Love blossoms everywhere, be they intersocial or interracial. But such events can easily spell tragedy for unwitting offspring. Such is the fate of a nephalem; Cursed with powers both demonic and celestial, inheriting the ancient power of two races that have warred since time immemorial. The ancient Nephalem either became completely normal human, or turned into complete abominations, which survived for no longer than 3 months, and promptly died from the energies within them constantly at war with each other. While angels and demons rarely engage directly with each other anymore, their descendants; the aasmar and the tieflings, sometimes find love just like any other two people in the world might. The resulting nephalem are inherently weaker as a result, but nevertheless the warring energies still creates huge problems for the birthed creature.
Nephalem are shunned regardless of where they go. They’re abominations of the utmost kind, in the eyes of every race. Their dual features cause them to be alienated from both the Tiefling and Aasimar communities, not to mention the more widespread and “normal” communities. It’s not unusual that small villages will attack a Nephalem on-sight, and in bigger cities, while their presence is to an extent tolerated, it never goes long before someone reports an incident with a Nephalem (whether or not the Nephalem started it).
Because of their dual heritage, a nephalem’s appearance can vary from almost completely human to ungodly alien; an angelic wing, a demonic tail, horns and half a halo floating above their heads. It is not unheard of that nephalem grow more appendages and/or gain more features of their heritage as they reach puberty. It also happens that one of the nephalem’s heritages might dominate the other, sometimes because of blood, sometimes because of the usage of celestial or infernal magic, and sometimes seemingly for no reason.
Growth Rate & Stages
Due to the clashing natures of the infernal and celestial blood coursing through a Nephalem, their life-spans often approximately half that of the average human. They do, however, age at the same rate as them.
Civilization and Culture
Among Nephalem it's not unusual to name themselves. This is often because they are simply not given names, as their parents abandon them. But there are of course exceptions where they take names after their parents. For example, a Nephalem raised by Tieflings may choose a virtue name in addition to whichever names they're otherwise given, while a Nephalem raised by Aasimar would hold celestial names.
Common Etiquette Rules
Nephalem live lives rejected by society. Seen as complete monsters, they’re shunned even worse than most tieflings, and because the parents are seen as heretics by their respective societies, it’s not uncommon to find nephalem orphans banding together to survive. Most nephalem tend to lean towards an adventurous, free and chaotic life, seeming to not give a care in the world and doing whatever they want. There are also those who would jump at a chance to prove that their heritage means nothing on their personality. There are just as many good as evil nephalem.