A while ago I wrote a piece covering how temple cities meet their daily needs for food, water, shelter, and whatnot. It was so comprehensive, I apparently cut off all potential replies... Anyway I was watching a moderately informative youtube video about the history of breakfast. Especially how different periods of history had different norms for eating. Three meals a day, two meals a day, or one big meal. It got me thinking, what about Lizardmen? Also, while we are at it, what about Carnosaurs, Stegadons, and all the others. So I guess we have the options of three meals, two meals, one really big meal, or constant grazing/snacking. Also, lets assume that a Lizardmen of any sort would need more food the more active he or she is. Slann A Slann can get any food he wants, any time he wants because a small army of retainers is on hand 24/7 to cater to his or her every whim. I imagine a Slann that wakes up after a long contemplation, a Slann might likely be especially hungry and demand a lot of food. A Slann that is actively managing city affairs, I picture as constantly requesting light snacks in the middle of doing other things. "And double the patrols along the east wall. What are is our inventory for poisoned javelins? Good. Grub please. Now as for the west wall..." Everyone Else I'd like to know what people who have pet frogs, snakes, or lizards, especially lizards. How often do they eat? Temple Guard and Saurus in general, often stand still for absurdly long periods of time. I'm betting Slann can use magic to stave off hunger in their guards if they are going to stand vigil a very long time. Chameleon Skinks often stay still for long periods of time. I'm betting Lizardmen that stand long vigils want to eat a very large meal after they break their vigil. A case can be made that Lizardmen usually eat like this all the time, even when they are not forced to stand still and fast. In this case they would favor a small number of very large meals. Probably eating a big meal before sleeping or maybe even a big meal every other day. On the other hand, a Saurus on a full day's march or a Skink or Kroxigor putting in a full day's work might function better if they get their calories in multiple increments. In fact, until modern times, people eating three square meals a day was pretty uncommon for people who didn't physically exert themselves like people working ten hour shifts or going on long marches. Lizardmen certainly are not averse to a hard day's work. Of course we could split the difference and Lizardmen normally have two meals a day rather than three meals or one big meal. If Lizardmen take a midday ciesta during the hottest part of the day, I can imagine they grab a bite to eat before hunkering down. Lizardmen are both bestial and regimented. I guess we can also figure out do Lizardmen usually take their meals in an orderly and rigid fashion or do they chomp down on their food like viscious predators. Or somewhere in between? Speaking of beasts. Then there are beasts. Cold Ones, Salamanders, Razordons, Carnosaurs, Stegadons, Terradons, Ripperdactyls, Bastiladons, as well as the unofficial beasties like Huagerdons. Even a Kroxigor is intelligent enough to not have to eat entirely by instinct, but animals don't always act rationally when they eat. Some animals will naturally ration their food, others will basically eat every iota of food they have. Weasels for instance will kill an entire chicken coup and bury the uneaten carcasses even though there is no possible way they can eat all the food they gathered before it spoils. Salamanders and Razordons natural weapons are more well suited to taking down smaller prey. They probably eat often. They probably go through relative periods of inactivity where they eat less. They need to replenish their fire fuel or regrow spines. Carnosaurs natural weapons are especially suited to taking down larger prey. They probably gorge themselves on huge quantities of meat, then go for several days without eating. At least in the nineties when I read through dinosaur books like crazy, that was a leading theory on how t-rexes ate. Ripperdactyls are fluff-wise the most dangerous beast that Lizardmen keep. I imagine they are like weasels in that they will not stop hunting until all available prey is gone. Terradons I see through the lens of birds. I can imagine them eating small meals relatively regularly. Stegadons and Bastiladons probably have to eat almost constantly though one kept in activity could gorge itself on grain or hay for short periods of time and work the rest of the day. I imagine Bastiladons at least, would probably be good fasters if the situation calls for it. Cold Ones are pack animals. I bet it's unlikely that they never stop hunting like Ripperdactyls, but I bet a pack will eat every scrap of meat of their hunts before moving on. Huagerdons are based on dogs. Some dogs I've seen will eat all available food until they throw up, so their owners need to carefully limit their food. Other dogs graze and their owners can safely let their dogs have basically unlimited food. My childhood dog had food in his bowl most of the time, but he did most of eating in the morning and at night. Huagerdons could vary eating habits from individual to individual. Of course all the aforementioned creatures and Lizardmen probably have different preferences. The reason I'm trying to hash out the details, because it might be interesting in fluff to have some of the normal story dialog to include discussing things over dinner. You could also set tone. If bells ring throughout the city and everyone takes a meal break for exactly one hour that sets the tone. If a bunch of Saurus informally rip chunks off a recent kill and gorge themselves in a messy fashion, that sets the tone too. Anyway what do y'all think?