Greetings and welcome! I am the Empress of all things Smokey! We look forward to seeing what you bring to the table, Warlord.
As anyone here will tell you, be sure to read the wiki. Start with New Player's Guide and go through the links you can from there. Creating a character is rather daunting, but don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. We have all done that, and some of us still do so. But above all: Have Fun!
Freespacers are definitely an option, but I don't know that I'd recommend them for your first character. They're a pretty complex race to play, and there's a fair bit of history that you have to keep in mind to play them, so I tend to recommend you start with one of the easier races and look at the 'Spacers for your next character.
Good thing impalement under martial law was so frequent and easy, trying to be a tyrant is a like riding a wild giant bird.
It's huge, it probably wants to eat you instead of going where you want to go, so every now and again you shock the crap out of it and make it eat a few troublesome people.
Could you clarify that for us? The grand majority of neko fit the body type most people would consider "slender", since they're usually under five and a half feet tall, and fairly light for their size.