A long, long time ago, when AOL was still king of online roleplay, two characters, an Alchemist and a Wanderer, were messing around with chemicals one day when they accidentally created a mutated lizard that became the prototype of the leupak. Since then, leupakian psychology has generally gone in one of three directions:
Of course, these are all gross oversimplifications of the depths of the leupakian psyche – but depictions of the leupak in popular media tend to focus on one or more of these aspects as a shortcut when stereotyping them.
The original creators of leupaks were Nefirian Phoenix and Arc Legarro, entirely by accident. Nefirian attempted to use these creations to conquer the various countries and worlds he inhabited, with varying levels of success; Arc Legarro mostly attempted to curb their more sinister impulses and make up for having inadvertently created the whole mess, and give Nefirian another chance when the individuals, countries, or deities he managed to offend caught up to and killed him yet again. While the legend of the Phoenix still exists in the lands he once sought to rule as a god, the man himself is difficult to locate, although it is said that some of his clones have escaped into the wider multiverses to seek divinity and rulership over other worlds.
The next major advancement in leupakian science came at the hands of Shawna Tiempra – at one time, a warrior turned priestess to the dark and terrible god of the Void, and eventually a scientist as she began working on biological warfare agents based on the original leupakian designs. Over time, her view on the world and the lives within it has softened, and she is currently one of the realm's staunchest protectors, as well as the de facto 'Mother' of the leupakian race to this day, continually working on advancements in leupakian bioscience to better the lives of her citizens and the rest of the world.
The third major advancement in leupakian bioscience came at the claws of Gulak – an ambitious leupak with dreams of becoming the evil god the planet needs to balance out the forces of good. His attempts to declare dominance in territories deep within the heart of peaceful kingdoms eventually resulted in massive deaths, disruptions in leadership structure, and the eventual collapse of the region into anarchy – although ironically, he was driven from the lands before he could make good on his attempt to claim it for himself and his creations.
In the modern era on their homeworld, leupakian bioscience is actively developed by the leupaks themselves, who seek to customize their genetic structure to meet the needs of the environments they must face. With genetic restructuring and consciousness backup and transfer technology, they have developed a region where death is temporary and the excitement of discovery is the true motivator of civilization. They have also managed, thus far, to keep the territories of Eio and Tiemprest both free from foreign rule and integrated into society, and are staunch followers of the goddess of reptiles, Alshira, the Dragon Goddess.
In realms outside of Arcydea, the world where leupaks and various subspecies such as jakoks and leupai were first created, the concept of the leupak has met with mixed success, depending on which psychological evolutionary path they adopt and whether the locals are into that sort of thing.
While leupaks have an extremely flexible genetic structure that makes them difficult to pin down, most leupaks have some basic traits in common:
(note to self, get better at what taxonomy actually requires - leupak as family, then major type as species, and then genus?)
This is a primer on some of the various forms of leupak known to exist, although it is by no means a definitive list (as the results of intergenetic tangling between leupakian subtypes and various other creatures allows for a nigh-infinite number of combinations, desirable or otherwise.)
(protoleupak, alpha leupak, beta leupak (colors - mostly chromatic and metallic), delta leupak (elemental types), gamma leupak (lucky charms and similar), megaloleupak, dracoleupak, dracomegaloleupak, evoleupak, advanced leupak, citizen leupak, razorleupak, shadow leupak, lumileupak, tendrileupak, mytholeupak, manaleupaks, crystal leupaks, others from notes)
(leupaii - see old files)
(leutar - see old files)
(jakok - see old files)
(raptraks - see old files, also change the name for goodness sakes.)
(sybacks, sytwones, sytrines - see old notes)
(paraleupaks / demileupaks - separate section?)