Demigods are a hybrid species, born of two humans and divine intervention. The specific traits of the demigod are highly variable, depending on their human parents and their divine patron/s, and many divisions have existed in the past. A notable, and presumed extinct variant, is the Nox Demigod, which was the major species from approximately 872 through till 1308. The two extant major species of demigod are the Dawn Demigod and the Dusk Demigod.
BiologyDemigods are known to be physically stronger than their human parents, and typically grow taller. They also have shorter lifespans than human counterparts, topping out at approximately 70 years in healthy nations.
A key feature that sets demigods apart from humans is their ability to use magic, inherited from their divine patron/s. This manifests in the ability to affect light and dark, and to affect direct change in the elements. Light/dark manipulation is an inherited trait, while elemental manipulation is skill that can be learnt. Demigods appear to derive from female children, and possess many human female secondary sexual characteristics. However, no demigod has been known to possess primary characteristics, and as such they are believed to be infertile.
CharacteristicsAs no-one as ever seen the gods in person, which features of demigods are emulating them or a result of mutation is up for the debate. What is known is that most demigods take genetic traits from their human parents, such as whether their hair is curly or straight, eye shape, and general facial construction. It then appears that divine traits are layered over top, with the addition of horns in the upper forehead and changes in skin and eye colour. Some particularly powerful demigods have been known to have sharper teeth and longer nails than weaker counterparts, in addition to short, lizard-like tails.
Dawn DemigodsDawn demigods inherit their abilities from Ylais, Goddess of Light, and their appearance reflects this. The skin tone of dawn demigods is typically pale blue, with high shade variance, seemingly based on the skin tones of their human parents. They possess light yellow sclera and golden irises, with a similar shade of golden hair. As they get their power from Ylais, dawn demigods are capable of manipulating light and its intensity.
Divinitian Dawn Demigod in ceremonial religious robes c.1344
Dusk DemigodsDusk demigods inherit their abilities from Kysro, Goddess of Dark, and as such reflect the night sky and the moon. Their skin is dark blue, with racial variance. Their eyes appear closer to humans, with a very pale blue sclera and vivid blue irises. Their hair is usually the same colour as their sclera. As they gain their power from Kysro, they are capable of manipulating darkness and its intensity.