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==Half-Elf==
 
==Half-Elf==
Half-Elves are classified as having any combination of one Tall or Large Nelfin of either sex with an Ailor of either sex. Their appearance takes much more after their [[Nelfin]] parent, with their hair, eye and skin color very common, but their Ailor parent is present in the few small differences between them and a full blooded Nelfin. Their ears are dulled pointed, and their hair often cannot grow long while in male Half-Elves, facial hair appears and grows at the rate on the average Ailor male. They also do not inherit any of the abilities or powers of their Nelfin parent. Their skin tone is also another indicator of their mixed Race parentage, as it can either take after one parent alone, or both, creating a blended shade. They do, however, have Altalar aging, regardless of the Race of the Nelfin parent. They still possess an Ailor lifespan, but their visual aging halts between the ages of 20 and 30 years old before rapidly speeding up when they are about ten years away from their maximum age. Their role in society has often been one of difficulties, as Altalar and Ailor alike often shun them as diluting their bloodlines and producing undesirable features. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum sit the Avanthar and the Kathar, with the Avanthar perfectly happy if not encouraging the creation of Half-Elves to strengthen and improve their own blood while for the Kathar, such children are often seen as powerful tools, existing in two worlds. As for the Sihndar and Isldar, they are in the middle, largely indifferent to the concept though certain parties in both dislike losing possible future warriors and Dragon Worshipers to an Ailor lifestyle far from traditional ways of life. Below are the other varieties of Half-Elf, and a mention of what happens when the different Nelfin Races crossbreed.
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Half-Elves are classified as having any combination of one Tall or Large Nelfin of either sex with an Ailor of either sex. Their appearance takes much more after their [[Nelfin]] parent, with their hair, eye and skin color very common, but their Ailor parent is present in the few small differences between them and a full-blooded Nelfin. Their ears are dulled pointed, and their hair often cannot grow long while in male Half-Elves, facial hair appears and grows at the rate on the average Ailor male. They inherit the height limits of their Ailor parent and they also do not inherit any of the abilities or powers of their Nelfin parent. Their skin tone is also another indicator of their mixed Race parentage, as it can either take after one parent alone, or both, creating a blended shade. They do, however, have Altalar aging, regardless of the Race of the Nelfin parent. They still possess an Ailor lifespan, but their visual aging halts between the ages of 20 and 30 years old before rapidly speeding up when they are about ten years away from their maximum age. Their role in society has often been one of difficulties, as Altalar and Ailor alike often shun them as diluting their bloodlines and producing undesirable features. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum sit the Avanthar and the Kathar, with the Avanthar perfectly happy if not encouraging the creation of Half-Elves to strengthen and improve their own blood while for the Kathar, such children are often seen as powerful tools, existing in two worlds. As for the Sihndar and Isldar, they are in the middle, largely indifferent to the concept though certain parties in both dislike losing possible future warriors and Dragon Worshipers to an Ailor lifestyle far from traditional ways of life. Below are the other varieties of Half-Elf, and a mention of what happens when the different Nelfin Races crossbreed.
 
*'''Note, if the Nelfin parent is a Sihndar, the child will have traits of Altalar, not a Sihndar.'''
 
*'''Note, if the Nelfin parent is a Sihndar, the child will have traits of Altalar, not a Sihndar.'''
 
*'''Additionally, any Nelfin parents who are not of the same Race will produce an Altalar child. This is because Altalar are the base for all Nelfin Races. These Altalar children have access to Altalar abilities such as the Wills and Proficiency bonus.'''
 
*'''Additionally, any Nelfin parents who are not of the same Race will produce an Altalar child. This is because Altalar are the base for all Nelfin Races. These Altalar children have access to Altalar abilities such as the Wills and Proficiency bonus.'''

