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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
The Aslan are an intelligent major race evolved from carnivore/pouncers on the world Kuzu, situated 135 parsecs Rimward from Capital; having an established interstellar empire spinward and Rimward of the Imperium; in addition, large numbers have settled within the Imperium.
Aslan stand roughly human-sized, averaging 2.0 meters in height and weighing about 100 kg. They are descended from four-limbed, upright, bipedal carnivore/pouncer stock originally adapted to a solitary arboreal existence.
They have good night vision, a heightened sense of smell, and retractable claws (vestiges of earlier days) which can still prove useful in brawls. Socially, Aslan group themselves in voluntary families (containing two to twelve adults and a varying number of children) for most purposes, including commerce and recreation.
The earliest Terran explorers saw in them a vague resemblance to the Terran lion, and they have been described (by Terrans) as lion-like ever since, although there is very little true similarity. The derivation of the word Aslan is unknown.
There are two sexes, male and female. The most notable external difference is the increased size and mane of the former. Females outnumber males by 3:1.
Aslan have a single highly specialized dewclaw under each thumb which folds back jacknife fashion into a horny covering in the base of the thumb and palm.
A vast Aslan-dominated empire (the Aslan Hierate) lies far to rimward, but Aslan themselves have ranged well beyond its borders, with many settling within the Imperium and attaining full status as citizens. As citizens, they subordinate themselves to Imperial authority, although they have remained culturally separated from human society. Aslan serve in the Imperial armed forces; they achieve nobility; they pay taxes; they run businesses.
The Aslan have been Imperial allies (although rather passive) in the wars against the Solomani.