Approached by a beautiful yet mysterious entity who called herself the Scarlet Walker – a powerful figure offered to the Sanguis people a blood bonding ritual that would grant extended life without the taint of undeath. The Scarlet Walker conveniently left out the pains of hunger…Many rumors swirl about the enigmatic Sanguis people since they first drank in the blood bonding ritual of 319 EoBO (Era of the Bonded One). Some hold theories and falsely believe they are demonic, fiends, or spawns of Elturel. In truth, the history of the Sanguis race is a tale of ambitious humans gifted in the art of tethering and unhappy with their mortal lives. A growing belief among the group was how many of the other races enjoyed long lifespans, allowing them to continuously explore and uncover ancient knowledge of the previous era. Why shouldn't they have the same opportunities? The Scarlet Walker conveniently offered a solution, changing the Sanguis people into something "better" if they would help her introduce Hematurgy Magic to Erenel. They agreed and were granted the freedom to do as they pleased for centuries, as long as they fed on blood, the life essence of others.
Sanguis were once human and appear human-like at first glance. Standing between 5 feet and 6 feet tall, Sanguis are often slender, averaging 125 - 180 pounds. Their hair varies from shades of grey and white to crimson red. Occasionally when reaching adulthood, horns will sprout from their skulls taking various shapes and are mostly decorative. Their skin is pale with dark grey eyes that turn red when angry or excited. Despite their exotic qualities and the fear and uncertainty they exude, Sanguis are naturally seductive and tend to have flawless facial features. All Sanguis have upper canines more pronounced than the human norm to feed, however they have no true fangs.
Genetics and Reproduction
Sanguis reproduce the same as humans, and can reproduce with a human mate, however their young are always born with the same blood bond as their parent(s).
Dietary Needs and Habits
A Sanguis is blood dependent and must feed on the blood of a living or recently deceased humanoid preferably every other day. Many Sanguis who fully embrace their heritage also enjoy eating small amounts of flesh with their meal. If a Sanguis starves themselves for 3 months without drinking, they turn into an Ashen.
Certain races look upon Sanguis with superstitious but tolerate their lifestyle rather than show true acceptance. Others will outright refuse to associate with any Sanguis out of hatred of their blood diet or the belief they are tied to The Below. This leads most Sanguis who wish to make their mark in Human Kingdoms to hide their ancestry and cultivate a different lifestyle, never revealing what they truly are underneath the guise. Other Sanguis embrace their heritage, treating races as cattle, and see themselves as a new age of Vampire blessed by the Scarlet Walker to make a mark on the world. They quickly become the embodiment of monsters, seeing the fear of their meal before feasting. Regardless of which path a Sanguis may follow, lineage is held in the highest regard. Family is all they have, and they band together for safety, camaraderie, and understanding. A Sanguis must feed or starve and change into an Ashen. For most Sanguis, death is preferred.
Civilization and Culture
Sanguis are passionate creatures, equally capable of blissful love and seething rage. Known to hold long-lasting grudges, their passion can often lead to feelings of unrest. Their once human mindset appreciates the advance of years more than other long-lived species. A Sanguis is more inclined to find interesting ways to spend their time in a constant search to entertain themselves. Some turn to intellectual endeavors such as becoming a renowned artist, poet, or scholar. Others seek gratification by being an adventurer or explorer searching long lost Elven ruins.