Home Kingdom: Viriben
Government Type: Monarchy
Usual Heir: The eldest Male
Description: The Viribus have a second set of arms that are hidden, which they can will to appear or to hide away. They also have horns above their eyes and where the hairline of a normal person would be, and their hair starts further back on their head. Their horns on their forehead are the same color as their skin. They also have a set of horns above their ears that are usually a different color that ranges from black, to brown, to gold. They have more pointed faces and can have anywhere from one to four eyes. Their skin color are varying shades of red, dark green, and purple and they usually have white, gray, or black hair and any shade inbetween. The half of their arms are usually a darker shade of the rest of the skin tone on their body. They have pointed faces and large pointed ears, and they have rough skin that is resistant to most magic. They have clawed hands that only have three fingers and a thumb. They are commonly muscular, and although it may appear to be fat, they have quite a bit of strength. They are resistant to extreme heat and are incredible jumpers as well, and they are also incredibly strong. Their sclera is yellow and their pupil is a black slit. They also go through a stage when their horns above their ears are coming in and they turn feral and become covered in fur. It only lasts a few days, and everyone goes through it. It's there equivalent of going through puberty but in a much shorter time fram.
They also have deep protective instincts that can appear when people they care for are harmed and they will almost always fight back. They can be violent when they are driven to it, and do have animalistic instincts of a predator wanting to kill those weaker than them to contain, but they manage. They are also usually quite taller compared to the other races, the max height is roughly ten feet tall and the shortest is six. They also have horns going off of their shoulders and spikes down their back, as well spikes on their ankles and elbows. The royalty usually do not wear anything too flashy; just a few gold arm bands on both arms and the king and crown prince where a gold hair tie and horn rings. The only way to tell the social classes apart is the more color added to the higher-ups' clothing and jewelry. The higher up, the more jewelry and the more vibrant colors they wear.
History/ Culture: Viribus were originally on the mainland, living in the once-green paradise that is now the Ziring Desert. They lived close to the tip of the peninsula and had to face many issues from the start. Although they managed to survive, the human races kept attacking them, and they fought back, killing those that came to strike at them due to losing several children to their attacks when they just tried to get them to turn back. The Viribus managed to survive, and they began building a city out of stone. They also chose the strongest and most battle capable monster out of the tribe to lead them. They then slowly turned into a city and formed laws and became more organized and civilized, while dealing with humans and fighting for their territory with the other two monster races, the Daemori and Monstridum. However, they were soon involved in something much worse than territory battles between the two monster races. War came abruptly between the three races, and for years they fought on the peninsula and on the main continent. Unfortunately, the Monstridum paid the price for the intense war, and they were wiped out by it as the two armies attacked the Monstridum city and left no survivors.
The leaders of both sides didn’t see the error of their ways until it was too late. The two leaders signed a treaty and vowed to help the other and became allies. The Viribus had to rebuild their city and the city council decided to name the first Leader’s son king, and the royal line then started. They focused on rebuilding and trying to help the Daemori also recover from war. Shortly after one war ended, another began, but it was massive. It was against the mortal races and the Daemori. The Daemori called on their ally for aid and they sent a quarter of their army to assist. They sent strategists over to the Daemori capitol and the youngest prince to help with the war and represent them. This war, however, eventually involved the Medeis and the Viribus tried to talk the Daemori out of attacking the magic-using race, which was one of the two that they knew of. However, the Daemori didn’t listen and the Viribus spoke with the magic race that lived on an island with a dormant volcano. They needed to get them on their side, and since the Medeis had built a better version of the seafaring boat and the design became widespread, they made the trip. The Viribus succeeded and they saw two more races get destroyed due to war, until only two human races were left and their cities of the other two were destroyed during the war.
The other magical race also vanished shortly after the war. The Viribus tried to make peace with the human races that remained and the Medeis, and tried to get some new allies. The current king at the time decided that they need to remain neutral in world affairs and focus on the problems of the kingdom. He helped build a justice system with advice from a Medeis official that was sent to preserve peace with their two races during Queen Lunaria’s rein. However, he began to notice that the land they lived in was slowly becoming warmer and less rain was falling. The crops weren’t surviving and his people were starving, so the king evacuated his kingdom to the island of the magical race that abandoned it and settled where they once lived. They restored the buildings that had begun to fall apart and restored the castle and began farming. However, they noticed activity from the volcano and they began building a tall way to protect their city. The Medeis official, when the wall was finished, enchanted it so that nothing could destroy it. They called the island Viriben, and no one was allowed past the wall with risk of running into the volcano’s lava or the poisonous smog that came from it. The volcano is going through a stage of heavy activity, which they don’t know when will end.
At least they were safe from threats of being attacked by the human races in the middle of the night. However, while dealing with their kingdom they heard of the destruction of Daemoni and were devastated. The race mourned the loss of their fellow monsters and then upped their defenses and began renewing treaties and making sure the allies they had were still willing to assist them. Once they were assured, they waited, but no attack ever came, only peace. For years kings ruled, ready for someone to come and wipe them out; however it seems that the volcano they so feared was protecting them from attackers. Therefore, they managed to survive and seemingly thrive. The Viribus were once a part of the three Monstrous races and are now the only survivors to the modern day. The current Viribus King, Reamus, had made an arrangement with the Queen of Medeisa for his eldest son and her oldest daughter marrying for a unity of the two kingdoms and to help deal with the issues of lung disease that the kingdom is still facing. However, she was assassinated, and although the plan was still in place Reamus is waiting to reveal it to his son and to the young queen.
The Viribus are a race that are focused on making sure the whole survives, and they also help each other. If one is in trouble another will come to their aid. Within the city and the businesses, the children are taught how to fight and defend themselves. They are taught to use their abilities and control them, usually by a parent or grandparent. The farmers are dedicated to working on making sure the crops are safe. There are the officials for greeting trade ships. Since farming is a highly valued job, most farmers are usually incredibly wealthy as the city depends on them for most of the food that they don’t recieve from trade. Palace officials and soldiers come and deliver the trade ship’s cargo to the city. The children, when not working, often play games such as hide and seek, tag, and other physical games. Most of their clothing is low cut on the sides and form fitting so they don’t have to worry about tearing their clothes in case they need to summon their second set of arms. There are also stories that Viribus kids are often told of a time when they didn’t have to worry about the wrath of a volcano. They are told stories of Viribus heroes and ancient kings and their great deeds. They are told tales of war and turmoil, and attacks of the human races that never came again. The Viribus celebrate the coming of a new year and usually celebrate for a week. They enjoy the food, decorations, and they also celebrate their birthdays during this time, so that way it is easier to remember and to save resources. The royal family usually have large balls and parties that the city is invited to, and there is a play that usually performs on a boat in the harbor. The Viribus also have amazing medicine, able to heal and help prevent lungs from getting filled with ash.