Backgrounds

Introduced in these pages below are a brief summary of some of the numerous races, each with its own unique outlook and culture, that you can stumble upon when exploring the islands in the Kaliyatra Ocean. These backgrounds are genetically incompatible with each other and mating between members of different races will not produce a viable offspring.

The Humans

The humans of Suwarnabumi are divided into twelve major ethnic groups, and more than a dozen minor ones. These are the twelve most prominent groups.

Humans have the same traits given for the human background in Chapter One: Hero Creation in the True20 Adventure Roleplaying.

  • The Achariyan (ah-car-yahn) are foreign mercenaries in Suwarnabumi who live strict religious lives and prefers action rather than talk. Most Achariyans are born on Achariya, but usually accompany Pahanari traders as bodyguards.
  • The Dalakan are mountain-dwelling cattle-herders that live simple, religious lives. They are highly accustomed to high altitudes and cold weather. Most live in the mainland Suwarnabumi, mostly in Dalaka.
  • The Doyang are fishing swamp-dwellers known for their music. They live amongst the aghoy, especially in the Illan Archipelago and Panau.
  • The Ebon (eh-bun) are a large ethnic group in Panau with a reputation for making supernatural tattoos, which they use to fight off evil spirits and demons. Most are found in Panau.
  • The Ganihasa (gah-nee-hah-sah) are fierce head-hunters who obsess over defeating a worthy warrior, so they can return home and marry the girl they desire. Most Ganihasa come from the island of Shimah.
  • The Hao (hau) are pastoral people that engages in agriculture and pig-farming, and largely influenced by the culture of the Forbidden Kingdoms. Most Hao people live in Haolang and mainland Suwarnabumi.
  • The Illang (ih-lang) are characterized by their smaller stature compared to other human ethnic groups. Most live in the Illan Archipelago, particularly on Illangka and Sebuman Island.
  • The Kedayuh (kee-dai-ooh) are coastal fishermen with a love for drinking, brawling, and gambling. They're always ready to pick a fight and put their nose where it doesn't belong. Most Kedayuh live off the shores of the Nau Islands.
  • The Oroh are the indigenous people of the Illan Arhcipelago. They are nomads that share many similarities with the Ebon people. Most are found in eastern Panau.
  • The Langanese (lahn-gah-niz) are rice-farming people that fight with unconventional weapons due to the Kaliyatra ban on the use of martial weapons. Most Langanese are found on Langa, but Maganda and Taksaka hold significant populations.
  • The Ninangkoru (nee-nang-koh-roo) are wise hunter-gatherers on the Raju Islands with a great respect for the spirit world.
  • The Pahanari (pah-nuhr-een) are proud city-dwellers that are deeply religious and eager to defend their faith. They brought with them their religion, [[Thalathanism]]] to the people of Suwarnabumi. Most Pahanari are foreigners in Suwarnabumi, originally from the Pahanari Lands in the west.
  • The Sundamanese (suhn-dah-maen-iz) are forest-dwelling people obsessed with knowledge. They believe that through strict adherence to Veraism, they will achieve awakening and supernatural insight. Most Sundamanese are from mainland Suwarnabumi, especially the Padmattiya kingdom in the north.

The Nonhumans

Nonhumans prefer to live beyond the reach of human civilization, but realize that humans are here to stay. About fifteen percent of the population of the archipelago are of nonhuman origin. The shoal-people, mahomanay, nagari, and mawas make up the majority of the the nonhuman population in Suwarnabumi.

  • The harimau (hah-ri-maw) are a race of shapeshifters bestowed with the strength and power of the tiger. The harimau were once humans that lived in Sarilawan mangrove forest. They live as hunters on the fringes of many villages.
  • The mahomanay (mah-hoo-mahn-ay) are an mysterious race of fair-skinned nature spirits with a supernatural connection to hills and mountains. Less than fifty years ago, the mahomanay fought with the Kaliyatra empire against the Langanese kingdom of Jaravati. Most mahomanay live in Sangha or anywhere where Kaliyatra holds sway.
  • The mawas (mah-whas) large tree-dwelling humanoids covered in thick fur, who appear much likes monkeys. They are among the finest metal-smiths in Suwarnabumi. The mawas live almost exclusively in Vanamala.
  • The nagari (nah-gah-ri) are an ancient race of snake-blooded humans with supernatural powers that control trade in the Kaliyatra Ocean. Although not the dominant culture of the Empire of Kaliyatra, they are the most influential and powerful.
  • The pishachas (pich-ah-chas) are a race of extremely violent and dangerous scavengers that used to dominate the islands of Bakasura, and are enemies of the Kaliyatra. They are despised by humans and non-humans alike. Most live in ruined underground cities of what is left of their once glorious empire.
  • The shoal-people (shol-pi-pel) are said to be the children of humans and creatures of the sea. They are homeless seafarers that learned to swim before they could walk. The shoal-people developed a society based on floating houses, and can be found near human port cities and fishing villages.

This might also include aghoy and tiyanak, but they are both rare and secretive.

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