Maracaran Slasanza The Slasanza are believed to have been on Durrin longer than any other race. The Maracarans tell that the Slasanza were already living their brutish lives when the Maracarans came to Durrin. Although not considered an intelligent race by most of the inhabitants of Durrin, the Slasanza do seem to have a rough language, although noone can reliably be said to speak this language. The Slasanza have no written language, and are unable to work metal. Any metal tools or weapons found with Slasanza have been stolen from the Bramhillians or the Maracans. The reptilian Slasanza tend not to use metal weapons in any case, as they prefer to use their natural weapons, their teeth and claws. The Slasanza culture is brutal and horrifying. Each tribe of Slasanza is led by a single head male. This male comes to power by defeating his predecessor in combat, and then devouring him. Males are forced out of the tribe at a young age, to survive alone in the jungle. The most dangerous foe to a young Slasanza is an older Slasanza, who prey upon the weaker. Those who survive long enough and become strong enough are then able to attack a head male, and take over his tribe of females. Ofton, both the attacker and defender are wounded, allowing other young males the chace to snatch a mate. These females go along at first, but escape tback to a tribeas soon as possible. It is the lone Slasanza males who most ofton prey upon humans, and in turn are hunted by the Bramhillians. The females of the specious are perhaps more dangerous than the males, in that they hunt in packs. Unfortunately, the favored prey of Slasanza are intelligent beings. the lone males are ofton terrifying enough, but an entire hunting pack of females will make even the strongest warrior quake with fear. Entire human villages have been captured and killed by hunting packs. The Maracarans tend to avoid the Slasanza by remaining in their treeetop homes while the Slasanza hunt. The Bramhillians, on the other hand hunt the Slasanza at any provocation. There is at least one documented case where the Slasanza left survivors in a village. Predictably, these survivors informed the mililitia and an armed party marched into the Maracaran Rainforest. Apparently there was some sort of trap set up, as none of these warriors ever returned. The Slasanza normally remain in their forest homeland. Normally, it is only when humans intrude into the forest that contact and the inevitable bloodshed occurs. Unfortuantley, the main trade artery within Bramhillian, the Steinly River, runs through the Maracaran Rainforest. Only the most foolish travel this waterway without armed gaurds. The Slasanza are not a problem for most of the population of the Kingdom of Bramhillian, as they rarely move about. Even the lone males rarely penetrate far into civilized lands, since their bloodthirsty ways announce thier travels to local hunters. Illhillians Illhillians are pale, sickly creatures of low intelligence. They are slightly more intelligent than the Slasanza, but not by much. Their bulbous upturned noses mark the Illhillians as an inferior race. However, unlike their relatives on the southern continent, Durrin Illhillians have managed to acquire many of the traits of their more intelligent human neighbors. They are able to work metal, although poorly, and some Illhillians are able to learn to speak proper languages. Their own language is of course fairly simple, barely adequate for communication of simple concepts. Since no Illhillian has the capacity to read or write, they have no written language or history. Although the Illhillians are capable of most simple work, and if properly trained can appear quite intelligent, they are invariably lazy. Instead of working to improve themselves and feed their families, Illhillinas prefer to steal to survive. Caravans passing near Illhillian territory are commonly attacked and travellers killed or captured Given the choice, most caravans prefer to kill their own if it seems iminent that they will be overrun by the barbaric Illhillians, as these people prefer to capture humans and then eat them alive. Illhillians are known to prefer a diet of young children, so caravans with children as far from the Illhillians as possible. It is avery foolish caravan who takes an underprotected train near this territory. It is unlikely that the Illhillinas would still be living on Durrin but for the Maracarans and the Ironrocks. Almost two hundred years ago, when the first Illhillians were discovered by the Triad, the humans decided to put aside their own differences and wars of conquest to destroy this infestation. The Illhillians of that time were as depraved as their descendents, and were wantonly attacking villages and travellers. The Illhillians were festering in a badlands area bordered by each of the Triad, so it seemed a simple thing to root them out before they were able to multiply any further. Records of what happened next were obviously exagerated, as tales from that time peroid indicate that an Ironrocks army column, eleven warriors wide and over ten miles long arrived at the badlands area just as the Triad armies were massing to attack. Hundreds of Maracarans were also present, and although the Triad offered the elder races the chance to join with them to destroy the evil breed, the ancient races declined the invitation. The Maracarans told the humans in quite forceful terms that they would not stand for genocide, and that they were there to defend the Illhillians. The Ironrocks apparently had no comments at all, but calmly arranged themselves between the Triad and the Illhillians. Outnumbered, the Triad armies left the field of battle. Once the Triad Armies had left the field, the Ironrocks set to removing all humans from a sizeable territory. They then set about surrounding the area with their signposts. It was clear that the Ironrocks would consider any attacks against the Illhillians as attacks against themselves. As the Ironrocks returned to their mountainous homes, they continued to build signposts, thus claiming as thier own a strip of territory twenty-five feet wide, and several hundred miles long. Fifty years ago, the Ironrocks marched back along this stretch of land to again defend the Illhillains, to much the same affect. The Triad retreated, and the Ironrocks returned home without comment. This Ironrocks territory has now become the official boundry between Bramhillian and Labhartain. Human missionaries often live among the Illhillians in hopes of converting them to a human religion. The missionaries are often successful, at least until they return home and the Illhillians return to their own worship. There are also a number of unsavory humans who use the orcish borders as defense against human law. These people are not the most discerning types, and sometimes have families among the Illhillians. The Illhillians tend to look down on half-breeds, and most humans tend to dislike half-breeds even more than they do Illhillians.