Qui-Lahk in Adijari
Every Qui-lahk is bonded to an animal species. Informally they also call themselves lahk, and then to differentiate by their totem animal, the 'qui' can replaced by the name of their animal. Qui-lahks with an elephant totem for example are called elephant-lahks. Lahks are varying degrees of brown with dark hair, though their appearance is also influenced by their totem. Going back to elephant-lahks, their skin and hair caries a hue of grey to it, and they are also a minimum of seven feet. Each qui-lahk is born with a unique black birthmark somewhere on their body that is an abstract reflection of their totem, such as an elephant trunk that runs down an arm. Aside from a clairvoyance with animals and especially their totem animals, lahk magic varies greatly between the different tribes as capabilities are specialized around their totem. Their magic is also stronger when they are living alongside or in similar environments as their totem. It has led to a variety of lifestyle and societal choices. Some find it more holistic to live close to or with their totem. These lahks generally do not associate with other tribes, let alone the other people. Other lahks form partnerships the way their totems have, such as wolf and crow-lahks who have a history of working with one another. There are also different sized lahk cities that are organized by their totem relationships.

Qui Lahk Animal Magic

There is great variety and specialization between the lahks of different totems. On a humble level, their senses are similar to that of their totem. Beyond that, each animal tribe has their own paths that can be pursed towards harnessing the magic within. Because of the variety, there can be over lap into the magic practices of the other three races.

Elephant Lahks are giant and broad to the point that some call them ogres. They are typically three quarters as tall as an Elephant. They prefer to live in large open spaces.   The Crow tribe is adept at crafting disguises from the elements of the earth. It is easiest for them to imitate other qui-lahks by creating false tattoos and subtly coloring their skin and hair. They are also adept at language magic. When talking to one another in a crowd, through inflections and sounds that most people miss, they can have conversations within conversations. There is even limited potential for them to understand the primal language of creation that allow them to cast powerful spells through their voice. With such a particular range of skills, crow-lahks are mistrusted as much as they are revered.  

Spider-Lahks are extremely versatile in finding somewhere to live. They can access pools of ancient knowledge and worlds of possibilities. They are often not physically strong, but are cunning enough to carve themselves a place in society where they do not need to be.
Horse-lahks prefer to live in prairie land and can stand a fairly wide temperature range. With horses having such a place within every nation, horse lahks do well in many big and small cities. Although many choose a career involving rearing horses or travelling with horses, other horse-lahks find that having a horse restricts their own need to travel their own path.   Snake-Lahk's have a preference for coastlines riversides, and warmer climates. They enjoy a royal status through fear and respect. Devs associate snakes with rebirth which they believe connects them to the Sun and Moon. There was a time Snakes and Snake-Lahks influenced the direction of the Ismat Empire.   Crocodile-Lahks prefer to live around deep river coastlines around warmer territory. They do very well in river nations where summoning is respected.

Other Qui-Lahk


Nartel are lahks who have taken part in a series of cruel ritualistic spells centered around eating their totem.


Shamens is more of a title in Qui-Lahk Culture, given to those who have reached a deep level of connection with their totem.

Cover image: by Azure Anderson-Jayaraj