Wular

To shape life with his being is still the purpose of The Endless One. Many think The Endless One's sacrifice took his life, but true wisdom allows the Wular to truly see. The Endless One still experiences, his body latched to everything and everyone. He will one day return, and we will be there to greet him with open arms.
 
The Wular rose to sentience in the lush jungles of Q’Barran along the River of Mists while the world slept. While Erenel recovered from the time-lapse caused by the Great Sacrifice, monkeys, gorillas, and other primates clustered around the River of Mists awoke, but in mind only.   Patiently waiting and unable to move for centuries, those who would become the Wular, lived shackled in their mind, touched directly by Al’Madoon’s subconscious. They felt his love for the Elves and his sorrow of their situation. They saw first-hand the wonders of life and how Al’Madoon’s Bond flows through all things, no matter how small or insignificant they seem.   Their prison became an education. The final lesson left behind by Al'Madoon, the Architect, now known to the Wular as The Endless One.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Wular come in two distinct breeds, the large and powerful Hanno and the swift and slender Tarsi. Tarsi typically have colorful skin and fur in various shades of red, orange, blue, grey, black, and yellow. Smaller than the Hanno, Tarsi can stand 4 to 5.5 feet tall and weigh almost 150 pounds. They have long slender arms and legs combined with a tail almost as long as their body is tall.   The Hanno resemble mighty gorillas, weighing up to 300 pounds with a maximum height of 7 feet. They generally have bland colors of skin and fur compared to the Tarsi with shades of black, grey, and white, although it is not unheard of to see a dark blue and red coat. The long muscled arms of the Hanno show a strength matched only by the most robust races of Erenel.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

A Wular will always have two names. One is given to them by their parents at birth, while the other is the family name, passed on once a Wular has reached their 100th birthday and crafted their ceremonial drum. Family names are community based with an entire village having the same name. The family name always comes after their birth name and generally is of Elvish dialect.
  Male Names: Bapoto, Chibuzu, Kamau, Ogechi, Tapiwa, Zuberi
Female Names: Akoko, Chiamaka, Ebele, Lumusi, Nbeke, Uduak
Family Names: Berevan, Firahel, Khatwani, Ostoroth, Rothenel

Culture and Cultural Heritage

The Long Day

All Wular are thought of as immature until they reach their 100th birthday and craft a ceremonial drum (ta’gool) during the Long Day. Children are given practice drums in their mid-teens and are taught from a young age the significance of the ta’gool. Young Wular will carry their childhood drum until the day before their 100th birthday, where they will begin the ritual of the Long Day.   During the Long Day, a Wular will collect materials and craft their own ta’gool. Only materials found during the Long Day can be used in the creation, and the drum must be completed before 24 hours have expired. Wular elders and others within the troop will watch eagerly from a distance, acting as both referee and emotional support. If the Wular fails, they must wait one year before they may try again, burning the failed ta’gool in front of their troop. This act is seen as a way to move on from the past and look toward the future.
 

Ceremony of Endless Life

Once a year, when Wular celebrate their troops “birthday,” all living Wular from the troop gather to perform in the Ceremony of Endless Life. Wular play their ta’gool and allow the bond to flow freely through them, chanting predictions for the following years to come. People come from far and wide to witness the Ceremony of Endless Life with the hopes a Wular may shout a prophecy about themselves or provide access to hidden knowledge. While it is never certain who the prophecies spoke pertain to, the truth is often misconstrued or lacking but can range from the weather, politics, and even war.

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

While the Wular have a strong connection with Al’Madoon, he is not worshipped directly and instead shown gratitude for bonding with Erenel. The Wular believe in life for all things touched by Al’Madoon. To cut down a tree or kill a beast for food without showing grace is punishable. All life, no matter how minimal, is essential to the Wular. Even after a battle, Wular are often found showing grace to those who have fallen by their hand.   Wisdom is valued over strength in most Wular troops. A goal to the continual understanding of what lies ahead acts as a fundamental principle in cultural decisions. This idea, taught from birth, leads many Wular to act as advisors to kingdoms, seats on high courts, and highly sought after monasteries in remote locations across Erenel.

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Tarsi

Tarsi Wular
by Alexandre Chaudret
Lifespan
Wular reach adulthood in their mid teens but are considered immature to other Wular until their 100th birthday. Wular can live to be almost 300 years old.
Average Height
4ft - 7ft
Average Weight
80 - 300 lbs

Hanno

Hanno.jpg
by Heroes of Newerth

Ta’Gool

The crafted ta’gool will stand above any other possession in a Wular’s life. The Wular believe that through playing their ta’gool, they can connect with Al’Madoon as their ancestors did during their awakening. Most ta'gool are large and made from animal skin, bone, wood, and sinew. Wular will decorate their drum with art and symbolism that holds meaning to their first 100 years on Erenel.   When not in use are strapped to a Wular's back or hidden away for safe keeping. It is considered extremely bad luck to lose or have a ta'gool destroyed. Most Wular are buried alongside their ta'gool upon death, free to play a final song with Al'Madoon before passing on.

Wular Traits

Your Wular character has a variety of natural abilities common with your ancestry. You will also pick one of the available sub races below. Wular 5E Racial Traits

Wular

Ability Score Increase Wisdom +2
Size Medium
Speed 30 ft

Long-Limbed

When you make a melee attack on your turn, your reach for it is 5 feet greater than normal.

Natural Athlete

You have proficiency in the Athletics skill.

Languages. Common, Elvish

 

Sub Races

Wular are divided into two subraces; Hanno and Tarsi. Choose one of the subraces presented below.

Hanno

The Hanno resemble mighty gorillas, weighing up to 300 pounds with a maximum height of 7 feet. They generally have bland colors of skin and fur compared to the Tarsi with shades of black, grey, and white, although it is not unheard of to see a dark blue and red coat. The long muscled arms of the Hanno show a strength matched only by the most robust races of Erenel.
Hanno 5E Racial Traits

Hanno

Ability Score Increase Strength +1
Size Medium
Speed 30 ft

Imposing Presence

You have proficiency in one of the following skills of your choice: Intimidation or Persuasion.

Powerful Build

You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Tarsi

Tarsi typically have colorful skin and fur in various shades of red, orange, blue, grey, black, and yellow. Smaller than the Hanno, Tarsi can stand 4 to 5.5 feet tall and weigh almost 150 pounds. They have long slender arms and legs combined with a tail almost as long as their body is tall.
Tarsi 5E Racial Traits

Tarsi

Ability Score Increase Dexterity +1
Size Medium
Speed 35 ft

Climber Prowess

You can climb at the same speed you can walk. This trait only works for surfaces that are reasonably climbable, like trees limbs or rock walls. It doesn not work for smooth surfaces.

Fleet of Foot

Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet



Cover image: by Miroslav Petrov

Comments

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12 Mar, 2020 00:55

This is wonderful. I recommend a few more pictures for references, maybe even a female picture for diversity and inspiration. To clean up the cover image so it's not so overbearing you may want to crop it a bit.   Otherwise it was very well written and the music really brings it together. I enjoyed the read.

12 Mar, 2020 02:14

Thanks for the feedback Aevri!

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