The World Inside
Common, Draconic, Infernal, Abyssal
Jungle, swamp, marshes
Between 12 and 16 feet long/5-6.5 feet upright, slim builds with compact muscle. Individual scale coloration varies across tones of reds, oranges, blues, greens, and greys, with more muted colors being more common (though brightly colored patterning is not uncommon). Two eyes mounted facing forwards towards the sides of the head, with between 2 – 4 chin ridges. Forked tongue, purple, blue, or black in coloration.
Once mighty, the Tsirakai are a dying race having been left behind by the march of technology and crippled by those that were once their slaves. In large part, they keep to themselves, and react violently to others, though some groups are starting to realize that if they are to survive, they need to trade with the other races. Their cities, now lying in ruins, are still the primary places of habitation for the Tsirakai people; these massive stone pyramids and ruins lie in the middles of the jungles and swamps that were once the heart of their empire, having fallen into decay after the slave population which maintained them vanished. The Tsirakai worship very dark gods, the most powerful of which is Khumbra, the God of Fear, Death, and the Night, and the Dark Eye of the Heavens. As such, they incorporate fear heavily into their warfare and religious ceremonies – to be captured by the Tsirakai is to meet an unfortunate end indeed.
Other prevalent gods include:
- Khimbrai, Mistress of Murder and Daggers, the Wicked Blade, sister and wife to Khumbra
- Markhul, God of Blood and Pain, the Twin-tailed, son of Khimbrai and Khumbra
- Vareshai, Goddess of Birth, Fertility, and Death, the Weeping Mother and the Silent Tomb, widow of Markhul
- Sclenal, Goddess of Rain and Storms, Bringer of Water and the Wrathful Destroyer, sister to Vareshai
Tsirakai political leadership and military leadership is exclusively male. Any given Khmir (tribe) is led by a male warleader; a generally inherited position that is acquired upon dueling and defeating the previous warleader (whether or not the previous leader is killed or sacrificed to Khumbra is debatable). Despite this apparent patriarchy, Tsirakai actually tend to lean on the matriarchal things due to the fact that their clergy is led solely by females; a male’s only place in the clergy is as part of the coven of a priestess, and as such, the will of the priestesses dominates Tsirakai society.
NOTE: Hermaphrodites are viewed as having the essence of both Khumbra and Khimbrai infused in them, and are considered particularly divine. They are often leaders of large cults or spiritual leaders for entire cities.