Yeti are often mistaken for humans. Physical differences are few, which suggests Humans interbreeding with this race is a common occurrence. Yeti in appearance are stocky and are built naturally with large muscles and a broad frame. They have fair faces and grow thick unruly hair which most commonly is blond or red, though brown haired Yeti are not unheard of. Males average about 6-6.5 feet in height, with females averaging about 5.5-6. One of the few characteristics that separate this species from our own are their small stump-like tail. This tail sometimes is removed in young to promote passing as the Human race. Some Yeti have been found to exhibit the extra joint in their legs, similar to the joint in Vibranni, although this joint is always dormant. The kneecap of this extra joint can cause complications as it can dislodge from the fused joint and float. This problem is genetic and usually happens on the onset of puberty.
The majority of the Yeti herd the forest steer. While the nomadic tribes follow herds of large deer, related to the Great Horned Deer. Many of these tribes are less nomadic and travel between a few stable settlements, generally traveling to them in the change of seasons. During the summer months these Yeti travel to southern villages where they farm rudimentary crops that can grow in the cold climates where they live. Other settlements can be found placed along the ocean or large rivers that flow during the spring through autumn months, where Yeti exhibit their natural knack for fishing.
The sedentary mainland Yeti farm and fish. Their crops consist heavily of potatos, oats, corn, dark greens, nuts, and various fruits such as apples, blueberries, and raspberries. A large portion of their meat comes from the herding of cattle and pig.
The sedentary Yeti living on Manenlande have a very similar diet to those on the mainland. However, while oats and corn are still grown and eaten, the various wild grass and rice make up the bulk of their grain use. They also have a greater dependence on fish, particularly in the coastal region.
On Daily LifeThe daily routine of the mainland Yeti is nearly indistinguishable from that of Humans. However, there are major differences. First, Yeti men have a larger role in the home than Human men. They are expected to help in the daily household chores. Similarly, Women have a larger role outside of the home where they work, participate in community organization, and even serve in the military.
Though traditionally similar to the mainland, the Yeti that live on Manenlande have had their customs blended with those of the Humans that immigrated. It is, in a sense, the best of both worlds, where men and women have achieved the closest to true equality when compared to the rest of Orr.
Still largely a hunter-gatherer society, the nomadic Yeti have a very clear differentiation between tasks for men and women. It is expected for men to hunt and women, along with the children, gather. It should be noted that like in the rest of Yeti culture, the men have a greater role in the home and in child rearing that that of Human men. Men and women share this responsibility, more or less, equally. The men hunt, or fish, in the early morning and when they return, the women leave to gather what they can while the men prepare their catch and keep watch over the children who are not yet old enough to accompany the women.
Yeti live primarily in the country of Titania and are made of two distinct groups. One group lives in small tribes that are often nomadic. They travel between a few small encampments following the herds. Living further north than any others, they are quite accustom to the cold. Due to their isolation, they are wary of the few travelers that visit them.
The other group are those that have created permanent settlements. These Yeti have adapted to a life on the ocean and are considered to be some of the best sailors. In addition to sailing and boat construction, the Yeti are fierce warriors. The Antifordian Universities have hired Yeti to instruct students in combat and seafaring.
The majority of Yeti settlements are patriarchal and most resemble early Human ways of living, strengthening the theory that Humans were once Yeti. In both cultures, honor and bravery are highly valued, regardless of gender. While patriarchal, Yeti women have more authority than the women in Human culture or men in Vibranni culture.
The common belief is that the Yeti are a blood thirsty people. It is true that the Yeti have a fondness of displaying physical prowess, and that is mostly accomplished through physical altercations. However, the Yeti have produced some of the finest arts, created a vast culinary culture, and pushed animal husbandry as far as possible without further technology, their cavalry of Great Horned Deer is considered to be the best cavalry known to exist or have existed. In addition, they have some of the most widely regarded stories and hold some of the grandest festivals, such as the Machen Bachen.
In terms of religion, most Yeti do not directly worship the gods that they believe created them. The nomadic tribes have a spirit worship that is similar to that of the sedentary Yeti. According to mythology, the gods that created all life perished after giving life to the Yeti. After that, the Yeti began to control their own fate, hoping to live up to the greatness that preceded them. Most Yeti worship their ancestors, or those that came before them that reached greatness. This is seen prominently in the celebration of Fornyelse. Whether or not the individual existed is not of much concern to them. The stories they tell, teach lessons in how to act and behave in society. An honor system is still observed, however it has been modified to better fit the modern times. Belief in an afterlife is quite common, and many still believe that those who have acted honorably will travel to Hallaer and those who have dishonored themselves will be sent to Vanaer.
The Elders are the ruling body of the mainland Yeti, and consequently Titania. The body is comprised of seven individuals who have been appointed to rule for life by a vote of the leaders of the smaller communities. The leaders of the smaller communities are appointed by the people and each community has the freedom to select the method of rule preferred. Women have no restrictions when it comes to serving as community leaders. The nomadic Yeti still fall under the rule of the Elders. However, they are mostly left to their own rule since it is usually difficult to have open lines of communication with the small groups traveling in the far north.
Yeti generally pair in couples to raise a few children. These couples most often heterosexual, but homosexuality and triad mating systems have also been observed.
With humans, interbreeding yields fertile offspring and these offspring do well in both types of society.
With Vibranni, on the other hand, interbreeding will yield fertile offspring that looks similar to either race, depending on the characteristics of each parent. Because of the class structure, the offspring may fit in, or be discarded from Vibranni life.
If a half child has been born with the Yeti, they tend to be more susceptible to diseases and generally have a hard time adjusting to the brutal climates of the north.