For Glory, For Empire
“Pure” and “Elder” are terms of respect given to the oldest remaining race of Toreen, the Bea’txo . Any other address by a stranger addressing them is seen as an insult, and a repeated lack of respect will likely be punished by a quick, and sometimes fatal, duel. Their home is the Eternal Domain of Tsu’in Maritsa (“the cradle of the chosen people”), spanning an three-island continent (Marit), with a number of small trading colonies elsewhere. At the heart of their Empire, lies the city of Santhyria. At the city’s heart is the Palace of the Seven Dawns, the interior of which has never seen by non-Bea’txo eyes.
The Palace is home of the Celestial Princess (“_Amatsuotome_”) and her consort. The deified Princess is the most powerful monarch on all Toreen, and likely the most powerful sorcerer as well. One thousand and one supplicants genuflect, praise, and pray about her constantly, and volunteer supplicants are screened carefully. Every 1001 years she divines the identity of her successor, abdicates to her, and retires with her Consort to the Mausoleum of Splendors.
There are eleven noble houses to which almost every Bea’txo owes allegiance (in order of traditional courtly rank: Magyos, Kattare, Rusba, Jianku, Ueno, Qa’g’am, Situ, Vei’nat, Tengku, Bui-xu, Olam). There were two families who rebelled nearly three thousand years ago, and now their names have been stricken from all records, and exiled from the island forever. They were, at the time, the two most powerful of the families, and in a grab for complete dominance, failed utterly. The families fled to Delim, and one is believed to reside with an_Azkaderra_ community in the Robinet region. The “Yu” are the remainder. Those living outside of, or exiled from, a noble house.
Bea’txo are encountered rarely in the civilized lands, and then usually as diplomats, nobles and industrialists of the highest rank. They return to their homeland yearly. They are long-lived, haughty and manipulative. And they are not to be wronged unless you are suicidal and impatient.
Bea’txo value their privacy and traditions, and while they are often slow to make friends at both the personal and national levels, once an outsider is accepted as a comrade, the resulting alliances can last for generations.
Physical Description: Generally taller than Meseidiaren, Bea’txo possess a graceful, slender physique that is accentuated by their angular features. It is a mistake, however, to consider them weak or feeble, as their thin limbs can contain surprising power. Their eyes are wide and almond-shaped, and filled with large, vibrantly colored pupils. The coloration of Bea’txo as a whole varies wildly, and is much more diverse than that of Meseidiaren populations. The Bea’txo living among Meseidiaren or Azkaderra are often the fashion trendsetters.
(as Elves, Advanced Race Guide, p.20, except with a stat choice)
+2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence (or +2 Charisma), –2 Constitution: Bea’txo are nimble, both in body and mind, but their form is frail.
Medium: Bea’txo are Medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Bea’txo have a base speed of 30 feet.
Low-Light Vision: Bea’txo can see twice as far as normal in conditions of dim light.
Bea’txo Immunities: Bea’txo are immune to magic sleep effects and gain a +2 racial saving
throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
Bea’txo Magic: Bea’txo receive a +2 racial bonus on caster level checks made to overcome spell resistance. In addition, Bea’txo receive a +2 racial bonus on Spellcraft skill checks made to identify the properties of magic items.
Keen Senses: Bea’txo receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception checks.
Weapon Familiarity: Bea’txo are proficient with longbows (including composite longbows),
longswords, rapiers, and treat any weapon with the word “Bea’txo” in its name as a martial weapon.
Languages: Bea’txo begin play speaking Common and Bea’txo.