Here's a preview of the revised Nekomusume from the upcoming second edition of Black Tokyo. To your right, Felica cosplayers. Which one, my text or the cosplayers, will generate more pagehits? I suspect the latter.
The Nekomusume are cats in the form of a girl, playful seductive and innocent. They are creatures of magic and supernatural crossbreeding, of gene-cutting and cosmetic surgery. They are an artificial species, a common but none the less stunning sight walking Black Tokyo’s streets. Seeing one, your breath catches in your throat for a moment, amazed the world can be so full of beauty.
The Nekomusume were (at least initially) an artificially created female species- a pretty status symbol and plaything for the rich and decadent. The catlike humanoids can breed true, despite the arcane and hormonal locks on their reproduction, and can produce litters of free Nekomusume. Many integrate into human society, using their natural gifts to disappear into lucrative careers in Black Tokyo’s sex industry. Others fight to free their enslaved mothers and sisters.
In some cities, packs of feral, genetically inferior Nekomusume are common pests: creatures with nearly-human bodies but animal souls. Feral Nekomusume are the exception: in the main, these felinoids are almost intelligent and cunning as their human fathers…despite what their masters and marketing brochures claim.
Nekomusume are petite females, light and tiny even by Japanese standards. Their bodies are just catlike enough to appeal to fetishists. Their bodies are decorated with attractive patches of soft fur that accentuate their bodies and sensuality but hide none of their charms. Their fuzzy ears are long, pointed and semi-prehensile, and are used to express emotion. Most breeds of Nekomusume have long, feline tails that trail between their taut buttocks.
Nekomusume have spongy pads covering the bottoms of their feet and the palms of their hands. Their hands are bigger and cutely pawlike, slightly out of proportion on their tiny frames. Nekomusume usually wear a designer leather or metal choker or collar emblazoned with their master’s contact information or their address. Proud slave Nekos accent their collar with jewels, finely linked golden or platinum chains or melodious bells. Slave Nekos tend to be vain, wearing only the best, as having a harem of attractive and well groomed catgirls is a matter of pride for Black Japan’s monied elite. Feral Nekos, by contrast, dress in thrift store trash, if they’re smart enough to wear clothes at all.
Nekomusume are an artificially created, exclusively female species. They are supposed to be sterile, but quite a few gain the ability to become pregnant, for some reason neither their creators, nor their purchasers can never quite figure out. Some call the race’s unexpected fertility a gift from Kwannon or Inari, others claim it’s a gene sequencing error, or the result of some kind of techno-magical pollution unique to Black Japan. Who knows? Certainly not the Nekos themselves….
Nekomusume give birth to liters of 4-6 tiny, mewling kitten-girls, after a six to seven month pregnancy. Their first pregnancy is the hardest, and death in childbirth is sadly common. They can only sling liters with human males, but never, ever become pregnant through sex with their designated master or purchaser. Only adultery, and the lure of true love and freedom allows Nekos to breed.
Feral Nekomusume are even more fertile, with adults almost constantly pregnant. Feral Nekomusume can bear viable offspring with virtually any humanoid or monstrous humanoid male, giving birth to semi-monstrous cat-hybrids. Feral Nekomusume can produce even the rare male ‘tom’, but toms are outnumbered 10-1 by female kittens.
Nekomusume have a lifespan of about 20 years, but reach sexual and emotional maturity within the first 24 months of their life. They learn quickly, at least as kittens, and tend to be extremely hyperactive until they reach physical maturity. Feral Nekos rarely live that long, with most dying before they reach 8 years old.
Homes and Lands
Most Nekos own nothing, living in a gilded cage as a wealthy man’s plaything. They are often found in the cities, and spend their idle days shopping, visiting the few special salons that cater to the needs of magical half-cats, or even spending their masters’ yen at Fashion Club Nekomini! Feral Nekos keep to the back alleys, and live rough and homeless on subway platforms, cardboard ‘palaces’ and coffin hotels when they can scrounge the funds.
Nekomusume Racial Traits
Size and Type
Nekomusume are Medium humanoids. As Medium creatures they receive no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Nekomusume have a 30 ft base land speed. They also possess a Climb speed equal to their base land speed. They may use either their STR or DEX modifier on Climb checks.
Ability Score Modifiers
+2 DEX, -4 INT, +2 CHA.
Nekomusume are nimble, attractive and natural performers, but their minds are designed for a cute and playful ditziness, not deep thought or abstract reasoning. Even the smartest Nekomusume will seem uneducated and often ignorant compared to a human woman.
Nekomusume have keen, cat like yellow eyes, and possess darkvision with a 60 ft range, and low light vision.
