Blemmye are a race of warlike humanoids that inhabit the sandy wastes of the Empty Zone. They are dark skinned and lithe, their main distinguishing characteristic being their lack of a head. Instead, eyes and mouth are set into the breast, with tuffs of frizzled, coarse hair protruding from between the shoulder blades and upper back.
The Blemmye were once far more widespread and common than they are today. The Anari colonists found them an elusive and intractable foe, and were never able to bring them to battle. Instead of directly confronting their enemies, the Blemmye have always preferred hit-and-run tactics and lightning fast raids.
Warriors are extremely swift and surefooted, though they also ride camels into combat. A primitive people, Blemmye do not make use of armor or shields, instead wearing only wild animal skins into battle. Weapons include spears, swords, bows, and poison-tipped arrows. Their skill with the bow, in particular, is legendary. Ancient chroniclers claim they could routinely shoot an arrow through a helmet’s eye-slits!
Blemmye live a largely nomadic existence in small, extended family units. Some have retreated into deep caverns to hide from man and rarely if ever emerge. For those that remain on the surface, raiding human settlements and caravans for goods and slaves remains a way of life.