AppearanceDue to their extremely high population, the tepilar are the race from which all other races are compared. They come in a variety of skin tones and features, from the dark ebony of the Vatarians to the pale hardiness of the Quempians. They have a simple appearance, with no supernatural elements or obvious special abilities.
Civilization and Culture
The tepilar have always been a major force in the world. Even in the First Era, they outnumbered all other races combined, if the Hymn of the Eselar is completely trustworthy. The Hymn lists 118 separate human settlements on Daganti, including where they could be found in relation to each other. Most of them, according to this record, would have been underwater after the Great Sundering, and likely wouldn't have survived the devastation of that time. The few nations that did survive immediately banded together to keep themselves alive. Many found themselves under the control of The Star Empire, and those groups later became the De'arians, the Lorians and the Kaharians. Others further north gathered around the Foltras family and founded the Empire of Quempo. Still others formed smaller city-states and nations across the Thousand Stars and what would become the Kingdom of Bomsi and the United Townships of Britaxia. Centuries past, empires rose and fell, and even still there are huge cultural differences from one ethnic group to the next. Those in direct contact often get into conflict with one another, and those on their own had to defend themselves from the harsh environments in which they lived.
Common Myths and Legends
Humans love telling stories. Every culture has its own pantheon of mythical heroes, tall tales, and credible legends that have lasted through the thousands of years of history. Common threads among humans include stories of loss connected to the Great Sundering, stories of exploration and discovery, and tales of heroes and great leaders who save their people, sometimes at the cost of themselves.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Tepilar are so commonplace that even the most remote elven communes have at least seen one. Very few people hold grudges against them, and even if they do it's usually due to not knowing them very well at all. Some elves in particular have a nasty hatred of the tepilar, believing that they are trying to rob them of their god-ordained heritage and power. Many of them are members of the Starshine Academy, but even then it is not common.
- 65-80 years
- Average Height
- 1.6-1.9 metres tall.
- Average Weight
- 55-80 kg.
Naming Traditions and LanguagesThe names and languages used by a given group of tepilar will heavily depend on their ethnicity. Certain regions of Orkanis will have a mix of various cultures, especially if the settlement in question is a major trade hub. The creation of Common Orkanisan was specifically to counter the language barrier between tepilar traders from all over the world.
Geographic DistricutionA better question would be to ask where tepilar haven't been! Major tepilar nations, city-states and settlements are scattered all over the world, from the frozen reaches of Northpost to the sweltering tropical heat of Niganta to the wild and inhospitable shores of Nātor.
Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild