Vishkanya are a race of exotic humanoids with poisonous blood. Possessed of an alien beauty, these graceful humanoids see the world through serpentine eyes of burnished gold. Their supple skin is covered with tiny scales, often of a light green, which are sometimes arrayed in patterns not unlike those of a serpent.
Vishkanya are the mortal descendants and unquestioning servants of their Immortal Mothers; Medusa. They center their culture around the service of their immortal matriarchs. Only a handful of reclusive settlements exist.
Though there are both male and female Vishkanya, only the females may ascend to positions of power within their society. Males tend the crops, build the roads and shining cities and defend the clan holds.
Assistance from the Medusa Oracles was key to the defeat and destruction of the Naga Imperium. They aligned themselves with the lizardfolk, relying on their numbers and brute force to defeat the Nagaji armies and destroy the Imperium.
Each remaining Medusa rules her own clan numbering, at most, in the hundreds of individuals. It's whispered that these immortal rulers are all that remain of powerful progenitor beings on Andrus.
Vishkanya exist to serve their clan and their matriarch. Their interactions with outside cultures is limited to trade and those seeking an audience with the Medusa Oracles.
All dealings are approached with an eye toward benefiting the Clan or Mother and minimal commitment of resources.
Vishkanya cannot be generalized as good or evil, but since they truly speak with forked tongues, they are content to accept the gold they're offered and leave questions of morality to others. Once a deal is struck, the Vishkanya will deliver but be wary of the details.
Vishkanya tend toward lawful and neutral alignments. Their immortal mothers are all Lawful Evil.
Vishkanya serve the immortal mothers with the same fervor that other cultures would serve their ideals and philosophies. There is no room for another faith.
Adventuring for the Vishkanya is less about personal glory or gain and more about increasing the power and influence of their immortal mothers or clan. Rogues and bards are not uncommon additions to entertainment troupes that travel from city to city.
Vishkanya are also master assassins often infiltrating otherwise impossible locations to reach their targets.
The following racial traits may be selected instead of existing vishkanya racial traits. Consult your GM before selecting any of these new options.
Vishkanyas begin play speaking Common and Vishkanya. Vishkanyas with high Intelligence scores can choose any other available language.