(This is draft for the species, it is as of yet not finalized).
“…Boys! Let me tell ye something about those forests up north. It ain’t no place for such innocent young dumplings such as yerself, nevermind what those travellers were saying ‘bout treasures and riches, it ain’t worth it, no-no-no, not worth it; those are cursed forests, filled with demons from the time before, the time before the Great Struggle, no use going there, ye’ll only get yerself killed, or worse, end up like me, a babbling old fool who saw things never meant for the eyes of men, turned me all crazy…. Or so they say…” <swig> “but I’ll tell ye lads, what I say ‘bout demons is the truth, fell cre’tures dwell in Cumari forest, cre’tures that wants to be ‘lone, creatures best left ‘lone. They walk like men, though the’r stature betrays the’r inhuman ‘eritage, breeds of demons from hell I say, demons mating with men, stealing away young boys and girls for the’r cruel cravings and taste for human flesh!” <swig>
Demeanour: The Threel is a reclusive and old race. Highly attuned to magic, the natural world and their own destiny, this is shown in their longevity and outlook on events and the world. They tend towards specialising in trades, become more than adept and more often than not apply magic to these crafts. Magic is a central part of the Threels life; they revere it and hold it in high regard. As it is a necessity to their existence, they also fill their lives and tasks with it, so to know it better and feel its gentle touch. Because of the events of the last few thousand years, the Threel changed their way of living, both to remain a people in their own right and to let the humans and other races focus on their own survival. This has made some Threel societies more aggressive towards the other races, but they remain reclusive in their domains, nurturing their existence and trying to find ways of saving their people.
Threel have smooth and fluid voices and usually use an old-fashioned syntax, language and words.
Appearance: The average Threel stands at 6’6’’ with no discernible difference between males and females other than what would be expected for humans. Humanoid in shape, they look like tall and slightly strange humans. Their skin ranges in colours similar to that of humans, though the darker shades are very rare. What distinguishes the Threel from humans, except for height, is also their affinity and dependence to magic, nature and their Anthocs (horns-like muscle controlled protrusions) growing out of the back of their heads, usually near the neck. This is one of the main reasons for why they are viewed by outsiders as evil beings and devils. There are mainly four breeds (detailed below) of the Threel, which are differentiated by their Anthocs.
The Threel’Sah with the Anthocs appearing like two parallel ridges across their head going down towards the neck; the Noc’Threel with two parallel Anthocs growing out of the back of the head, sometimes entwining, the two point twisting slightly forward on the opposite side above the shoulders; the Threel’Tok with their Anthocs growing parallel from the lower back of the heads, usually curving and appearing either side of their faces; Threel’An with the Anthocs growing from just above the neck, going diagonally forward and downwards above the chest.
Lifespan: The Threel varies in longevity, and it has over the last thousand or so years shortened. These days the lifespan of a Threel is somewhere in the regions of 1200 to 1500 years. Due to low birth rate this means they are dwindling away in numbers, though a good few thousands still exists spread across Pentarus.
About Threels: Their history dates back to before the Great War, though little history remains in the world outside their domains, in fact very few in the world at large even suspect the existence of the Threel, they are considered to be nothing more than a myth if remembered at all.
Whilst some Threel are indeed vicious and not accepting of outsiders, they are a civilized race and usually don’t commit violence without reason.
The Threel are dependant upon magic in a quite peculiar way, which is linked to the decrease in birth rate since the start of the Great War. The Threel need magic to stay fertile. Their Anthocs are linked to this in that they are powerful receptors of ambient magical energies. They pick up these energies through the whole body, but their horns are especially sensitive to the magical energies, its matrixes and waves. The Anthocs are also used, by some Threel, and in particular the Threel’An whose anthocs are useful in this way, for close combat, and wrestling in particular. They have even developed their own martial art using these horns, if they are ever to be disarmed in melee.
The Threel and their religion is something of an enigma, whilst some of them seem to be worshipping deities and aspects of nature as well as magic, these are in actuality closer to something like saints, heroes or historical figures (some of which are Devis), dead or alive. Many have more of a respectful homage in their devotion, in particular to magic for its role in their existence and technology, for the lost days of old. Their religious behaviour is not zealous, as they are too long-lived and rational for that, but they do fight enemies and especially the monsters with wild ferocity, which betrays the primal instinct in this old race.
