The history of the yuan-ti begins during the blue age, when corrupt nature benders created the ancestors of the yuan-ti from the serpents that swam through the endless oceans. These yuan-ti were only slightly smarter than the animals they were created from. The nature benders used these creatures as guards, thugs, and menial servants.
When the nature masters came and defeated the nature benders, these yuan-ti like creatures escaped into the oceans. The nature masters pursued and destroyed many of them, but the oceans were too vast to destroy them all. The yuan-ti like creatures lived and bred, but were no more dangerous than other sea serpents.
When the brown tide was created and the nature masters used the Pristine Tower to destroy it and usher in the green age, the Yuan-ti changed as well. They gained intelligence and a natural affinity with the way. These yuan-ti gathered together and captured some of the new races to keep as slaves. Their goal changed from merely survival to thriving. They attempted to capture territory, but quickly learned that they were outnumbered and were almost completely destroyed. The most intelligent and powerful yuan-ti took control of their race and lead them away from the other races, into seclusion.
|Yuan-ti by Sophie Campbell|
They neta named the different types of yuan-ti that they bred. First, they named themselves the ssuddha, what other races call abominations. The ssuddha are the only yuan-ti allowed to become neta. Next are the ssapha, what outsiders call halfbreeds. Ssapha may hold any caste position, except neta. The assuddha, what outsiders call purebloods, are generally laborers, but may earn a position of prominence if they become hatyara or jassussa. Assuddha cannot be ssallahakarama or kamandara. Last are the Phohora, what outsiders call the histachii. Phohora are fit only for the ssadharana or as special canon-fodder soldiers in the army, called radditokarima.
The goals of the yuan-ti are simple. They seek to conquer the Tablelands and enslave all of the other races. One of their main difficulties is that they have a high infant mortality rate, up to thirty-percent. However, yuan-ti have a very long lifespan. Ssuddha have the longest lifespan, some living as long as two-thousand years. Ssapha live for only one-thousand and assuddha can live for nearly five-hundred. Phohora only live for a mere fifty years, but many die in battles before reaching that age.
More to come in Part Two.