I have to say. This is a pretty interesting roleplay. Quite a challenging one too. I wouldn't mind joining. Certainly wouldn't pass up the opportunity for character generation too, if anyone doesn't mind.
The lion man idea appealed to me, but I hope people didn't mind a few changes. If not, a viable character slot to hang in the air.
Hash'mal (Tiger man - White variety) - Monk - Male
The esoteric Hash'mal clans come from the far east, the large, muscular bodied tiger men who were considered to be as difficult to handle as the barbarians. Their coats tell from which area each individual is from. Yellow beneath black are native to the hostile jungles in the south, and the white beneath black call the northern mountains and ice fields home. Although few consider them civilized due to their strange ways, customs and rituals, the Hash'mal are far from being a scattered race, unified under great kingdoms and systems, ruled by elder patriarchies, monarchies and even empires. The tiger men's trademark personalities are their strength, bravery and intimidating ferocity. Their females are known to be more subtle, secretive and discrete. All Hash'mal are known to be great fighters, skilled in a variety of martial weapons, only utilizing magic to augment their abilities rather than in combat. They do not take kindly to strangers, considered distrusting to many other than those of their kind, and very few travel the world in search for fame and fortune. Most who leave home are traditionally bound to a personal mission, of which they may only return once they have benefitted from the wisdom of their quest.
Our hero is a white tiger man of the Angbook Mountains in the far east*. He was trained to be a monk, a fast, precise and hard hitting hand to hand combatant, ever since he was a cub by the priests of a certain secret cult. His training has hardened his body and quickened his reflexes, as deadly as any weapon could be, and constant mental preparation and testing has steeled his mind to resist psychic attacks and/or domination. However, even if he was raised to be a monk, that did not mean he has no vices, coming a little unconventional and unorthodox than traditional with his ways.
Here's some brief detail on my character's soul. I'll come up with more as I go along:
A cool headed, good hearted, normally shy and timid kind of man. He spent much of his time with the few friends he has rather than out in the open society. Usually the targets of bullies in his early life and later on his more dominant peers. His previous occupation shut him off from much other social contact, except from the world of martial arts, both western and eastern, which he was keen and willing to pick up. It almost became a bit of an obsession to horde and practice with a large collection of swords, knives and staffs he stashed together over a long period of time. When he still lived, he craved for the strength he needed to return to the light, having passed on with many regrets of not being able to live his life to the fullest and of not being of more use to the world at large.
*I'm trying to make it as least Japanese as possible and more Chinese/Siamese here. Mountains equivalent to Tibet. Jungles equivalent to south east asian rainforests. I have yet to decide on a specific martial art but I'll leave it open to a customizable move set.
Just a note. I wont be able to start posting for at least a day or two. I'll try my best to get back by wednesday. I also do understand that the whole neko thing is coming into mind when one reads the stuff up above but my intention was to create a character template that is inspired from the main villain in Kung Fu Panda, Tai Lung. The tiger men I have in my head are far from 'cutesy'.
EDIT: A personal preference. If my character's soul ends up as a non-human hero, I will be abstaining from the hankey pankey and will just be roleplaying as normal. Sorry.