Desert of Desolation
As a people, the Raurindi became nearly extinct when their lands turned to desert millennia ago. Those who were left became desert nomads, a dark people, rough from the desert winds and sands. Hot-tempered and emotional, they do not generally care for outsiders. They are somber, pessimistic, and almost always bad-mannered, but they are scrupulously honest and completely fearless. To their friends, they are generous and forgiving, except of a personal insult.
Many Raurindi have since been assimilated into the Durpari, particularly in areas within and bordering the great deserts. Most of these have converted to the "True Faith" of the Durpari, who worship the one god Anu. Nevertheless, some of the Raurindi cling secretly to the old ways. Called Dervishes, they are aliens, outcasts, and even outlaws wherever they go. In fact, because they feel that their god has turned away from them in relegating them to the desert, not only do they worship the old religions, but they now fanatically protect the religious freedoms and holy places of all peoples, whatever their practices or beliefs. They hate robbers of graves and tombs, and protect such places from "infidels", tending to make encampments nearby. If they find a holy item or place has been looted or damaged, they will mark the vandal/thief for Bloodquest. This means that they will use their considerable tracking ability to hunt down and destroy the one so marked. The final stroke is carried out under the trembling, vibrating scream of any Dervishes at hand, fighting to the death. This has spawned a desert proverb: "Woe be unto him who puts blood in the eye of the Dervish".