Lizardmen
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History

Ancient reptiles practicing blood magic.

The Lizardmen were the first civilization to rise on Elemental, some 30 000 years before the Cataclysm. Being the only civilized beings in the world at the time, they effectively ruled the entire world. They erected vast temples where they sacrificed their own kind to appease the "Great Eye," the Sun god. The society was ruled by a class of priests that were also considered royalty because of their divine blood.

The study of blood magic led the Lizardmen down a dark path. With the discovery of the Blood Curse, they found that they could sacrifice almost everybody of their race in order to make the priests into demi-gods. The priests were unable to restrain themselves in their religious fervor and the Lizardmen civilization was decimated as everyone was systematically sacrificed in a gigantic genocide. The priests, having achieved their long-sought dreams of becoming closer to the gods, went mad with hubris. They tried to war against the six Primordial Elements and were utterly destroyed. Thousands of years later the Elves would find the ruins of their mighty civilization and wonder at what came before.

However, the Lizardmen did not all die. A few of the priests' children, gifted with extraordinarily long lives by the Blood Curse spell, hid in the depths of the world as the Primordial Elements destroyed their parents. Only rarely did they venture out; thus the Lizardmen existed on the brink of annihilation for almost thirty thousand years - at no point did they number more than a few hundred. Their society - or what was left of it - was stagnant. For the survivors, this was punishment from the gods for their mad priests' actions.

They did not, however, abandon their old practices. Hidden in the depths, they waited for the time to return to rule the world; for it must surely be so, according to their religion. Time is circular to them and all that passes will return one day. A power that rises will fall and rise in turn, forever. As such, the Cataclysm was a catalyst to the Lizardmen. Their waking call.

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