“In the trader’s tongue of certain Mwangi tribes, ‘charau’ literally translates as ‘beware.’ It is a cry of alarm, a shout raised when a village catches fire or a flash flood strikes, a word shouted by guards when they spot the enemy. The ‘charau-ka,’ then, are the watch-out people, the foes who lurk always in the forest. Charau-ka! Beware them! “But did the charau-ka get their name from the word for danger? Or is the ape-men’s name for themselves instead the root of the word? Only the jungle knows. And the jungle keeps its secrets.”
—Jalus Ebincott, Professor of Xen’drik Studies, Morgrave University
The charau-ka are ape-men, somewhere between monkeys and chimpanzees in shape. When standing upright, an average specimen is approximately 3 feet tall, but most go hunched over in a simian fashion as they leap and brachiate through the trees. There is little difference between male and female charau-ka in terms of strength or size, although the males tend to be somewhat more aggressive. All charau-ka are covered in thick hair, and most see no need for clothing, although they may wear armor or belts and bandoliers to carry their few possessions.
Knowledge: Charau-ka are humanoids who can see well in complete darkness as well as dim light. They also have an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Charau-ka are also masters of thrown weapons; they all are extremely accurate and deadly with any weapon thrown from their fists. They also have a tendency to enter into what people call a shrieking frenzy, for good reason, imbuing them with supernatural speed.