Revision as of 20:02, 14 February 2020

Half Races or Racial Interbreeding is the principle of characters having parents of different Races, making them half-breeds. Half Races follow their own special rules when it comes to character design, though they are largely categorized for ease of reference and review. Half Races also have a variety of societal positions and responses that may cause them to have a wildly different experience depending on who their parents are. Below follows a list of all the existing Half Races. Note, just because there are general categories does not mean that racial combinations such as "Half Ailor, Quarter Isldar, Quarter Cielothar" cannot exist. It simply means for the sake of clear analogy that this would be classified as a Half-Elf, regardless of how the composition of the Elf mixture is made up. This system does not affect visuals beyond the limits defined below. Half Races do no have access to the Racial Abilities of either parent unless otherwise explicitly mentioned. Additionally, each Half Race who is half Ailor, if raised in an Ailor Culture, derives its Proficiency Limits from that Ailor Culture. Half Altalar will always inherit the Limits of the non-Altalar parent. All other Half Races get to choose 2 Limits from one parent, and 1 from the other. If one of the parent's Limits is a Physical Stat boost, that can be chosen, but it will only be half of the boost instead of the full boost. There are several shorthand categories for the different Races mentioned on this page that are explained here:

Half-Ailor

Dark Ailor

Dark Ailor are the classification of the result between an Ailor parent of either sex intermingling with a Songaskian or Qadir of either sex. Though Songaskians and Qadir are far removed from each other’s physiology, children of both mix-breeds are often classified under “Dark Ailor” due to the many shared similarities. Dark Ailor born from Songaskians lose most of their Songaskian Dragon-Blood, and as such have no connection to the host of abilities provided by the Soul Rivers. They do rarely retain a lighter, dimmed variant of their Songaskian parent’s hair (greyish black, dull white, dull red or dirty blond) though mostly take after their Ailor parent’s hair color, height range and eye color. Dark Ailor born from Qadir are much the same, and usually inherit their hair and eye color from their Ailor parent. They do not possess the Qadir’s enhanced vision, but do grow out their facial and head hair with the same level of accelerated growth as a Qadir, and even maintain around the same but slightly lesser ambidextrous capability as the average Qadir. As such, many aimless Dark Ailor find rewarding work among both instrument performance and less savoury roguish circles as pickpockets and thieves. Both varieties of the Half Race can have diverse skin tones, ranging from light brown or tan to deep, dark brown. The Half Race began centuries ago on Daen, where Ailor and Qadir intermingling produced the first Dark Ailor, but years of interbreeding ultimately produced the Daendroque Ailor, with the only remnant of their Qadir ancestors being a propensity to possess dark skin. As for Songaskian-parent Dark Ailor, these unions came about far more recently in regions like Hadravia where Songaskians and Ailor mingle freely. Dark Ailor are openly accepted by their Songaskian parents due to the Songaskian view on cross-race relationships, while those born to a Qadir parent are tolerated by other Qadir, however, are often relegated to more menial, laborious jobs in Qadir society as their lack of hands with a delicate touch forces them down to this path. As for what Ailor feel about Dark Ailor, the unfortunate recent conflicts of the Songaskian Wars has only further decreased their standing in society, especially those born to a Songaskian parent.

Half-Elf

Half-Elves are classified as having any combination of one Tall or Large Nelfin of either sex with an Ailor of either sex. Their appearance takes much more after their Nelfin parent, with their hair, eye and skin color very common, but their Ailor parent is present in the few small differences between them and a full-blooded Nelfin. Their ears are dulled pointed, and their hair often cannot grow long while in male Half-Elves, facial hair appears and grows at the rate on the average Ailor male. They inherit the height limits of their Ailor parent and they also do not inherit any of the abilities or powers of their Nelfin parent. Their skin tone is also another indicator of their mixed Race parentage, as it can either take after one parent alone, or both, creating a blended shade. They do, however, have Altalar aging, regardless of the Race of the Nelfin parent. They still possess an Ailor lifespan, but their visual aging halts between the ages of 20 and 30 years old before rapidly speeding up when they are about ten years away from their maximum age. Their role in society has often been one of difficulties, as Altalar and Ailor alike often shun them as diluting their bloodlines and producing undesirable features. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum sit the Avanthar and the Kathar, with the Avanthar perfectly happy if not encouraging the creation of Half-Elves to strengthen and improve their own blood while for the Kathar, such children are often seen as powerful tools, existing in two worlds. As for the Sihndar and Isldar, they are in the middle, largely indifferent to the concept though certain parties in both dislike losing possible future warriors and Dragon Worshipers to an Ailor lifestyle far from traditional ways of life. Below are the other varieties of Half-Elf, and a mention of what happens when the different Nelfin Races crossbreed.