Because of their longevity they still know much of the history of Pentarus and the reasons for the Great War, but as a preventive effort, or perhaps for egotistical reasons, they keep this knowledge to themselves, or have kept. Recent trade with human settlements has improved their perception of the other races, slightly, which in turn has made them reconsider their hold on information, and trade some of this away from time to time. Their longevity also makes them slightly distanced from the realm of humans and other short-lived races. They normally don’t rush to act, preferring to consider and try to find a good solution. This if of course over-ruled by monster attacks and certain other situation, at which point they will act hastily and with much determination.
Threel children are raised in what one could consider an enclosed environment, with little or no exposure to the worlds outside their domain. This causes many Threel, especially younger ones to have a hard time communicating with outsiders (i.e. Humans), trade with them and in more general contexts.
From the age of 80 they are considered old enough to roam the domains more or less freely, most of them picking up a craft, or learning various crafts and skills, to perhaps further down the road specialise. Leaving the domains are restricted for most, as most Threel societies still have a strong belief that they should let the humans be in peace and nurture its own wounds from the Great War. The Threel still know much about the outside world though, so they are not isolated, they do trade and have spies out there, watching and waiting. Some even have some political relations, though these other parties are mostly oblivious to the fact that they are dealing with the Threel.
Threel see little danger in intrusions into their domains, most of the time. Adventurers and travellers are rarely regarded as a threat, but the former is closely watched if they appear too close to their settlements. Monsters on the other hand they hunt down viciously and with little concern of dying in the process, most Threel has had years of martial training, and at least some magical training for use in such encounters.
The Threel’Sah is an analytic people; they were the first Threel to discover their species’ innate abilities and aptitude with magic. The Threel’Sah were the first leaders and powerful magic wielders of the collective Threel nations. They created wonderful magic items and also were the first to introduce advanced technology into their respective societies. Many Threel’Sah became known for eccentric behaviour, but their eccentricities were tolerated for the good of their inventions and innovations. During the Great War they led teams hunting down magic wielding monsters and later enemy magic users. They also developed their technologies until such tasks were impossible to conduct due to the devastation and intensity of the war.
The Threel’Sah founded their first cities and towns on the plains of what was later to become known as Corun, in the area now known as Doram’s Weep, but later left this area for Corun, De’Thial and other nations, both Threel, Human and Stonehewn. They were a nomadic people, turning rural and later urban when integrating themselves with other societies.
Cultures: Urban, Rural, Nomadic, Nali, Underhill
The Noc’Threel was perhaps the rashest of the Threel, albeit not comparable to humans in their impulsive behaviour. Many Noc’Threel found their place within the collective Threel societies as warriors and lone hunters, using their innate abilities to track down and overpower their enemies. They created exemplary weapons and took good use of what the Threel’Sah later created in their use for hunting down monster lords, enemy commanders and the more powerful adversaries of their allies. The Noc’Threel evolved and founded their first societies by the hilly roots of the Torum Mountains, later they congregated where now the Cumari forest lies. They also spread out like the Threel’Sah and joined many nations, putting their various skills to use.
Most Noc’Threel served as soldiers in the Great War, but far from all of them did so.
Today the densest population of Noc’Threel can be found in the Cumari forest, the monument to their greatest failure and greatest achievement, constantly fighting the darkness below and protecting the world outside.
Culture: Rural, Sylvan, Nomadic, Underhill, Highlands, Tribal.
The Threel’Tok saw their societies develop and spread out from forests near todays Doram’s Weep, amongst the oldest in Taneiris Forest. A hardy people they are also very sociable, creating the first Threel communities in forest dwellings. They were the first to realise the link between the different sub-races of Threel and welcomed them, whilst also negotiating treaties between warring Threel communities. In addition they have a keen interest in flora and fauna wherever they go, seeing in the natural world the reflection of the constructed world. They were the first to rationalise and deepen their connection with the Gods and the Spirit World, having the innate ability to see into the Spirit World. They were the first ambassadors, diplomats, shamans, druids and vivamancers of the Threel as the Threel’Sah were the first arcane magic wielders. When the two met, they both realised the connection and significance of the others disciplines, debating the nature of things, often in heated debates, but always understanding and respecting the others views.
Culture: Sylvan, Rural, Nomadic, Underhill, Nali.
The Threel’An appeared many places on the Kotani continent, they were the breed of Threels to stay the longest as a nomadic culture, this resulted in many small semi-nomadic tribes. Their earliest communities were therefore small and widespread, causing them to be the only of the Threel to have communities originating from other continents and islands. This caused some debate as to the age of the different breeds of Threel.
