Wardens of Dragons
One of the many descendants of the primeval dragons, the kashaan work closely with the primeval dragon’s heirs, the true dragons. The sacred charge given to the kashaan people weighs heavily on their minds, causing rifts in their ancient nation. Like all other things this too will pass, and the kashaan will still be standing.
In the ancient days of Theia, the Primeval Dragons took to the air. Carrying more viiz within them than any living being, they flew as much by magic and raw power than by wings and muscles.
Until they fell.
The first Cataclysm came on them unexpected and unwanted, and only two, a mated pair, remained. They flew again but weakened, and further weakened were their children. Only ten eggs hatched, and each hatched a different color, not the rainbow and crystalline hues of their parents. These were the ancestors of the true dragons, mating with each other yet breeding true in strain until they filled the skies…
…until they too fell.
The Second Cataclysm slew many and those that remained were weakened, with many eggs hatching drakes and wyverns. The primeval dragons slept under the ground, unaware of what was happening to their children. The Third Cataclysm awakened them. They saw the state of the dragons, with many of them bestial, and taught them to eat viiz to restore themselves – never to the state of their parents, no, but to a state in which they had intelligence and full consciousness.
They came through the next two cataclysms, but after the fifth, they birthed the kashaan. The kashaan were not much bigger than humans, clever-handed and quick, and they built cities where bestial hatchlings could grow to adulthood – with the young dragons feeding on the viiz storms, making the cities of Vlisleriak safe places to live, growing the civilization of Barshiin.
The continent still technically belongs to the dragons, but they tolerate – and sometimes honor – the younger races as long as they leave their cities in peace. Most kashaan now live within these cities, where they act as guards and administrators. A few wander the continent, and when an egg or hatchling must be moved, it is they who organize and guard the caravan. They come in all of the colors of their dragon parents, although they can neither fly nor breathe energy – a lack some feel keenly and, indeed, some kashaan will study magic to try and gain facsimiles of those abilities.
Their society is stable and, for the most part, at peace. For the most part.
Kashaan are large (averaging 7’ tall, with females generally bigger than males) bipedal lizards with long, whip-like tails. They have short claws on their feet and retractable claws on their hands, allowing for greater manual dexterity. Despite their height and build, they are surprisingly fast and agile. Their physical form allows them to dominate — and their personality often matches it. Kashaan, in short, tend to be just that bit “larger than life.” Like their draconic parents, they see well in the dark, and their eyes glow slightly in extremely low light, adding to their intimidating visage.
Kashaan come in the ten dragon colors, although there is no tendency in Barshiin for dragon color to indicate any inclination toward morality or adherence to concepts of lawfulness or the lack of it. Kashaan of different colors do have tendencies, both physical and mental.
Kashaan are slow to mature, slow to breed, and long-lived. A kashaan is not considered an adult until the age of thirty and may live for three to four hundred years. Kashaan are all but unable to breed outside the breeding caldera in the draconic home nation of Vlisleriak proper. Because kashaan females can only birth in their special reproductive pools, unwanted children are essentially unknown — every child is wanted and treasured.
Kashaan are obligate carnivores – that is to say, they must consume some form of meat fairly regularly to survive and remain healthy. Because of this, large herds are kept in the hinterland of their bastion cities. Ranching is a respected profession among the kashaan culture. Some kashaan are also highly fond of fish, which those cities not on the coast will import, resulting in a substantial amount of trade between them and the Pulikuk. However, they do prefer their meat cooked, or at least prepared in some way. Their food tends, in fact, to be highly spiced, to the point where some outsiders will choke on it. Kashaan are unable, however, to digest milk or dairy products – attempting to do so will result in digestive upset.