The Laion are a race divided. Half the species believes in peace and helping anything or anyone, whereas the other half are a vicious, feral bunch of hunters. It’s the classic divide, but in this case they are complete polar opposites. At the core of it, the Laions are a race of extremely tall (10-15 ft tall) felines with extremely large hands and trunk-like feet. Distinguishing features include a repressed mane, deep set eyes, forehead jewel and jewel covered feet. These jewels are tradition among both factions, they are forcibly applied with extreme heat when the Laions are very young.
The Benevolent faction of the Laions believe they didn’t build themselves up to this high point of societal and technological advancement, but they believe a higher power bestowed this knowledge upon them. Guiding them through difficult times and picking them up if they were to stumble. This belief keeps them out of most conflicts in the universe, backing out of potentially hazardous confrontation before they are put into danger. Their monk like lifestyle has served them well for millennia.
The Feral faction of the Laions believe that there is nothing more to life than the pride or pack. The thought that an advanced being bestowed some form of intelligence upon their race is absurd to the Feral faction. They believe everything they’ve achieved was due of hard work and clawing their way to the top. They travel on all fours as opposed to walking long distances on their hind legs. The Feral Laions also let their manes grow out and have sharpened their feet jewels. They wear armor that has been passed down from previous generations. The ancestral armor is all battered and damaged.