The Scalathi, or sometimes referred to as Scathi by humans, are a race of what humans would call reptile-like humanoids. Although not as populous humans, they are cunning survivors, intelligent, and closer to nature than most. They are a proud race, protective of their own kind, and extremely observant of the world around them.
Most Scalathi stand between 5’7″ to 7′ tall. They walk like humans on their hind legs while manipulating weapons and objects with their forelimbs. But they are very reptilian in appearance, with scaled skin, lizard-like heads, clawed hands and feet, and long tails.
Their heads are reptilian in every aspect. The shape and look vary depending on family, but are very akin to monitor and basilisk type reptiles. They have no visible ears, and their nostrils are located at the top tip of their muzzles. Inside their mouths their front top and bottom teeth are sharp incisors, with a short row of molars in the back for chewing.
They are a versatile race, some being thin and wiry, others large and bulky, much akin to how humans can vary in size and shape. They range in hide varieties as well, some possessing fine-smooth scaled skin reminiscent of a snake, to heavily scaled with thick, rough plates similar to alligators. No matter the scale type their skin is thick and durable, far more so than humans, taking more than minor incidents to break their tough hides.
Nearly all Scalathi are smooth and sleek, without any form of adornments on their bodies except for a short, fin-like structures extending from their forearms, between the wrist and elbow, and a set of thick webbing between their large reptilian feet. However some have developed spines that grow out the back of their heads and occasionally down the spine and tail.. These spines commonly decorate their heads, varying in size, some being very short while others very large and long, giving them the appearance of a ‘crown’ or ‘mane’. These spines are fleshy, much like their own hide skin, and are flexible. Occasionally some have have a line of large, thick, rough-looking scale plates running down the spine, which are extremely hard and jagged.
Some possess very little in the way of markings, often leaning toward one shade and slight variations of that shade all over their body. Others have patterns much akin to those any snake can possess. Their scales can come in a variety of colorations; yellows, browns, beige, ivory, sand, grays, to copper, bronze, gold, through all sorts of vibrant, deep greens, to even pure black. Rarely are other colors seen, such as blue, red, violet, or orange, and usually these are only accent colors.
All Scalathi have large reptilian feet, with long foot pads and long clawed toes. Between each toe is a band of fleshy skin, that helps propel them in water. They all also possess a strong thick tail, which is very reminiscent of an alligator’s tail, thick at the base and tapers off into a point, angled on the sides to aid them in swimming and also as an extra weapon for defense.
Their genitals are very reminiscent of humans in looks and function, but it is hidden in an inverted pouch under their skin (for both male and female), like those of a reptile. So, amidst their society it is not rare to see individuals walking around ‘naked’. Even so it is common for them to wear some form of clothing, such as pants, loincloths, or girths. Females do not have breasts, for they lay eggs.
Although their views on love differ than that of humans, the concept is not lost to them. They enjoy the closeness of another, and although they do not kiss due to their physical makeup, they find great pleasure in nuzzling and licking. The Scalathi typically mate with one partner for their entire life span. Only the highest ranking Scalathi may have more than one ‘wife’ or ‘husband’ in an effort to form the best bloodlines for the nobility.
About eight months after a successful mating, they usually lay one or two grapefruit sized eggs that have hard, leathery shells. Once laid, the eggs double to the size of a watermelon and hatch about a month later. Scalathi newborns are able to walk upright on their legs within twenty four hours of hatching. They can’t speak, however, for several years, and so emit small chirping sounds to their mother, much like baby crocodiles do. Scalathi reach adulthood at the age of seventeen. On average a Scalathi can live up to 125 years of age.
Females are fiercely protective of their young, and even the clan’s young. Any orphaned Scalathi children are adopted by other females and are treated just like one of their own. It’s said that a Scalathi female’s parental instincts are so strong that they have even been known to adopt human children.
Scalathi are by far one of the best swimmers of all the Calamian races. They can swim fast and see underwater perfectly due to their second clear eyelid that acts as a protective skin for the eye. They can also hold their breath for an exceedingly long amount of time, as they do not need as much oxygen to filter through their body as other races do. It has been recorded that a scalathi held their breath underwater for up to two hours.
The scalathi are by far more in tune with nature than most races. They live off the land in harmony, feeding off what their habitat gives them. They are cultivists, and enjoy growing plants that can withstand their watery habitats.
There are scalathi craftsmen and women, however, their skills are considered primitive by most races. For the most part, they make tools and weapons from readily available material, such as stone, bone, shell, or wood, with their favored material being obsidian. Yet in battle, these weapons often prove as effective as most man-made items. Scalathi do trade with other races from time to time. What they trade and how often depends on the sub-species.
The Scalathi are omnivores, favoring earthy foods like mushrooms, onions, leafy greens and many roots and bulbs. They also enjoy fruits, such as pears and oranges. However, they are also stealthy predators, feeding primarily on meats such as fish, shellfish, deer, or any other abundant game in their region.
Scalathi despise the orc population for their hand in their kingdom’s past downfall, and also hold a strong disapproval of the demons in general. They are also skeptical of humans, wary and generally not impressed with them, for the race is often as destructive as the orcs, and has in the past conveniently forgotten the Scalathi’s role in assisting humans in the War of Daishevar. Scalathi are not overtly social with other races on general, and so relations with them have not been truly established.
The majority of all scalathi live in the Mothendar region, although in ages past all of southern Auraton were once called Ourda. The Ourda region had been controlled by the scalathi, but war with the demons and human invasion has broken their lands apart. Scalathi are much more scattered about the globe now than they had in their golden age, and so besides the current city states in Auraton, there are other settlements located in rural areas of Calamia that are not heavily influenced by the larger empire.
You can read more on the Scalathi Empire in the History section of the Library.
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