Halfbloods

Basic Lore

Breeding and Aging

Society/Culture/Ecology

Types

Enlightened

Half-Orc

Half-Vampire

Half-Vespier

Helion

*Hudrake

Huvel

Jihnan

Misbegotten

Nevian

Basic Lore

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.

Breeding and Aging

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.

Huvel/Nevian

27-52 (Adolescence)/ 55-68(Maturity Age) / 69- 82 (Young Adult) / 83- 96 (Adult) / 97-124 (Middle Aged) / 125-154 (Prime) / 155+ (Elder)

Jihnan/Half-orc/Hocani/Helian/Half-Vespier

12-16 (Adolescence)/ 17-23(Maturity Age)/ 24- 30 (Young Adult) / 31- 35 (Adult) / 36-40 (Middle Aged) / 41-55 (Prime) / 56+ (Elder)

Hudrake

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.

Enlightened

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.

Misbegotten

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.

Half-Vampire

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.

Society/Culture/Ecology

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.

Enlightened

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-Orc

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.

Half-Vampire

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.

Half-Vespier

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

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.

Hudrake

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.

Huvel

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, however, the majority of huvel have an even mix of traits from both parents. All huvel have well formed tips to their ears, being their giveaway 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. (Tanning is determined by Human subclass descriptions.)

Jihnan

The Jihnan are the offspring of a human and kojintora pairing. Given that kojintora have an average birth rate, similar to humans, a Jihnan offspring can be a more common occurrence if it weren’t for the striking disparities between the kojintora and humans.

It is uncommon for humans to view a kojintora as a possible mate, given most societies see kojintora as tribalistic beasts. Kojintora society is also very community oriented, and to mate outside clans or alliances with non-kojintora is highly disapproved of. This is not to say a mutual relationship between a human and kojintora hasn’t happened, but it is far and few between. Slavery has brought kojintora into more frequent contact with humans, and many times half-bloods are the result of master/slave relationships.

Jihnan will in all respects look human physically, and maintain much of their human parent’s physical traits. However, they maintain very distinct aspects of their kojintora blood. All Jihnan have a tail and ears typically similar in size and of the same color/patterning as their feline parent. Their ears are like those of a cat, located more towards the top of their heads. Their eyes tend to be a little larger, wider, and their pupils will take on a more oval shape. Some jihnan will have some skin markings similar to fur patterning, though this is not common. Their nails are also harder than typical humans, and tend to have an opal or darker coloration to them.

These individuals will have better eye sight in the dark than their human parents, as well as a small increase in sight and their sense of smell.

Misbegotten

**Misbegotten are a restricted race. Applications for a misbegotten will be denied by new applicants, for veteran players only with GM permission.

These poor souls are the unfortunate direct offspring a Forsaken, either with a human or an elsyven. Misbegotten are an extremely rare occurrence, as misbegotten are exactly as their name entails – they are often the product of horrible circumstance.

All misbegotten are born with some sort of psychological disorder, most commonly depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia, and are considered tainted beings. This is 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.

Often a misbegotten will find their selves dealing with conflicting moral ideals, 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 choose their own path in life. No one said a good person can’t be a troubled person, though.

Due to their taint a misbegotten can’t use holy magic.

Similar to their Forsaken parent they 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 mortal being near a misbegotten can amplify feelings or moods, incite feelings of unease, slightly increase existing anxieties, incite dark, immoral, or sexual thoughts, and can even induce some minor feelings of repulsion, fear, and anger if a person is really close to them. Other individuals who possess holy magite are less likely to feel these effects from a misbegotten, though, given their stronger mental fortitude and Godly connection.

Nevian

Humans and Deshiven can have a half-breed child, called a Nevian. This is an uncommon occurrence, though, given the deshiven are typically elitist isolationists and have a significantly low birth rate. Even so, deshiven are known to have human servants and slaves in their society, so it is possible for a bastard child to be born under such circumstances. Such a child would never become part of deshiven society, though, as they are not a pure blood. These children might be given higher ranking positions than their human parents, but they will never attain positions of power or renown in the deshiven society. For this reason, many nevian leave their isolated lives in deshiven lands and seek out their place in human society.

All nevians typically take on the lean frame of their deshiven parent, but can gain the height and musculature of humans. However, they will never be fat, bulky, barrel chested, nor will they possess anything more than a medium sized bone structure.

A nevian will have a darker complexion, not as ruddy, dark, or washed out as their deshiven parent, but a tone more similar to their human parent’s with a hint of their deshiven parent’s undertones. Many times they will have a pleasing mix of both parent’s features, although sometimes they may look more human or more deshiven. However, they will always have a human eye, with an iris and distinct black pupil, and small but sharply pointed ears.

These individuals do not possess the ability to see well in the dark like their deshiven parent, but they can see slightly better than most humans. They also have a slight sensitivity to bright light.