|Affected Races||All, barring Yanar and Slizzar.|
The Manathar are not a Race or traditional Affliction per se, but rather an evolved form of any Race that previously, accepted the Ritual of the Mentor. The first to fulfill the ritual of the Mentor were the Kathar loyalists of the Dread Empire, who after an intervention from an Arken, saw the need to evolve their people, disillusioned with the place of the Kathar in the world. The Manathar would later expand to the other NelfinRaces, as the ritual was compatible with any Nelfin species, and even to half bloods who chose to accept the philosophy of the Manathar, however in recent times it has expanded even past that, allowing Ailor and various other Races to be included.
OOC Note It is currently not possible to make new Manathar characters, as they are in the process of being phased out through an IC progression. If you currently have a Manathar character, they can still be played as a Manathar, but new ones cannot be made.
Becoming a Manathar
Manathar are created from the powers and influence of the Pride Arken. As of recent times, the Manathar have lost most of their prior connections to the Mentor, and instead exist only by their own guidance, with the Praetor being the only leading figure left, but even it is something that many Manathar ignore. Presently, there is only one known method of conversion with the temple previously used to convert Manathar being no more, being conversion via a nondescript ritual to Pride. It is said that unlike in the past, the change is supposedly reversible, no longer being a permanent process to undergo.
- Any Character can become a Manathar, whether through backstory, or an off-screen ritual.
- Upon becoming Manathar, all Abilities appropriate for that type of Manathar are instantly learned and activated where applicable.
- Despite being an Affliction, Manatharism cannot be cleansed or cured by normal methods, and can only be removed by the Red Spire, Cleansing, or a Higher Power (such as Arken).
- Manathar lose all racial abilities upon being converted to a Manathar, which are immediately swapped out by the Manathar Legion Abilities, and Base Abilities.
- Manathar can only possess one Legion, which is chosen upon being converted.
- Upon becoming Manathar, anything that was previously Exist, is immediately converted to Void, such as Silvenism, Sorcery, Magic, or any other Exist sourced Abilities.
The Manathar have a life Philosophy that acts like a Religion but is not exactly a religion. There is freedom for the Manathar to maintain a religion besides their Philosophy which is called the Xenophane, a philosophy that while not required, is highly suggested when taking the path of a Manathar. While in prior times rejecting the Xenophane would immediately incur being outcasted by the Praetor, it now exists more as a guideline the Manathar can follow at will.. A Manathar can exist whilst straying from the Xenophane philosophy, but becoming one in a state of disregard for the philosophy in the first place, would not usually lead to being converted regardless. The Xenophane includes the following tenets:
- Not to reject the self, or any aspect of the self, whether that be one’s identity as a Manathar, or whatever came before it, albeit with the knowledge one has evolved from their prior form in life. To not allow anyone to degrade or devalue the Manathar, or the philosophy the Manathar follow, even if it is not closely followed by one’s self. To stay true to their identity, to not seek to hide it, and to wear their Abilities and identity with pride.
- Not to put any other figure above one’s self, whether in the form of worship, or self-doubt. To put one’s effort only towards the improvement of the self, rather than to waste effort putting it in another who would not benefit your growth in the long-term. This does not infer that the Manathar are incapable of respect, nor should enact ignorance to the power of a stronger being, but to not subjugate themselves beneath another thoughtlessly.
- Not to see good and evil as immovable moral pillars, but rather as flexible concepts that can be moved around. Never to deem any action as inherently good or evil, but rather to examine them from an unbiased position in terms of their outcomes, not the intentions.
- Not to give away advantages or power for free, and not to allow others to lord over one’s self unless there is an express transactional advantage. The Praetor must be respected as a representative, but not as a ruler.
Manathar Appearance and Legions
Manathar come in a variety of appearances based on their individual legions. Each Legion has its own unique characteristics, however, all possess the traits of horns, a tail, and golden irises with dark grey eye or black whites. Silven Manathar are distinguished by the red limbal ring around their irises, being the only exception to that shared similarity. Upon becoming a Manathar, they innately inherit any prior traits, racial bonuses, or racial caps, however, are capable of accessing a one-time change upon conversion to alter their appearance to whatever they feel suits them most, within the limits of their prior Race. These changes cannot render them unrecognizable and are an irreversible one-time adjustment, including features such as height, sex, hair color, or body shape. Once a Manathar has accessed these changes, they cannot do so again.
The Manathar additionally gain other changes to their appearances through the effects of their chosen Legion, which once chosen, is permanent. The Manathar additionally gain other changes to their appearances through the effects of their chosen Legion, which once chosen, is permanent.
The Apostle Legion are the most archetypally demonic Manathar in appearance, possessing the most vibrant skin tones, ranging from warm metallic shades like bronze and copper, to hues of crimson and burnt orange. Apostle Legion horns are curled and ridged and are more broadly set than the horns of other Legions. Their tails vary in size, and are either spaded or tipped with fur, gradienting into black.
The Cardinal Legion are visually the least-affected Legion. Their skin tones range from as pale as Lesarra to as dark as the Suvial; uniquely, the extremities of the Cardinals, such as their hands, are inky black, gradienting back into their normal skin colors. Cardinal horns are typically straight, smooth, and delicate, and their tails are thin and delicate; both of these are textured as if scaled. Uniquely, Cardinal Manathar possess a pair of snakes that sprout from their lower scalp. These snakes are sentient, but cannot cause harm, and can be painlessly removed and will grow back over the course of a week.
The Lector Legion appear more similar to Sihndar, with skin tones that range from deep indigo violet to dark indigo blue. Much like the Apostle Legion, Lector tails vary in size and shape; unlike the Apostles, however, Lector horns are straight and smooth, delicate. The Lector are the single Legion that can bear more than one set of horns, with some bearing crown-like arrays of thin, pointed horns.
- Manathar is a compound name. Much like other Nelfin Races, the name ending in “ar” indicates that they are the children of old and the elder Race, while “Manath” means the ones born of Magic, thus the name means “The elder Race born of Magic” in Allorn Altalar.
- Manathar generally despise the usage of physical weapons. This is mostly because their mutations have made them above the use of weapons.
- Knowledge on the Manathar is not part of any Proficiency, and has to be found entirely IC, because it is a very recent in-roleplay thing that happened to a few characters.
- The most common nick-name for Manathar are "Demons," while anyone who wishes to affectionally refer to them will call them "Pridelings." The Regalian Emperor personally coined the insult "Confused Maraya."