The Lizardfolk are a hardy and social race. Their culture mostly revolves around family and personal connections.
In the past, a pack of male lizardfolk used to follow one female, called the queen, similar to a beehive. Females are rare and when one was born to a pack she usually was raised to be sent out and away and start a pack of her own. Even nowadays, the ratio between males and females is very unbalanced and it’s more likely to encounter male specimen than females.
They are a very diverse race, with a large spectrum of possible skin colors and with their horns and/or hardened scales adorning their heads and bodies they are a fun bunch to design. Their colors can reach from red to brown, red, orange, yellow to green and even blue shades. The color determines the sub-race that an individual belongs to, and in the ancient time of early lizardfolk the skin color determined the set of skills and tasks an individual had in the pack. These traits still appear in modern-age lizardfolk and are as follows:
- Green: Large and heavy-set, they were the defenders of the hive and the bodyguards of the queen. Greens are always larger than average lizardfolk, and they are a rare color!
- Common workers: They veary in shapes and size and can take on any job that needs to be done.
- Frilled Yellow: Yellow lizardfolk with a skin-flap-frill can run fast and have naturally loud voices. They always have stripes and a tail and frilled lizards are always yellow. They used to deliver messages between hives and alerted the hive of approaching danger at daytime.
- Blue: They have excellent vision which even improves at night. Blues are the only lizardfolk born with a tapetum lucidum, they are endurance runners of a a lean, tall built. They locate prey and water underground. Blues are the rarest kind of lizardfolk!
Lizardfolk skin is usually of one dominant color, though darker and brighter spots or stripes are possible and their skin naturally has a gradient which determines the thickness of the skin (dark areas have thicker skin than lighter areas). But it is impossible for them to have f.ex. both blue and green skin at the same time (no chimeras!). Some individuals have vitiligo, which then results in brighter, blotchy spots.
Color traits are not hereditary, even though a pair of blue colored parents has a higher chance of having blue colored children of their own.
Shedding dead skin is a big part of lizardfolk culture. Shedding happens once a year, and is a big celebration of rebirth and new beginnings in lizardfolk culture. The old skin is shed and burnt, a new year of their life added to the wasteland. Once shedding starts to happen once a year, a lizardperson is considered an “adult” and gets their first markings.
After shedding and the party that follows, Lizardfolk renew their markings, burning new ones into the fresh skin for the next year.
Markings used to determine which hive an individual belonged to. The pattern was inspired by the position of the queen’s gem scales and was synchronised with other pack-members.
Nowadays markings are used for individual style and expression and mostly synchronised only with a lizardfolk’s mate(s).
Lizardfolk live in packs, the family units are often large. The entire pack helps to raise the children, with one or more “primary” parent. These parents don’t have to be in a relationship, since children choose their primary parents based on how much they like them and how much they look up to each individual. Lizardfolk are a great judge of character by instinct.
When possible and when a colony is of mostly or only lizardfolk, they usually choose a pack-leader who is responsible of the big decisions. In modern times, this leader does not necessarily have to be a female, especially when a male is more willing or more qualified of doing the job to be the alpha.
There are no ranks other than ‘alpha/leader/boss’ in a group. The leader’s mate is equal to everyone else in the pack and weaker members are always supported by the stronger ones.
Once a member of the pack passes on, their bodies are burned, Freeing their souls from the earth and their ashes blending with the sands. These rituals are usually performed by Fire Priests, though it doesnt matter as long as the bodies are burned.
Lizardfolk do not believe in gods as great all-knowing beings, instead they worship their ancestors. The souls of those that passed watch other them from the sky, guiding them and watching over them. Some lizardfolk believe that the stars in the sky are the souls of their ancestors.
Lizardfolk who achieve greatness in one way or another, live on in legend and become a Great Ancestor; an ancestor who belongs to all lizardfolk. These Great Ancestors are often a source of great strength to those who are more spiritually inclined, and serve as role models and inspiration to those who still live.
The ancestral worship divides into two main “factions” amongst the people;
- Those who believe that The Great Ancestors were born Greater with a Purpose and were born to Achieve.
- Those who believe that The Great Ancestors were simply normal individuals who rose above into legend on their own power and merit.
Sexuality & Relationships:
Lizardfolk are a very open and casual race, sprinkled on the pan- and bisexuality spectrum. They all have their individual preferance of course, and it’s not uncommon to date outside of their own race. They speak of their partners as their ‘mates’ and it is not uncommon for a lizardfolk to have a partner and yet be sexually active with other individuals as well. Also some lizardfolk prefer to have more than one partner, some just like to stay alone or just away from sexual activities at all.
Lizardfolk go by the rule: “As long as it happens between consenting adults, it’s good!” Consent is almost holy to them and anything else is shunned by their society.
Lizardfolk are seen as very promiscuous by the other races, who have a hard time understanding how being “exclusive” to your mate is more the exception than the rule. Jealousy is uncommon amongst lizardfolk who were raised in a pack-environment.