  • Note, if the Nelfin parent is a Sihndar, the child will have traits of Altalar, not a Sihndar.
  • Additionally, any Nelfin parents who are not of the same Race will produce an Altalar child. This is because Altalar are the base for all Nelfin Races. These Altalar children have access to Altalar abilities such as the Wills and Proficiency bonus.

Half-Elfin

As the product of mix-breeding between an Ailor and a Cielothar, each of either sex, the Half-Elfin carry the same height range as the Cielothar parent with more Ailor-dominant facial features; such as hair color, facial structure and even eye color. Despite this, the Half-Elfin’s body shape is far more resemblant to a Cielothar, and even their personality mannerisms are far more passive; aligning with their Cielothar parent’s mindset than Ailor, regardless of the Ailor cultural inclination. They’re a smaller people, though far softer than the stocky, tough Dwarves, and often carry a jovial, cheery face alongside their shorter yet still pointed ears. Much like other Half-Elven Races, the Half-Elfin have slowed-aging -- their aging stops anywhere between 20 and 30 years old, then rapidly proceeds when they are about 10 years away from their maximum age, which are the same as Ailor lifespans. They are often times gladly accepted by their Cielothar parent due to the shared passive natures. Culturally, they find most comfort in places of nature, often living in cushy, decorated hovels in the side of hills beneath the various windmills and plains also inhabited by the Cielothar. Surprisingly, many hold talent as musical performers alongside tending to nature, often found as travelling bards looking to explore as much of a region as possible. Their genuine and pure charm often affords them a performer’s spot among any travelling group, from knights to adventurers and even certain less savoury criminal groups. After all, the Half-Elfin are practically harmless and fairly passive.

Dwelf

Dwelfs are a strange Half Race which exist at the crossroads of two Races who widely loath each other, being the product of partners of either sex from any subrace of Dwarf mating with a partner of either sex from any Race of Nelfin. Dwarven shortness is retained, though other features like skin tone, hair color and eye color are generally a mix and match of features from each parent. The most notable features are what is un-Dwarven about them, that being the dully pointed ears, and a youthful physical appearance. They possess Elven aging, becoming locked in their look between the ages of 20 to 30 but unlike others, their aging resumes when they are 60. Throughout their entire lives, hair grows much slower on their bodies, and additionally, while they do have hardy lungs capable of endurance, they cannot screen out air ladened with chemicals or elements. Ultimately, they are considered a lesser variety of Dwarf, and Dwarven society tends to agree with this outside assessment. After their rather negative interactions with Nelfin centuries ago, intermingling with them is generally frowned upon, with particular ire drawn onto those who somehow birth a child with an Isldar. Similarly, most Nelfin, even Avanthar, do not look favorably on this Half Race, viewing it as a weakening of the bloodline with negative traits. The only group that is generally accepting are the Cielothar, likely due to their own diminutive size when compared to other Nelfin. Dwelfs are most common in the Regalian Empire, especially the Regalian Archipelago, where Dwarven workers who increased the industrial capacity of the Empire were sometimes swayed into a married life with a Nelfin partner. Dwelfs are a generally placid and calm lot, often lacking the same zeal about mining, forging or fighting as their Dwarven parent. They instead lean more toward artistic skills, especially in the area of clockwork and the formation of fine objects or working with precious metals. Matched with their generally clean-shaven look and a tendency to value cleanliness, they are also often known to help run some of the best jewelry and finery stores in Aloria.

