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Physiology: Greylings generally have disfigured faces and bodies considered ugly by the Overworld races of Altera, the rows of needle like teeth do not help in the slightest. They are short of stature, generally standing between three and four feet tall. Their grey and green skin tones help them to blend into their surroundings while their slight frame natural agility and claw like hands make them adept at climbing. Greyling gestation is lasts 11 excruciating months with usually three offspring, fortunately for the women they only ovulate once every 2 years. Female Greylings are similar in appearance to male Greylings, the only exceptions being the existence of breasts, their hair being longer on the head, less hair on the general body and higher pitched voices.
Personality: From a social standpoint Greylings are generally more aggressive than most Alteran races. There is a constant struggle for territory with dwarves, who the Greylings claim to be trespassers onto 'their' underground world. On their own, Greylings generally live a violent existence in camps or tribes ranging in size between 20 and a few thousand individuals. Males will fight each other for mates, usually resulting in serious injury to the loser, but rarely death. In short, Greylings are small, vicious and brutal. Do not let their prominent brow and guttural tongue fool you however, they are clever and naturally apt when it comes to the darker side of magic.
Hierarchy and Society:Most long established greyling societies are established in hereditary monarchy dictatorships. The crown rarely passes to another bloodline as intrigue and manipulation are a successful Greyling's shield and sword and few are better at this than the ruling class. If all else fails for a monarch resisting an usurper, Assassins are considered a form of political response in the Hollows.
History: The greylings were created by Queen Grief during the first great war for Altera as scouts, engineers, and battle fodder. It is unclear what race she perverted to make these monsters, though most scholars agree it was most likely halflings or perhaps elves due to their natural affinity for the arcane arts. Greylings are frail beasts that do poorly in close combat but more than make up for it in primal cunning and an aptitude for the dark side of creative magick.
Not long after their creation the Greylings created the Earthspawn to serve as their muscle and to replace them in the role of battle fodder for the dark armies. Though exactly how they were (are?) able to do it is unknown to even the most learned of Altera's magi. Research has suggested that it the ritual requires multiple human sacrifices, the blood of giants spread over roughly carved statues and something to do with the tears of would-be mothers birthing stillborns.
Common Beliefs: Greylings tend to be a non-religious lot all in all, they have been given the short end of the stick on every occasion and resent any powers that be for it. Independant and strong willed, never has a larger group of heretics existed. While might makes right, if you can trick the mighty more power to you. As a race they have little in the way of compassion and slavery is a common sight in Greyling society.
Common Names:Grim, Takka, Nolkif, Tagalok, Sharik, Glock, Karn, Torgrif, Shalack, Hertic, Corig
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