On Kotani the first Threel’An communities recorded soon joined with the Threel’Tok, as the two had many similar tendencies and features, and appeared in close proximity. The Threel’An had an innate affinity with nature and a keen interest in exploration exceeding that of any of the other Threel, most likely due to their nomadic history. The Threel’An used their abilities to protect their communities, especially this became their task when joining the Threel’Tok, scouting and patrolling the surrounding areas. During war they usually worked as recon troops, scouting and getting special assignments requiring stealth and when numbers had to be few.
Culture: Sylvan, Nomadic, Underhill, Rural, Nali.
Locations and Cultures:
There are mainly three domains that solely or mainly belong to the Threel; these are listed below. These are the biggest and most prosperous, although there are other settlements and communities too, one of these places would be the old city of Corun, high in the Torum Mountains.
The Cumari forest is located on the western part of the Kotani continent, up north by the Torum Mountains. The Threel inhabiting this forest are more aggressive in nature then most of their kinsmen, friendly only to other Threel and The Tribe of the Black Bamboo which whom they share parts of their domain with. The Cumari Threel is made up of mainly Noc’Threel, but there is also a presence of some from the other breeds.
Cumari forest is an extensive expanse of oak forest in the western parts, whilst the south and east is more mixed, birch, fir and other types of wood. Deeper into the forest older and different kinds of trees and other plant life exists, a flora unknown to outsiders. These parts of the woods are magical and attuned to the living world, moving, singing and dark. Also some of these deeper areas are corrupted by war, history and some darker power, which in turn has made the Threel more reclusive and vary of outsiders, struggling to maintain control over the forest and what lies beneath.
The northern parts of the Cumari Forest is covered by a vast fir and pine clad region, ending at the very bottom of the Torum Mountains where the Threel has some mines where they mine special metals and alloys, which they trade with The Tribe, and through them the outside world.
Culture: Sylvan, Shallow Warrens, Nomadic.
The city of De’Thial has for centuries been hidden from the world. A city which dates back to before the Great War, believed to be nothing but a misplaced reference by scholars, the general population have no name for it and legends and myths themselves have forgotten this city.
De’Thial soars in the skies, and for the last few centuries it stayed over the seas, guarding the area around The Splinter.
In recent years the Threel of De’Thial has started trade with some select human settlements, hiding their identity and the whereabouts of the city. One city that they do extensive trade with is Luciat, where they are referred to only as Those From Across the Sea. Threel mainly populates De’Thial and the majority of them are Threel’Tok, but also has sizeable populations of the Threel’Sah, other Threel also lives there, but of lesser numbers. The Threel of De’Thial have also settled a small group of islands far west of Luciat, where they sometimes meet with representatives from Luciat and other cities and cultures with which they trade and have relations.
Culture: Urban, Nali (HB-4)
Taneiris Forest is located far east of Fort Gendrick, on the other side of the unsettled and wild areas of Doram Weep. The forest is roughly the same size as Cumari, and is settled mainly by Threel’An. Taneiris Forest is well guarded and trespassers are rarely tolerated, though in recent years travel has been possible, with the Threel only appearing when they need news or want trade, as a sort of forced toll to go through the forest. They patrol the immediate areas surrounding the forest, though being more guarded towards the west than east, having patrols scouting for miles outside the forest; looking for monsters and other possible threats to their domain.
Culture: Sylvan, Rural, Nomadic.
The old city of Corun lies high in the Torum mountains, in a valley surrounded by five mountains. There are no roads going anywhere, but the Threel of Corun know of paths and trails that will lead to where they need to go. Corun is perhaps the only place where the Threel live with humans, at least in such numbers. Corun was a large city with similar abilities to De’Thial, but during the Great War the city was devastated and lies now where it was constructed, most of it in ruins. Here lives a more or less evenly mixed population of the different breeds of Threel and a sizeable population of humans too. Though believed impossible, some half-Threel-half-humans exists here. In the surrounding mountains small societies of Volar (alternate name?) exists too, although communication and trade between the two are uncommon at best.
Culture: Urban, Rural, Highland (HB-1), High Valley (HB-3)
Special Abilities for all Threel:
Anthocs (Sense Magic) – Because of their Anthocs, Threel have the innate ability to sense the presence of magic as per the Sese Magic talent (HARP Core Rules page 51.)
If for any reason both the Anthocs are shortened or damaged, increase the penalty to -40, if both are removed they loose this ability completely and become infertile (and lose benefits described below). Anthocs may grow back (at a fairly quick rate, about 1 year if the Anthoc was not removed at the base, if removed by the base it can take up to 4 years to grow back), but not after the Threel has become more than 500 years old, at this point any such removal will render the Threel permanently infertile, loosing their ability to sense magic, as well as incurring a -15 penalty on all spell and magic related rolls. If only one is removed the chances of producing offspring is reduced dramatically, increase the modifier to sense magic to -30 and loose the benefits below.
