Conflict in Cantha
Part Two: Wilderness Races and Rivals
A civilization of humans has tamed the troubled land of Cantha, but the human race is not alone. Other races claim the wilderness as their own, defending their territories against trespassing travelers. Wherever humanity travels, rivals lie in wait.
The Tengu are a proud race of avian humanoids living on the plains and mountains of Cantha. In the distant past, their race lost the power of flight. They have since learned to use the primitive tools and weapons once favored by humans, clutching them tightly in their talons. The Monks and students of Shing Jea have a tenuous truce with the civilized Angchu Tengu, but travelers in the north should be wary of the more nomadic Sensali Tengu, particularly in the mountains north of Shing Jea Monastery. The Angchu and Sensali prefer to keep their distance from one another. Wise travelers learn to tell the difference between the two tribes.
The Yeti have a far more primitive civilization, as they are barely intelligent enough to hold their hunter-gatherer society together. These lumbering giants only dimly understand concepts like honor and courage, but they will fight to death because of them. Although the Yeti possess a rudimentary language, only the most ambitious ones dare communicate with humans. They have abandoned all efforts to communicate with the nomadic Sensali Tengu, since their cryptic sense of “honor” demands that they eradicate all intelligent avians. Yeti have a habit of throwing rocks first and asking questions later—as such, most human travelers are ready for a fight when the Yeti are nearby.
Like the human citizens of Cantha, the serpentine Naga have suffered because of Shiro Tagachi’s treachery. These water-dwelling creatures prefer to live in the oceans, but countless thousands were slaughtered when the Jade Sea froze. Since their habitat was drastically reduced two hundred years ago, they have taken to prowling on land to survive. Now the Naga are relentlessly aggressive in claiming stretches of coastland. They defend their territories against human adventurers out of a desperate instinct to survive at any cost.