to Suthay-raht but smaller and weaker.

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Cathay-raht: Similar to the Suthay-raht, but larger and stronger. Described as looking like upright jaguars. Cathay-raht have phalic barbs. 

 

Therris, from the Real Barenziah series, was a Cathay-raht. 

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Cathay: Larger and stronger than a Suthay-raht, but smaller than a Cathay-raht.

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Tojay-raht: Nothing is known about the Tojay-raht. There is speculation that it may be a bipedal form

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Tojay: Nothing is known about the Tojay except that it is probably smaller than the Tojay-raht

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Senche-raht: At the size of a large horse, the Senche-raht is twice as tall as a Senche and can weigh as much as fifty Altmer. Has straighter legs and shorter body (relative to size) than a Senche, the Senche's other characteristics apply to the Senche-raht as well. Ridden, especially in battle. Known as "Battlecats" to Imperials.

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Senche: A smaller version of the Senche-raht, similar to the Pahmar-raht. Its forelimbs are thick and 1.5 times longer than their hindlimbs, giving them an ape-like appearence. The Senche's coat is tawny and stripped in red-brown. Stand as tall as an Altmer and weigh as much as twenty. They are sprinters, not long distance runners, and are often used as mounts for by other Khajiit. 

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Pahmar-raht: Like a Pahmar, but larger, more powerful.

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Pahmar: Similar to a tiger.

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Alfiq-raht: Probably like the Alfiq but larger.

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Alfiq: Similar in appearence to domesticated cats. Can understand human speech but cannot speak it.

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Dagi-raht: Similar in all respects to the Dagi, while somewhat larger, however not overly so as they are able to dwell in higher tree branches, like the Dagi. It can be assumed that, like their smaller cousins, they are naturally skilled in the use of magic.

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Dagi: A less-common form of Khajiit, Dagi live in the trees of the Tenmar forrest. Due to their smaller size and light weight, they are able to dwell in the higher branches which even the Bosmer cannot reach. The Dagi have a natural affinity for magic, and are known spellcasters, a characteristic often taken advantage of in Khajiiti battle-tactics; they appear to be just as skilled as any capable magic user.

 

Mane: The Mane is a unique form of Khajiit born when a 3rd moon appears in the sky. Only one Mane exists at any one time, and Khajiiti believe that the Mane is one soul incarnating into different bodies. Traditionally, all Khajiit would shave their hair and braid it into the Mane's mane, but the large population of modern Elsweyr has made this tradition impractical. Manes may still wear the braids of their tribe and his warrior guard. Due to the weight of all this hair, the Mane cannot move and must be carried on a palaquin by his Cathay-raht servants. 

 

Sources

Douglas Goodall's posts

Interview with Three Booksellers

Minutes of the Lusty Argonian Historical Society, Frostfall 3E 432

Mixed Unit Tactics

Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st edition