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Lizardfolk are a race of humanoid reptiles populating swamps and jungles.

Background[]

Lizardfolk in Tal'Dorei[]

The lizardfolk of Tal'Dorei were created in the Age of Arcanum by mages of a flying city, though which city it was has been forgotten. The mages experimented on reptiles in the K'Tawl Swamp, mutating them into various forms, including humanoids. Some of those humanoids who were left behind called themselves the Kuul'tevir and developed a civilization with impressive magic, though not on par with that of their creators. The serpentfolk of Vos'sykriss are, despite their more snake-like forms, suspected to have similar origins.[2]

During the Calamity, the Kuul'tevir delved into the corrupting magic of evil gods and demons, and though they initially benefited, their society was torn apart by infighting among their rulers and by cabals of warlocks, and the evil magic they borrowed consumed the magic that had raised them from the form of beasts.[2]

Centuries later, lizardfolk living in the K'Tawl Swamp chose to follow Thordak in order to escape. They occupied Emon during the Chroma Crisis, but scarcely a year later, in 812 PD, had again mostly fallen into disarray. The small number of surviving lizardfolk kingdoms are led by warlocks who have made pacts with demons and other patrons in the hopes of one day conquering Tal'Dorei.[3] By 836 PD, most lizardfolk on Tal'Dorei lived in small settlements in volcanic, jungle, and swamp areas, and some lived in tropical cities. Many still fantasized about a return to their former glory.[2]

Ashen Gorge

Depiction of lizardfolk in the Ashen Gorge, by Svetoslav Petrov from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 109.[art 2]

Lizardfolk are among the groups that compete for control over the Ashen Gorge, where Thordak once laired. They strike alliances with dragonborn, kobolds, and even some young dragons.[4]

Lizardfolk have joined the villages of Vues'dal Waters, reluctantly fighting against lizardfolk bandits in the area. In the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, set in 836 PD, the mid-level adventure hook Legions of the Reptile God involves a tribe of lizardfolk who join Maledicta Hexos's army in the name of Zehir and march on Vues'dal on the way to Syngorn.[5]

Roaming lizardfolk are part of the rich ecosystem around Mooren Lake.[6] In the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, the mid-level adventure hook Unfriendly Waters involves an intelligent hydra commanding a tribe of lizardfolk to attack residents of Drynna.[7]

Lizardfolk in Wildemount[]

As of 835 PD, lizardfolk still battled with yuan-ti for control of Urukayxl, an island with a temple once devoted to Uk'otoa and later taken over by worshipers of Zehir.[8][9]

In the adventure Unwelcome Spirits, a party of cannibal lizardfolk in Brokenveil Marsh come to treat a swampy field with scattered bones of horizonback tortoises as a sacred place. The raiding party is led by a shaman called Skr'a S'orsk, who worships Sess'inek, a demon lord.[10]

In the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, set in 836 PD, the low-level adventure hook A New Drink involves a tribe of lizardfolk whose territory is threatened by trolls; they begin brewing a potent and addictive whiskey and giving it to a merchant in Berleben to sell, hoping to soften up the town so they can take it over.[11]

Behind the scenes[]

In the original Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting, lizardfolk in Exandria had their origins in the time of the Founding, and their cities were as advanced as those of elves. They were known as the "paragon of warrior-priests." Over time, they developed cold blood and scales, having previously been warm-blooded and more dragon-like. However, during the Age of Arcanum, lizardfolk society descended into violence and fractured, their god-empress was succeeded by a group of warlocks, and their cities fell.[3] In the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, the origins on that continent were changed to having been created in the Age of Arcanum.[2]

Trivia[]

References[]

Art:

  1. Depiction of a lizardfolk, by Conceptopolis from D&D:Monster Manual, 5th ed., p. 204. This page contains unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
  2. Depiction of lizardfolk in the Ashen Gorge, by Svetoslav Petrov from Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn, p. 109. This page contains unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
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