Despite the threats of further border skirmished, Mindat
philosopher-scientists continue to make surreptitious expeditions to
the isles west of the Shn continent. They believe the mantis-folk
living the fetid hills there bear some relationship to the remnants of
experiments they have found in subterranean caverns left by the snail
people. The mantis-folk there have a warrior caste whose internal
organs are replace with an alchemical paste. The organs are in term
placed in oil covered pots which are secreted away in similar caves.
This procedure is believed to slow the aging process and make one
resilient to bleeding out from wounds in combat.