Drakulia are known for their cruelty and their total and unflinching loyalty to the Dragon Mages. Created during an infernal process involving soul-magic and a number of dragon larvae, the process spawned this race of intelligent, humanoid, dragon-blooded lizard men. The drakulia are hematophagic. They each have a set of hollow fangs, used to drink blood from whatever creatures they manage to get a hold of. The blood is digested in a special organ the drakulia have, then the remains are stored and used for various abilities the creatures control, such as an acidic spit and a slimy coating they can excrete which allows them to climb walls and ceilings. The creatures are usually used as troops and airship crews.
The drakulia are malicious, savage, greedy, and angry by nature. Unfortunately, they are also loyal to a fault when it comes to the Dragon Mages. They fight amongst themselves, but only when they have no task given to them by their masters. Drakulian ranks are determined by strength of arms and combat expertise, as well as cruelty. An example of their nature is as follows: A drakulian first officer, if he sees his captain showing any sign of mercy to an enemy or a crewman is expected to kill the captain on sight, to prevent the weakness of compassion from spreading.
A typical drakulian is about 70 inches in height. They are slender, though muscular, with sharp claws, a pair of fangs and short tails, usually tipped with small barbs that they use in combat. Their eyes are usually grey or black, and their scales range from mottled brown, to green, to grey. They have no body hair and they usually have sharp ridges on their foreheads. Their bodies are normally covered in battle scars, more often than not from fighting with other drakulia.
Drakulia are not forced to sleep as other races do. When they have a very steady supply of blood, then they can go for up to a week with no actual sleep whatsoever. If their blood supply is more sporadic, then they only find it necessary to sleep about 3 hours a day, which is enough to refresh their minds and bodies.
Drakulia are willing to prey on anyone they feel is weaker, whether that is a human, elf or other drakulia. Since they view themselves as superior to all beings other than Dragon Mages, this inferior group includes just about everyone. They take perverse pleasure in killing another being, though they don’t torture without reason. If they kill, it is quick, considered dishonorable if the death is drawn out unneccessarily. That gives no great comfort to victims of the draculia, however, since the creatures are expert killers. Typically if a creature is marked for death and tracked by a drakulian, they are dead within a very few days.
The drakulia have no real religion, persay, since they only believe that the Dragon Mages are more powerful than they, and who would believe in a god weaker than themselves? The drakulia usually view other races who do worship gods as foolish and wasteful of time, since the hours spent in prayer and service would be much better spent, according to the lizardmen, in training or combat. They are not able to comprehend the meaning of “faith” and the idea of an invisible higher power strikes them as a madness infecting the weaker races of the world.
Drakulia have their own language that consists of chirps, grunts, hisses and clicks, which they produce with their tongue and their reptilian voice boxes. They are also more than capable of speaking in normal dialects albeit, with a slightly snake-like quality to the sounds. They prefer speaking their own language, and they usually let out a long, low hiss before striking a killing blow, which is theorized to be a word of offering to the Dragon Mages for the soul they are about to free from it’s mortal body.