Yacal oral traditions hold that they originated to the north of their current settlements, from a place called Lhibashu, where they emerged from the underworld through a lake. For unknown ages they were led by war chiefs and guided by a great red dragon across The South. They settled first in the Steadfast Mountains for a few hundred years, then migrated to their current location. The migrations were undertaken in furtherance of a perfection ethos and preserve the people from total annihilation at the hands of armies moving through the area during the Isebian Civil War 0AC.
Stress on the environment is reflected in the social structure of the Yacal, and often leads to conflict and warfare among the many tribeherds. During the Drier Months cannibalism of one with lesser rank is not only common, but often encouraged even if another food source is available. Unfortunately, the other Speaking Races often make up the majority of these other food sources.
Periodically groups of Yacal Minotaurs will relocate from canyons to high mesa tops, the only reason an outside observer could see for a move so far from the little water and arable land in the region is for defense against enemy tribeherds. Many communities rely on raiding for food and supplies, and internal conflict and warfare become much more common in the Drier Months. This conflict is also aggravated whenever members of a non-Tauric Speaking Race are found within Yacul territory.
The Yacal are also known for their unique style of pottery, which is considered very valuable due to its incredible beauty and relative rarity. The difficulty in obtaining intact artifacts, is highlighted by the fact that the pottery is typically stored in the communal sleeping areas for the Female members of a tribeherd, and the Yacal Males often frenzy when confronted with intruders near their Females.
Their written language consists of many unusual petroglyphs and pictographs.