Anarvari

The proper name for the “Wilde Elves”. also see Dwimarvari.

The Anarvari (Wilde Elves)

The Anarvari are a nomadic people. They are herders and merchants, entertainers and hunters. Many of our people have heard legends of the great Wilde elves, who hunt the giant kyzk, but the truth is that most of the Anarvari tribes sustain themselves on their herds of anks, large desert creatures that produce a honey-like substance that they store in sacks around their throats. Traveling the desert, looking for places for their herds to graze, they mostly keep to themselves, though some tribes have become renowned traders. Generally non-violent, the stories of them ransacking towns in the southlands are merely the fanciful stories of country-folk, frightened by the re-emergence of such a foreign people, and quick to blame every misfortune that befalls them on the newcomers.

The Anarvari live in extended family units within a clan, sharing possessions with their larger tribal family. Most live in large round tents, but some tribes live in giant caravan wagons, pulled by orillots. These huge mammals are another domesticated animal of the south, which have armor plating on their backs and form strong bonds to their owners. The Anarvari say they originally trained our own kind in the distant past to care for these giant creatures. In the Ishian Empire, you can find nobles traveling from city to city in giant ornate wagons pulled by a team of orillots—a remnant of what we learned from the elves so long ago.

The Anarvari do not have close relations with other elven nations, keeping to themselves in the southern lands.

The Lands of the Anarvari

In current days, the Anarvari live in the Wildelands between the Kaelnor Forest and the Jal Dur desert. Some tribes still cling to the steppes of the western end of the Wildelands, though most tribes travel back and forth in the plains with their herds of domesticated animals.

The Wildelands is an arid area, covered in short grass and small spindly trees. The flat landscape is broken only occasionally by rock outcroppings or buttes. During the day, the sun warms the plains, but at night, the temperature drops considerably.

No kingdom claims the Wildelands, though the Teredeki elflings have lands in the northwest, and Southkeep is on the border between the Wildelands and the Jaldur desert.

Boggart

Small, mischevious creatures who enjoy harassing and harming the other races of Uteria.

Boggarts are the creatures behind so many myths. These short two foot tall saucer-eyed monsters have been called many things – gremlins, kobolds, sprites, or bogeys. They lurk anywhere it is dark and filthy. They use crude tools or their hands to scrounge and scavenge for food and treasure.

They dislike most other creatures and will be a mild nuisance to violent aggressor to the other races of Uteria. They lurk in the dark, attack when people are asleep or hurt, and steal or destroy the belongings of others. They are blamed for a wide range of problems from broken wagon wheels to stolen chickens.

Cold Iron

Cold Iron

Iron has been known as a way to trap or harm the creatures of magic and fey, but Cold Iron has been forged into weapons and armor specifically to fight magic. Cold Iron weapons have been crafted by masterwork smiths and forged with the intent to harm creatures of magic. Cold Iron armor will deflect spells of witches and warlocks, while cold iron shackles will stop even a powerful wizard from using his magic.

Creature Compendium

Creature Compendium

  • Boggart
  • Boggin
  • Dwarf
  • Drogga
  • Elf
  • Goblin
  • Human
  • Kyzk
  • Miglin
  • Orlock
  • Orog
  • Orovari Warrior
  • Redcap
  • Unman
  • Varag
  • Wyvere

Dwarf

Dwarf: +1 con, -1cha, low light vision 60’

The Dwarves were the first sentient race on Uteria, though they were put into a long magical sleep and only awoke 4000 years ago. The dwarves of Uteria are a very industrious race, believing that the only time your hands should be still is when you have passed from this world. While several dwarven cultures exist, the one that is best known in Uteria is the dwarves of Greyhelm. They live in a grouping of cities at the base of the Swordspyne Mountains in the East.

Dwarves stand a little over four feet tall and are almost as wide. The have large eyes, though in the daylight their heavy lids often give the impression they are squinting. Since they work throughout their entire lives, often reaching a venerable age of 180, they are typically muscular and deft of hands. They have a great mechanical sense, and can figure out most mechanical devices with deductive reasoning.

