Tasloi (pronounced: /ˈtæzlɔɪ/ TÆZ-loy) were humanoid jungle-dwellers whose race was thought to be thousands of years old. While very quick and nimble between the trees, tasloi were easily dazzled in bright sunlight, preferring to stay below the jungle canopy. Despite this, tasloi did possess low-light vision. They spoke their own language, but some also spoke common or Sylvan.
Tasloi were 3-feet tall with gold, cat-like eyes; their green skin was thinly covered in coarse, black hair. They had a stooped, crouching posture and their knuckles dragged on the ground when they walked.
Tasloi lived in small groups consisting of several families. Their lairs were usually a series of large trees interconnected by vines and ropes, constructed on platforms high in the jungle canopy. On the ground below the platforms they raised dire rats or spider eaters as beasts of burden and mounts. If the village did have any spider eaters, those beasts were reserved as steeds for the most powerful tasloi in the settlement.
Tasloi normally attacked from above, dropping from the treetops onto unwary opponents. If they managed to gain surprise, they used nets to ensnare adversaries, otherwise attacking with their short swords and javelins. They always used hit-and-run tactics in order to wear down tough foes, thus avoiding any stand-up fights. Tasloi always tried to abscond with slain bodies, thus saving food for the group.
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