As I initially picture it, here's the initial overview of the Ursinae, Blessed Children of The Bear.
There is are fundamental truths in this world...
Where there is truth, there is deception...
Where there is light, there is darkness...
There are those who cannot accept such truths.
Such is the burden of the Ursinae, Children of the Bear
To bear the watch so others may continue to live in sunlit innocence.
These are the fundamental facts instilled into each Ursina cub from birth.
This is why we must stand watch at the Mouth.
A portal leading into a dark place where dread things sleep and dwell.
To stand at the gate barring the way.
None may enter, and none may leave.
This was the first of many lessons of Arctias, Mother of Us All
To her Children, the First Amongst The Ursinae.
- Vetus, Sage Elder of the Tremarc Tribe
The Ursinae are a proud and reclusive People. Residing deep in the forests they have devoted their lives to their most sacred of duties, the guardianship of the caves. The Ursinae regard caves as both a sacred as well as profane area where none other than the Ursinae may tread. They are fanatically devoted to keeping this true and will do anything to keep out outsiders. Ursinae territories are renowned for their inhospitable nature as the Children of the Bear maintain an constant vigil and have rigged their territories with traps, some hidden, some not, false paths, and other diversions.
The Children allow strangers into their territories, even the most trusted are usually kept on the outer range of the forests, far from the sacred sites. While not an inhospitable people, the Children are notoriously strict about wanderers. Those who do not follow the proscribed paths or are accompanied by a Child are invariably killed for their trespasses, their bodies hung up like scarecrows at the borders of their territories as a warning. Within their established territories, the Ursinae are nearly unbeatable. They are intimately familiar with the terrain and its features and have no issue exploiting it for their maximum benefit.
The Children are a highly mystical and superstitious People, also a product of their teachings. They venerate Arctias, Mother of Us All who is considered the first Ursinae in existence. Arctias was the one who gave the earliest Ursinae their duty and instructions on how to carry it out. Reputedly, the Mother of Us All also was the one who taught the Ursinae their strange magic. Ursinae magic is reputedly derived from their communion with the Void in the caves. Each Child before being assigned a Cave to guard is expected to have successfully communed with the Void once. The proof is to be able to use said magic or so the legend goes.
There have been very few eyewitnesses who have ever seen an Ursinae practice their magic in front of non-Ursinae. Reputedly, in communing with the Void the Ursinae are able to manipulate the Void and the shadows of all things to perform dark miracles. The Ursinae dismiss such claims, chalking up to fearful propaganda spread by the other People. As for their magic, the Ursinae will only say that it girds themselves to better able perform their sacred duty.
The Children despite their brusque demeanor are quite hospitable to guess as it is part of their culture to be extend hospitality to those who ask for it. However, they will not brook violations of their hospitality. Such breaches constitute an automatic ejection from Ursinae territories, upon pain of death. Ursinae despite their solitary nature form tight familial bonds and units. Ursinae value the virtue of loyalty as the highest amongst all virtues. The first loyalty of an Ursinae is to their sacred duty and then their families. All other ties are of lesser importance for they are not linked directly to the Ursinae by blood.