The seductive, serpentine predators of the world
All Female Race
Base Racial Traits
Ability Score Modifiers: (+2 Dexterity, +4 Charisma, -2 Wisdom): Lamia are nimble and incredibly beautiful and charismatic, but they are not very wise. Size: Lamia are large size creatures, and gain all the benefits and drawbacks from being such, besides ability score bonuses. Type: Lamia are monstrous humanoids with the reptilian subtype. Speed: Lamia have a base land speed of 30ft. Vision: Lamia gain darkvision out to sixty feet and low-light vision. Languages: Lamia begin play speaking the regional the Regional Language(See Languages of Zheng-Kitar) that reflects their origins, and Draconic. Lamia with High INT may choose from the following as bonus languages: (Common, Ignan, Aquan, Orc, Celestial, Halfling, Luxan, and Giant). Overwhelming Beauty: Lamia are incredibly beautiful and charismatic, and gain a racial +2 to Charisma. Pheremone Aura: Lamia pheremones are legendarily potent, and capable of bending even the hardiest minds to their will. Lamia gain a 30ft aura that inflicts a -2 on a save of their choice(Changeable as a full-round action that does not provoke), lowers DCs for charisma-based skill checks against those affected(GM Discretion), and provides a third, variable benefit, changeable by the Lamia as a move action that does not provoke. The options are listed below, and the penalties/bonuses scale by +1 at 7th level and every 4 levels afterward.
Swallow Whole: Lamia are natural predators, evolved and adapted to hunt and devour their prey whole. They gain the Swallow Whole universal monster rule, dealing 4d8 acid damage per round to creatures they have swallowed. This damage goes up by one additional dice every 4HD they have. Unlike normal swallow whole, they may swallow creatures up to their size or smaller, and can have a number of creatures swallowed equal to (1 + CONMOD, Min 2). Sentient Creatures killed by the Lamia in this way grant the lamia a number of extra years of life equal to the HD of the devoured creature. Swallowing Bite: Lamia gain a bite attack at 1d8 base damage that counts as a primary natural attack. If this bite successfully hits, the Lamia may as a free action make an immediate attempt to swallow the target(as if the target had begun its turn grappled in its mouth) so long as they are their size or smaller. If the CMB check is successful, the target is swallowed automatically. Thick Tails: Lamia gain a tail slap natural attack that deals 1d8 base damage that has an extra 5ft of reach on top of their normal reach. They gain the 'Grab' and 'Constrict' Universal Monster Rules with this natural attack, allowing them to start a grapple as a free action if they hit with it, and dealing constriction damage equal to their tail slap damage each round they maintain a grapple. Unlike normal 'Grab', they only take a -10 penalty to grapple the target without being grappled themselves. Domineering Alpha: Just as Assertive and Strong-Willed as other more male-centric races and potentially even moreso, Lamia gain scent out to 60ft and a racial +2 on all Intimidate and Survival checks, treating one as a class skill. By focusing on a creature as a full-round action with scent, you can get one of the following pieces of info about them:
- -2 Penalty on CMD for Combat Maneuvers made by the Lamia.
- -2 Penalty to attacks made towards any other creature but the Lamia.
- -2 Penalty to AC against attacks made by the Lamia.
Alluring Beauty: Lamia gain a racial +1 to the DCs of all charm and compulsion spells they cast. Lamia are always the subject of a subtle illusion to appear the most desirable and beautiful to all creatures who see them. Chef Savants: When lamia craft a potion or by focusing on a potion as a full-round action(Usable this way a number of times per day equal to their CHAMOD, Min 1), they can add one extra dice per 4HD(Starting at 1 dice) they have to its effects or choose to extend its duration by 50%. They may prepare meals a number of times per day equal to their CHAMOD(Minimum 1) that can function as either Cure Light Wounds, Remove Sickness, or Remove Fear. Creating these meals takes an hour of uninterrupted work. Finally, they gain Profession(Chef) as a class skill and gain a racial +4 to it. Shapeshifters: Lamia gain Alter-Self as an at-will extraordinary ability. They can only take on medium-sized humanoid forms and gain no ability bonuses because of it. Any racial abilities that would not work in this new humanoid cannot be used, such as tail-related abilities(GM Discretion). It is a swift action to take on and drop forms using this ability, and while in this form they are treated as being a Humanoid type for all spells and effects.
- A single mechanical vulnerability or weakness.
