Eld
Eld Tribe (Ruler Eld)
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Plural Eld
Modifiers +2 Intelligence
Special Abilities Prescient Strike, Uncanny
Disadvantage Unwholesome
Homeland The High Places
Language Eld Names
Eld Tribe (Warrior Eld)
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Plural Eld
Modifiers +2 Strength
Special Abilities Powerful Build, Sturdy
Disadvantage Unwholesome
Homeland The High Places
Language Eld Names

The tribe of Eld are the ancient progenitor tribe of the people that now inhabit The Land of the Young. Once they were masters of the region, but over time they have been driven further and further from the arable land, finally making their homes in The High Places. The Eld were once one tribe, but over the centuries have altered significantly into two distinct castes; the Ruling Eld, who are masters of sorcery, and the Warrior Eld, who do the work and fight in wars. Both castes have ivory skin, blond to platinum blonde hair, and eyes that range from purple to blue. Ruling Eld tend to have normal proportions, thinning hair, and delicate features. Warrior Eld are gaunt, big-boned, violent, and slow of speech.

Culture: Superstition dominates the Eld way of life, leading other tribes and nations to consider the stubborn, somewhat savage race to be backward. The majority of Eld live a serf-like existence in stone-walled villages, where they eke out a minimalistic way of life from the poor soil and the misbegotten cattle and reindeer that make up their herds. The ruling caste lives a somewhat better existence, but all the Eld need to consistently raid the lower lands for food and manufactured goods.

Ruling Eld live in great stone castles, aloof and distant from those who live beneath them in stone-walled villages. Most Eld nobles dabble in magic to some extent. They tend to be languid and bored, lacking in strength of character. The High Places are not well-populated - this was land that nobody else would fight for, making it the only refuge for the exiled Eld. Those that retreated here were a stubborn breed that loved the bleak hills and dark forests. The small population is often not enough to do the necessary work for the various lords in their stone citadels, so the Eld use slave labor extensively and are harsh taskmasters.

Warrior Eld are massive men who carry great swords and fight to keep the grim nobles and languid scholars safe in their stone keeps and granite castles. Many warriors leave their homes to become mercenaries in foreign armies. They are slow of speech but are not necessarily dim or foolish. Some are little more than gaunt brutes but others are keen and sharp, always alert, ready for someone to assume they are as slow of movement, reaction and thought as they are of speech.

Religion: Most Eld worship Bori, the Sixth of the Magi. They also pray to spirits that inhabit the natural world surrounding them, such as individual trees, the rivers, the mountains or even the forests as a whole. Shamanism also exists as a means of interceding between the people and the spirit realms of nature. Eld shamanism usually co-exists with blacksmithing, so the town blacksmith may be considered vested with near-magical powers in strongly shamanistic areas.

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