Malbar and Beyond
The Azhar are a race of humans from the island group known as the Shackles. They are formerly the slaves of the Strix. It took centuries but the Strix numbers finally were reduced so much that they could no longer hold onto their chains and the Azhar broke free. However, knowing no other life, they secluded themselves on the Shackles and have since lived as mercenaries and pirates that know nothing but fighting.