Few knew of the Uvil until their great armies were seen marching out of the blistering deserts that covered the southern reaches of the world. At first, they seemed insignificant, as their numbers were far less than those of the other, more prolific peoples. But, they were mighty in battle, and a contingent of one hundred matched up with armies five times their number. The strength of their army was not through their unity or through their regimentation, but, rather, because each warrior was unique and other fighting forces could find no advantage against an army that based none of its method on traditional battle tactics. The Uvil believed it was their destiny, and conquered many lands and peoples, but when the portents showed that it was their time to return to their homeland, they left only the dead, dying, and broken behind them, disappearing once again into the desert.
The Uvil people range from a pale, maggoty white to a smokey grayish blue. Despite living in the desert, they spend much of their time hidden in the cavernous reaches of the mountains to avoid the unforgiving sun, and as a result, their eyes tend to match their skin. Oftentimes, they cover their fair skin with turbans while marching to avoid burns. The Uvil people are sometimes mocked for their height, but only once. The stand shorter than most humans, between 5-5.5 feet, but are usually if equal weight. They are endomorphs, but the limited diet of the desert and their strong sense of duty translates to heavily muscled warriors among the males and females.
The Uvil make their home in the desert mountains near the sea. The main city, known as the City of the Dead, or Dauthaz, sprawls in caverns that borders a massive underground river the pours into the sea. The Uvil diet is primarily mushrooms and fish, along with some root vegetables they have had success in cultivating. To the south are the Arkono, the east is a trackless desert, the west is an ocean, and the north are the lands if men, who often are at war with the Uvil.
The Uvil worship their dead and their ancestors, and this is the basis of all belief and action in their society. A complex hierarchy of priests dictate the Uvil people and determine their day to day lives. Insults to the ancestors are not tolerated from anyone, and a number of such insults can result in harsh punishments. This is a strong aspect of Uvil society.
The Uvil are more likely to be driven by signs or omens, both from their elders and from personal interpretations. This opens them to a number of different options for their actions. However, their history and culture results in a higher likelihood of more violently driven omens, or those that require personal sacrifice on some level. Beyond this, it is common among the Uvil to be driven by vengeance for slights against their people.
The Uvil see themselves as superior to other races, as a people destined to rule. Very little of their time is spent addressing “lesser races” outside of a totalitarian role. As such, they are quick to anger against other races, but among themselves are a calm and considerate people. Even the smallest infractions against one of their own is punishable by death. They will expend great efforts to protect their people, especially children, and will pursue vengeance until it is accomplished. One might say until death, but none has ever failed, because an insult against one are considered an insult against all, and if one fails in vengeance, it will be picked up by others. For this reason, they value the uniqueness of both Uvil man, and woman, and this is what makes their army so deadly. They focus on training the individual and do not require their people to conform to certain tactics. Instead, they allow each warrior to define himself or herself in a unit and the unit to define itself in the army. To one not of the Uvil, it looks as though there is nothing but chaos, but practice and dedication allows each warrior to predict where and how his or her fellow warriors will attack, and adjust without thought.
The Uvil considers all other races inferior and will rarely work with them for any point or purpose. They believe themselves to be destined to rule and have more than once waged war against the rest of the people’s to accomplish this. However, some people’s, such as the Arkono, are nearly beneath their notice. The Uvil despise the jungles, and despite violent forays, do not remain in the area for long. In the end, their reputation results in few peoples willing to interact with them on an amicable level.
The Uvil speak a harsh dialect that seems to be a derivative of the tongues of men. Though structurally similar, and sharing many of the same letters of the alphabet, along with some root words, one does not allow a person to understand the other.
Since names often remain similar to those in the past, the Uvil often have names that are similar to those of men. Some historians believe that the Uvil were once men, but a harsh existence has warped them.