- Their strongest or weakest save.
- Their next action in combat or their current morale level.
- Their greatest fear or phobia.
Creating Lamia CharactersFor the sake of those who create new characters that are Lamias, use the below bit of information to determine how many HD worth of creatures you are considered to have already eaten at character creation for the purposes of racial feats and alts, etc. Select one of the below character tendencies from the below list, and use the below formula to calculate the amount of HD worth of creatures you start as having eaten.Peaceful: Eating other creatures is something you probably only do if you have to, if that. You might dislike the notion, be a vegetarian, dislike violence, or even just be lazy.
- Calculation: 1d20 + HD + (1/2 HD(Rounded Down, Min 1) * 5)Normal: You're accustomed to eating other creatures. You don't go out of your way to do it and seek it out, nor do you shy away from it - if it happens or an opportunity presents itself you'll most likely be satisfied with taking it. The act isn't rooted in enjoyment or dislike for you, probably - it's most likely just another facet of your life.
- Calculation: 1d20 + HD + (1/2 HD(Rounded Down, Min 1) * 10)Predator: Whether out of sadism, predatory enjoyment, or just a simple love for food of all kinds, you often indulge in the devouring of other creatures. You might just enjoy sampling each flavor the world has to offer you and enjoy a tour de force through the culinary world(of other creatures), or you might genuinely enjoy the feeling of superiority that comes from doing so. Regardless, you partake in the act regularly - if at all possible, you probably prefer to not let a corpse or body go to waste when devouring it is available.
- Calculation: 1d20 + HD + (1/2 HD(Rounded Down, Min 1) * 15)
Lamia have two arms and no legs, instead having thick muscular tails that are often as thick as a normal sized human and allow them normal locomotion. They also have several sets of redundant organs and even a second nervous system within their bodies, which makes them even harder to kill than normal by allowing them to continue life when other creatures would have long ago died. Their jaws were specially formed through evolution and are capable of unhinging and expanding to enormous sizes to allow them to swallow massive prey, where they will promptly be swallowed and sent down their throats into one of several awaiting stomachs that Lamia are known to possess, which allow them to devour countless prey before becoming truly 'full'. Those swallowed by them are condemned to a grisly fate in their stomachs, as Lamia often keep their meals 'simmering' inside them for days on end to provide continuous nourishment and effective feeding...thus dooming those swallowed to being slowly and painfully digested over the course of days as they are passed from one stomach to the next, sliding deeper into the body of their devourer and kept paralyzed by powerful enzymes to ensure they remain helpless the entire time. Once their prey is digested, Lamia can, thanks to their unique stomachs and digestive system, channel the organic slurry leftover from their meals into their own bodies and use it for countless purposes from healing wounds and even filling out their own bodies to become even more beautiful or increasing the potency of their pheromones.
Lamia are exclusively female, and possess bodies that are unilaterally incredibly beautiful by nearly all definitions of the word. Their bodies are muscular but supple, fair-toned and beautiful, and uniquely their bodies contain several unique glands that allowed them to produce pheromones that often exuded from their skin and pores during times of stress, high physical activity, intense situations or rarely at will by those who learn to control such a power. While not nearly as potent as the Pheremones of their Ancestors, These pheromones wrap those near them in a sweet scent and lower their guard to allow the Lamia to devour, attack, or influence them more easily. These Pheremones lack much of the overwhelming power they had in the days of their ancestors, but the Lamia of today have learned to use their Pheremones to full effect to help them subtly control and influence the minds of those around them. Lamia have bodies that are toned and fit on average, with slender feminine frames belied by well-defined muscle on their stomachs and arms. They have hair that is often long and flowing, and tends to be colored incredibly bright colors such as golden and yellow. Their human halves are also often well-proportioned and curvy, and are rarely ugly, misshapen, or childlike, as they have evolved as a race to lure their prey in with their looks as much as they can with their immense hunting prowess. Their tails are often as thick as a fully grown adult human, and are often likened to solid bands of muscle covered by scales. Their tails are incredibly long and prehensile, allowing Lamia to wrap around their prey and slowly strangle the life out of them or break them in to soften them up for digestion...their scales are commonly red and other base colors such as yellow, green, and blue, but are often red or red-adjacent colors...rarely, white or blacks scaled Lamia are born, which are seen as omens for either great fortune or great misfortune. Finally, the potency and "type" of a lamia's pheromones are also a variability between different tribes and even different individual Lamia. The pheromones exuded by the special glands inside their bodies can come in a myriad of different types, each with its own unique scent, look, or effect. Primarily, each lamia or tribe can be said to be distinguishable somewhat by the scent of their pheromones...at least, to other smell-sensitive beings. While often subtle, the pheromones a Lamia emits mark her uniquely and often mark her as a member of her tribe, as well as being a telltale sign of her mood, as a Lamia's pheromones become thicker and more powerful when their mood becomes more extreme, either good or bad. Their Pheremones are often invisible to the naked eye even when a Lamia's mood swings, but can come in a variety of subtle scents...some of flowers, nature, food, and other pleasing aromas while others still can be chokingly intense and unpleasant with smells of blood, musk, decay, or similar scents. Despite this, only the most keen nose will be capable of picking out these scents among those races not keenly in tune with scent, and even then they are subtle most of the time...only when a Lamia gets truly moody does her Pheremones begin to become chokingly intense...yet, as these Pheremones are how Lamia interact with each other and are a key factor in their hierarchical society, letting them sense one another's mood and power innately and allowing quick establishment of dominance or quickly giving both parties an idea of how the other is feeling.
