Tribeless

The Tribeless are not numerous, but they are some of the most widely spread of the races of men, living in the south of the Inner Kingdoms, in large settlements around the old Irian Empire, and even making up the landsmen population of Ahlonia Isle. The tribeless are directly descended from the Irians who left their empire in the early years of landsman settlement on Allornus. It has long been the habit of the Iri to wander, ranging far into foreign lands and settling there, but it has also been their way to isolate themselves, and to return to their ancestral empire to rekindle their ties to their home every few generations. The tribeless are those who broke from Irian tradition, and settled in new lands from the Inner Sea to Ahlonia.

Names

Tribeless (Iria), Kelorns (Other Landsmen), Ahlonians (Ahlonia, Ralstaa and Iria), Half-Men (Beastmen)

Potency


Visage

The tribeless resemble their Irian forebears, but tend toward being stouter than the pure-bred sons of the Iri, neither prone to muscularity nor plumpness, and not given to any single build. Their skin tends to be of the pale shade of the Iri, with a tendency towards ruddier shades on the forearms, face and other exposed parts of the body. Their hair ranges from a light chestnut to dark brown, near black, with rare individuals having the darker Irian blue-black. Their features are round and plain and their eyes can be brown or hazel or occasionally blue or green. Body hair on men varies, but is seldom especially thick or robust and can often be sparse, and women are more prone to curvaceous figures than lean. Tribeless are often intermixed with indigenous landsmen of their homeland, causing a few Ahlonians to display some Ralstaan colouration, including blue or green eyes, and sandy blond hair, and a few Inner Sea Kelorns to have more nut-brown skin, and kinky hair demonstrating some Haedrasian blood.

Aetherial

Having descended from the Iri, the tribeless landsmen have no craft of their own, and so long have they lived apart from the Iri, that they have lost some of the quirks that mark those folk, leaving them without any aspect remarkable in comparison to those of other landsmen. However this has made them some of the most diverse of their race, and though they brought the influence of the Irian tongue to the world, different languages, cultures, religions and societies have flourished freely amongst the tribeless. The Iri have spread further than any other landsmen tribe, and wherever they have gone some of their number have chosen to become tribeless, and have hungrily adopted the ways of those cultures that surround them for their own betterment.

Craft


Cunning

The landsmen of the tribeless are often dominated by their myr neighbours, or by the societies of the greater tribes. They have consciously put aside what it is to be Iri, and as a result they have fallen into a niche of relative mediocrity, and quietly accepted this. Few really excel in any field but most lead lives of a steady, reliable nature. The tribeless have given up their need to return to their ancestral home in great pan-generational pilgrimages, or to explore the world to its furthest extent. They have lost their affinity for roads. But they have become a pragmatic people, given to adapting to new cultures and new ways, and adopting them zealously. They tend to hold their leaders in lower regard than the landsmen with tribes might, and seldom aspire to great empires or sweeping conquest, looking upon other races of men as self-aggrandizing and pompous. Still, they are not above politicking and gathering power for themselves should the opportunity arise.

Social

In the western Kelorn lands the tribeless have become the true inheritors of the old empire, existing in agrarian societies where the majority are farmers or labourers, and carving out small kingdoms and founding young dynasties for themselves. Relative youth have led the nobility in these lands to not be so distanced from the people, and so the common man might expect a better lot in life, to wield more influence, and to think more for himself (though there are many lands where this is not the rule, and the people are as downtrodden as anywhere). As a result their communities are often ruled over by more than a single body, with powerful multi-national trading consortiums, wide-spread organized religions, influential military bodies, learned and wise brotherhoods of scholars, and councils of bureaucrats all wielding equal or more power than hereditary monarchs in various places. In the lands close to Irikhan Mora, sometimes the tribeless will clash with Irian communities over who will govern, but generally the tribeless, wherever they are, have managed to find a niche for themselves, and forge their own unique path.

Civilization

The tribeless are more often than not influenced heavily by the civilized races around them more so than their irian heritage. Some argue that it is their culture that has shaped the western lands of Allornus, but most agree that the amalgam of Goblyn and Haedrasian cultures has been a far heavier influence in this bastion of tribeless culture. In Ahlonia they came to emulate the Ralstaans to the north, and while the landsmen of the Fringe Nations seem to display only a passing resemblance to their neighbours the Malorns and Draks, they are so remote and unknown to the rest of the world, that their development has never been a consideration. Generally it is understood that by distancing themselves from their tribe, and giving up their divine patron, the tribeless have become more open to adapting to those cultures around them, and borrowing what suits them. In the west, predominately they carry with them the vestiges of high Kelorn culture, but they have been keen to make them their own, and each tiny nation has its own strong identity and tradition.

Languages

The tribeless have no consistent language of their own. Wherever they are settled the native tongue is infested with borrowings from Irians, but they have been willing to adopt the languages of those with whom they must co-exist as much as bring Irian with them. In the lands around the Inner Sea they're as likely to be native Vashri speakers as Kelorn, while to the south and long the Haedrasian border they mix in a smattering of Low Haedrasian (itself drawing heavily from Irian) into their speech, and tend to have enough of each to get by. Within Iria and Haedrasia, of course, the tribeless adhere to the native landsman language, especially where Kelorn is outlawed by the Haedrasians who fear conspiracy in foreign languages. Even Trade Tongue in Ahlonia is largely derived from Irian, with smatterings of Ralstaan, and Talthakee, making for an unexpectedly plain sounding tongue. Like their culture, the tribeless can't really lay claim to anything as their own, and tend to borrow from whatever is most prevalent around them.

Statistics


Talents
no modifiers
Unique Abilities
none
Ageing
Infant 0-3 years -5 to all Talents except Lucky
Child 4-11 years -3 to all Talents except Lucky
Adolescent 12-16 years -1 to Tough, Clever and Knowledgeable
Adult 17-39 years none
Middle-aged 40-59 years -1 to Fast, Hale and Strong
Old 60-69 years -2 to all Physical Talents, -1 to Knowledgeable
Venerable 70+ years -3 to all Physical Talents, -2 to all Mental Talents
Basics Variables
Morphology Bipedal Height 5'7" + Size' + 1d3' - 1d3'
Diet Omnivorous Weight 165lbs + (Sizelbs x5) + (Brawnlbs x3) + 1d10lbs - 1d10lbs
Cycle Diurnal Gender standard
Prime Sense Vision