here is some shit from the old thread
>Oh what the hell, I'll post it here.
Since people brought up the whole diplomacy and racial tensions thing in the discussion, I decided to put them in a (to my knowledge unique) social position in the 'verse: nobody likes the race, because they have a talent for manipulation and mind control, but individual Lamia don't really have to deal with prejudice because, well, they have a talent for manipulation and mind control. Basically, everyone thinks "Snakes? Bunch of damned scheming bastards I wouldn't trust further than I could throw. Amy, though, she's a good one."
Of all the humanoids, the carnivorous, snake-tailed Lamia most blur the boundary separating the civilized races from the intelligent monsters. They are as a whole mistrusted, and no other race or government is officially on good terms with the Lamia. Individually, however, Lamia are charming and easy to get along with, due to an almost magical ability to say the right thing at the right time, and it's a rare city that doesn't have a Lamia family or two counted among the respected members of the community.
Due to their dietary requirements, Lamia cannot live in large groups, so Lamia society is based around small nuclear families, with few Lamia villages or towns. This has given the Lamia a highly individualistic culture, with few notable tendencies in behaviour or attributes. Many rancher Lamia can be found in the countryside, while others choose to be hunters in forests. When living in the cities, Lamia often work as merchants, with more ambitious members of the race often taking civil service or clergy positions, in which they rise quickly. Finally, a few Lamia apply their talents working as diplomats between nations, or even to the savage races and intelligent monsters.