Scagling

Scaglings are a diverse group as the product of a Human mother and a Small or Large Allar father. They appear somewhat like a Slizzar or a Songaskian, possessing the skin tone of their mother but the scale coloration of their father. These scales exist in patches all over their bodies, on the outside of their legs and arms and up their chest, back and neck, and do not contain any unique Racial traits of the Allar parent (ex. Mu-Allar feathering). Their heads are humanoid, but they possess slitted eyes and forked tongues like their father, meaning that they are capable of speaking Zasta. The only body hair that Scaglings have is on their head, with the coloration coming from their mother. Female Scaglings do not possess breasts. The Half Race is one seen across Aloria, from Farah’deen to Ithania, and are a result of mingling between Allar and Human groups brought on by years of commerce. The largest numbers of Scalings lay within the Regalian Empire, largely in Ithania and Daen where decent Allar minorities have mingled with Ailor specifically for several decades, producing Scaglings. At one time, the Half Race was not particularly reviled, instead often being sent to grow up with Slizzar, who appreciated the blended shape of Scaglings. The fall of the Essa Empire drastically decreased this, as did the Chrysant War. Whereas before they were displeasing figures in the Regalian Empire, often seen as the result of women having too much to drink or more negative reasonings, they are now openly reviled. For Ailor women to produce children with such a foreign Race, and for them to be so blended, has made Scaglings some of the lowest in the internal hierarchy of the Empire’s prejudice against Half Races. The Allar too largely dislike Scaglings, lacking a proper place to send them, and so view them at the same level as their mutant subrace the Mutasj-Allar. But in distant Farah’deen, there is very much a lack of such prejudice. Some Songaskia even take pride in possessing Half-Allar offspring due to the reptilian features it grants the child, and thus more draconic features to the Songaskia. Scaglings tend to seek their own kind, or the closest thing to it, in the form of Songaskians and Slizzar, as a blend of mammalian and reptilian features common in both those Races.

Half-Varran

Half Varran are classified as the result between a Basq-Khar Varran mother or father, and an Ailor, Qadir, Songaskian, Common Sihai, Large or Tall Nelfin also of either gender. Half-Varran are fairly consistent visually speaking for all of these races where only the color of the skin differs. Half-Varran are humanoid in essence. They have very Ailor-like proportions (thus they do not have the digitigrade legs of Varran), though they do have a tail of the same length as Varran tails, colored in the color of the hair on their head. Half-Varran appear as if they have smooth humanoid skin, but in fact have an extremely small fur layer on their skin that is simply colored like the skin tone of their non-Varran parent. Their facial proportions are more humanoid than Varran however. Big differences are that their bottom lips are often very thin and barely noticeable, while their upper lip is bigger, set under a very feline-like nose that is wide and flattened on their face, almost running linear down from their forehead. Their eyes are slightly larger than humanoid eyes, featuring slit pupils and colors that may be of any color of the non-Varran parent. Their ears are very similar to a mixture between Elven and Varran ears, set higher up on their head (but not on top of their head like with house cats) the outline of which has thicker, darker fur on it. Finally, Half-Varran have a number of striped patterns particularly on their forehead, cheekbones, neck and back, but nowhere else. Male Half-Varran have a predisposition to being more hairy than average humanoids, but this differs greatly from Half-Varran to Half-Varran. Below are the other varieties of Half-Varran.

Stout Furling

Stout Furlings are very similar to their genetic cousins, the proper Half-Varrans, but are instead a result between a Basq-Khar Varran of either sex coupling with a Dwarf of either sex and of any subrace or a Cielothar of either sex. The result is, in essence, a highly compact Half-Varran with some features being a result from their non-Varran parent. They have similar skin, the only difference being that the hair is often dark in coloration and also thicker in the area of the arms, legs, torso and head. The tail that ends off their body is not long, instead being less than a foot and possessing a floof of fur on the top. Their noses are also different, as rather than being flat to the face, they are pushed outward into a protruding snout, with the nostrils on the tip. However, they are protected in that they can be clenched shut as needed by the Stout Furling, but also in that the snout often tends to curve down slightly. This nose is far more sensitive than that of a Half-Varran, allowing them to pick up scents two days old, and also determine other information (which greatly varies based on what sort of thing is being smelt). The other features they possess are the same as Half-Varran, with the same large ears and slitted pupils. They are a new Half Race, the first of them being born within the last half a century in the wake of the first official parties of Dwarves from the Holds coming to the Regalian Empire to aid in advancing industrial knowledge. In both Cielothar and Dwarf societies, Stout Furlings enjoy the earth and examining its composition, spending long hours tracking low to the ground, occasionally snuffling, and seeking to detect traces of unique scents that could aid their people. This varies from detecting damp areas, suggesting fresh water, something needed for Cielothar agriculture and Dwarven mining activities, to dangerous “decays”, helping provide explanation for failing crops or dangerous substances. Such activities often lead them to be covered in dirt, dust, and other substances, to the point that outsiders sometimes joking call them Coal Kitties. They are a very scholarly people, often schooling themselves in the earth sciences and get along well with others, though they tend to ramble or mutter thoughts aloud in addition to making use of complex vocabulary in stressful or exciting situations.

