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The Dassen Origin is a story known by both dassen and zokex races. It’s a tale that took place before the awakening of The Goddess Scara, back when Das was still whole and unshattered by the Island Mover.
The Dassen Origin is a story known by both dassen and zokex races. It’s a tale that took place before the awakening of The Goddess Scara, back when Das was still whole and unshattered by the Island Mover. It’s the tale of a shape shifting zokex, named Adoration, who started a nurlak-worshipping cult. The cult did a lot of morally questionably actions during their formative years and, after being banished from zokex society, moved on to outright horrible acts. Their most famous crime was the mutilation and murder of a young nurlak child whose body they used to create a form-changing potion. This potion was supposed to turn the members of the cult into nurlaks, but due to the brutal nature of the murder, the ancient nurlak gods punished the zokex and their potion only half-worked, leaving them stuck halfway between nurlak and zokex; the first dassens.
[also my fave paragraph from the story's below the cut]
cw: gore / death
Zokex Black Market Victims
Because of their draconic appearance and separation from other Sentient species, many zokex are victims of illegal black market traders.
Another popular item is their eggs; which are stolen from their nests and served as an illegal delicacy in some Sentient countries. The Eala races are especially guilty of this. It is also common for lonely dassens without settlements to steal zokex eggs and raise the hatchlings as their own. This is very hard to prevent, and most dassens will claim that the nests they found the eggs in were abandoned.
Young zokex may also be kidnapped during their honking stage and sold as pets. Most who buy young zokex never attempt to teach them to speak and are shocked when the zokex are able to pick up words. This often leads to their “pets” being killed or beaten into silence, to stop their illegal nature being discovered.
A famous example of a kidnapped hatchling is Ritual, who was born in 12,345 AE after her parents were murdered and her siblings crushed as her nest was raided. The only survivor of the nest, she was kept in unideal conditions and hatched with sickly white eyes and wing membranes. She was sold to a felinic man in Roi’Lah who paid extravagant amounts of gold to feed her nothing but luckcharm so that her body matched her wings and she became a pure white dragon. She was kept in his treasury as a “guard” and was forced to kill anyone who entered in an attempt to steal his riches. This went on until her 46th eclipse, when the felinic who had purchased her died and she was found and rescued. After her rescue, she gorged herself on dreamcurse made from her own nightmares before disappearing into the unexplored territories.