Zaris, also known by some as “Lizard Men” or “Dragon Men” are a race of draconic humanoids native to the Broken Sands on the continent of Astoria. Zaris tend to be squat and muscular. Their skin is covered with rough scales that range from tan, to dark brown or even black and they have no hair but have a number of ridges that lend expression to their faces and bodies. Zaris have a medium set of bat-like wings, which they can use to fly or glide for short durations. They also have sharp claws (non-retractable) that make even their hand-to-hand damage of the lethal sort.
The Zaris are an extremely hierarchical people – from slave to Emperor everyone is to know their boundaries and act within them. They are firm believers that surest way to invite calamity is to reach beyond a person’s destiny. Zaris are also extremely ritualistic. Almost every facet of their lives has some sort of ritual attached to it, from rising in the morning to sleeping at night. Most Zaris think in a fairly linear way. When two unknown forces meet and a hierarchy is not established Zaris will often test the others strength (whether that means physical strength, strength of will, prowess or anything else). Careful consideration and displays will often serve to establish a lasting hierarchy that often avoids direct conflict.