An Accomplished PeopleThe history of the Verin is one of great accomplishment, a tale interwoven inextricably into that of the Verin Haimarchy. They are pioneers of the sciences, meta-sciences, and exploration, a fact seemingly engrained into their very genetics. Although the Verin cannot be credited for every accomplishment (or disaster) of their ancestors, it is hard to deny an apparant common thread among them, one which sees them vying for the limelight and taking charge of the situation. Among the Verin, bloodlines are often carefully tracked and plotted. Most large families can demonstrate tens of thousands of years of bloodline through their family tree, and it's somewhat of a sport to track down the blank names on the tree or find out where one tree connects to another. In this the Verin find their pride—they see the giants whose shoulders they stand on and it makes their chests swell with pride.
A Checkered PastThe Verin are infamous for their early experiments with creating and modifying life. Before they even knew what genetics were they were reshaping and modifying them with Therianthropy to improve themselves and to create an entirely new Sophont, the Sazashi, to do their bidding. For a time, this was successful. The Sazashi had no foothold nor desire to turn against their masters. Their Akjhe made them easy to control and manipulate. They traveled to the places where the Verin struggled, they hunted the Sazakraht and drove them away from the mainland so that the Verin could settle. They built, they provided, and they protected for the Verin as The Ancient Verin Haimarchy grew. It is said that the failing came with the Aen—planners, organizers, and optimizers. While all other Sazashi had been made to keep an eye on the present or the past, the Aen were made to watch the future. They did, and saw their fate in the cards: eventually the Verin would make something more effective than a slave race, and the Sazashi would be retired. They began their revolt in the shadows and it poured out into the streets. All Sazashi kinds joined in on the cause in the end, and those lands which they had taken and developed for the Verin they instead took and divvied up among themselves and their forming nations. This was the beginning of a long socioeconomic depression for the Ancient Haimarchy. Their society collapsed inwards into states of civil war, squalor, and unrest which would last for thousands of years.
A New LeaseThe unrest and depression was not indefinite. As the Sazashi pieced themselves into nations, broke apart, and gathered together again, the slow-turning gears of the Verin composed themselves into a machine for a new era—a machine meant for expansion, but a machine with nowhere to expand to. To the rest of the world it looked like a warmachine. At first it appeared as though the Verin were preparing to retake the world they once owned. They revealed the truth too late for anyone to read. Gargantuan ships flew not out, but up. This new Haimarchy had been hiding an Index, a key to a new world. We are The Verin Haimarchy, the stars are our domain.
A Painful BiasNot all Verin left in the wave. A great many stayed behind, not only in those great cities from which they hailed but all over Jhoutai. As with any Sophont, the Verin were, and are, spread out. Many Verin living in the Sazashi nations and on Eden and her colonies felt suddenly very ostracized, as though they were suspect thanks to the actions of a Banner they didn't even align with. For some, this drove them to join the Haimarchy. The rest dug their heels in, clinging to the aspects of their identity which set them apart from the Haimarchy. This meant Verin deeply embracing the ideals and customs of all the other respective Banners forming around them, leaving their mark but otherwise wholly allowing themselves to be marked by it.
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HornsVerin possess horns with characteristics distinct to their Kind. These horns do not branch naturally, but Verin place metal cuffs on them to encourage them to bisect and shape as they grow out. Some shapes have cultural meaning, but the general rule is that complexity equals class.
NoseVerin have straight-bridged noses with an almost snout-like appearance to them. The tips of their noses have a slightly different texture and color reminiscent of the common ancestor they share with the Sazakraht.
EyesVerin have large irises with diamond pupils. Their eye colors are typically extremely vibrant, almost gem-like in color due to having a (vestigial) layer of tepetum lucidem in their irises. In normal light this makes their eyes very brilliant and colorful, and in bright light can make them seem to glow. They also have a strong layer of tapetum in the back of their eyes which grants them excellent night vision and gives their pupils a gold glow in the right light.
Verin KindsSub-species of Sophont are called Kinds
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