Native to the continent of Fairn, the aniskin are a mysterious and wild race whose origins are uncertain. It is believed that they arrived on the continent sometime before the birth of the fauns, having migrated from somewhere else (traditionally held to be Calsin proper, though a lack of corresponding evidence from Calsin has led many researchers to dispute this claim). Resembling small dragons, the aniskin have long been feared by many individuals, which has ultimately resulted in their near-extinction.
As they are physically reptilian, the aniskin do not possess vocal cords capable of mimicking traditional spoken language. Because of this, they communicate either telepathically or via a complicated form of sign language involving their entire bodies. While they can speak with any other aniskin within range, they can only communicate with other species through a process of bonding. This bonding allows the aniskin and their partner to physically see through each other's eyes, hear through their ears, etc., as long as they are within range. While aniskin can bond with any other known race, they most notoriously bond with fauns, due to their shared quest for survival in early Fairn.
Size: - 2-6 feet wingspan - 3-9 feet length
Unusual Characteristics: - Resemble small dragons
Coloring: - Typically shades of reds, browns, and blues, though nearly every color of the rainbow has been reported
Lifespan: - 900-1000 years
Magic: - Ability to communicate telepathically and bond with other species - Ability to create small elemental breath attacks, with effects ranging from fireballs to necrotic energies.
Worshiped gods: - The Great Dragon
Other notes: - While aniskin were once so populous that it was unusual for fauns not to be bonded, they were hunted nearly to extinction in the centuries following Calsin's discovery of Fairn in the early 5th Era. Eventually, the survivors were able to flee to South Calsin, where they remained until protections were put in place following the dissolution of the Merchant Charter in the 7th Era.