The Vindral are a minute species of fay-like humanoids. They are most known for their pragmatic and reasonable approach to life. Their great dexterity and mental acuity make them excellent as stealthy characters focused on information gathering.
Drax grimaced. This drink really tasted like sewage water. "This the best you can do?" he said to the barkeep, nodding to the greenish-blue liquid in his glass. The giant boarman slammed the glass he was polishing so hard in the bar counter, Drax was shocked it didn't shatter. "Wha'? Y' go' a problem wi' e'?" the barkeep replied in stereotypical Aspen accent and snorted loudly. Drax raised an eyebrow. He knew that tone far too well. "Nah, I guess not." he replied and looked back into the sewer drink. Right as he said that he felt a slender arm slide its way across his neck. He looked to his side and saw a beautiful Vindral woman, probably 16 years of age. "Heey handsome!" she purred and sat down next to him. "You gonna be nursing that drink all night or buy me sumthin?" Drax smiled. "What can I get cha?" The girl beamed and turned to the barkeep. Drax could see she wasn't exactly sober. "How about a Bloody Sunrise, eh pigman?" The barkeep snorted loudly and looked like he was about to deliver a particularly acid response, but seemed to get lost halfway through his train of thought. "Cumin' righ' uh'." he muttered and turned to the large cupboard behind him, shoulders slumped in a posture of resignation. The girl turned back to Drax and made a valiant attempt to look him in the eyes. Once her wandering gaze had managed to find his, he noticed that her deep blue eyes were like fire. A sudden realization struck him and he creased an eyebrow at her. "Hey, are you off your pills?" he asked and cocked his head slightly to the side. He was well aware that the Vindral used a lot of subtle body language to communicate and he wasn't half bad with their particular brand of non-verbal communication. "Yeah, why?" she replied, giggled and poured herself into his lap. Drax sighed deeply and gently pushed her back on her seat. "Do me a favor, buttercups. Go home. Go home and take your pills." She stopped smiling and looked befuddled. Her tone lost a lot of the warmth and melody it had just a second ago, as she fell back on typical Vindral tone of voice. "Why... would I do that?" "Trust me." Drax said with emphasis. "You'll thank me in the morning, hun. I can walk you home if you like." She broke out in a big smile again. "Sure!" She took him by the hand and almost dragged him out of the bar. Drax turned his head over his shoulder to the perplexed barkeep. "I'll be right back!" he mouthed as he was pulled out the door by the tiny woman.
AppearanceVindral are significantly smaller compared to most other species, standing about 1.2-1.5 meters tall on average and are slenderly built, weighing 25-30 kg. Vindral have long, pointed ears that are about 20 cm long and angled backwards at an angle of 10-40 degrees, varying between individuals. The angle of the ears is highly heriditary and it's common for family members of the same species to have ears that are angled similarly to one another. Vindral eyes are always blue within blue with three distinct shades of blue within them. These shades may vary somewhat between individuals but they are all unmistakenly blue. The pupil is the darkest shade and could be mistaken for black. Only in good lighting will the pupil show its dark blue color. The iris is the brightest part of the eye, having a lighter blue. The sclera is somewhere in between the pupil and the iris, having a middle blue shade. Skin color varies between individuals but most of them lean towards pale complexions and the average Vindral skin color is marble or alabaster in tone. There are rare examples of Vindral who have almost white skin and these individuals are considered unusually beautiful and exotic. It is not uncommon for Vindral to use cosmetics to whiten their complexion to appear more attractive. Hair color is what varies the most between Vindral. Their bright and colorful hair is the clearest indication of their Fay ancestry. Vindral hair can be bright red, orange, green, yellow and even blue in all kinds of shades and intensities. Brighter colors are more common than darker ones, and red and orange seem to be the most common. Yellow and green are the rarest.
