Little Empress Myrai
For this Inktober sketch I decided to try my hand at a design for the Thairyx member of my main cast for ‘Clyssus’; Myrai!
The Thairyx are a mysterious people- always obscuring the lower half of their face behind breathing masks. It is necessary for them to wear these contraptions when outside their humid seaside caverns or swimming in open waters, as moisture is necessary to keep their lung sufficiently hydrated. As an amphibious alien race their empire lies along the western coast and isles of Clyssus’ immense continent- within a complex network of caverns that shields them from the rays of the sun.
The nature of their government and customs are not freely shared with outsiders (perhaps to maintain their mystique), but much of it revolves around the moon, secrets, and the phases of life and death. Their aristocracy is comprised of noble families under whom lesser members of their people serve. To them, there is no greater achievement than to secure the royal seat for even a generation- which leads to potentially deadly rivalries. Unlike their sworn enemies, the reptilian O'nuheidryn (another race from my tale) they do not outwardly challenge the authority of others in public duels to demonstrate their honor and strength. Instead they rely on more subtle means to manipulate or remove their competition- making their spies and assassins the most notorious in all of Clyssus.
After joining many of the other races in the multi-species government of the capital of Auriath, they have had to suppress generations of tradition in order to be seen in a favorable light. This prompted them to elect their Emperor for the first time hundreds of years prior to to the events of my story. After his death, his youngest daughter, Myrai, was chosen to ascend to the throne. Still a child by Thairyx standards, Myrai is fully aware that there are voices of dissent in her court- and that perhaps her newfound reign was just another machination in the plots of the great families…