The jánah are not truly native to this world, and this is written as part of their rich cultural heritage and epic tradition. Ancient holy writings speak of their most divine gods, the Great Mother and Father, fleeing from beyond the Edge of Heaven in an attempt to escape the ravages of a terrible evil known as the Devourer. In their flight, the divine couple came upon Dárdünah and placed upon it their blessed children, the Devah, who would eventually give birth to all the peoples of the various nations before becoming the deities worshiped by the many races of the known world.
The races of the jánah are, of course, anthropomorphic animals. The wide variety of animals is explained in their holy texts by legends of the Great Mother disguising her children with many forms to hide them from the Great Devourer and his demons. Physically they are fairly much human, but they retain their prominent animal features such as trunks, horns, tails, winged arms, etc. Picture, in essence, an animal-headed human adorned with whatever talons, fur, scales, or feathers the animal would have.