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.