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The vindral are an odd sight among the other Kykr species, and in the civilised world overall. Their minute stature, fair skin and colorful hair stand in stark contrast to the more rough and gruff kuna and sturdy illim. What they lack in physical strength, they make up for with wit.
Vindral rely on their speed and agility to make up for their lack of strength, and their sharp wits help them plan and analyze situations. The vindral make for an excellent choice for a stealthy or intellectual character focused on academia.
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.
The Minute Faylings
With the strong historical animosity between the Fay and the Kykr, it isn't considered particularly polite to refer to the vindral as fay, but it isn't without merit. The vindral are of fay ancestry, but because of their exile from the Winterweald, they have cast aside their heritage and embraced the gods.
Markers of their ancestry are clear as day, starting with their minute size, reminiscent of the predatory silfr. Their bright and colorful hairs are another feature, as are their blue within blue eyes. The vindral bear all the signs of a fay heritage, but they made a future for themselves, aside from the fay. Cut off from nature and the blessings of Ayla, they have joined forces with the other Kykr, and not just in the sense of the alliance, but in every possible aspect of life.
As an adopted descendant of the sifir, they adhere to the natural laws that govern the sifir, including the inability to access the ley and, subsequently, the ability to wield fay magics. They are also incapable of having mixed offspring with the other sifir species, although only kuna and illim form relationships with vindral.
The Kykr see it as a sign from the gods that this is the case, in spite of the vindral origins.
The Vindral Exiles
Before recorded history, the vindral lived among the other fay in the Winterweald under the watchful eye of the fay goddess, Ayla. Oral tradition and scattered myths and legends from ages past are disagreeing on what exactly happened, but the story is told that the vindral were under duress from several other, stronger species of fay and were facing extinction. Fuelled by desperation, they discovered the art of metalworking and forged bronze weapons with which to defend themselves. This was considered an affront to nature, and negotiations with the fay king broke down and the vindral were given an ultimatum: Leave the realms of Ayla or be destroyed. Ever since that day, the fay and the vindral have been bitter enemies.
Vindral are significantly smaller compared to most other species, standing about 1.3-1.5 meters tall on average and are slenderly built, weighing in at only at 30 kg at the heaviest. They 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.
The Marble Angels
Skin color varies between individuals but most of them lean towards pale complexions and the average vindral skin color is pale peach. There are rare examples of vindral who have a white skin that almost seems transparent, but it obviously is not. It evokes an outwordly feel and these individuals are considered unusually beautiful and exotic. They are known as "alabaster vindral" or "alabaster skin" after the mineral. It is not uncommon for vindral to use cosmetics to whiten their complexion to appear more attractive and mimic the alabaster tone, but there are no known methods to exactly match the almost glass-like quality of alabaster skin.
Hair like autumn leaves
Hair color is what varies the most between individual vindral, aside from ear angle. Their bright and colorful hair is the clearest indication of their fay ancestry and it 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 hues. Yellow and green are the rarest.
The "kykr" are the dominant civilisation of the world, encompassing three sapient species: The Illim, the Vindral and the Kuna. They rule over the continent of Arjin in a diverse collection of cultures and nations.
The Trifolk Alliance was the foundation that allowed the most powerful civilisation in existance to rise to power.
The fay are creatures who live in the wild and are opposed to the kykr races. Magically adept, cunning and very dangerous.
The Illim are a strong, sturdy and curious species of humanoids. Honest, loyal and reliable, the illim were one of the foundational species of the Trifolk Alliance.
The kuna are one of the founding species of the Trifolk Alliance and are a canine-like species who are playful and always enjoy a good laugh.