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Seanachaisians

The Scarred Dreamers

The Blighted and the Lost Once one of the most coveted areas on the globe, the Islands of Seanachai glimmered in the Ephemeral sea like a beacon in the night, a place filled with artistic wonder, songs that never left the heart, and tangible magic that wove through every aspect of life. It is said that to visit their shores was to stumble upon a living dream, and many migrated there from every empire and kingdom. The Seanachaisians treasured concepts like freedom and expression and felt that when the Becht Empire began to grow in power, that they were a direct threat to this way of life. The Becht reach of power seemed to gain a foothold in every corner of the globe but their own, and the Seanachaisi began to fear that the eyes of the Empire had turned to them. There were whispers of coming invasion and espionage, and eventually even open declarations and threats from across the sea. The poets, artists, and musicians began to gather and create vast volumes of scathing satire and parody, songs of rebellion, and subversive art works. The Seanachaisian creations were greatly desired across the globe before this, and the rarity of te works that came from this period made them even more valuable to collectors and merchants alike, leading to a massive influx of Seanachaisian works on display everywhere, all of which served to degrade the Empire in their attempts to expand their power. Great performances were given at the most popular venues, songs of rebellion and plays told the stories of heroes who defied great powers and won. These powerful creations of propaganda quickly began to turn the tide of popular opinion away from the Empire and more in favor of the peaceful and downtrodden. As public opinion started to shift and more and more people, either silent or vocal began to side with the Seanachai, the Empire slowly came to recognize them as a very real threat to their reign, and in turn, devised an ill-conceived plan to remove the threat in such a way that no one would ever again question the might and rule of the Bechtlarite Empire. What followed was the greatest gathering and spell casters and focus of magic ever known, one that tricked the gods into mingling their divine gifts with the awesome arcane might of hundreds of wizards, culminating in a power so great it ripped an enormous section out of the negative energy plane and cast it down upon the Islands of Seanachai, blighting the world and wiping the Seanachaisian homeland away in a single day. The spells used were so powerful that the resulting holocaust left the straggling remains of the entire race scarred and changed forever, with even the offspring of the survivors being born showing the marks of the Blight on their skin. The surviving Seanachaisians are scattered and nationless, left to wander the world and remain in hiding divided between those who just wish to survive with the hopes of rebuilding, and those who consider themselves freedom fighters, bent upon revenge and justice for the wrong that was done to their race.

Culture

Major language groups and dialects

  • Common
  • Seanachaisian

Culture and cultural heritage

The scattered remnants of Seanachisian society are only a society in the sense of racial recognition and the close held cultural practices of the remaining people. There are a number of small communities scattered about, mostly in the Outlands, but for the most part they live lives of isolation. Numerous descendants of survivors have attempted to integrate with other cultures and societies, but for some reason, it never works out for long.   The communities themselves are made of very tight-knit family units that still practice an old tradition of building houses in circular patterns with a central community courtyard where they all dine and socialize often.

Shared customary codes and values

The Outlands make for a perfect place to hide and still remain close to their ancestral homelands, at least as close as they can get. Though the people generally don't seek one another out, there is still a great sense of understandable camaraderie among them, and they tend to be very strict about mingling with other races. The Outland communities are the most interconnected ones, and they pass between one another's borders fairly often, trading goods, sharing songs, and arranging marriages.   Being the artists that they are, they seldom try to hide their disfigured faces, instead opting to accentuate it more by covering it up with flamboyant methods.

Common Etiquette rules

The other Outland dwellers generally leave them be, most likely due to the superstitions about them.   Outside of the home and their small villages, the Seanachaisians are mild and fairly timid folk, and because of their marked appearance they have, over the years, developed a cultural flair for finding new and creative ways for hiding their marked skin from the public.   They are quick to avoid trouble, and even quicker to hide, but if cornered they are not afraid to stand up and be counted, and will fight hard to do it.

Common Dress code

Long hair tied in braided patterns used to obscure the face, hoods, masks, and even paint and make up on occasion.   they have taken to wearing large, loose fitting, drab colored clothes that can easily be used to mask their faces and bodies.

Art & Architecture

Despite their outward appearance, these are still the greatest artisans in the world, their skills unmatched and unequalled in most cases.

Common Myths and Legends

There is a stigma attached to the Seanachai that brands them as bad luck or cursed to most other cultures, and within the Empire of the Bechtlarites, whole families have been known to disappear.

Historical figures

  • Sighnai Oifrei
  • The Somnambulists
  • Queen Bridgid Íonachta
  • Princess Phoebe Íonachta

Ideals

Beauty Ideals

Once by far, one of the most beautiful races of Cairne, the Blight irrevocably disfigured the survivors and their future generations. The remaining refugees hide from the public as best they can for the most part, and because of this and the disfigurements they suffer, they have taken to wearing large, loose fitting, drab colored clothes that can easily be used to mask their faces and bodies. Beneath it all, they have hair that ranges between red and black, and eyes that are either brown or green. Beyond the disfigurements, they have fair to tan colored skin and are for the most part tall and slender. Many of them are still talented artisans, and in the comfort of their own kind or in private, they still enjoy wearing the things they create, elaborate and intricate jewelry and the like. While they prefer to stay out of sight, they cannot always hide the natural charisma they still manage to exude, and many outsiders still find them beautiful despite the scarring marks that cover them.
  • Speed 30ft.
  • Height 4'7" +2d8
  • Weight 100 lb. x2d4 lb.
  • STR -1
  • DEX +1
  • CON -3
  • CHA +3
  • Prodigy Naturally proficient with art and music, all skill rolls made with advantage.
  • Empathy Can sense emotional states, all insight rolls made with advantage.
  • Languages Common, Seanachaisian
  • Skills You gain proficiency in one skill of your choice.
  • Feat You gain 1 feat of your choice.
Diverged ethnicities
Encompassed species

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