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Seeking a means to extend their lifespan without the taint of undeath, the human kingdom Nephistrad was approached by a beautiful yet mysterious entity calling herself the Scarlet Walker. Hearing their prayers, the Scarlet Walker offered the first Crimson Cup and the chance for immortality. Unfortunately, the Scarlet Walker conveniently left out the pains of insatiable thirst…
Many rumors swirl about the enigmatic Sanguis people since their first blood bonding ritual of 319 EoIF (Era of Inner Flame). 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 lifespan. A growing belief among the group was how many other races enjoyed longevity, allowing them to 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 "greater" if they would help her reintroduce Hematurgy Magic to the world. They agreed and were granted the freedom of a long life, as long as they fed on blood, the life essence of others.
A Sanguis is blood dependent and must feed on the blood of a living or recently deceased creature, preferably every other day. Many Sanguis who fully embrace their heritage enjoy eating small amounts of flesh with their meal. If a Sanguis starves for 3 months without drinking blood, they turn into a hideous Thrall and remain so until their death. As an undead Thrall, their body slowly deteriorates, eventually leading to their death in 50 years. A Thrall approaching the 50-year mark will likely have lost limbs and appear as if their skin is melting away to reveal muscle and sinew underneath.
Sanguis were once human and appear human-like at first glance. Standing between 5 feet and 6 feet tall, Sanguis are often slender, averaging 100 - 180 pounds. Their hair varies from shades of grey and white to crimson red. Their skin is pale with dark grey eyes that turn red when angry or excited. Despite their exotic qualities and the fear of 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, which elongate before biting into flesh.
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 ruins.
Culture and Cultural Heritage
Some communities look upon Sanguis with superstition but tolerate their lifestyle rather than show true acceptance. Others outright refuse to associate with a Sanguis due to their ties with Hematurgy magic. This leads traveling Sanguis who wish to leave their mark 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. They quickly become the embodiment of monsters, enjoying the fear of their meal before feasting. Regardless of which path a Sanguis may follow, their lineage is held in the highest regard. Family bloodlines are all they have, and they band together for safety, camaraderie, and understanding. A Sanguis must feed or face the horrors of becoming Thrall. For most Sanguis, death is preferred.
Sanguis reach adulthood in their late teens, and as long as they feed, suffer no frailty and cannot die of old age. A Sanguis transformed into a Thrall live in a state of deterioration and can live for almost 50 years.
5ft - 6ft
100 - 180 pounds
Where vampires spread vampirism by killing and draining the blood of another, a Sanguis can only reproduce in two ways. Relations with a human will always result in a Sanguis child needing to be suckled with blood instead of milk. The Sanguis child reaches adulthood in their mid-teens and remains in that age state until death. A human can also drink from the Crimson Cup ritual and become Sanguis. This hematurgy ritual is difficult and expensive to undertake but possible with the aid of a master hematurgist. After drinking from the Crimson Cup and feeling the pains of thirst, the human becomes Sanguis, locked into their age state until death.