Genetics and Reproduction
Lamia, being an all-female species, require other species to reproduce through sexual reproduction, at which point they carry their young inside of their massive tails for safekeeping for a period of 5-7 months and eventually gave birth to their children similar to Humans. To this end, Lamia have historically garnered partners to reproduce with through physical assault and violence, capturing travelers, passers-by, and warriors of all kinds where they would then drag them back to their lairs and engage in brutal, bloody trysts until their prey was used up and expended...at which point they would toss them away and go out in search of new prey. However, in eons past thanks to the advent of the High Lamia, the Lamia have formed a cohesive society and mostly abandoned such barbaric ways, instead serving as a welcoming, open race who marries and partners with a variety of other species and peoples to produce offspring in a way much more wholesome and humane than the barbaric ways of lamia past.
Growth Rate & Stages
A Lamia child, once born, grows to maturity in a scant ten or twelve years, reaching full maturity no later than age 12, and entering adolescence no later than 7. When born, Lamia children are as large as a fully grown adult human and longer than a human is tall...and over the course of their journey into adulthood each Lamia child is taught how to hunt, how to live, and the value of beauty and power. Once a Lamia hits maturity they are fully grown and highly capable predators, as for most Lamia the right of passage into adulthood is to capture and consume a live creature, though with their recent adoption of civilization this has shifted away from sentient humanoids to animals outside of the more barbaric tribes. Thanks to the influence of the High Lamia on their genetics, Lamia are longer lived in recent years than most thanks to both natural genetics and a mutation in their advanced multi-stomach internal organ systems that has allowed them to siphon the age from those they hunt and devour - allowing some Lamia to become truly ancient beings, if they are willing to embrace their inner predator and continually seek out sentient creatures as meals - something that many are not willing to do thanks to their recent civilization and abandoning of barbarity. On the norm, barring outside interference or de-aging thanks to meals, a Lamia reaches middle age around age 80, becomes old around age 160, and becomes venerable around age 200 and dies shortly thereafter. Because of this, all Lamia are highly developed hunters, predators, and members of their society in very short order once they become adults.
Ecology and Habitats
Lamia are cold-blooded creatures, and naturally prefer hotter climates, though they may be found anywhere that is at least temperate or moderately warm. True to fashion, when a Lamia tribe moves into an area they often reach the role of "Apex Predator" within the local ecosystem in incredibly short order, reaching the top of the food chain and establishing their dominance over all nearby tribes, peoples, and beasts. They range about their area freely, hunting and eating at their whims without particular regard for the balance of the environment they are disrupting, though some understand on a basic level that consuming everything in a given area means no more food, and thus learn to moderate themselves. If left unchecked, Lamia will turn the area around their village or town into their own personal playground and will often conquer nearby races and tribes as consorts and food, bringing them back to their village to use as they please...indeed, if they are allowed to freely dominate their homes Lamia often take steps to ensure any threats to them are sent into extinction in very short order, or at the least rendered harmless to them. It is not altogether uncommon for a Lamia village to complete wipe an area clean of all beasts, animals, and other creatures due to over-consumption. In the case where another force comparable to them exists in the area and proves too tough to subjugate or break, Lamia do prove capable and willing to make peace and agreements with others, though such things are often tense, fragile, and more often than not short-lived pacts of mutual non-interference rather than long lasting agreements of peace.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Lamia are technically omnivores, but they almost exclusively prefer to dine on meat...specifically, they prefer to eat their food moving and alive, preferring to swallow their meals whole so their predator urges can be sate, for to them, taking their meals this way symbolizes that the hunt has ended, and that they successfully overcame their foe. Their preference for live prey is as much psychological to Lamia as it is a physical need, and while they obviously derive plentiful nutrition from the prey they melt away, they also derive the same satisfaction a hunter gets when they finally capture their prey. To them, it is nearly an addictive feeling and one they seldom care to give up, though more civilized Lamia make efforts to curb or outright quell these needs to fit in with societies.
