The Stygian society is essentially a theocracy worshipping many gods, but currentlythe preisthood is dominated by the Settites, cruel snake-worshippers. Heretics and criminals alike are punished with horrible torture, such as being skinned alive. According to legend, before the Lemurians arrived, the land of Stygia was inhabited by a race of giant-kings. The Lemurians bred with the giant-kings and, learning much of their ancient sorcery, became the Stygians. Stygian priests say that some mummies have lain in their tombs for ‘ten thousand years’; this could be boasting to suggest Stygia is older than it is – or they may be referring to the tombs of the giant-kings.