Half-bloods are the product of mixed racial breeding, and as a result have no real society, culture, or ecology of their own. Instead, their lives are often heavily influenced by the views and expectations of the societies their parents are part of. Life is difficult for half-bloods, as they face many societal taboos, biases and the hatred of elitists and racists. Not all societies view half-bloods in such a negative light, though.
The largest struggle is dealing with two very different parental cultures and the possibility of aging gaps. The half-blood’s parental bloodline will heavily influence how society views them. For instance, a huvel may be treated better in general society than a Jihnan, and certainly better than a vokhar. Misbegotten are by far the worst treated if they are discovered, but are also amongst the rarest and least known about.
These mixed racial groups have a strange breeding pattern. Birth rates are determined by their parental mixes, and the half-blood’s offspring are also dependent on their partner’s lineage as well.
In reality half-bloods are a race in their own right, as two of the same half-blood lineage can breed together to create another half-blood. Yet given their already low numbers it would be hard for them to form a true society. As a result, half-blood groups typically do not grow in excess, and eventually breed out with other races. When half-bloods breed with someone who shares their parental lineage they will birth what is in all respects a full blooded child of their partner’s race. Their child may take on some of their mixed racial features, but will have all the traits of their dominant bloodline. For instance, a huvel with a human partner will have a full blooded human child, with slight elsyven touches, such as skin tone, hair color, eye color, sharper features, and comely looks. A half-orc with a human partner would have a human child, once again with some of their half-blood parent’s looks but are in all ways human.
While a half-blood may take on a portion of their longer lived parent, their own child will always take on the lifespan of their partner’s heritage. So, if a huvel were to have a child with a human, that child is in all respects human with a human maximum lifespan.
There are a few races that just don’t interbreed with each other, and so are not listed.
**Enlightened are restricted. New applicants cannot play this race.
An Enlightened is the half-blood child of a celestial, and can come from a pairing with a human or an elsyven. Given the low number of celestials in the realm, their below average birth rates, and the celestial’s views of humans and elsyven in general these beings are a rare occurrence in the world and often just mistaken as good-looking humans.
All enlightened are usually gifted with the comely looks of their celestial parent, taking on much of their physical traits such as build, skin tone, hair color, eyes, and features. An enlightened with an elsyven parent may or may not have a slight tip to their ears, larger eyes, and generally thin or delicate builds. It does not matter, though, if the other parent is human or elsyven- an enlightened will always look like a beautiful human given the dominant celestial blood. However, enlightened never have wings.
These individuals reach a maturity and magical maturity at age 24, and can live up to 225 years old.
Enlightened are not bound by a connection to Evithanon, almost always tend to lean towards good alignments.
Enlightened do possess a sort of aura, one that is very light and typically not discernible. A celestial would not feel an enlightened’s aura like they can a fellow celestial’s, because their own aura would shadow it. Other beings would feel a sort of pleasantness about the individual, minor calming effects on emotions, or a light magnetism. Enlightened draw attention, though not always for the better.
Huvel are the result of a Human and Elsyven cross breeding. Huvel are not a very populated racial group, being fewer in numbers compared to the already small numbers of Elsyven. With the elsyven’s low birthing rates seeing a huvel in most regions is typically uncommon.
These multi-racial beings will possess features from both the Elsyven and Human parents, which can vary from one to the other, but the majority often takes on the human visage with elsyven enhancements. Some can look almost strikingly similar to a human and none could be the wiser, others can possess a great deal of elsyven traits. For the most part the majority of huvel have an even mix of traits from both parents. All huvel have slightly larger ears with a well formed point at their tips, this being their lineage trademark.
Huvel will never gain huge physical mass like their Human ancestors though, but they can obtain a far more muscular and taller physique than that of their Elsyven parents. Yet they can possess physical markings such as freckles, males gain facial hair, and they can tan like their Human parent.
Elsyven age differently than humans, and a so too do the huvel. They take longer to reach maturity and magical maturity, at the age of 24. Huvel will also outlive their human parents significantly, with a maximum lifespan of 225 years of age. Unlike their elsyven parent, huvel will suffer the effects of age much like their human parents. However they are not as susceptible to disease and illness as their human parentage.
A huven is the offspring of a deshiven and a human. While their physical traits might be different based on their deshiven parent, they follow the same physical traits, aging, and maturity as the huvel.
The hydronian is a half-blood child between an ironwylde and a human. These individuals look by most standards human, and of most half-blood races they are the easiest to pass themselves off as a full blooded human in society.
Their appearance will have some heavy ironwylde influences, such as a distinctly larger broader build, wide shoulders, barrel or thick torsos, and bigger body frames and bones. Their noses also tend to be wider or broader, more pronounced, and round, never thin. While females are a little less bulky than males, they will still have a thicker body frame. They will never attain the tall height of humans, the tallest being about 173cm (5’ 7”). Males tend to have significant amounts of body hair, and a hydronian will never go bald, as their hair is just as thick and strong as their ironwylde parent. Their hair, eye, and skin colors will vary.