As time passes, Lamia become slower and less physically capable until finally, at extreme old age they become barely able to overpower and digest their prey...their skin wrinkles, their hair turns white and falls out, and though they were once cannibalized by their fellows to feed the next generation, this practice has all but died off in recent years thanks to their adoption of civilization - only the most barbaric and far-flung of tribes still practice this now pagan and barbaric practice.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Lamia scales are not as widely coveted as the Skin or Pelt of a Dai-Yukai nor as much as the mythical Dragon skin, their scales are nonetheless said to have inherited a fragment of their Draconic parent's legendary durability...and as such, they are often hunted in less civilized areas for their scales. In more civilized areas, Lamia often scrap off unused scales and sell them for profit. Through a process unique to their culture that is not well understood by the outside world, Lamia pheromones can be distilled and bottled through unknown alchemical processes into perfumes, which are often quite pleasing to the senses and are highly sought after commodities...and sometimes, more powerful Lamia can distill their pheromones into perfumes that carry magical properties which make their products all the more highly sought after.
Lamia faces are slender and serpentine, and they have hair that is often long and flowing and tends to be colored incredibly bright colors such as golden and yellow.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Lamia can be found almost anywhere on Zheng-Kitar, with the sole exception of cold or frigid climates. They can be found in the hottest deserts, grasslands, mountain peaks, and caverns deep, and are widespread and numerous.
Lamia, thanks to their Draconic Ancestry, possess a great amount of raw intelligence as well as a predatory cunning and almost animal instincts that serve them incredibly well in their lives. Often, many outsiders who believe them to be wise and cunning predators are surprised when the Lamia they find prove to be even smarter than they.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Thanks to their Draconic heritage, Lamia can see excellently in the dark, and their serpentine eyes allow them to see almost perfectly in conditions of low light.
Civilization and Culture
Lamia names are beautiful and elegant, yet strong and powerful, like a mirror reflection of the race itself. Typically, they are greek, roman, or Mediterranean in nature and linguistic style, with '-ae', '-ai or -ia', '-xa', 'ii', '-one(pronounced ‘oh-nee’)', and with 's' sounds and syllables being common as well. As there are no Male lamia, all names are female-styled. Female: Syrixa, Callephae, Persephone, Euryale, Stheno, Philosa, Uralai, Casthisis, Hysiphia, Paphymes, Quelaxis, Haesephis, Rosalii, Miia, etc…
Lamia as a people find beauty in ample curves, large bellies, large chests, bodies with a perfect mixture of muscle and fat, and an absence of blemish, scar, or bruise upon their skin or scales. To have so much muscle mass that one's body swells and becomes freakish or even to have enough that one's body becomes "too muscular" is seen as undesirable and as proof that the given Lamia focuses too much on martial or physical pursuits and not enough time on herself. They see large bellies and chests as proof of a given Lamia's past meals and conquests, as a large belly means a recent conquest, and other areas such as their chest or tails or arms that are large or well-developed are seen as a sign that they have no only been eating well, but have been putting the nutrients from their prey to excellent use. A well-rounded Lamia and even, depending on the pack, a slightly large Lamia is seen as beautiful, and while it is incredibly difficult for Lamia to become overweight due to their massively hyperactive metabolisms, such Lamia are often heralded as beautiful as well. They see scars, bruises, and any blemishes upon their skin as ugly and the opposite of beauty, and often take measures to correct any such damage done to them after a melee or fight in order to stay beautiful. However, having one's skinned covered in blood or similar proofs of combat isn't particularly reviled, and in some tribes is seen as proof of a successful hunt. Lamia also greatly treasure the health of their tails, and a well-kept tail that is shiny, clean, healthy, and with neither cut nor damage is considered a sign of great beauty. Often, Lamia also enjoy accentuating their beauty with jewelry, trinkets, and adornments of all kinds so long as they are valuable and/or shiny, and often decorate their tails and humanoid halves in equal splendor.
