All half-bloods are the direct offspring of interracial mixing. Humans have been found to possess a strange ability to accommodate reproduction with quite a few races, and given humans are very populous throughout Calamia and have average to high birth rates these ‘half-humans’ are the most populous of the half-blood races. For this reason, humans have been unceremoniously dubbed a ‘mixing pot’ race.
There are a few other races that can produce biracial children together, however these couplings are rare and the children rarer still.
Each set of half-bloods have different appearances and life spans based on their parental lineage.
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 races of their own, as those of the same parental breeding could come together and breed to create more like their selves. Yet given their already low numbers it is hard for them to form a true society, and interbreeding could eventually occur in such small groups. 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.
In most cases a half-blood child will have an equivalent lifespan to their human parent if their other parent shares the same lifespan. However, if a half-blood has a parent that lives longer than their lifespan is increased dramatically. For those with a parent that live longer than their human parent it can be especially hard for them to find a place in society. They will live longer than their human ancestors and possibly even longer than their own offspring but not as long as their longer lived parent.
27-52 (Adolescence)/ 55-68(Maturity Age) / 69- 82 (Young Adult) / 83- 96 (Adult) / 97-124 (Middle Aged) / 125-154 (Prime) / 155+ (Elder)
12-16 (Adolescence)/ 17-23(Maturity Age)/ 24- 30 (Young Adult) / 31- 35 (Adult) / 36-40 (Middle Aged) / 41-55 (Prime) / 56+ (Elder)
Aging progresses like a human’s until they reach their mid to late twenties, and then their aging slows dramatically. It is Unknown how long a hudrake can live for.
Aging progresses like a human’s until they reach their mid to late twenties, and then their aging slows dramatically. An enlightened will still be subjected to the effects of aging given they don’t have a direct connection to a god, but they will be remarkably good looking even in their old age. Maximum lifespan of 2,500 years.
Aging progresses like a human’s until they reach their mid to late twenties, and then their ageing slows dramatically. All misbegotten are subject to aging and given their corruption will take on additional alterations such as darkening around the eye sockets, yellowing and/or reddening of the sclera, and skin transparency around the throat, temples, and softer joint parts showing the intricate blue vein work under the skin. Maximum lifespan of 2,500 years.
Age as a normal human until adulthood, early twenties, and then stop aging completely. It is unknown how long a half-vampire can live for.
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. However, no matter where a half-blood goes in the world it is a struggle for them, as they are often torn about where they really belong in the world.
The largest struggle is dealing with two very different parental cultures and aging gaps. The half-blood’s parental bloodline will heavily influence how society views them, with those of ‘demonic’ lineage typically being the worst off. For instance, a huvel may be treated better in general society than a Jihnan, and certainly better than a half-orc. Misbegotten are by far the worst treated if they are discovered, but are also amongst the rarest and least known about.
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.
With the exceedingly long lifespan of a celestial it is difficult for them to forge relationships with beings that will not live for very long. Also, both humans and elsyven have shown possessive and even hostile natures towards celestials, with zealot religious groups making their already broken lives even more difficult. So relations between these races are tentative at best. Even so, there is the rare time when a celestial will couple with a human or elsyven and an enlightened is born.
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.
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.
Given that all enlightened are ‘God-Touched’ they are more inclined to be of good or neutral dispositions (yes this includes “Robin Hood” type personalities).
Half-orcs are the racial mixing of humans and orcs. Half-orcs are more common than most races, and in fact are the most populated half-blood race. This is because a half-orc can still obtain power and position in an orc society. They do have to work harder than full blood orcs to gain their positions, but they can and do, and often times many of the orcs in history have been half-bloods or the descendants of half-bloods. Some say this is because human blood has helped make the orcs more intelligent over time, though this is not exactly proven.
Half-orcs have a strikingly human like face that dependent on the half-orc could be considered attractive. They do not have tusks or an under bite, which is their strongest downfall in orc society, but they do have well pronounced incisors. A half-orc can gain their human parent’s eye color. Their hair can vary, either being more like their orc parent or more like their human parent, and a half-orc will have eyebrows. Their bodies are often similar to their orc parent, tall, either lean or heavily muscled, with barely an ounce of fat to their frames. Their skin tone may take on a lighter fleshy tone, but it’s always within a shade or two of their orc parent’s.
It is also because of their strong resemblance to their orc blood and the fact that they can have full-blood orc children that these half-bloods are accepted into orcish society. However, given they never grow tusks the half-orc is already at a significant disadvantage to their societal honor. Even so, they still claim the half-bloods as their own, and while they may not have been ‘born’ with strength and ferocity they are allowed the chance to earn it.
Since human slaves are part of orc societies it is not uncommon for orcs to have several bastard half-orc children. Seeing half-orcs 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. These half-orcs are not trusted in orc society, as it is believed that the humans have corrupted their blood. Half-orcs that live in human society will find they are accepted in very few places. Even so, one might see half-orcs as soldiers, mercenaries, laborers or body guards.
These beings are not too well known about and are the rarest of all the half-blood types. They are the product of a human and a true vampire pairing. Most true vampire hate the half-breed offspring and swore to create no more because of a rebellion caused by Lance Al’Damoreth, the very first half-blood.
