Races: Aljian

(Awl-Ge-On)

The aljian are a nomadic race that can be found around the world. They are born with the ability to develop an affinity for either fire or ice and then generate magical expression of those elements from their body. The aljian of Velsun are usually merchants or mercenaries, but some have taken to hunting or working and living on rotating areas of farm lands. Their most notable physical features are the marks on their face that seem to match their elemental affinity to fire, ice, or nether, and their small horns.

Costume

Two Small horns (under 3” in length) anywhere on head and must be visible Racial marking on face These markings are any approved pattern or design covering 10 to 30% of the face and must be visibly recognizable at a reasonable distance. The color of these markings must be red if you have any fire touched skills, blue if you have any ice touched skills, or black if you have not yet chosen to take a fire or Ice touched skill. Encouraged but not required: Aljian have a fondness for loose fitting clothing and bold jewel tone colors

Physiology

Aljian come in variety of physical statures. They are easily identifiable by the natural markings on their skin, either black, red, or blue, and the small horns on their foreheads. Even in cooler months they prefer to wear loose fitting clothing to allow for ease of movement and to confuse their enemies in combat. They will do this even if wearing tight fitting stretchable fabrics underneath for warmth. Their beliefs in maintaining balance in all things aids in making them adaptive and flexible in society and the Aljian have thrived everywhere they travel.

Ecology

Aljian embrace many different types of environment and have become very adaptable because of it. Therefore, it is commonplace for aljian to live in any type of setting. Although even if they settle in a region, they will continue to move their actual residence to honor their homeland.

Names

Aljian believe in what they call the cycle. Whenever something dies or is destroyed the remains are broken down and returned to the natural world to be reused and changed. Because of this belief, aljian have a strong connection to their familial ties and names as these are believed to be links that remain even after an individual has returned to the cycle. It is common for an Aljian to have three names, a birth name, a middle name which is usually a variation of one of their parents’ names, and a surname. Examples of aljian birth names: Adil, Adnan, Aisha, Akram, Alima, Bahir, Bashira, Butros, Cantara, Dawud, Eisa, Fadil, Farid, Gadi, Hanna, Mahir, Maysa, Qitarah, Sabir, Safiya, Sahar, Sahir, Samman, Tarique, Wasim, Yasir, Yusuf, Zada, Zara, Zulima Examples of aljian surnames: Altoss, Asfour, Baba, Basara, Cham, Daher, Deeb, Essa, Hajjar, Kalb, Kanaan, Kattan, Khouri, Maloof, Maroun, Mikhail, Morcoss, Nader, Nahas, Safar, Salib, Tannous
Examples of Aljian Birth Names: Adil, Adnan, Aisha, Akram, Alima, Bahir, Bashira, Butros, Cantara, Dawud, Eisa, Fadil, Farid, Gadi, Hanna, Mahir, Maysa, Qitarah, Sabir, Safiya, Sahar, Sahir, Samman, Tarique, Wasim, Yasir, Yusuf, Zada, Zara, Zulima

Examples of Aljian House Names: Altoss, Asfour, Baba, Basara, Cham, Daher, Deeb, Essa, Hajjar, Kalb, Kanaan, Kattan, Khouri, Maloof, Maroun, Mikhail, Morcoss, Nader, Nahas, Safar, Salib, Tannous

About

Earth and sun, fire and ice, sand and sea. The aljian revere these things and dedicate their lives to their passions. Hailing from the desert island of Uwar, the aljian have built a semi-nomadic lifestyle. The passing seasons and migratory herds necessitate this lifestyle and the aljian embrace it with the same flourish as they do all aspects of life. It is rare that you’d find an aljian settling in one structure for more than half a year at a time. All aljian, whether living on Uwar or anywhere else in the world, serve the Sultana. The current Sultana’s name is Nitocris. The Sultana has always been and will always be. When the Sultana dies her soul will reincarnate into the body of another. Regardless of the gender of the body, the gender of the Sultana’s soul is forever female. The Sultana directly acknowledges her own reincarnating nature by referring to herself with the royal ‘we’ to illustrate her soul and vessel being separate. When an aljian becomes aware of the death of the Sultana they will become keenly vigilant in looking for the signs of the reincarnation of their ruler. Serving as a legislative body under the Sultana is The Council of Ten. The Council act as the voice of the Sultana to the people and, on their own, decide more minor issues regarding arms, trade, economics, and bureaucracy. As legend has it, each position was named in the order of its creation. Each member of the council confers with the Sultana and provides her with information and suggestions and in times when the Sultana’s vessel is too young to allow her to rule, the council rules through vote. When deciding by vote, the council member that claims domain over the subject matter is given two votes, excluding the Head of the Council as that is the Speaker of Many and all matters are matters of the people. The Head of the Council has the power to call for a public vote on any subject of debate or concern. A public vote called in this way overrules any decision or vote made by the council, but not the Sultana. The Sultana’s word is always final in all matters. The Uwar capital is moved around the island with the seasons and necessity due to trade and environmental conditions. An Aljian trader exemplifies the same diverse quality of opposites in their personality. One moment they will be completely calm and rational in their business dealings and another they will be wild and impulsive with their pricing. Among the Aljian are the supreme followers and warriors of the Sultana, the Sword Dancers. In the Ajian’s native language, the name for the Sword Dancers is Anawanala, meaning “The Dervish”. Initially formed as a group of fighters to guard the caravan’s emanating from Uwar and traveling all over the world, these elite warriors embody the spirit of a desert tornado and fight using a fluid style that resemble dancing thus giving rise to their moniker. While each Sword Dancer’s style may vary, the concepts are similar in their application. A dancer will employ different styles of dance for offensive and defensive situations. An offensive dance will be passionate, aggressive, fast, and hunting for openings in the opponent’s style. A defensive style will be more reserved, slower, more calculated, and seek to use the opponent’s individual weaknesses against them. This too is a reflection on the aljian’s belief that all things in the world exist in a balance. The best Sword Dancers master both styles equally. The dance is, in itself, not one particular skill. It is a reflection of balance and passion. While Sword Dancers tend to use two blades, often curved, one can dance with magic, weapons maneuvers, rage, or any other skill as long as it embodies the dancer’s passion. There is an extra layer of responsibility to be a Sword Dancer. If the Sultana issues a writ for the Sword Dancer to uphold, the dancer is honorbound to respond and must do so unless in the direst of situations. Even in such a situation, the Sultana may decide to strip the dancer of their title of one of the Sultana’s Sword Dancers. The major balance in the home of the aljian is the balance between the blazing sun in the day and the freezing desert winds of the nights. Like many aspects of life, the aljian embrace this dichotomy with fervor. Many go as far as to learn the ways of fire and ice. They feel these extremes in their environment and choose to pull them into their persons. When an aljian does this, their natural black skin markings will change to red if they chose to embrace fire and blue if they chose to embrace ice. There is acknowledgement that neither is more important than the other and they need both for either to exist. Because of this there is no strife between the aljians of the two different elemental schools. The aljian believe that the gods are the keepers of balance. They only create one central shrine to all the gods as they see them as equal and all have their part to play. The aljian also believe that the Sultana’s soul was the first aljian and was a gift from the gods as a collective to honor the balance they had created. They imparted upon that soul the ability to manipulate fire and ice and she imparted it upon her people.

Advantages

Access to Fire or Ice Touch skill tree

-5 cost to one hand edge

-1 cost to Dexerity Armor

Disadvantages

+1 cost to crafting skills (1-4)

+1 cost to Weapon focus +1/Prof+1

+4 cost to Blunt Weapon

Cannot wear armor greater than leather