Slightly blue grey tinge to their thick skin. Strong arms and heavy boned. Their skulls are very thick to protect against falling rocks.
Westerra, between the Zephyr Range and the Ward River. Mostly confined to the great cave systems throughout that area.
Behaviour and Culture: Edit
Durths eat a wide array of subterranean fungi, animals, and plants. This is supplemented with roots, berries and vegetables from the surface.
They live in rooms deep underground, usually along wide linear corridors. These corridors can stretch for hundreds of miles, and rooms grouped together form towns. At intersections of these corridors large caverns can be found, often forming the focal point of larger towns and cities. Many large settlements can be found only slightly underground, to allow for the harvest of surface flora and fauna.
The Durths are secretive, keeping many of their relics and discoveries secret from the other races. It is still unknown what the Durth Godgift is, and who bears it. Their religion is based on the worship of Hesperus, combined with nature worship and pantheism. In some sects there are also elements of stellar deity worship. It is unknown the role the Godgift bearer plays, if any.
Durths diverged from Vampires in the 3rd Age. The spilt began when the ruling class of the 3rdlings, comprised of powerful pyromancers, where overthrown by the common people. This ruling class was exiled beyond the Ward River, where geographical isolation combined with their original differences caused them to become a separate species. The Vampires spent the rest of this age attempting to return to power, but succeeded only in burning the cities to the ground and severely disrupting Durth civilisation, driving them into tunnels during the attacks.
Durths gradually became more troglodytic throughout the 4th age in order to defend against attacks by Vampires other creatures (wolves, netherals etc.). The long history of violence between Durths and Vampires (usually initiated by the Vampires) has lead to a deep hatred between the two races.
A Human-Durth alliance throughout the 1st Human Age lead to an age of relative prosperity for the Durth. The city of drizzle was made a “shared city” in 105AE, but by the 400s almost no Durth remained, and the city became an entirely human possession.
When the fall of Man and the beginning of the 2nd Human Age jeopardised the Durth Human Alliance, Durths were eager to show their continued allegiance. Durth warriors were pivotal in protecting the remaining humans in Westerra during the Vampire purges of 525, leading to the city of Drizzle being given to them. In the 800s a rebellion of the cities minority human population lead to a war between the First Kingdom and the Durth over the position of the city. Humans reconquered the city, but permitted 1000 Durths (mostly scholars and priests) and their decedents to remain resident in the city. The Durth have since become especially secretive and isolated from humanity.