|Alpha Female||Beta Female||Male|
More commonly known as Demons to Humans, the Vibranni are a proud race that dwell in the sand dunes of Araz. This name was first given by settlers from Paorr- drawing conclusion from the Demon figures from their own religion.
The Vibranni are the tallest of our cousins with alpha females averaging between 6.5 and 7 feet in height and non-alpha females and males averaging between 5.5 and 6 feet in height. This distinct difference in height is solely based on an odd feature which only the alpha females exhibit. With the onset of puberty, certain females will develop an extra joint in their lower leg. This extra joint became very useful in early Vibranni culture as females were the sole hunters in a pack. This extra joint made running on all fours easier and more effective. In modern Demon packs, which are mostly agricultural based, this extra joint is used as an easy visual marker of which females are in power. Strangely, this extra joint, while still present, is very rarely developed in males and lies dormant. (See Verkhnemchelov for more information on dominant male Vibranni) It is still unknown if the joint growth in these individuals is because of an onset of biological changes that only happens in specific females, or due to a ritual in which the pack chooses a select few for a rite of passage. It is widely debated if the alpha females sense the oncoming change, thus begin the ritual with those young, or if the ritual itself is what causes the change and those young are selected for other reasons.
The Demon race has held onto the prehensile tail of our ancestors. Like all things in Demon life, this has become a marker for ritual. Each Vibranni pack has their own shaped tail spade, generally which the individuals are born with. In some clans the spade which the pack is born with is cosmetically altered to show allegiance to that particular group. The alteration of the spade makes it possible for an individual to change clans, though if that bridge has been crossed, the individual loses the possibility to revert back. Tail alteration also does considerable damage to an individual's tail which in some cases can never be fixed. Tail castration is considered one of the greatest sins against the race, and often is used for individuals who have committed a terrible crime against the pack. For this reason, Demon owners have been encouraged to sever the entire tail to prevent demons from returning to the desert. These services have been advertised to the upper class, claiming that tail severing will make their Demons more docile as well as more Human-like in appearance. These claims are obviously false, but Demons often do not seek to return to their packs after tail severance.
Demons are often rumored to possess horns, and said that they hide them underneath their naturally thick hair. These allegations are completely false. Calcium deposits on the skull do occur in rare cases, about as often as they appear in Humans or Yeti.
Probably the most striking feature about demons is that this race exists in a blaze of skin colors. Packs are most often separated by skin color before spade shape. These bright, unnatural colors are not a paint, but the result of a lunar ritualistic feast of certain plant materials. These plants more often than not are toxic to other races and species. These toxins interact with the Demon’s melanin to produce any number of colors. Interestingly enough, if a demon stops consumption of the toxin, the individual’s bright skin color will fade, but will never revert to the color prior to the initial ingestion of the toxin.
The Vibranni, while omnivorous, prefer a carnivorous diet of a range of desert wildlife. The majority of Vibranni societies today have basic agriculture and are known for taming and the selective breeding of Chankas. The Demon race, being desert dwellers, have no need for water sources as they are extremely efficient at absorbing moisture and nutrients from their food sources. Demons also seem very resilient to food borne illnesses sometimes carried by meat that has been left uncured. It has been rumored that Demons partake in cannibalism, but these claims are false. The Vibranni have a deep set fear of cannibalism, some tribes refusing to partake in mouth kissing for the threat of becoming cannibalistic.
Demons live in packs, generally between 8 and 40 members. Packs are generally broken up by skin color, then by spade shape. Packs are often associated with other packs of Demons, typically with packs that share similar skin tones, but that is not always the case. These multiple pack groups are often formed to build armies to fight with other rival demon packs or with the outside species. Packs often rely on a strict class structure that has been in place for thousands of years. All Demon packs are confirmed to be matriarchal groups. The packs are often run by a group of alpha females. Today, these females discuss political bearings on their pack, the choosing of future mates, keep law, and other tasks such as slaughtering livestock. Non dominant females tend to livestock, planting cycles, tend to injured members, and aid in the education of future dominant females. Males take care of the more domestic tasks, some examples being basket and jewelry making, clothing washing, and the rearing of children after they are weaned. It is theorized that this class structure impacted the races physical characteristics in order to help support this intricate social structure.
|Alpha Female, Red Tribe|
The Nakalo are the sole exception to the strict Vibranni culture. Often referred to as the Pale or the White tribe by humans, they are known for their fair hair and skin. This group does not partake in ritualized feasting and as such, their skin and hair remains unmarked from coloring toxins. The Vibranni consider the Nakalo as a cousin tribe, but do not consider them as the same species. The Nakalo have very lax social hierarchy when directly comparing to their cousins, and some groups have been noted to boast a patriarchal structure. Living in the mountains between Antiford and Titania, this group is rather peaceful and often mingle with their Yeti neighbors.
The names of the separate cultures are
Pavostanni, meaning The Devout. They are commonly referred to as the Red Tribe by humans.
Pocanni, meaning Children of Honor. They are commonly referred to as the Orange Tribe by humans.
Detstanni, meaning Children of the Desert. They are commonly referred to as the Yellow Tribe by humans.
Drevsani, meaning Children of the Wood. They are commonly referred to as the Green Tribe by humans.
Zemlani, meaning Grounded, Balanced. They are commonly referred to as the Purple Tribe by humans.
Svabanii, meaning The Free. They are commonly referred to as the Blue Tribe by humans.
The Demons intricate class structure determines which female produce offspring and which male is chosen to breed. Most often, the dominant females procreate with selected males who have viable traits and a good bloodlines. Procreation is thought out in detail and strictly regulated. Members of a pack that disobey this strict mating regulation have been observed to be punished severely, generally only including infanticide, but observations also include castration of genitals or tail, dismemberment, and even death of the offending individuals. Demons do not have a union ceremony and do not mate for life, though non dominant females and males will pair in non-mating couplings. Homosexuality is has also been observed in this race.
Interbreeding with Humans yields sterile offspring. These offspring often have trouble in both parent societies do to the current conflicts between Humans and Demons. Often this young will die from complications. Interbreeding with Yeti, on the other hand, will yield offspring that looks similar to either race, depending on the characteristics of each parent. Because of the class structure, the offspring may fit in, or be discarded from Demon life.