Stygian
Stygian Tribe (Ruling)
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Plural Stygians
Modifiers +2 Charisma
Special Abilities Sorcery, Diplomats
Disadvantage Weak-Willed
Homeland Stygia
Language Stygian Names
Stygian Tribe (Common)
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Plural Stygians
Modifiers +2 Dexterity
Special Abilities Diplomats, Insidious
Disadvantage Weak-Willed
Homeland Stygia
Language Stygian Names
The modern ruling-caste Stygians are tall, broad, and black-haired, with dusky skin and handsome, straight features. Members of the ruling caste of the Stygians are hereditary warriors, though the Stygian deserts and cities are almost as famous for producing powerful sorcerers. Most have fairly dark skin, though a few of the most ancient noble families have skin the color of pale ivory, a remnant of their Eld blood. Ordinary Stygians are a downtrodden mix of many different races, most of them descended from slaves.

Culture: The Stygian society is essentially a theocracy to Yag, the Old Serpent. Heretics and criminals alike are punished with horrid tortures such as skinning alive. The focal point of the religion is the transition between life and death, and how to manipulate or reverse it. Stygians believe in bodily resurrection and that the soul, or Ka, could be separated from the body, passing into the afterlife on death.

Religion: By far the most widely worshipped Stygian god is Yag and (occasionally) his wife Nagina. However, other dark hideous half-bestial and apish gods are worshipped as well, perhaps including Saminga. There is a rumor that Yag’s enemy Ibis was once worshipped in Stygia or Acheron but was driven out.

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