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The Lost Children

A being born of a virakarasht uniting with another species, the vahsh are tied heavily to the seulaphlox that caused the virakarasht to come into being. They may not have a unified culture, but they struggle to survive like all of Barshiin’s residents.

Were their parent races any more similar (or less polysyllabic) the vahsh might have been known as half-virakarasht. Instead, the unique features of this cross-bred race led to them being given a separate name. The first vahsh, like the half-orc hurcine and the extinct half-elves, appeared not long after humans arrived in Barshiin—though they were not known by that name for hundreds of years thereafter. Their numbers have never been as large as the hurcine or half-elves simply because of the virakarasht’s notorious xenophobia. Nonetheless, those few groups of humans who braved the desert and those virakarasht who left it eventually met. As was inevitable, the exoticism of a different race was alluring to some and the vahsh resulted.

Now the vahsh are found across Barshiin in very small numbers. Though most common among humans and virakarasht, their natural urge to travel has caused them to be dispersed across Theia as itinerants of every variety.

Because vahsh are infertile, they tend not to form communities of their own and instead live among either humans or virakarasht, depending on who raised them and their own preferences. They often live on the edges of their chosen societies, not quite fitting in due to prejudice or hybrid thought patterns that leave them unable to fit into either culture. Besides this, more than even the virakarasht, vahsh have a near-universal restlessness and need to move. Their ties to their current community are often tenuous and broken when they next decide to move.

The vahsh are physically intermediate between humans and virakarasht. They are as tall as a tall human or short virakarasht, and though more robust than the average virakarasht they are almost always considerably thinner than most humans. Like the virakarasht, their ears almost always have a pronounced point, but their eyes typically resemble those of their human parent.

Where they diverge most markedly from either parent is their skin color. They can be nearly any shade seen in either humans or virakarasht, though those tending towards human skin-tones are typically ruddier. Unlike either, however, skin with a blue-black tinge is much more common. This is most often seen when their human parent is pale and their virakarasht parent nearly black.

Vahsh have inherited from their virakarasht parents the germinating seulaphlox that is both a bane and a boon to that race, though its effects manifest somewhat differently. As it awakens, what seem like cracks appear in their skin, showing off the glowing being building inside them. Despite the appearance, however, the skin is entirely intact and instead is gradually replaced by plasma. Unlike the virakarasht their skin does not harden or form plates; instead, their body is entirely replaced by interstellar plasma of the seulaphlox.

All vahsh are infertile, completely incapable of becoming pregnant or impregnating another. This is a source of great consternation to many, but a relief to others (and, not infrequently, the parents of adolescent vahsh). The reason for this infertility isn’t known, but because half-elves were fertile it may be related to how their hereditary germinating seulaphlox reacts with their hybrid physiology.

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Halflings

Evolved from humans, these “half-men” happily take charge of their own destiny and forge forward across the waves. Sea-faring by culture, agile and acrobatic by nature, the halflings tend to travel more than any other species albeit mainly at sea.

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Hilada

There is a form of transmutation that humans can undergo turning them into dwarfs. The dwarves are just as varied as their human base, further blessed with long life. Due to decades of exposure to viiz, dwarfs mastered their personal viiz store and are able to use it for protection.

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Hokhala

A tool of the extinct elves, hokhala are now sentient plant beings that seek to bring the world more stability and expand their verdant forests. Always exploring the leavings of their creators, the hokhala see themselves as the legacy of elves. Perhaps one day they will discover what truly took their creators away from the world.

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Hurcines

The arrival of humans was an apocalypse for the nascent psionic web the orcs had weaved. Gone was the peaceful orcs but a new web, one communal, was formed which included the humans. From this community, the hurcine was born. Though cataclysm ended the great hurcine empire, the hurcine will never be alone.

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Kulvix

Spontaneous sentience slowly came upon the psicrystals that are now the kulvix. Within a nearly controlled environment, they safely became a people. Deception necessitated a migration to the underdark at large. They have only recently discovered the surface world.

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Kashaan

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.

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Twil

Humans and dwarves researching the vlax became infected with something that harmed them. With vlax help, they were cured, but the genetic material of the vlax modified them. After ejection from Chilzangan, a cataclysm completed their transformation, bringing the twil fully into being.

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Tycho

Escaping a threat from their home Plane of Shadow transformed the tycho. Where the hilada gain immortality in their transformation, the tycho lost it but regained an ability to make children. They seek to bring their kind to Theia, somehow a place safer than their original home.

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Vahsh

A being born of a virakarasht uniting with another species, the vahsh are tied heavily to the seulaphlox that caused the virakarasht to come into being. They may not have a unified culture, but they struggle to survive like all of Barshiin’s residents.

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Vlax

An ancient species on Theia, their halcyon days ended when​​ the world began developing massively virulent parasites. The vlax, instead of fighting them, incorporated the new life forms into themselves eons ago. After tragedy, they sealed themselves away only to recently reawaken.

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Virakarasht

Virakarasht share blood with the now extinct elves, but beyond acknowledging that fact, they care little for what the elves left behind. The virakarasht tribes wander in the deserts of the Breadth, creating their own place in Barshiin. Above all things, the virakarasht people respect the ability to survive; a common lesson in Barshiin.

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Dwarves

There is a transmutation that humans can undergo turning them into dwarfs. The dwarves are just as varied as their human base, further blessed with long life. Because of decades of exposure to viiz, dwarfs mastered their personal viiz store and can use it for protection.

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