Beastfolk is a name used to describe several different races of which appear as a mixture of human and animal. Historically, relations have been uneasy with non-beastfolk races. In The Maelstrom, most beastfolk are concentrated in Najar and Medias, where they enjoy widespread acceptance despite only representing 2% of the combined population.
Their origins are unknown, but it's believed they are from the Outer World. Some of their oral history indicates they were created in ancient times, leading some believe that they are the result of magical experimentation on animals and humans or elves. However, these stories often contradict others, which indicate they have always been the way they are. Some historians believe the stories of artificial creation may have been made up to gain acceptance from humans.