Facial features and communicationVindral have sharp facial features and commonly have pronounced jawlines and sharp noses. Their slim figures have little body fat and that helps in shaping their angular and beautiful faces. Their mouths are proportionally small and in combination with their minute mouth movements when speaking, Vindral have inexpressive lips. Vindral are fond of using their eyebrows when speaking and they often use a creased or raised eyebrow to accentuate something they've said. The eyebrows, glances and head tilt are used in a lot of the non-verbal communication Vindral do. They use glances and looks a lot when communicating which make their eyes and eyebrows important parts of overall communication. In some ways you could say that the eyebrows, eyes and angle of head tilt is a helpful replacement for what they lack in vocal melodic communication, although it takes other species time to learn the intricacies of Vindral non-verbal communication.
Like brilliant flames, unnaturally bright, they burn. Fast and furious, wild and untamed. But like with all flames, the brighter they burn, the quicker they fade.
55 (enhanced) Average Height
4-5ft (140-150cm) Average Weight
45-60lbs (20-30kg) Important Vindral in society
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ReproductionVindral reproduce sexually and a typical gestation period is approximately 10 months, which is quite a bit shorter than the other species. For this reason it's very easy for the mother to tell if the child is a Vindral, as she will have a much faster progressing pregnancy. The Vindral have a significantly different estrous cycle than the other species and this greatly affects their behavior and compatibility. They are notably peculiar when it comes to courting and the process of finding a mate. While generally cold and detached, two to three times a year a Vindral will go into heat. During this period of the estrous cycle they will be particularly amorous and flirty, openly displaying feelings that they otherwise wouldn't flaunt so openly. This heat cycle is hormonal and a Vindral learn early on to plan for these periods in order to avoid scandals and things they might regret afterwards. The sexual drive is very strong during the period and can sometimes feel like it's irresistible, but with proper precaution and willpower, most indviduals can ride it out without incident. Most Vindral will medicate with hormonal suppressants to avoid the problem entirely. The period will last for about a week or two,after which everything returns to normal almost overnight. If a woman becomes pregnant her cycle will immediately return to normal, whereas a male will continue to be amorous even after a sexual encounter.
"Fuckin' ey it's cold tonight! I wonder if the bloody atmosphere processors are broken or sumth'n." Yarik exclaimed and stomped his feet. "I fink me bloody hooves are gon' fall off!" Sisha rolled her eyes and gave him a deadpan look. "Not likely." "Wha'? To which one? The processors or me hooves?" he replied. "Both." "Yeah, well it's freakin' cold regardless." he muttered and started jumping up and down. "It's a perfect 19 degrees above freezing. Not even you should be feeling cold in this temperature." she said with one eyebrow raised. "You big baby." she added, with a pale smile.Due to their strong hormonal cycle the Vindral differ greatly in mental makeup compared to other species. They can be considered detached and cold due to their monotone speech patterns and lack of emotional outbursts. During the low period of the estrous cycle a Vindral is commonly rather bland and detached, approaching life with an almost emotionless indifference. They are however neither antisocial nor cruel. They are just as empathic as any other species. It's just that their emotional range is quite limited leading to their detached, insensitive and somewhat blunt behaviour. Due to this detached personality a Vindral will prefer to lean on facts and reason, rather than emotion, when making decisions. Some Vindral train themselves actively to find and express their emotions, particularly those in a relationship with someone they love who is not also a Vindral. They will then do their utmost to access their emotions and express them to their partner. However, even a well practiced Vindral will appear somewhat stale and dry compared to the jovial Kuna. During the active part of the estrous cycle this turns around and the Vindral will for the duration be embarrassingly emotional. They swing wildly between emotional states in a matter of moments, going from laughing joy into raging anger. The prevailing behavior above all else is the flirtatious and amorous manner that will remain for as long as they are in "heat". As previously mentioned most Vindral will both meditate and medicate to avoid the rather inconvient heat cycle. But even a Vindral under the influence of hormonal suppressants are warmer and more natural than otherwise.