Dwygar’s Forge

Dwygar’s Forge

Dwygar is one of the best craftsmen in Kowal. Sadly, due to a recent rash of racism, most dwarves of Dwarf Town are looked down upon. Dwygar still makes his money, but often not making the crafted items he wants. His shop is in the center of Dwarf Town, just a small workshop with a bed in it.

The buildings of dwarf town are different for any others in Kowal. They are all squat one story stone structures with flat roofs. You travel down the wide streets until you see the sign of Dwygar, an anvil with an eye above it.

Inside the small shop has a forge, a large work table and a bed. A short dwarf shouts from the grinding wheel.

“Yeah?”

NPC’s:

Dwygar
Stats: Dwygar: STR 14, DEX 12, Con 15, INT 14, WIS 12, CHA 8

Elf

Elf: +1 dex, cannot use iron, steel causes discomfort, low light vision 60’

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Elves average a height of 6’5” and are slender. They have many different skin and hair colors, and every elf has pointed ears. Their features are more angled than humans, and more slender than dwarves. They live an average of 250 years.

The elves vary greatly in culture, but they share some similarities that players should keep in mind. In the current Age, they have not been seen in Uteria for 700 years. When they arrive in most human populated areas, they are looked upon with shock and even fright. They have an aura that seems alien and strange to humans. This effect fades with time, but in each place that they go, if the humans have not encountered many elves, their appearance may cause problems.

During the Disappearance, all elves were pulled into the limbo between worlds. Time was slower there, so while the Uteria moved forward almost 700 years, for the elves it was only about 350. They could see glimpses of Uteria flashing by, but they could not interact. The elves who have now begun to return are entering a world unfamiliar to them—a world they only learned of through stories from their parents. They would find humans strange, and this world, which is much more “solid” than the limbo they were born into, could be overwhelming.

The elves who have returned grew up in a strange, dreamlike world, and are now confronted with a new world. When playing an elf, this should be kept in mind.

Although the elves are powerful, they should not be used as super characters. In fact, there are many great roleplaying opportunities. For example, a low wisdom elf may have a hard time understanding the outside world. The culture she or he comes from may accept magic as normal, but using it in a human tavern could cause the locals to rise up against the “demons using witchcraft”.

Sam Flegal - High Elves

Sam Flegal – High Elves

Elfling

Stats: Elfling: +1 cha, -1 wis, iron causes discomfort, low light vision 60’, fearless (immune to fear effects)

The elflings are fey, having come to Uteria eons ago. They elves formally call them the Alfiren, or “elf cousin”.

Every elfling is different, but there are some things that most elflings have in common. Most elflings that would become adventurers will be on their Calling, when they feel a need to explore the world. During the Calling, they have a very hard time staying in one place for very long, so a campaign based out of one location would give the player roleplaying opportunities to encourage the group to move, explore, or do anything other than stay in one place. If the campaign is located in a massive city like Seahaven, the elfling will be content enough to explore all the crevices and alleys of the city before wanting to move on.

Despite their size and tendency toward merriment, elflings should never merely be used as comic relief.  They see themselves as integral players in the game of living on Uteria and in the broader universe, and they are rarely petty.  Even when taking on the role of thief, an elfling would not be motivated by selfishness, but rather would see him or herself as an agent of the chaos of Creation. Often an elfling might steal from one to move it somewhere else where the victim might find it—just to watch the resulting confusion. This is serious business to an elfling.

But on the other side of the coin, they do have a great appreciation for jokes, gags, and laughs. This can sometimes annoy other party members, but their Charisma will usually help keep them wanted within a group environment. Their selflessness is also a boon for a party. They see no problem risking themselves for others, but this is not merely for heroics or morality. It is often simply a test of the mechanics of the universe, for which an elfling has endless curiosity.

If elflings travel with companions for a prolonged period of time, they will form a bond, seeing the group as their nomadic family: those who the universe set in motion with their own Calling. This can lead the elfling to do all they can to protect and help those within this bond. While this is endearing for companions, their propensity to get themselves in trouble can often swing the balance in the other direction. Having a bad understanding of (or distaste for) human laws of ownership and control, they often run afoul of constables and nobles.