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Yuan-ti are a monstrous race of psionic snake-people.[2][3]

History[]

The yuan-ti are believed to be fallen shulassakar by their feathered kin, though this relation is disputed.[4] Others believe them to be humans warped by magic.[5]

The yuan-ti emerged from Khunan following the mage-wars that began the Sundering, and unified the region into the nation of Syrkarn. The Inspired led an invasion of the nation, and drove most of the yuan-ti out of Sarlona.[5][6]

The fleeing yuan-ti were offered sanctuary by the dragons of Argonnessen.[6] The yuan-ti were eventually driven from the continent after a cult of yuan-ti in the city of Io'vakas uncovered forbidden magic. The dragons destroyed the city, and many surviving yuan-ti fled across the sea for Xen'drik.[7]

Description & Personality[]

The yuan-ti are psionic humanoids with serpentine traits, varying in power and form depending on exact type.[2]

The yuan-ti are thought to be touched by dark forces, and those encountered are generally secretive with a societal tendency towards cruelty.[8]

The yuan-ti of Xen'drik seek to harness the Draconic Prophecy for themselves.[4]

Types[]

Yuan-ti have multiple castes, ranging from snakelike humans to humanoid snakes:

  • Pureblood: The purebloods are humanoids with minor serpentine traits and lesser psionic abilities. They can most easily pass as humans among the yuan-ti.[2]
  • Halfbloods: The half-bloods are more monstrous and possess greater power, with a snake's head or other unusual traits such as snakes for arms or snake tails in place of legs.[2][3]
  • Abominations: Yuan-ti abominations are the lords of the yuan-ti, and are snakelike monsters with two arms and a single tail.[3]

Other, rarer examples exist outside of this strict hierarchy.

  • Anathema: Yuan-ti anathema are massive demigods of the yuan-ti. They have multiple snake-heads either as arms, or emerging as a central head.[9]
  • Wretchlings: Yuan-ti wretchlings are humans warped into monstrous servants of the yuan-ti cults of Xen'drik.[10]

Lands[]

The yuan-ti were driven from their kingdom of Syrkarn in Sarlona, and then from the interior of Argonnessen. Now the yuan-ti reside in hidden communities in Xen'drik and on the coast of Argonnessen.[4][5][6][11]

Some yuan-ti remain in Khunan ruins of Syrkarn.[5][6] Others hide within Khunan enclaves in Syrkarn and Valenar, while some cabals in Khorvaire will pose as strange religions.[8][12]

Religion[]

The yuan-ti of Io'vakas worshiped the Sovereigns. One sect worshiped the Dragon Gods directly, and pursued forbidden magic, resulting in the city's destruction and their exile.[6]

The yuan-ti cultists of Xen'drik worship the Devourer as a world-consuming serpent, and hold the dream serpents as a sacred animal.[11]

Notable Yuan-ti[]

  • Tava Rassa: A yuan-ti anathema worshiped as a god by the yuan-ti and their lizardfolk slaves.[13]

Appendix[]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014). Monster Manual (5th Edition). (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 307–310. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual (3.5 edition). (Wizards of the Coast), p. ?. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bruce R. Cordell (April 2004). Expanded Psionics Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. ?. ISBN 0-7869-3301-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Keith Baker (09/20/2004). Dragonshards - Shulassakar: The Feathered Servants. Wizards of the Coast. Archived from the original on 06/20/2018. Retrieved on 02/06/2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Keith Baker, Scott Fitzgerald Gray, Glenn McDonald, and Chris Sims (2007). Secrets of Sarlona. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 90–91, 112–113. ISBN 978-0-7869-4037-0.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Keith Baker, Scott Fitzgerald Gray, Nicolas Logue, & Amber Scott (2007). Dragons of Eberron. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 0-7869-4154-5.
  7. Andrew Finch, Gwendolyn Kestrel, Chris Perkins (August 2004). Monster Manual III. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 167. ISBN 0-7869-3430-1.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Keith Baker (May 2008). “Expeditionary Dispatches: Dangers of Taer Valaestas” (HTML). Dragon #363 (Wizards of the Coast).
  9. Eric Cagle, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matthew Sernett, Chris Thomasson, & James Wyatt (April 2003). Fiend Folio. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 193. ISBN 0-7869-2780-1.
  10. Keith Baker, Jason Bulmahn, & Amber Scott (2006). Secrets of Xen'drik. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-7869-3916-8.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Keith Baker, Jason Bulmahn, & Amber Scott (2006). Secrets of Xen'drik. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 67. ISBN 0-7869-3916-8.
  12. Bill Slavicsek, David Noonan, and Christopher Perkins (2005). Five Nations. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 113. ISBN 0-7869-3690-8.
  13. Jennifer Clarke Wilkes, Ari Marmell, & C.A. Suleiman (2006). Faiths of Eberron. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 68. ISBN 0-7869-3934-6.
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