A half-vampire is born and grows as any normal human child does, and in all respects they are human. However, once they reach adulthood, in their early twenties, their vampirism traits begin to emerge. They stop aging, looking youthful for their entire lives, and begin to feel a strong, gnawing hunger that can only be sedated with blood. Not as strong as their full vampire relatives who need it on almost a daily basis, but a need for it none the less. When the hunger starts this is when they will feel their fangs emerge for the first time, which can be a frightening experience.
Unlike their vampire counterparts, half-vampires can live without blood for extremely long periods of time, months, sometimes even years, and can eat normal food for regular sustenance. This is because the half-vampire is not an ‘undead’, and their bodies can obtain nourishment in a normal fashion. Many times half-vampires introduce a lot of red meats into their diet, and prefer their food rare. The older they get, however, the more vampiric they become, and grow to need blood more often.
The largest advantage half-vampires have is that they can live under the sun, and for this reason they are often called Day-Walkers. In their younger years they can spend all day outside, but again as they grow older the daylight tends to wear them out quickly. They can get sunburns easily, feel dehydrated faster, and are more prone to daytime lethargy and headaches the older they get.
Vespiers can procreate with humans, but half breeds are not very common. The resulting offspring retain their vespierian parent’s genetic features, but they are born human first, gaining the ability to change into the secondary form upon reaching puberty. These offspring are not as strong or agile as full-blooded vespiers and can only fly short distances. However, they usually retain more of their human mental control and have a greater penchant for learning magic. Due to their genetic similarity, these offspring are difficult to tell apart from full vespiers and are still referred to as such.
They grow exceptionally fast and are little terrors until the age of three or four. Once they’ve learned to walk, their human senses come into effect. They look completely human until they’re about seven or eight years old, then they’re usually able to change. Compared to full vespiers, they’re smarter, less volatile, and have more human-like emotions.
They can be embarrassed, fall in love, and have a better sense of morality. Yet, due to their heritage, they can have emotionally unstable or dependent personalities. They have an inner instinct to be with a fold or large group, which can make them very gregarious, but they can also feel uncertain around strangers and sometimes fearful. Trust isn’t something they give easily, although this can vary given the amount of social exposure they’ve had. A half-vespier can certainly be outgoing if it has had the benefit of a strong family group, but one that’s been kicked around or scorned will naturally be less open.
Half-vespiers can also return to the wild and live among full vespiers provided that they’re strong, competitive individuals. Vespiers colonies, although suspicious of strangers, are more accepting of such half breeds than humans. A half-vespier can transform into its hybrid state and look almost like a normal vespier. If they can overcome their need for more human-like interaction and don’t appear weak, they can live quite successfully among full vespiers.
In human society, of course, they run into a bigger problem. Their hybrid form and their inability to maintain emotional control in stressful situations can frighten people. Without significant human exposure, they can have some difficulty learning to speak a human tongue. Because they’re slower learners than their human counterparts, humans often think they’re retarded. Despite this, they can learn to fit into a human society with less guidance than a full vespier.
Helion are the half-blood mix of a human and gheildoa. Gheildoa are the most populous race in Israidius, and so a great number of them have served in both wars and left their marks on Calamia. They have an exceedingly high birth rate, and in fact birthing twins for a Gheildoa isn’t uncommon. Couple this with the already average to high birth rate of humans and there is a high chance for a human and gheildoa to conceive together.
Human and gheildoa relations are not good, though, especially since the gheildoa are part of the ‘enemy’ faction and are considered ‘demons’. For this reason helions are not common, but they are the most populated Israidian half-blood in Calamia. The Valharian Empire doesn’t necessarily view all humans as enemies, though, and in fact utilize humans in their society as servants, slaves, and sometimes even soldiers if their loyalty is proven. In these circumstances it is very possible a hellion half-blood is born. There are some human factions who do worship the Israidians, and many times children are born of such individuals and raised in human society. Other times these children are the result of an unfortunate coupling.
These half-bloods take on a pleasing mix of both parents, though their features are more human than gheildoa. Their eyes are slightly larger and have a more ovular pupil. Their faces tend to be ovular, heart, or diamond shaped, with slightly rounded or pointed chins and more pronounced cheek bones. What makes a helion stand out is the pair of horns that come out on either side of their head, either directly above the temples near or in their hair line. These horns are goat-like, either pointed, curved or curling, but they do not grow exceedingly large or long. If lost, these horns do not grow back. They also have lightly double tipped ears that are significantly larger than a human’s ears.
The helion are not treated well in human society, as their horns are a standout sign that they are the spawn of a ‘demon’. Many establishments would sooner flog a helion than help them, refuse them aid of any sort, and sometimes even chase them out of towns and cities.
Over the years it has been discovered that athdraki are capable of breeding with humans. The product of such a union is the hudrake. Given the hostile relations between humans and athdraki, and the extremely low birthrates of the athdraki, the chance of a hudrake child is exceedingly rare.
The hudrakes do not gain the hybrid form of their athdraki parent. What they do gain from their athdraki heritage is the same physical structure that their athdraki parent had. The physique, metabolism, determined and dominating personality, eye and hair color all transfer over to the hudrake.
Hudrake have a minor form of dark vision, although this is not in any form as great as their athdraki parent’s. Another benefit a hudrake receives from their athdraki parent is a hastened recovery process, their body being able to heal twice as fast as a human could.
In human society hudrake blend in rather well, and so no one with in-depth knowledge of athdraki would even know. However, those knowledgeable about athdraki would note the metallic hair and eye color of the hudrake and make the connection, or even possibly mistake the hudrake for an athdraki.