Half-Qadir/Songaskia

Kaleir

The Kaleir represent a combination of Races at odds, being the result of a Songaskian mother and a Qadir father. Their skin is often darker than the tones of the Qadir, but they possess Qadir hair (black colored and curled or wavy) as well as Qadir eyes. Their major feature appears on their foreheads, which are always black colored even if the rest of the individual’s skin is of a lighter shade. From this area produce two to three small smooth slightly curved black horns, never more than an inch long or wide, which form a sort of crenelation that always keeps hair out of a Kaleir’s face. These horns are removable (though with considerable pain to the individual), but they will always grow back, identical to how they were before. The Kaleir first emerged shortly after the Great Storm as the Songaskian interacted with Qadir servants and subjects in the Songaskian Masaya. In these early years, they were met with revulsion by all, for the Songaskia a betrayal of their purity for mating with the Dragon-killing Qadir while for the Qadir, a betrayal of their embattled Race and its “fading” bloodline. Within a few decades, this perception was substantially softened among the Songaskia, as they became far more open and welcoming of Half Races and the blending of different Races. Sadly, most Qadir still view the Kaleir as a symbol of what they hate, the Songaskia, and a future where the Qadir body is profaned by Songaskian blood and their Dragon ancestry. But at the same time, the Qadir largely blame an individual’s father for this, and attempt to do what they can to make the child at home in Qadir communities. Such efforts are commendable, but most Qadir-raised Kaleir are ultimately wanderers, as are most Songaskia-raised Kaleir. While both do it for different reasons, generally, both subgroups of this Half Race wander the world to seek Dragon Knowledge. Those more inclined toward the Qadir often do so with the hope of learning more about the creatures beyond just stories and secretly hoping to learn the secrets of the being’s ability to transform while those more aligned to the Songaskia generally seek more in a quest for knowledge to perhaps become even more draconic or impress their parent.

Safalar

The Safalar are the result of a Cielothar mother with a Qadir or Songaskian father. They appear very similar to Cielothar, with a generally short stature as well as tanned skin and pointed ears, but they universally possess green eyes, thick lashes, and sandy blonde hair, while a majority also possess freckled faces. The Safalar arrose on Farah’deen in the wake of specific contact made by the Songaskia with Altalar slavers. The Altalar had captured several hundred Cielothar and with the Songaskia seeking aid in their agriculture and animal-tending, the trade made sense. Upon the return to the “cargo” to Farah’deen, while a large number did get to work helping to tend, breed and maintain the animals the Songaskia needed, Qadir resistance groups helped to spirit away some 100 or so Cielothar to areas outside the reach of the then fledgling Masaya. Through this early group of Cielothar reaching Farah’deen, the Safalar emerged on the continent, retaining the Cielothar inclination toward nature but now focused on desert and more arid forms of life. Today, that still remains their inclination, both on Farah’deen and elsewhere, such as in Regalia.

