- Feb 18, 2008
SPURII - THE HYBRID PEOPLE
Can be compared to: Half-Elves, Half-Fiends, Half-Anything
Advantages: May possess some advantages of both races
History: Throughout the many ages, the different races stuck largely to their own. Not only are there ideological differences and moral questions around inter-relations, but there are simply different standards of attraction. Despite this, unions of different races can and do occur. The response of society has always been disdain or disgust, and at times, violent rejection. Following the Cataclysm that rocked the world and its peoples, such half-breeds became, if not welcomed, generally accepted.
In the current era, hybrids are still uncommon. The general populace accepts them, though there is a noticeable if mild prejudice even from the most open-minded, predominately in the form of pity or lessened expectations. Others are more open about their disgust, though, making life difficult and painful for spurii.
Description: There is no defining trait that describes all spurii. Some can almost pass for one race or another, some look like a chimeric monster sewn together from two different races. Most, however, are a melding of traits of both races. Even the most passable of spurii, though, has some clear sign of their mixed parentage.
Racial Traits: Spurii gain some benefits from each of their bloodlines. Even those who have blood from all three races, though, only show the benefits from their two most-dominant bloodlines. Only the biological races can have crossbred offspring; demvir do not reproduce. As your total Vigor increases, your character reaches new levels of Esteem. These are the traits associated with spurii, unlocked as your esteem grows:
Nature of Spurii (The Hybrid)
The first thing most will notice about mixed-blood individuals is how they look, the outward person. Although some can pass as one race or another, many spurii are visibly a combination of their parents' lineage. Typically, one bloodline comes through strongest in the physical traits of a spurii.
A spurii character chooses an 'Unknown' racial trait from one bloodline in their heritage. This cannot be changed once chosen.
In addition to sharing the blood of multiple races, spurii often share the culture or upbringing of multiple families, though general weal can strongly lean toward one familial bond over the other.
A spurii character chooses a 'Notable' racial trait from one bloodline in their heritage. This cannot be changed once chosen.
At times it can be hard to tell where the lines lie between a spurii's bloodlines. Are they more akin in body, mind, or spirit? Every spurii is different in this regard.
A spurii character chooses a racial trait from one bloodline in their heritage, either 'Unknown,' 'Notable', or 'Prominent.' This cannot be changed once chosen.
Those of mixed heritage, even those who are well-regarded by their peers and friends, may still have trouble finding a place to belong. As outsiders, they have a different perspective; as hybrids, they have different capabilities. Finding a place of comfort in life is often a matter of spurii embracing parts of themselves, even if they differ from the norm.
A spurii character chooses a 'Renowned' racial trait from one bloodline in their heritage. Optionally, the player may submit an ability of similar magnitude for review. This cannot be changed once accepted or chosen.
Ordo Ab Chao
From the chaos of two disparate bloodlines, a spurii finds their own pinnacle, on par with any pure-blooded member of their familial races.
A spurii character chooses an 'Exalted' racial trait from one bloodline in their heritage. Optionally, the player may submit an ability of similar magnitude for review. This cannot be changed once accepted or chosen.