Generally, Traditional Lamia courtship involves the brutal capture or abduction of an unwilling target found traveling, in a nearby settlement, or the subjugation of a warrior sent to kill them...once their target is secured, Lamia will return to their pack with their prize and take their right as the conqueror as is custom for most Lamia packs and use their target for bloody and violent trysts until all their primal urges are satisfied, at which time the target will either be allowed to live in the village as a consort or slave or will be devoured by his captor once she is satisfied. Because of this, Traditional Lamia relationships were and sometimes still are bloody, short, and violent things that rarely had much depth to them and lasted only so long as their prey remained alive and able-bodied. However, in recent years as they have entered civilized lands, Lamia have slowly begun to develop surprisingly deep courtship rituals. True to their nature as predators, Lamia who prefer more civilized relationships or who prefer to simply court their prey rather than hunt them will court their prey aggressively and dominantly, always attempting to establish themselves as the Alpha and winning over their target by getting them to fall for them through feats of prowess or through their sheer beauty. Because of these highly aggressive courtships, Lamia will often not stop until their target has been wooed and fallen for their aggressive and predatory charm...and often, the simple fact that their prey is already in a relationship serves no barrier to a Lamia in pursuit of her prey...as such, it is not uncommon for a Lamia who is wooing a particular target to break up existing relationships with predatory glee by proving themselves better for the target of their affections than their partner or significant other. Though this naturally causes some friction, their innate beauty and power means any scuffle that happen as a result of this are likely to end in the Lamia digesting the former significant other and supplanting them in a new relationship. However, in the rare cases where the significant other of their target proves themselves the equal or the better of the Lamia, they will begrudgingly accept their prey as being "spoken for"...though, some incredibly territorial Lamia refuse to accept this and only become even more set on "conquering" their prey because of this. These civilized Lamia think of these aggressive courtships as a new, exciting "hunt" and often enjoy the courtship of their target as they would any other hunt, with the ultimate goal being the "conquest" of the target of their affections...however, their aggression sometimes means that they end up "brainwashing" or "forcing" their target into accepting their affections, as after repeated aggressive attempts at courtship and seduction a target can either mistake their anger and pain for pleasure and begin to enjoy the Lamia's affections, or simply resign themselves to their fate out of the sheer stubbornness of their suitor. Though some think negatively of them for this aggression, these Civilized Lamia are said to be surprisingly masterful courtiers and lovers, and do so with the expertise of a master hunter and predator intent on winning over her prey.
Traditional Lamia relationships are things of sudden and violent passion, lasting for short periods of time but often being incredibly eventful and full of raw emotion as the Lamia satisfy all the urges and desires they possible could have in as short and as enjoyable a period as possible on their partner or capture target. Often, these traditional relationships rarely lasted longer than one or two sessions, as the Lamia were wont to consume or abandon their partner in pursuit of more base pleasures and trysts...their relationships were often impersonal, and rare was the Lamia who took on a long-term consort or developed feelings for their partner in any meaningful way. However, in the modern day the Lamia that have begun to integrate into society have a more nuanced ideal relationship than their traditional fellows. These modern Lamia, once they have conquered their target and entered into a relationship with them after a long and satisfying courtship, are fiercely protecting of their partner and often treat them as "theirs". The modern ideal of a Lamia relationship is one that can stand the test of time, and one where both partner stay immensely loyal and protective of one another...and in a unique blend of ancient and modern Lamia customs, these ideal modern relationships involve Lamia accruing a vast harem of lovers they have each courted long and passionately, engaging in these polygamous relationships freely...though unlike their more traditional fellows, these modern Lamia treasure and love each member of their harem individually, and protect and care for each just as passionately and with the same dedication as they would give to one lover. In this way, modern Lamia often maintain large polygamous relationships with many creatures, seeing them all as "theirs", but give each a truly deep level of passion and love...this polygamy is also the result of these Lamia believing that their love is a thing that should be given freely and is too vast to truly be contained or satisfied with one person. Despite this ideal, there are some rare Lamia who have become so adapted to their newfound civilized homes that they instead take only one lover and happily engage in Monogamous relationships, though this is somewhat rare. These Relationships are deeply passionate, and these Lamia often strive to always make their lovers or partners feel "special" and "treasured", even if all the world shuns them...and in a way, these Lamia do see their partners as their "treasures", albeit ones to be loved, treasured, kept safe, and ones to be loyal to no matter what.
Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals
Lamia tradition is a long-storied thing, and of the many customs they have chief most among them is the ritual of each Chieftain of a Lamia pack carrying a ritualistic and ceremonial halberd that is passed down from each Chieftain before her upon their deaths. In this way, each Chieftain carries the will of all those who came before her and represents the history of the Pack. Besides this, a common Lamia tradition is one that says that the cooking and proper preparation of meals and food is a holy thing, and one that imbues the dish with a small portion of she who cooks it, thus giving the dish meaning and purpose. Because of this, Lamia generally take their daily meals raw or as natural as possible, seeing the cooking of meals as a special thing done only on special occasions...besides, they believe that by "cooking" a prey they would otherwise swallow whole is to give them more meaning and worth than they should be afforded. As a result, Lamia that enter civilized societies are often excellent cooks and sometimes become chefs, seeing selling their cooking as creating special moments for others to enjoy. A very common tradition that has lasted even after they make the transition to civilization is one that sees a Lamia pack(or their friends, family, and romantic partners if they live in a civilized area) gather together once a month on average to celebrate the continue existence of their pack, of themselves, and of the continued success of the hunt. These great feasts are held in regular intervals and are sometimes held at other times when great moments, auspicious events, or promising future things come to light that would demand a celebration, or would herald a big change or transition for the tribe, such as the rise of a new Chieftain. These feasts are massive, extensive, and are one of the rare occasions where all inhabitants of a Lamia village, even non-Lamia, are allowed to partake and revel. The chieftain and high ranking Lamia eat first and have first pick of the meat, and a strict order must often be observed at such feasts, but they nonetheless provide a Lamia pack the opportunity to gather together and rejoice over life, love, and prosperity. During these times, it is common for Lamia to recount the history of their Pack in the form of long elaborate tales, past conquests, and all past achievements of the Pack of note.
Lamia history on Zheng-Kitar has long been a tale of apex predators and terrifying monsters - long have these beautiful but deadly women been the things of nightmares and tall tales, the monsters in the night that other races feared and avoided...they had little to no civilization of their own and were a scattered, barbaric people without a central leader or governing body...until the Age of Apostasy, where the mad tyrant Cao Lu invited the High Lamia onto Zheng-Kitar as enforcers of his will. As the High Lamia, deadly demigoddesses who towered over castles and ate entire villages, spread across the land, they united their scattered monsterous lesser sisters and gave them a home underneath their rule - and the rule of the their princess, daughter of the distant High Lamia queen who nearly conquered the world. Even after the fall of Cao Lu, the Lamia followed their ancestors the High Lamia and their princess Kyra Aenai into civilization, even accepting her new teachings once she had been redeemed and accepted into the ways of the Spirit Kings. Now, the Lamia are mostly a civilized race who are rapidly abandoning the ways of barbarity - though in certain places their barbarity presists, like the world's brutal deserts, Lamia are on the fast track to becoming one of the most populous and civilized races in the world thanks to the protection of their racial Demigoddess Princess, who now rules the nation the High Lamia founded as a gentle God-Queen.
200 Years. Can live theoretically forever by eating sentient life.
Lamia are plentiful and populous on Zheng-Kitar, as one of the apex predators of the world and as the race that benefitted the most from the arrival of the High Lamia, who they now live with and are protected by. They are on track, even, to eventually outpopulating other more numerous races such as Elves and Dwarves if their current rate of population growth continues.
