Who is actually the coldblooded one?

Each Sunday I’m publishing a monster illustration I’ve made for use in tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder.

This week I’ve drawn a lizardfolk:

Lizardfolk are cold-blooded – meaning they’re reptilian creatures, but also that they’re unemotional and ruthless. They’ve developed that way in order to survive in the harsh swamp environment. Lizardfolk who associate with other humanoids can pick up expression of emotions but it doesn’t mean they’re experiencing emotions themselves.

Lizardfolk remind me of the popular conspiracy theory that says Earth is being rules by extraterrestrial ‘lizard people’ or ‘reptilians’. I think it taps into the suspicion that our leaders don’t actually empathise with ordinary people and don’t have our best interests at heart.

I wonder if we could all benefit from considering whether we empathise with others?

If you’d like to commission illustrations for your own game, feel free to email me: christop@gmail.com

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