Tales of Tolgard
The khaasta are a race of lizard-like creatures who trade with, steal from, and do dirty work for all manner of unsavory individuals and are famous for their mercenary work. Their hides are fairly resplendent, each detailed with a complex series of small, durable scales, which glint a variety of colors. They have long, powerful tails and blunt lizard-like snouts, with a small crest running the length of the head and back. They measure from six to seven feet tall and are covered in spines and ridges. They live as thieves, slavers, cutthroats, highwaymen, cross-traders, thugs, raiders, and of course, mercenaries in war. They’re carnivores and scavengers; they eat wild game, stolen cattle, portal-kill, and the occasional unlucky sentient. They’re trusted by few; even tieflings are sometimes seen in a better light.
A race obsessed with progression by a convoluted set of social imperatives, the khaasta are normally untrustworthy and self-serving. Normal khaasta morals include the right to take from the weak, the need for ascension through the outfighting and backstabbing of your brethren, bringing down the strong, and doing anything to assert your dominance over others. Unlike many believe, however, khaasta are not actually evil. They are simply as individualistic and power-hungry as any slaad, and will do whatever it takes to get to the top. Not that they get to the top, not because they enjoy it, but because they feel they must.