12.4ft - 17.5ft (3.7 - 5.3 Meters)
550 - 780 lbs
18.2ft - 24.5ft (5.5 - 7.6 Meters)
Lamia have bodies that are toned and fit on average, with slender feminine frames belied by well-defined muscle on their stomachs and arms. Their human halves are also often well-proportioned and curvy, and are rarely ugly, misshapen, or childlike, as they have evolved as a race to lure their prey in with their looks as much as they can with their immense hunting prowess. Their tails are often as thick as a fully grown adult human, and are often likened to solid bands of muscle covered by scales. Their tails are incredibly long and prehensile, allowing Lamia to wrap around their prey and slowly strangle the life out of them or break them in to soften them up for digestion...their scales are commonly red and other base colors such as yellow, green, and blue, but are often red or red-adjacent colors...rarely, white or blacks scaled Lamia are born, which are seen as omens for either great fortune or great misfortune.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Lamia scales are commonly red and other base colors such as yellow, green, and blue, but are often red or red-adjacent colors...rarely, white or blacks scaled Lamia are born, which are seen as omens for either great fortune or great misfortune. Lamia with rainbow scales are incredibly rare, but are considered highly blessed as these rainbow, glittering scales hearken back to their ancestors, the High Lamia. Lamia have hair that is often long and flowing and tends to be colored incredibly bright colors such as golden and yellow. Lamia upper torsos are generally fair-skinned, but can become tanned by extensive sun exposure should they live in arid or desert climates, giving such Lamia dark complexions and skin tones.
A rapidly growing raceThough still a race that carries a stigma of ferocious, man-eating predators, many Lamia have embraced the ways of civilization beneath the God-Queen Kyra, convert to the ways of the Spirit Kings and Sheperdess of her people...becoming peaceful, beautiful citizens of this new nation and embracing the open love that permeates the society - where all races are free to love one another regardless of shape or size or color, and where culture and progress takes a backseat to the people. Though many Lamia remain stubbornly in the past and serve as apex predators in the more uncivilized lands of the world, the legacy of the rapidly-growing lamia culture is slowly shifting the paradigm away from barbarity for their species and towards a brighter, more civilized future.
The World's Deadliest PredatorsDai-Yukai or Eldragi, who the Lamia have long competed with for Apex Predator niches, they can adapt to nearly any climates barring extreme cold, allowing them to permeate the world above and below as the deadliest of predators - and the most alluring. For the Lamia are not only feared for their physical prowess and penchant for devouring their prey live - it is their looks for which they are feared. Their beauty has long been wielded as a weapon against unsuspecting foes, and so beautiful are they that, when caught off guard, the mind-melting pheremones of a powerful Lamia can all but incapacitate her prey for a quick and easy devouring...Lamia tribes have been the enemy of civilization for time untold, and on more than one occasion has a single Lamia, left unchecked, grown on the outskirts of a village, devouring each and every hunter and adventurer sent to kill her, only to stride into the town once she devoured enough prey to ascend in power, consuming the town and ruling it as a tyrant to feast on those who live there. Indeed, even now, many villages, towns, and even cities fear these legendarily attractive and deadly predators so much that they will often capitulate to their demands to survive - far better to sacrifice the few and survive than resist them and hunt them down...for each hunt organized against a Lamia has the potential to be nothing but a bountiful feast for her, a veriable buffet of powerful meals that, once devoured, will only serve to increase her beauty and power - and allow her to return to the town that tried to hunt her down and send all of its residents down her gullet...or, if they be lucky, kept alive to fawn over her and satisfy her ego.
Children of the God-QueenAs a firstborn daughter of Loscivia Aenai, the High Lamia Queen that once conquered and enslaved the entire world, Kyra was brought to Zheng-Kitar on the wishes of her mother and through the machinations of the tyrant Cao Lu during the Age of Apostasy some 2,500 years ago, who sought to manipulate the power of the High Lamia Empire to conquer the continent as his own - and by manipulating Kyra, the princess sent to subjugate the continent, he was overwhelmingly successful for a time. But in time as he fell and was dethroned from power, Kyra stepped in and led her people into the spotlight, leading a campaign of devouring and carnage across Zheng-Kitar until a party of heroes was organized to stop her - and were subsequently eaten by her in their final showdown. But their sacrifice was not in vain. For Kyra, Demigod already, as she digested the heroes and took their memories for their own, she saw the light of the Spirit Kings and realized the error of her ways, repenting and leading her people on a righteous crusade against her more sadistic kin - and securing her people and their descendants the Lamia a future on Zheng-Kitar that would be more than just barbaric predators. Now, she rules from Raoulin's capital as a God-Queen, a gentle Goddess who led her people into a better life and survived the fall of the global High Lamia Empire by abandoning her cruel, sadistic ways and embrace the peace and love of the Spirit Kings. All Lamia now bear the mark of her blessing on Zheng-Kitar, and the influence of her leadership on their very bones...so powerful is she that her mere presence has been enough to distort and warp the Lamia genome over centuries, mutating and evolving them through force towards an unknown destiny...