Ephor
Ephor Tribe
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Plural Ephori
Modifiers +2 Constitution
Special Abilities Tireless, Fearless
Disadvantage Unwholesome
Homeland The Old Empire
Language Ephori Names
Ephori stand on average two to four inches taller than normal humans, their bodies have little to no body fat, and their eyes are metallic shades of gold, bronze, red, blue or green. Many Ephori possess birthmarks shaped like a fang somewhere on their bodies.

The first of the Ephor were not born of mortal woman — their fathers were teeth torn from a hydra's skull, and their mother was a plowed field. Legend holds that the magus Bori slew the Mother of Hydras as part of a great quest to either raise an army or found a city (details are unclear). Upon the creature's death, Bori removed the creature's teeth and sowed them in a field like grain. Wherever the teeth fell, armed and armored men and women sprang forth - the first Ephor.

Culture: The Ephori are loosely organized into small city-states. The political situation is rife with intrigue, murder and horror. Barons and counts maintain ancient feuds from generation to generation and those along the frontiers fight Valusians, the Uruk, Icatians, and each other. The bulk of the work done in these lands are done by slaves, which the Ephori raid surrounding lands to replace as they grow old or die. The Ephor themselves are a warrior culture, with no time for the mundane work and labor that goes into maintaining their cities and lands. They take great pride in their martial prowess, and think that people who are anything but warriors are weak and beneath notice. While they may come to respect individual people that are not warriors, they never treat the mass of humanity as anything but lower class.

The Ephori code of ethics is built upon the concept of allegiance toward others. The entire political system depends upon the reciprocal ties between individuals and families. Allegiances are considered more binding than law. Characters with unknown or no allegiances are not trusted.

Land and property are sources of wealth and social prestige. The nobility are key players in politics and economy because they own land. Nobles often seek to increase their holdings and their power. Property acquisition is accomplished through the relationship between the lord and vassal over benefices such as land, mills, ovens, tanneries, mines, quarries, rivers and forests or any combination thereof. This can include ownership or simply be a bestowment of administration.

There is little social mobility among the Ephori save via marriage. No matter how well one behaves, no matter how much one accomplishes, no matter how much wealth one accumulates, one cannot be elevated in status because of those things. Misbehavior short of criminal also does not decrease one’s social standing. Criminal action could cause one to be outcast from society, leaving a character without legal protection.

Religion: Ephori are devoted to none of the powers in particular, but the cults of Mithras, Bori, and Khyaam are particularly popular. Ephor worship ceremonies tend to be brief but vigorous, with many loud shouts of devotion and fervor before the faithful leave the temple and get on with the rest of their day.

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