A hydronian’s life span is 170 years, and they reach maturity and magical maturity at the age of 20.
The Jikan are the offspring of a human or elsyven with a kojin partner. Given that kojin have an average birth rate, similar to humans, a human/kojin jihan offspring can be a more common occurrence if it weren’t for the striking cultural disparities between the kojin and humans. An elsyven/kojin jihan is even rarer still, as the low birthrate amongst elysven is even more prevalent with kojin.
Jikan will in all respects look human or much like a huvel physically, and maintain much of their non-kojin parent’s physical traits. However, they maintain very distinct aspects of their kojin blood. All Jikan have a tail and ears similar in size, that are covered in fur and are of the same color/patterning as their feline parent. Their ears are like those of their feline parent, located towards the top of their heads, and are large and pronounced. Their eyes tend to be a little larger, wider, and their pupils will take on a more oval shape. Some jikan will have some light fur along their spine and skin markings similar to fur patterning, though this is not common. Their finger nails are also significantly harder, and tend to have an opalescent or darker coloration to them.
These individuals will have better eye sight in the dark than their human parents, as well as possess a more sensitive sense of smell and hearing.
Unlike their kojin parent, they can cast magic, and can study it if they are capable of it at their magical maturity age. A jikan with a human parent will have a maturity/magic age of 16, and normal human lifespan. A jikan with an elsyven parent will have a similar lifespan to a huvel, maturity/magic at 24, and a maximum lifespan of 225 years.
They will never gain the ability to ‘sense’ magic like their kojin parent.
**Misbegotten are restricted. New applicants cannot play this race.
These poor souls are the unfortunate direct offspring of a Forsaken. Misbegotten are an extremely rare occurrence, as they are often the product of horrible circumstance.
All misbegotten are born with some sort of psychological disorder, most commonly depression, bipolar, personality disorder, anxiety, or schizophrenia. They are considered tainted beings, because they are the only singular race in existence that is a true half-demon. They are often found sporting similar coloration with their corrupted parent, possessing most of their physical traits, some having an almost ghostly mirror visage. However, misbegotten will never have wings.
These individuals reach a maturity and magical maturity at age 24, and can live up to 225 years old.
Often a misbegotten will struggle dealing with conflicting morality, as they have a sort of driving inner voice tempting them with dark thoughts, desires, and obsessions. It is true that they have an incurable form of spiritual possession, and this is because their soul was infected from conception by their Forsaken parent’s agheon spirit. This lends them to being individuals who have consistent problems dealing with the idea of what is right and wrong, good and evil, and they lend themselves more to the latter.
Misbegotten find the dark practices fascinating, things that most would consider questionable, morally deplorable, or disgusting would draw their attention like a moth to the flame. They are not necessarily evil by default; they do possess a human’s mentality, capability of reasoning, and the ability to make their own choices – be they good or bad. No one said a good person can’t be a troubled person, though, and for a misbegotten it is all the more difficult.
Due to their taint a misbegotten will never have their velanil sway to light magic, and will commonly go towards dark or illusion magic. Misbegotten can have children with other races. A misbegotten’s child will not suffer the same agheon connection, but may have some mental health issues.
Similar to their Forsaken parent misbegotten do exude a sort of unknown, uncontrollable aura. It is nowhere near as strong or as foul as their parent’s, but it is there. For most mortals being near a misbegotten can amplify feelings or moods, incite feelings of unease, slightly increase existing anxieties. This aura can also induce some minor feelings of unease, repulsion, fear, anger, and immorality if a person is really close to them.
Vokhar are the racial mixing of humans and orcs. Vokhar are more common than most people think, and in fact are the most populated of the half-blood races. This is because a vokhar can still obtain power and position in an orc society. They have to work harder than any full blooded orc to gain position and power, but they can and do. Many of the great orcs in history have been descendants of half-bloods, or were a half-blood in disguise. Some say that orc blood has become so saturated with human blood over the ages that it has helped make the orcs more intelligent than their original ancestors, though this is not exactly proven.
Vokhar could be considered attractive in human society. They do not have tusks or an under bite. While this may make them somewhat more comely in human society, it is truly their strongest downfall in orc society. Without their pronounced incisors they are already at a significant disadvantage in orc society.
A vokhar can gain their human parent’s eye and hair color. Their hair can vary, either being more like their orc parent or more like their human parent, and a vokhar will have full eyebrows. Their bodies are often similar to their orc parent, but may be more lean or wiry. Their skin tone may take on a lighter fleshy tone, but it’s always within a shade or two of their orc parent’s.
The biggest reason why vokhar are accepted as part of orc society, though, is that they can birth full blooded orcs with another orc. Since orcs have a lower birth rate than humans, vokhar are considered valuable as they have a slightly higher birth rate. However they are always to partner with a full blooded orc – and often their mates are chosen for them.
Since human slaves are part of orc societies it is not uncommon for orcs to have several bastard vokhar children. Seeing vokhar outside orc societies is not common although it is not unheard of. In these cases a child was likely conceived outside the orc society, and was instead raised in human society.