While the walled city/state of Ailon and its farmlands are the only known piece of civilization that remains, it is not the only known region to support “intelligent” life. To the north and east of Ailon’s walls live barbaric tribes of strange humanoids, known to the people of Ailon as the Deformed. It is presumed they live in tribal, hunter-gatherer societies, knowing little or no agriculture. They are known to raid the farmlands for food, stealing livestock, horses, and water when they can. It is far worse, when they make off with citizens of the city. Their numbers are unknown.
At distance, the deformed might look like an average man, but when closer it is easy to see they are not. The deformed walk hunched over, often dragging their hands on the ground. Their brows are elongated over deep set eyes, and they have more hair covering their bodies. Their eyes lack any pigment or iris, and merely look like dead white orbs.