The Jeppri are an unusual race. They originated about the same time that Trolls did. Like the Trolls, the Jeppri are of strong body and mind, but as the Dwarves have very little capability with magic. The Jeppri are not a fathered race, nor are they the stock of Morgoth, Sauron, or Set. They are, in fact, the product of nature; a true product of survival of the fittest. The early stages of race are vague, but can be traced. Most Scholars agree that the Jeppri evolved from long faded race of half-Vandal and half-Troll creatures. These two races where thought to have sought protection together in the Times of Darkness, and many Troll Sagas support this theory. It only stands to reason that result of two races integrating would produce inter-racial mingling. This theory is also supported, because some of the most barbaric tribes of Jeppri are socially structured like Troll Tribes and their tradition and religion are similar to that of the Vandals. According to tradition, these hybrid ancestors lived in the shadow of Thangodrim in the days Morgoth began its construction. He no doubt enslaved many of them. It is now believed that he made the Ogre not as a mockery of the Ent, but as a mutation of these hybrids. Living under that darkness darkened their hearts, making it forever hard for them to seek the Valar. Also living under the shadow of Morgoth’s Mountains of Dread quickly sculpted their society into a Darwinistic culture. This made the Jeppri a resilient and perseverant race, also strong, courageous, and survivors. According to the most ancient Jeppri legends, they were driven out of their homeland in the bitter tracts of the far north by great hordes of Orcs and Fell Demons. Many tales speak of great lizards of fire, which where no doubt, Morgoths first experiments with Dragons. The Jeppri and their close affinity with Dragons has classically been attributed to the struggle between the Fortress of Dragons and the Vile Wurms of the Fissure. It is told in one of the archaic Jeppri ballads of the Seven Winged Riders of Gurok, being enlisted by the Draconics to combat the Vile Wurms. So this legendary affiliation with the Fortress of Dragons, is said to be what shaped the Classic Jeppri Culture into its affinity with Dragons, but many scholars now believe that some of these intrepid hybrids of the distant past may have actually captured and tamed Dragan fledglings, in order for their kind to resist the push of Morgoth, for the Jeppri have never been the race to run, but to stand and fight. This is why it is believed that Dragon King sought the aid of a race that had not the favor of the Valar during the War of the Fissure, because they had fought the creatures of Morgoth since their earliest carnation. It is also said that the Hidden Elven City of Gondolin held so long from Morgoth’s sight, because of its superb Hydraliphs and Goraliphs. It is said in Elven Lore that those seeking to become Hydraliphs and Goraliphs would journey far into the northern wastes, and into the frozen mountains that lie north of even Thangodrim to learn their trade. It is known that these hybrid ancestors had been driven far into the North before the coming of the Noldar, and there in the mountains continued to resist Morgoth during this period. The Jeppri have a rich oral legend, as well as many great ballads of the first of their resistance to Morgoth’s many new creatures and monsters. It is generally now agreed that it was the Jeppri’s, not the Elves that pioneered the true Hydraliph, and it seems likely that they pioneered the Gorgaliph too. So did the Hidden Elves of Gondolin learn their trade from the ancestors of the Jeppri in the ? After the War of the Fissure it is thought that as reward for service, the Dragon King invited the Jeppri to settle along the under the protection of the Dragon Guardians. This is where the legendary Snow Kingdom was, where the 7 Winged Riders took up their great lordship, and where the first Jeppri were said to have arisen. It is thought that many scattered tribes still lingered in the mountains. During this time of peace and friendship with the Fortress of Dragons, the Draconics taught the Jeppri many things, such as Dragonic Meltallurgy, Alchemy, and Writing. In this exchange of culture, the Draconics brought with them the commody that would forever define the Jeppri, and the knowledge to use it: Cieron. This is also why the Jeppri tongue and written languague are vaguely reminiscent of Draconic. Scholars greatly disagree what caused the Jeppri to fall into ill-will with the Draconics, but all historians agree that it led to a great war between the Jeppri and their Drudge Dragons, the Draconics and the Fabulous Dragons, and Morgoth and his Monster Dragons. According to Jeppri legend, at this time the great capitol of the was Gurok, which stood in the shadow of , the great capitol of the Draconics, and the seat of the Dragon King and his Guardian Dragons. The Jeppri lived and worked in peace with the Draconics, and both races honored and served the Guardian Dragons protecting the Free Races of Arda from Morgoth. Among the Jeppri were seven great nations, each one in turn founded by one of the great winged riders of Gurok. The nation of Astoreth was held in the most esteem by the Dragon King, for Astoreth had been the captain of the seven riders, and his nation had been the most loyal to the Dragonthrone. The nations of Chekelic and Shandal were second in prominence, for they were renowned for their dragon-taming and dragon-riding. The nations of Kelsh and Galabash received glory from their great Hydralyphs and Gorgalyphs. The nations of Baradaran and Baddark were held on the fringes for they were mischevious and often quarrelsome. Now the time came when Morgoth set aside his Vile Wurms that crawled and slithered on their bellies and his drakkons that scampered on many legs.Morgoth began to mock the lawful faerie wurms that had gathered under the tutelege of the Dragon King. For many years the Draconics and the Jeppri fought hard against the Dark Wurms of Morgoth. The Jeppri being a hearty and intrepid race captured and tamed many of these creatures. They bred them into a special stock of dragon specially suited for riding. This stock became known as drudge dragon. Morgoth used his wars with as a testing ground for his most hideous experiement and diabolical devilries. During the course of the long and costly struggle against Morgoth, the Draconics were greatly diminished in number and spirits. Morgoth, realizing the moment to be ripe, introduced his latest mockery of the races of Arda…the Trogon. These were great hulking creatures that were a bastardization of Troll and Draconic alike. They had the great stature of Trolls and the thick scales of Draconics. Their formations were near impossible to break, with out the help of Dragonriders. To combat this great infantry race, the Jeppri domesticated one of the fiercest predators and faerie creatures that prowled the Halacaraxe; the Ice Cleamur. These beasts are the primordial and colossal cousins of the deadly forest cleamurs that live in the today. These beasts were fast, fierce, and feral. They moved with such speech and grace they tore the Trogon ranks to shreads. A classic Jeppri legend surrounds the young prince Barak of the nation of Baddark.