- +2 to One Ability Score: Half-orc characters get a +2 bonus to one ability score of their choice at creation to represent their varied nature.
- Medium: Half-orcs are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Darkvision: Half-orcs can see in the dark up to 60 feet.
- Intimidating: Half-orcs receive a +2 racial bonus on Intimidate skill checks due to their fearsome nature.
- Orc Blood: Half-orcs count as both humans and orcs for any effect related to race.
- Orc Ferocity: Once per day, when a half-orc is brought below 0 hit points but not killed, he can fight on for one more round as if disabled. At the end of his next turn, unless brought to above 0 hit points, he immediately falls unconscious and begins dying.
- Ruthless: Half-Orcs recieve a +2 to their attack rolls to confirm critical hits.
- Weapon Familiarity: Half-orcs are proficient with greataxes and falchions and treat any weapon with the word “orc”
in its name as a martial weapon.
- Languages: Half-Orcs begin play speaking Common and Shagradan. Half-Orcs with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Thallan, Cadecian, Goblin, Giant, Gnoll, or Draconic.
Asidar is an ancient empire that has been historically ruled by the most powerful wizards among its populace. The empire of Asidar has survived more than one cataclysm of a worldwide proportion, and has seen its reach shrink noticeably. Asidar once claimed control over most of what is now Elysia and Umur, and the entirety of the Empyrean Isles. As such, many Asidari ruins and relics can be found strewn throughout the Northwestern nations.
The seat of Asidari power is found in Gelonde, which is considered one of the world’s premiere historical sites. Founded at 0 AR, the city of Gelonde is ancient even when compared to its neighboring cities. The Asidari Calendar was begun on the day of the city’s founding, and it is by this event that all historical events are referenced.
Asidar has a hierarchical government, which is ultimately ruled by a powerful council of wizards known as the Elder Synod. This council traditionally holds eight seats for the eight schools of magic, with each seat being occupied by the premier user of that school’s brand of magic. Arcane supremacy is determined through the use of ancient rituals and trials that are held in high secrecy by the Synod.
Asidar is peopled mostly by High Elves, who have lived within the Ardent Vale and its surrounding environs for countless centuries. Humans and gnomes, as well, make up significant portions of the population. The recognized language of Asidar is elven, and its alphabet is the same.
The Asidari are prideful of their nation’s rich and glorious history. Even the youngest and the most mundane of Asidar’s population are schooled in the arcane arts, and, as such, even the most simple servents are in command of simple spells to aid in their work.
The current Elder Synod has declared a strict neutrality in the civil war of its neighboring state of Elysia, and will not allow any of the nation’s populace to directly aid either of the Elysian warring factions.
The Asidari are a nation that, in the past, has been prone to expansion and conquest. Of late, however, the Asidari people have become weary of warfare and have gone to great lengths to avoid conflict with any of its neighbors. There are certain members of the Elder Synod, however, who do not agree with this recent turn in politics, and are openly rebellious and belligerent towards their ‘uncouth’ neighbors.
The worship of Ilmis, known in Asidar as Nellenwe, is widespread throughout Asidar. Danasaer, the elven god of music and culture, is also commonly worshiped, though Danasaer is actually an aspect of Enwel.
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