The saurian comes in a variety of sizes ranging from extremely massive to tiny and delicate. Along with varying size, they can be quadruped, biped, winged or finned. In the wild, saurian live with their own kind or they live with Xeriin, living and working together. They are generally peaceful and keep to themselves. They possess some degree of elemental magic when they mature and their markings and eye colors reflect their element. They are capable of mindspeech and possess intelligence equivalent a to a human's.
Species info credited to Blazeh/Verridith and Skyeh.
Appearance Saurians range from massive, scaled carnivores to tiny, delicate flyers, and come in many different forms and varieties: quadruped, biped, winged, or finned. In general appearance, they resemble dinosaurs, but may sport any number of mutations-spikes, feathers, crests, horns, and so on. They vary greatly in size; generally they keep to the size of the traditional dinosaur they resemble, but of course there are exceptions.
Any kind of scale pattern may occur; in addition, most mature saurians possess bioluminescent markings and an eye color that corresponds to the elemental magic they control. A saurian`s scale color will change in the course of its life. As a hatchling, colors tend to be duller and possess hues of grey and brown. As they age, their colors grow richer and brighter and they gain their bioluminescent markings along with their elemental magic. Dominant males and females tend to possess more intricate patterns of bioluminescence; sick and injured or very old saurians have duller markings that barely show.
Culture In the wild, saurians live with their own kind, whether in either of their native lands of Xaeri or Lizzarkyth; herbivores to herbivores and et cetera, for the most part. Mature adults gain rank in their tribes by magical power or physical strength, and it is not uncommon for sparring for rank to occur, however this event is highly ritualized. Many choose to live with the Xeriin, with whom they live and work alongside in a symbiotic relationship understood and respected by both sides. In fact, in some Xeriin tribes, the young from both species choose partners for life as soon as they are able. Lyzards also have peaceful relations with this race, but do not share the same degree of codependence that the Xeriin do. Saurians are generally peaceful and secretive, however one must always keep watch when in the territories of the violent war-tribes that do not hesitate to attack outsiders.
Abilities Saurians as a whole possess some degree of elemental magic upon maturation, when bioluminescent markings and eye colors change to reflect the element. All are capable of mindspeech and possess intelligence level to a human`s; all are also able to speak the Common Tongue either in mind or rarely in voice. This ancient race passes down ancestral memories of magic and life from generation to generation. On average, a saurian can live three to four hundred years.
In the beginning of the world of Xaeri, when the Realm was but two hundred years old, Rhathor wandered among the trees in quiet serenity. For all his bulk, the god of the Forest did not make a sound - the trees shifted at his passage, and moved back when he was past. The only sound was the rustle of leaves and the singing of birds; the shuffling of a mouse, and the soft pawsteps of a fox.
However, the god paused and looked around, loosing a small sigh. All of the animals in his domain were small, and weak. Even the wolves were much smaller than he would like; and Xaeri had no dragons, not like the gods. Not like other Realms.
What a grand addition it would be! Not dragons, perhaps - but something similar, more unique. Great, powerful beasts, sentient, scaled, lords of the land. The idea made the groundrake grin, and he flicked his tail in sudden glee. I will make thee, he said jovially. I will make thee, and all enemies of the Kins shall tremble in fear of their allies and protectors!
Rhathor stopped to ponder how best to go about this idea; the creation of new creatures. He pulled clay from the earth and shaped it into a form much like him, but on two legs with small arms; then another he built to be long-necked and tailed; another he smoothed into wings, and on and on he went, crafting all manner of shapes and sizes, carnivore and herbivore and omnivore all. After the basic forms were complete, he crafted scales on their bodies with stones and pebbles; feathers from leaves and grasses. Few he left bare, and those became the ones with thick and leathery hide, while others developed hard scales and plates, as well as feathers and fur. Across all of them he painted vibrant colors, then breathed life into them, watching them awake one by one.
He let light fill their minds, and understanding; intelligence, sentience, shone in eyes of every color. Welcome, my children, he greeted, rising. You are Saurians, the very first; the guardians of Xaeri, and creatures of my make. I have made you to fill this world with your strength, and ask you to guide and protect the xeriin on their various journeys through their many lives. Go now, my saurians; go and find others like you, learn the world, travel far.
Thus the saurian was created; and thus was the bond between saurian and xeriin forged forevermore.