D R A A K H A R G, Populus Draakii
Race: Draak Harg
Class: Draak Harg
Other names: Anthro Draaks, Drakonids, Draakfolk, Slaver Draaks, Trader Draaks, Leather Skins, Tooth Faces.
Allegiance: Dark Legion of Demons
The Draak Harg, meaning dragon men in their own tongue, or true Draak Harg are reptilian inteligent dragon men of a roughly humanoid configuration that live througout Aels, Zarhuy and Hieyoks. A broader sense of the term Draak Harg includes all the Draaki dragon peoples -such as Draakans, Siggos and Aminiotas, is not used in this article. The term Draak Harg here applies only to the dragon men within the subfamily of the Draak harg.
The specific Draak Harg are the most populous group of dragon men, they are the most commonly seen and that humans and most other humanoids are used to dealing with.
One of the most obvious external differences is that the Draak harg lacks a tail, with tells them apart from the Draakans. Another trait that separates Draak Harg from other dragon men are their much higher levels of agression.
Dragon men size, morphology, behavior and ecology somewhat differes between the species. However, they have many similarities in these areas as well. They were originally carnivorous peoples, feeding mostly on vertebrates such as fish, reptiles, birds and mammals, and sometimes on invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans, but they will later become adaptative omnivores. The Draak Harg, unlike the tropical Draakans and Siggos, weren't very sensitive to cold.
The Draak Harg are the most humanoid of the dragon folk. They are reptilian in nature, but lack tails, unlike some other groups of dragon men, or other reptile folk of the family Draaki. They live for 600 years as a natural lifespan, and they are oviparous (egg laying) creatures.
They appear to stand about the height of humans in general, with somewhat greater weight. Some are larger or smaller.
Draak Harg have smooth skin on their bellies and sides, while their dorsal surfaces are armoured with large osteoderms. The armored skin has scales and is thick and rugged, providing some protection. They are still able to absorb heat throught this armor, as a network of small capillaries allows blood through the scales to absorb heat. These scales are normally of green, brown and grayish tones, but other colours of scales existed, but unlike the Draakans, they didn't have complex or colorful patterns on them.
Draak Harg are poluphyodonts and able to replace each of their teeth up to 50 times in their 300 to 600 year lifespan. Next to the full grown tooth there are a small replacement tooth and a odontogenic stem cell in the dental lamina in standby that can be activated if required.
Draak Harg do not have sweat glands and release heat through their mouths. They often sleep with their mouths open and may pant like a dog. They have acute senses, an evolutionary advantage that makes them successful predators. they have very good night vision, and are mostly nocturnal. Their sense of smell is as well very well developed.
Very little is known of the cultures of any of the reptilian folk in that they tend to live in isolated pockets, either almost a world away in the depths of Kazrrad, or jungle or desert environments. They tend towards the edges of humanoid civilizations when they appear.
In the case of the Draak Harg, the most common and usually seen members of the dragon folk, they are known for adopting various humanoid customs and behaviors in interacting with humanoids and humanoid cultures. This is useful as they make a living as traders, crafts-dragons, mercenaries, and slavers.
Draak Harg are noted blacksmiths, with a skill that is only surpassed by the dwarfs.
Speculation: They may have developed this skill to compete with the dwarves militarily in earlier ages? Regardless, it is one of the best known skills and trade of the Draak Harg. Unfortunately, this is followed by their roles as slavers. As many civilizations and peoples of Aiers keep slaves in some degree or other, particularly in Kazrrad.
Speculation: Perhaps because of their non-mammalian 'alien' natures and role of outsiders, Draak Harg are better able to act as 'impartial middlemen' and ply their various trades, particularly slavery, and warfare, where other races who exist in closer contact with ever shifting roles in war and peace would find difficult? Draak Harg being sort of 'assigned' the role of 'cold-blooded' merchants and soldiers of fortune?
However, while perhaps more Draak Harg are merchants, mercenaries and slavers than any other race per capita, Dwarfs outdo them in sheer volume of trade and slave trading due to their greater populations. The same is certainly true about their metal working and perhaps their mercenary companies as well?
Role in the Dark LegionEdit
The Draak Harg were largely unaligned on the whole, but in Aels they chose to serve the Demonic Dark Legion in the form of providing mercenary companies, metal weapons, and slave trade. More scattered populations elsewhere such as in Hieyoks or Zarhuy did likewise, but usually as it suited them.