Society is a ruthless meritocracy. Those that show use and power rise to the top, and those that fail are shunted to the lowest rungs. Ophiduan children are raised communally by brood-keepers, and the concept of family is alien to them, making them highly individualistic. However, they are not necessarily cruel, believing that anyone can turn their lives around with dedication and opportunity.
Sytheria and Sytheros are closely aligned, though Sytheros has a more aggressive bent than Sytheria, and Sytheria a more diplomatic outlook. There is tension, but no real bad blood between the two nations, as they prefer to deal with each other than any other nation.
Ophiduan obsession with success and self improvement coupled with their tenuous position as a race, has made some Ophiduans incredibly bitter towards other races. There is a small, but not insignificant faction that blames humanity for the breaking, and speaks of a glorious war of genocide. Most Ophiduans see this as ridiculous and unrealistic, but many younger Ophiduans have a sympathetic ear.
Sisthassian is a sibilant language that many non-ophiduans find difficult to master, as tone and length of sounds vary wildly in tense and structure. Also, the language uses vocal clicks that are hard to duplicate without Ophiduan vocal cords.
Ophiduans are a long lived, but slow breeding race. The typical Ophiduan matures quickly, reaching adulthood at approximately 25 years of age, but they age slowly once mature, staying vital for much longer than any other race. Ophiduans can also fall into a deep torpor for close to a decade, ageing the equivalent of one year physically during this time. It is not unheard of for Ophiduans to reach 4 centuries of age.
Physical Description Reptilian scales cover the ophiduans' hairless bodies, and their yellow, slitted eyes and sharp teeth give them a striking appearance. They stand tall, often a head above most humans, but are typically slimmer than humans, being lithe in build. Ophiduans have no ears, and their ridged brows are often what define their face. Most ophiduans are green-scaled, but there are those of blue, purple, black, or yellow in tone, a trait which is often passed along to progeny. The only common color among all ophiduans is the dull grey of their stomachs, which reflects their common ancestry.
Male Names Mixal, Xiphoter, Maxev, Ioxua, Iaxot, Nixokas, Antax, Tanix, Tyxor, Kraxan.
Female Names Azlei, Iezi, Sazari, Krizani, Emizi, Samazi, Amazi, Kazeri, Mezan, Kriza.
Adult: 25 years
Middle age: 200 years
Old age: 300 years
Venerable: 350 years
Maximum: 350 + D%