Nekomusume are programmed for sexual expertise, and command huge prices as prostitutes or sex slaves All Nekomusume receive Gifts of Ecstasy as a racial bonus feat.
Feline Nimbus (SU)
A Nekomusume’s skin glows a soft amber when she is happy or sexually aroused, and at will the glamourous feline can cause her body to glow as if enchanted by a either light or dancing lights spell as cast by a first level sorcerer.
While the Nekomusume glows, she brings good luck to all other felines in the area. Any feline creature (an animal, magical beast, another Nekomusume or other feline humanoid, including Felis anthros) within 60 ft of the Nekomusume receives a +1 luck bonus on saving throws, which lasts as long as the Nekomusume chooses to glow.
Padded Feet (EX)
Nekomusume paws are as stealthy as a ninja’s tabi. They receive a +2 racial bonus on Move Silently (Stealth) and Perform (dance) checks.
Nekomusume Alternate Racial Traits
Alley Cat (EX)
Nobody knows the back alleyways, homeless camps and old subway terminals better than a wild catgirl, living free in modern Japan. The Nekomusume receives a +3 racial bonus on Knowledge (streetwise) check
Alley Cat replaces the Nekomusume’s Gifts of Ecstasy racial feat.
Bedroom Genius (SU)
The Nekomusume is considered very defective. However, she was too cute and too useful to cull and so she probably sold for a very low price, a bargain for the cat-girl enthusiast on a budget. What’s the problem? Simple, having a slave that’s too smart (even occasionally) never ends well, and usually ends with master getting his wealthy throat slit.
For 1d4+1 hours after a sexual encounter with any humanoid male, the Nekomusume’s racial penalty to INT is negated. A Nekomusume can only benefit from this trait once per day. The Neko does not receive additional bonus skill ranks or languages due to this temporary increase to her Intelligence.
Bedroom Genius replaces the Feline Nimbus racial trait.
Feral Neko (EX)
The Neko is a genetically inferior kitten, the kind of cat-girl that the TBMS catchers snatch up, tag and gas to death. The feral Neko suffers an additional -2 penalty to INT, to a minimum of 3 INT. Feral Neko are illiterate by default, and must spend 2 skill points to become literate in a language they can speak.
However, Feral Nekos are tougher than average, receiving a +2 racial bonus to their STR scores. These cat girls tend to be faster on their feet, having a base land speed of 35 ft- reflexes matter when dodging traffic and evading predators, including the two legged kind.
This alternate racial package can be chosen by any Nekomusume character at character creation, without giving up any existing racial traits.
Kitten Idol (SU)
Your voice was designed with as much obsessive love as your body, your fur and your pussy and tail. You receive a +3 racial bonus on Perform (sing) checks, and can speak the language of cats as easily as you can humans. You are treated as being under the effects of a permanent Speak with Animals spell that is limited only to feline creatures. You receive a +3 racial bonus on Handle Animal checks involving any kind of feline.
Kitten Idol replaces the Feline Nimbus racial trait.
You were way too assertive to be any millionaire’s sex slave, no matter the temptations, no matter the punishment. You receive Iron Will as a racial bonus feat.
Stray replaces the Nekomusume’s Gifts of Ecstasy racial feat.
Student Kitten (EX)
Occasionally, a batch of Nekomusumes are not sold on the open market. Growing more slowly than others of their kind, they mature more like human girls than cat-girl slaves; tax write offs and long-term sociological research mean that instead of being sold, this special ‘class’ of kitten girls are placed with human foster families, and allowed to attend public school. Most of these semi-free Nekos return to their breeders and allow themselves to be sold when they graduate highschool, but a few live as free cat girls in workaday Black Japan.
You are a Neko in the Young Adult age category, receiving the ability score adjustments common to all pre-teen characters. You reach the Adult age category whenever you graduate high school or gain 4 character levels, whichever comes first.
You are restricted to the Student starting occupation, but may select an additional starting talent available to either Students or Nekomusumes, in addition the starting talent or talents available to all Black Tokyo characters.
Student Kittens only suffer a -2 racial penalty to their INT scores.
Any Nekomusume can select this alternate racial trait without giving up an existing racial trait.
The Anthros of Black Japan
If you are using Fursona: The Definitive Guide to Creating Anthropomorphic Characters (Otherverse Games, 2011) with Black Tokyo, you can treat Nekomusume as unique members of the Felis Minor order. They receive two (2) additional Build Points with which to purchase additional racial abilities.
Virtually all Nekomusume have the Fashion Anthro template, from Fursona III, applied.
Neko manufacturers/breeders, who makes ‘em, what magic megacorps make ‘em- random charts, starting traits for nekos based on their origin, like the living dolls have different corporations, like new day girl corp, ect. Give nekos similar sense of history and place-