-Another feature with the Anthocs is that they contain mana, each Anthoc has 15 PP of fixed mana (a total of 30 PP for both) that theThreel can learn to channel mana from. They recharge at 1 PP per 4 hour (1 PP per 8 in low magic areas, 2 PP per 4 hours in high magic zones, like nexuses and by lay-lines). If removed from a Threel the Anthocs contain the same amount of fixed mana, but do not recharge. Threel choose one way to tap mana (usually Personal mana, as with all other races), but can learn an additional one at two third DP cost (round up), these include Tap Ambient Mana, Tap Personal Mana and Tap Fixed Mana. If choosing Ambient Mana, the Threel will use one round casting a spell per 3 PP (not as per College of Magic (CoM)), recharging as per CoM. If choosing Fixed Mana, the Threel will use one round casting a spell per 4 PP (not as per CoM), recharging as per CoM. If choosing Personal Mana normal rules apply, except that recharging is as with Fixed or Ambient mana users. If the Threel looses one or both of it’s Anthocs it will loose these benefits, but keep the talents, the same happens if in a low-magic zone.
-If a Threel is in a no-magic zone, or dead zone, they will shortly (within in 2d10 days) become infertile and their Anthocs will not recharge after use, they will also loose all magical benefits of the Anthocs. Because of events during the Great War this is the sole reason as to why their birth rate has dropped dramatically. Within the last 1000 years or so their birth rate has increased, the Threel take this as a good sign, but also as an omen as to what is coming.
-Threel Anthocs can also through age become PP adders, at +3 age increments each anthoc that is undamaged will become +1 PP adders. (suggestion: this will increase by +1 every 4-5 age increments?)
– Threel can also use their Anthocs in combat (see below).
Combat related use of Anthocs
The use of Anthocs in combat is usually as last resort and if unarmed.
The Anthocs can be used in conjunction with Martial Arts sweeps/strikes, wrestling and brawling. The Threel must have reaches adulthood +1 age increment to use them effectively in combat; one exception to this is the Threel’An, which can use them already at adulthood, albeit at limited capacity.
-The Threel’Sah Anthocs can by adulthood +2 age increment (95 years), incur a small crush if used as part of a charge attack (at no penalty), or a tiny slash. This is used in conjunction with a martial arts strikes or brawling attack. It can still be used in close combat albeit at a -15 penalty, wrestling is now also a possible skill.
-The Noc’Threel Anthocs can by adulthood +2 age increment (85 years), incur a small puncture or small slash if used in conjunction with martial arts sweeps or wrestle. Any such attack suffers a -20 penalty.
-The Threel’Tok Anthocs can by adulthood +2 age increment (105 years), incur a small slash or tiny puncture if used in conjunction with wrestling. Any such attack suffers a -10 penalty.
-The Threel’An Anthocs can at adulthood be used in combat as a tiny puncture when wrestling or brawling. At adulthood +2 age increment (95 years), the Anthocs have enough length to be considered small puncture when brawling, wrestling or using martial arts sweeps or strikes if engaged in close unarmed combat, they can also incur a tiny slash. Using the Anthocs in this fashion incurs a -15 penalty (-20 at adulthood no additional age increment).
-Counting as natural weapons, character Threel do not need to develop the appropriate skills for using the Anthocs in combat, they can use them with the combat stats without penalties for not having the skill (i.e. matial arts sweeps or wrestling).
Race DP Cost: 10 dp (This must be paid with the starting DPs to be allowed to play the race, in addition to GMs approval).
Racial Stat Modifiers
St Co Ag Qu SD Re In Pr
Stamina Will Magic
+0 +0 +2 +2 +1 +3 +3 +0
+5 +10 +15
+2 +2 +2 +3 +0 +0 +2 +0
+15 +10 +5
+0 +3 +2 +0 +2 +0 +2 +2
+10 +15 +5
+2 +0 +3 +2 +1 +0 +2 +1
+10 +10 +10
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Threel Racial Talents:
May use anthocs in combat as per the racial description.
DP Cost: 0 at right age, 15 before (10 for Threel’An)
Anthoc Power Point adders:
The Threel’s anthocs now function as PP adders as per the racial description.
DP Cost: 0 at right age 20 before