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new NPCs for the next session tomorrow. everybody calls Allium "Onion Rings" but they don't like that. phasianae is just a little birdie . and that last guy is using a fake identity. dont worry about it

aand here's my epyllion PC to match

doing an epyllion campaign with some friends & here are some backstory-relevant characters

two currently established and cleaned up glider racial profiles, Vulturines and Longways. worth noting is that functionally 'glider' refers to their genus, and each flavor of glider is an individual species. all of the glider species at present are closely enough related to interbreed, however, they cannot do so reliably and any offspring produced is infertile.

★ domestication, and also horses

across naduul, you will seldom see a civilization with no domesticated animals. in the och chochoch river valley of the western continent, birthplace of the valleyfolk, you'll see a smattering of goats and sheep, and in the north you'll often find small hogs being led along by the warm-hearts in their travels. domesticated birds and gryphons are also common across the western and eastern continents alike, primarily for meat, though breeds kept for their feathers are kept as well.

of horses, intriguingly, only one species has been domesticated-- the largest species of minor horse, and an extremely social one at that. only seen on the eastern continent, they are kept by gliders, typically by the sedentary societies. they are bred for meat, and are routinely clipped completely to ensure they cannot fly away. other species of minor horse go undomesticated for their skittishness and smaller stature.

there is good reason that only the minor horse has been tamed. major horses are towering and bulky, and though they are flightless they are wholly capable of using their wings for violence. they are often extremely hostile, and their groups are small and temporary, only in the interest of self preservation. most have a single, thick horn sprouting from the top of their head, excellent for goring their opponents during breeding season and any misguided sapient looking to domesticate another species. it is widely accepted that the only difference between the major horse and a god of death is that a god of death has the grace to kill you cleanly.

★ Warm-Hearts

known for their compassion in spades, the valamin have been named for this most vital trait in almost every language except ones of their own. their names for themselves are numerous and varied, but the most common one, valamin, is often translated into common as 'wandering.'

originally hailing from a comfortable river valley in the western continent, the warm-hearts were driven off by the valleyfolk not too long after the two populations discovered each other. resources may not have been scarce, but they were fiercely defended, and it was significantly easier for the majority to flee to the north and live in snow than to face opponents who had already had significantly more practice in battle. though they'd been displaced, they were quick to adapt, and made quick work of thick-furred residents of the tundras to steal their warmth.

the warm-hearts are extremely sociable amongst themselves, though tend to be wary of outsiders. physical contact plays a significant role in all relationships, highly valued for strengthening bonds and sharing warmth, both of which often being hard to come by in the harsh north. it is considered good practice to greet with hugs.

★ Gliders

dubbed the skadoun in their myriad native tongues and gliders in pidgins and those of other species, these often nomadically-inclined descendants of griffins are known for the cultures among them who migrate frequently across continents and seas. despite this, most of the population remains concentrated on one continent, and there are plenty of sedentary agricultural glider societies.

pigments are very frequently used for body and facepainting throughout various cultural groups, typically as a status symbol of some kind, though specific symbols, meanings, and the circumstances of using bodypaints are unique between cultures and some eschew them entirely in favor of horn carvings or crafted ornamentation. usage of these signifiers is often so specific between cultures that it is widely frowned upon to use the patterns and placements of other groups knowingly, as it is deceptively easy to misuse them.

also like heres some dragon bc im reworking the sapient species bit by bit so there's like. more shit because i think that's cool

theres gonna be... a lot of subspecies... and maybe this time ill manage to get a map right 4 once