Mahalar

Mahalar are the result of a Large or Tall Nelfin mother and a Qadir or Songaskian father. They are somewhat diverse in appearance, generally being tall with defined musculature with dark skin. Their heads possess dark brown or black wavy hair, as well as dulled pointed ears, with the most notable body feature being “skin speckling” that often occurs around the neck, upper back and upper arm areas of a Mahalar. This speckling is always the skin tone of the mother, which can lead to exotic combinations of dark and light. This Half Race is likely one of the earliest in Alorian history, spawning from Altalar ladies having liaisons with Qadir slaves in the Allorn Empire, though such mixes were never recorded in Altalar records found to date. Instead, the Half Race has most commonly emerged in the urban areas of Aloria over the years thanks to natural blending, but also within the slave and servant populations of the Songaskian Masaya. They are a physically active Half Race and possess a lot of energy to the point of hyperactivity. They often deal with this through focusing themselves on physical activities, which often means they can be found in exercise spaces aiding and conversing with others to improve their physique. They are also most commonly used as runners and messengers, capable of quickly moving around with a useful, cheery disposition.

Half-Orc

An example of an Orc-Daendroque Ailor Half-Orc. Even with an infusion of Ailor blood, this Half-Orc still carries many of the features of his mother.

Half-Orcs are classified as having any combination of an Orc parent and a Human or Nelfin parent. Further information on this Half Race can be read on the Orc page here.

Half-Sihai

Estalar

Estalar are a rare byproduct of either gender of any Nelfin Race mating with a partner of either sex of the Common Sihai Dynasty. They possess many of the physical traits of the Altalar, from a tall build to pointed ears, but are distinguished thanks to their skintone taking after the Sihai half (being pale yellowish) while also possessing eyes with epicanthic folds. The coloring of these eyes are almost always light brown. Their hair color, meanwhile, has an equal chance of taking after their mother or their father, occasionally leading to rather exotic looks. The Estalar came into being relatively recently in Sihai history, the first of their kind emerging from somewhat illicit encounters between Common Dynasty Sihai and those Altalar stranded in Dexai in 112 BC. When the Altalar were eventually banished for their disruptions, all Estalar were also banished, leaving with their parents for the outside world. Their return was met with revulsion by the Altalar of Daen, who have largely relegated them to the same status as any other Half-Elf. But in the intervening years, they have become somewhat desired by some Altalar for their unique bloodline and physical features. They most commonly fulfill the role of courtesans, but can also serve as dancers, actors and servants where physical grace and poise are key to the tasks they perform.

Estling

Estlings are born from a union of a person of either gender of Ailor blood who partners with an individual of either gender of Common Dynasty Sihai. They represent a true mix of both, with many features such as eye color, height and hair color capable of coming from either bloodline. The only traits that marks them as a Half Sihai are their eyes, with their epicanthic folds, but also their skin tone, which is always a blend of their Sihai parents yellowish pale tone and whatever tone exists in the Ailor partner. The Estlings have emerged in the various port cities of Dexai and the Regalian Archipelago over the past few decades, representing a union of Regalian sailors, diplomats and merchants mingling with a similar grouping of Sihai from Common Dynasty communities. They are largely regarded with the same contempt as other Half-Ailor Half Races by those in Dexai but they are appreciated by Regalian diplomats and the intelligence community of the Empire. Due to their uniquely blended origins, Regalians often apprentice Estlings or educate them in an effort to indoctrinate them to Regalian modes of thinking to serve as valuable assets against their homeland.

Dark Estling

Dark Estlings are the result of a person of either sex of Qadir blood producing a children with an individual of either gender of Common Dynasty Sihai. They universally possess black wavy hair, epicanthic fold eyes with a range of shades of brown possible, and a light tanned skin tone, losing the yellowish tint often present in other types of Half Race Sihai. The Dark Estling are most common in Farah’deen, where they are widely disliked by the Songaskian populace. This is largely due to a jealousy born of Songaskians not being able to reproduce with the Sihai. As fellow Dragon Worshipers, they believe they should be able to unite with the Sihai to create harmonious Dragon-blessed children, but it is unfortunately not possible. As for Qadir opinions, they are far more positive, with Dark Estling children taught the same skills as their Qadir parent in the Hadrityas that often house them, though they might not be as skilled, lacking the same fine fingered finesse as is granted to a full blooded Qadir. Dark Estlings are most commonly seen out on Times of Tajul, exploring the world and expanding their knowledge, using wit and grit to grin and make friends while also surviving hostile environments.


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