Races of Tairyn


Found all over the world, the human Assani trade empire is on the rise, and they are fiercely proud of that fact. This pride borders on zealotry, and their relations with the other nations and races reflects that.


Hailing from a plane called the feywild, the Eladrin build their elegant cities in some of the most naturally beautiful places in Teravas, deep forests, secluded mountain vales, and storm-wracked coasts. Somewhat detached and aloof, the Eladrin are the longest lived among all the races of Tairyn.


The vital and lively counterpoint to the Eladrin’s cool and regal lifestyle. The Gnomes of Teravas make their homes among the roots of the great forests, living with and befriending the creatures that live there. They grow up on games of silence and stealth, in which the winner is the last to be discovered. An adult gnome who draws attention in a crowd is considered dangerously rude. Gnome folk heroes are not mighty warriors, but tricksters who slip out of captivity, play great pranks without being detected, or sneak past magical guardians. They deflect both aggression and attention with humor, and they guard their thoughts with friendly laughter.


Resembling humanoid dragons, the Dragonborn of Arkhos are a fiercely honorable people. First and foremost, honor is tied to battlefield conduct. This honor is what drove the Arkhosian empire forward, and it was that honor that caused their undoing at the hands of the treacherous humans of Bael Turath.


Living in the highlands of Arkhos, the Goliath tribes have only been minor players in the international stage thus far. Goliaths are mountain-dwelling nomads who see life as a grand competition. Their scattered bands have never been major players in the politics of the lowland world. Tall and massive, goliaths revere the primal power of nature and use it to enhance their own strength.


A proud people as old as the stone they live in; the Dwarves of Atland have weathered age and empire alike from within their mountain holds. Stoic and resourceful, the dwarves value determination and perseverance.


The nomadic elf tribes of Theron are renowned for their deep passions and their strong independent streak. The Elves move in small bands across the plains of Theron; hunting, camping, and fishing to support themselves. In times passed, other nations have tried to conquer the elves of Theron, thinking their wild nature and disorganized society would work against them. Instead, invaders find that the passion of the Elves along with their dynamic society makes fighting them nearly impossible; there is no army to stand against, only lightning raids and gorilla strikes.

Longtooth Shifter

Also natives of Theron, the canine Longtooth confine themselves to the mountainous regions of the island. Distantly related to Lycanthropes, Longtooth shifters are fiercely pack oriented – wether family group or adventuring allies – and thus natural team players.

Razorclaw Shifter

The last native group on the island of Theron, the feline Razorclaw shifters are indigenous to the more tropical portions of the island. Independent, self-reliant, and adaptable; the Razorclaw care about their allies, but trust that they will take care of themselves.


The native people of Bael Turath, Tieflings were once human. At the height of the Bael Turath Empire, many of the royal families all made pacts toe the devils in an effort to cement their grip on power. Those that entered into these pacts became the first Tieflings. The Bael Turath Empire long since eliminated and the tieflings interbred into the general population, Tieflings often seek to rise above their infernal heritage, though there are just as many who relish living up to the dastardly stereotypes of their ancestors.


The Halfling tribes travel the waterways and marshlands of Tairyn living as they have always lived. These nomadic traders are more or less marginalized by the booming trade of the Assani, but they are still very popular with merchants looking to move black and grey market goods away from the convoluted regulations and arbitrary tariffs of the Assani.

Half-Orcs and Half-Elves

Not peoples per se, they live marginalized in their respective race’s homes, passing if they can. Those who cannot tend to make up the lower class work force. Most of the menial jobs, such as farm hands and dock workers, are given to the half races. Many of these half races are welcomed to join the military as long as they don’t have any aspirations of getting ranks past foot soldier. The military’s thinking is “Why lose a man in battle when you could just as easily lose half a man?”

Other Races

There are countless other races besides the great “civilized” races of Tairyn. Some, like the Deva and the Githzerai are rare beyond measure but considered civilized and treated as such. Others, like the hobgoblin and the bugbear are treated little better then beasts and often killed on sight.

Races of Tairyn

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