The most populous of Citaria’s various indigenous races, the rir were the primary species created by Gori Sensullu. These are the people believed to be created in Gori Sensullu’s image, though the various types of rir were created at different times and in different places, lending a variety to Gori Sensullu’s people.
The first were the terra-rir, the “basic” variety of rir to which all others are compared. These semi-draconic humanoid people are mammals, giving live birth (though their gestation process is unusual) and nursing their young, and possessing black, human-like skin instead of scales. Curiously, a terra-rir possesses silver blood. A typical terra-rir stands between five and six-and-a-half feet tall, with males possessing broader shoulders and generally being a little stronger, while females have wider hips and slightly thicker tails. Their eyes are quite human-like, with a variety of colors: blue, green, golden, red, black, or slight variations thereof. They have hair on their scalps, most typically white in color, though it may come in any of the colors their eyes can, with the exception of green. Their bodies are otherwise completely hairless. A rir’s nose is comprised of a pair of horizontal slits in the end of their draconic snouts. The rir have many teeth in their draconic jaws, ranging from flat central incisors like a human to many more longer, sharper teeth before the molars.
An offshoot of the terra-rir, the terra-dracon are a genetic mutation that grow large, black, leathery, dragon-like wings. Though these wings never develop the proper strength for true flight, a terra-dracon can glide fairly well, and in dire circumstances may muster the energy to maintain “flight” longer than drafts and currents of wind might otherwise allow. The terra-dracon is in all other ways just like the terra-rir, for that’s what they are beneath the genetic mutation.
Other rir races appeared over the millennia as more lands were discovered by the intrepid and adventurous, who were usually the humans. In the southeast of Askies Island, terra-rir hero Kerry Kijana, who would later become the god Garra Ktarra, discovered the terra-bengal people. The terra-bengal people are very much like the terra-rir, but for a few cosmetic differences. The terra-bengal people are more lithe than a typical terra-rir, and possess white, tiger-like strips all over their bodies. They also possess cat-like pads on the bottoms of their feet, a trait that has puzzled scientists and scholars for a long time, despite the obvious uses.
Two more rir species were discovered as explorers began to settle on the continent of Terrassia: the fures-rir and the shakna-rir. The fures-rir are impervious to cold temperatures, and have thrived on the tundras and frozen expanses of the north end of Terrassia. They are like their terra-rir cousins but for a few differences: they are impervious to cold, they have a natural dexterity and sense of balance that allows them to walk on ice many times, and they always have blue hair and eyes, though the shade varies. The shakna-rir, by contrast, are generally considered desert-dwellers, though this is not exactly accurate. The shakna-rir prefer hot climates, whether arid or humid, and so are equally at home in a desert or a tropical rainforest. The shakna-rir are resistant to the effects of hot climates, not fire, and they have green skin, unlike all of the other species of rir. Their hair and eye colors are usually in the red or brown ranges, but they still possess the silver blood common to all but one species of rir.
Hailing from the far west island of Kirelia are the kirelas-rir, a mystical variant of rir that possesses psionic powers not seen in the other species of rir. These psionic abilities can range from being empathic to being telepathic, or even the ability to hibernate or heal wounds. The kirelas-rir tend to be shorter and lighter than other species of rir, and possess hair and eyes in a broad spectrum of fluorescent colors. The other notable difference is that they have light blue, vertical stripes along the sides of their snouts that react to the use of divine or arcane power. This is most curious to scholars, who wonder how or if these naturally-occurring stripes are responsible for the kirelas-rir peoples’ natural affinity for magic.
Most curious of all the rir species were the seterra-rir, created quite recently in Citarian history. These strange rir are more like humans in several ways, from their red blood to their human-like gestation. On the outside, they have only fluorescent hair and eye colors to distinguish them from the other rir species. Due to their “odd” blood and gestation, the seterra-rir were the target of a genocidal war, as the other rir species believed they were an attempt by the Devil Queen to infiltrate and corrupt the rir bloodlines. More on this will be the focus of the War of Purity entry.
Finally, there are the serilian-rir, better known as half-demons to most people. These people, the product of crossbreeding between any variety of rir and a serilian demon (actually called serilis-rir), typically have many similar traits to their fathers. Black hair and red eyes are dominant among the serilian-rir, though their genetics are quite complex, and there are many possibilities if the right combination comes together. The half-kryon is generally a dim-witted but otherwise unremarkable rir; only their black serilian-rir blood gives away the fact that they’re not a full-blooded terra-rir. The half-corlyps tends to be a cowardly or insecure creature, but they are muscular and very hardy; they are easily given away by their wings and often by small horns. The half-brys stands out because of its small frame, wings, and occasionally horns; they sometimes also have dragon-like eyes that further betray their mixed heritage. A half-elite is usually a burly individual, muscular and stocky with broad wings and sometimes horns. And half-guardians tend to be unforgettable specimens, muscular with large frames, horns, wings, and a sexual allure that’s hard to explain. Serilian-rir also all share one other trait, regardless of their sub-type: they are generally looked down upon or despised by other races, though this is slowly beginning to change.
These are the various types of rir. Next up, we’ll be taking a closer look at the non-rir races of Citaria, from the lizardfolk called czarikk to the catfolk known as kwarrasti.