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Gatormen were once the most powerful race within the Great Swamp, their empire extending even into the fields and hills beyond. Crumbling, vine-shrouded temples built in honor of their ferocious deity, Sarkeb, He Who Rends the Flesh of Gods, stand as final testament to their former power.
The gatormen had long enslaved the Lizardmen race, using them to build the great temples, fight their wars, and as sacrifices. As is the way of all slaves, the lizardmen chaffed at their yokes, and several rebellions had to be brutally crushed. But while the majority of lizardmen lived lives of back breaking labor, a few were allowed to study the ancient knowledge of the gatormen. This was to prove the empire’s undoing, for among the ancient texts were the secrets of how to enthrall Thunderlizards. Long before the Blizzard War, the lizardmen rose again against their masters, summoning great herds of thunderlizards to their side. Within weeks, the great gatormen empire had been destroyed.
Today, gatormen live only in small groups, ever wary of the lizardmen who still hunt them. Much of their former knowledge was lost or captured in the final slave war, and the gatormen must make their homes in dark holes, hunting to survive with crude spears, and all the while dreaming of the past. While the lizardmen are trying to migrate south to warmer lands, the gator men are trapped between their ancient foes and the encroaching ice.