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Physical Description: The Viashino are a bipedal reptilian species hailing from the Great Desert of Jamuraa, a continent located on the massive plane of Dominaria. Their skin is most often a sandy or green colored, acting as camouflage in their natural environment. They range from 1 to 1.5 meters tall, and can weigh up to 67.5 kilograms. Each of their four-fingered hands sports small claws where most species have fingernails, as do their bird-like three-toed feet. These claws aid in climbing, and are truly effective in combat. They have a natural hunch to their wiry form, and a craning neck that gives their head nigh-360x360 degree rotation. Like the smaller reptiles they are related to, their eyes are slightly sunk into the sides of their ovular skulls, and they have no nose, simply nostrils at the front of their faces. The Viashino are naturally carnivorous, and sport a mouthful of razor-sharp teeth to prove it. Their keen senses and natural stealth, combined with their above-average agility, intelligence, and relentlessness, make them excellent hunters.
A tip: When traveling the Great Desert, avoid wearing the scales of lizards, for the Viashino rule the sands and look poorly on the skinning of their cousins.
Behavior/Personality: The Viashino are in general fairly somber and fatalistic, as the desert has claimed way too many of them over the millennia. They believe that all beings hold a great connection to nature and their ancestors, and thus respect reptiles and lizards, since they are their "fathers". They also believe the universe is a place where death could come at any time, so honor and accomplishment are extremely important. To a Viashino, one without honor might as well be dead.
Society: The Viashino are nomads, wandering the desert, and forming temporary villages here and there. They are divided into several tribes, with various clans within these tribes. Supremacy is determined by trials of combat (similar trials are held when a Viashino male is to enter manhood), with the strongest male leading the tribe, assisted by a council of elders and 5 handpicked advisors. The Viashino live by strict codes of conduct, and the punishments for breaking their laws are but two: death and exile. Exile is held for the more serious crimes, such as murder and desertion, as the Viashino would rather die than live exiled in shame. The different tribes can be recognized by their weapons and the different patterns they paint upon their bodies. Over the millennia, there have been many different Viashino tribes, but the ones that exist today have been for over 500 years.
The tribes are as follows:
The Beast Smashers
The Thought Shapers
The Wind Riders
The Blood Eaters
History: It is not known if Viashinos migrated to Jamuraa, or if they were always there. Viashinos are also locked in eternal combat with there dragon kin, though some viashinos have been known to subdue and even command dragons.
Leadership: A Viashio tribe is lead by a Patriarchal-Warlord, or Be'yyi in there language. This was mutated into Bey.
Language: The Viashino's speak in a language called Sand-Tongue. It involves hisses and growls, and low pitch murmurs. Currently, the Viashino are phased out of existence by Teferi for an unknown amount of time, along with the Viashino Mana Rig.
"We drive the Dragon's from our home. Why should we fear you?" Fire Eye, Viashino Bey