The tieflings are a race of infernal touched humanoids, bearing the darkness of demons in their blood and deep within their souls. Their numbers are few, resulting in some going their entire life without encountering another in the lands of Palodar.
Although uncommon, a tiefling can be found throughout all parts of the world, but there are never enough in one place to establish a settlement or a society all of their own.
Their origins exist through demons and fiends breeding with humans, however, it may be generations before the demonic blood surfaces and tiefling is born.
Tieflings typically take one of two paths, live in the shadows and conceal their identities, or relish in their ancestry and use their allure and cunningness to ascend to leadership positions. As with their kin the aasimar, although not openly hunted, it's not uncommon that people will see the blood, horns, or head of a tiefling as a great prize.
The tieflings are a mysterious race an unsettling aura to them, making most in their presence feel uncomfortable. Some are lucky in the fact they look and can pass as normal humans, but most are not. Most will have direct physical characteristics of the ancestor with the most common such features being horns, non-prehensile tails, pointed teeth, and the color of their skin and hair.
The unfortunate tieflings who have strikingly inhuman features are often killed at birth by their horrified parents, those who assist in the delivery, or others. Only ones that are graced with subtle features or to parents who are indifferent to their appearance, or those who choose to take in one abandoned baby are the ones who reach adulthood.
Due to the size and differences in every kingdom, there is no set standard for how the military is viewed. Each kingdom will have its own different military and militia views, as some will be a military state kingdom, whereas some will solely rely on able-bodied militias to defend their lands.
It is common to see each major city have its own military which will also be responsible for the protection and law-keeping of not only their city but also the city-state surrounding.
Smaller towns may have a full unit of official city-state guards as well as a number of able-bodied people who are able to bear arms.