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Source: Inner Sea Bestiary, pg(s). 25
Lashunta women constantly plot and maneuver for political positions within their scattered city-states, each of which is ruled by a woman either elected to or inheriting her position. These connections are strengthened through trade alliances, interbreeding, and defense pacts, with conflict typically limited to feuds over honor and ceremonial combat.
Lashunta have their own language, also called Lashunta, and rely on telepathic and magical communication between their city-states. They discovered and understood the interplanetary portals that link their planet to others long ago, and formed a particularly close bond to the inhabitants of Akiton.
Lashunta women look like idealized humans or elves, and many people of other races cite them as the most beautiful humanoids of Golarion's solar system. The protection of their settlements also falls to lashunta women, and bands of shotalashu-mounted lashunta warriors constantly fight rampaging fauna and formians that encroach on their civilization.
Lashunta men are a stark contrast to the race's powerful, shapely women. They stand barely half the height of their female counterparts, are nearly twice as broad, and are covered in hair. Despite their rugged appearance and impulsiveness in battle, they can be just as intelligent as lashunta women and often have an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
Due to Castrovel's warmth and humidity, few lashunta wear any more clothing than is necessary to complete a task.
Connections with shotalashu
Lashunta warriors form close telepathic bonds with their shotalashu mounts, making them incredibly effective mounted combatants. When a bonded shotalashu or rider dies, the surviving party suffers lasting emotional trauma.
Such lashunta have natural telekinetic and telepathic abilities, which are especially prevalent among lashunta warriors who telepathically bond with their telepathically sensitive shotalashu mounts. These innate capabilities help make Castrovel the solar system's dominant home of psychics.
In writing, lashunta is used for both singular and plural forms.
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