|Wolf-like humanoid example|
Though I'm grabbing inspiration from a few fairy tale characters, the majority of my characters are inspired from Irish and Aztec mythology. I'm sure there are some characters that will be instantly recognizable such as Acalia with her ruby mantle and Mira with her flock of sheep. It'll be fun to see which reader catches the easter eggs within the story.
So let's talk a little about the Varul, the main race that inhabits the realm of Zaloria.
What are the Varul?The male Varul are wolf-like humanoids. Proportion wise they are far larger, taller, and some have quite the massive muscular bulk. While females are oddly enough, very human-like. Female Varul do not have the elongated muzzles, tails, or the full-bodied fur of the males. However, females do have sharp canines and sharp claws.
There are two exceptions. Two female Varul were born with wolf-ears, tail, and light fur that partially covers their arms and legs. These two are the exception for a reason that I can't go into as it would spoil one of the main points of the novel.
Religion: The Varul are guided by the Ancients. Mystical beasts that have control over certain elements. Each Ancient has given their blessing to the 3 clans though there are caveats the blessings. Despite their godlike status, even the Ancients are lorded by another called, the Great One.
Clans: There are 3 clans that exist within the realm of Zaloria. When a Varul is born, he/she is then blessed by the appropriate Ancient. The following clans are: The Zephyr, whom command the wind. The Banehounds, whom dwell in the shadows. And the Fenrir, whom weld lightning.
The blessings vary for each gender. For males, they are able to weld a minor element but females were given the ability to heal wounds from the most minor to grievous. Of course this ability to heal is fueled by the female's own life force therefore it's not used without merit.
Culture: Alike wolves, a Valrul chooses his/her mate for life. However, when it comes time to cement their relationship the male is able to shed his true form for one that resembles a male human. This ability was given by the Ancients so that the two may copulate without fear of pain.
And then there are the Alpha and Luna of the clans. But I'll go into those chosen few for another entry. Until then, happy reading!