Rise of the Ashen Crown
Roll Vs Role: Tieflings
The Infernal Princes, the Hellish Heirs, the Damned Ones; Tieflings have a lot of racial slurs and slangs that are thrown their way, all for their parentage. But these slurs are not always accurate and are not often entirely true. for as many Tieflings that embrace the monikers there are those that fight against it, sometimes with great passion.
In Pre-Descent civilization, the Tieflings were the princes and lords of a powerful empire of demons and devils called Bael Turath. Bael Turath was ruled over by the Demon King Tenebrous, a being of great and terrible might. However, unable to share land, power, or anything else, the Tieflings came into direct confrontation with the Dragons of Arkhosia in the east, even though the heart of their lands was in what is now the Ja’Rad desert, but was once called Cal’ur So’tama or the Sands of Souls.
The war raged on and as viciousness and cruelness were hallmarks of the Tieling persona, it was a fierce and terrible one. Orc slaves and tiefling hell-knights battled with dwarvish conscripts and draconic warrior-mages to attempt to attain supremacy. But in the end it would be neither empire that would claim the land of Larasia, but he descended Angel-Deity Metroniel, who in display after display and fearsome and terribly might laid waste to the empires.
After Metroniel killed both Tenebrous and Io and retreated to his sanctuary atop the Golden Spire, the Tieflings surrendered unconditionally, but not before retreating to the sands and burying their most valuable secrets and artifacts for use in later ages. Further, it is Tiefling lore that to get better positioning in the new world, they secretly and subtly convinced the Dragonborn to continue fighting, drawing the ire of the new lords of Larasia, the Metronians.
The Tieflings, whatever their intentions, the tieflings were never trusted. Their fiendish blood and the now-enslaved dragonborn people’s knowledge of tiefling preference for deceit and treachery, made any attempts at normalization difficult. Outcast by the new rulers of society they soon found themselves on the fringes of acceptable society. Brothels, gambling dens, black markets, slave trade; the Tieflings find a niche in being sneaky dishonest.
However, even forcing the Tieflings to the edge of society was not enough; the deva, Metroniel’s favorite children, had immortal memories, passed on from generation to generation. And they never forgot what the Tiefling were, where they came from and what they did. Several times in history, the deva have attempted to “Purge” the corruptive influence of the tieflings from Larasia, often with mixed results. Most of the time however the tieflings just dug deeper becoming more entrenched in their debaucherous ways, though less in number. Most tieflings find it impossible to escape the social stigma applied to them.
After a purge, in which many adults die but few children, the children tend to be taken in by either human churches or sometimes even Metronian churches. In the former they are treated just an other orphaned children, though often with extra oversight to ensure they are less troublesome. However in a Metronian church, they are often stigmatized and are pushed into devoutism; they are whipped and paddled and told they are evil and wicked by means of their existence. This leads many of them to commit suicide and those that don’t become flaggellant self-loathing paladins, believing the only way to cleanse their souls of the evil taint is through pain.
After the Second Purge, but before the Third Purge, a group of tieflings decided that the best way for them to defend themselves from the zealots was for them to simple stay on the move. They become a roving band of travellers, nomads. They named themselves after the an ancient deceased demon prince, Saveros, King of the Crossroads and call themselves Ro’Savii, or “The Crossroad People”. They have met with great success in surviving the Third Purge, which has further increased their superstition that Saveros is still watching over them.
- Ro’Savii always set up camp at a crossroads
- Ro’Savii makes deals with travellers and are complusive gamblers.
- Ro’Savii must always burn their dead, never bury them.
These are only a few of the superstitions, and only a few of those shared by the many Ro’Savii bands that have split form the original and now wander the countryside. Sometimes they cover as a carnival to make a quick profit on fooling locals. Other times they stay away from civilization and stick to old sacred lands.
No matter the ways, tieflings are too stubborn and too cunning, too charismatic and scheming to die out and are always finding new and more interesting ways to survive. And according to some rumors in the deepest and darkest pits of degeneration and debauchery controlled by the tieflings, a change is coming, close on ill winds…
In Larasia, circumstances of their lives have lead to new growth options for Tieflings, including new feats and a new background:
Prerequisite: Tiefling, infernal wrath power, paladin
Benefit: When you use your infernal wrath racial power on
a target marked by your divine challenge, it deals half
radiant damage instead of fire damage.
Benefit: When you use your Bloodhunt racial feature, if the
bloodied target is also Immortal origin, you may add a +2 bonus
to your damage roll as well.
New Background: Ro’Savii
As a Ro’Savii your life is defined by your constant travels and fierce independence. While you might be willing to seal pacts with otherwordly powers and beings, it is always done for your freedom and security. Nothing calls to you like the open road and you are brave, but full of superstitions and taboos.
Benefit. Class skill for Streewise and Nature, or +2 to either of those.