The Scalathi are a race of 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. While they are not prone to unwarranted violence, scalathi are very territorial. Those who they find unsavory or unwanted, who intend harm to their lands, may just find themselves in a watery grave.
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. Their sizes can vary, much akin to humans. However, they are very reptilian in appearance, with full scaled bodies, lizard-like heads, clawed hands and feet, and long powerful tails.
Their heads 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.
Their scale textures can vary, from that of a snake, a lizard, to a crocodile. 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. Some have developed spines that grow out the back of their heads and occasionally down the spine and tail.
Scalathi can have single tone scales or patterns much akin to those any reptile 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 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.
Scalathi’s view on love differs from most humanoids, though the concept is not lost to them. They enjoy the closeness of others, and find great pleasure in nuzzling and licking. The Scalathi however, tend to have family groups. These can consist of more than one partner, males and/or females. These groups raise young together, as a family unit. Females are especially protective of young, and even the clan’s young. Any orphaned Scalathi children are adopted by other family units and treated no different than their own children. It’s said that a Scalathi female’s parental instincts are so strong that they have even been known to adopt abandoned human children.
About eight months after mating, females usually lay one or two grapefruit sized eggs that have hard, leathery shells. Once laid, the eggs 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. Scalathi reach adulthood at the age of 16. On average a Scalathi can live up to 125 years of age.
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. They are also cold-blooded – which is one of the many reasons why you typically only see scalathi in the southern warmer regions of Auraton, Shanar, and Ethardowan. A scalathi outside these regions will have difficulty regulating their body temperature.
The scalathi are by far more in tune with nature than most races, and prefer very wet lands to live. 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.
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. They are also skeptical and wary of humans, for they feel that they can be just as destructive as the orcs.
The majority of all scalathi live in the Mothendar and Valspar regions, although they do have some settlements in the eastern most lands of Shanar. 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, the destruction of their kingdom by orcs, and human invasion has scattered their people, and broke them into many different clans.