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Anttelius - Arthasians

I will start sharing some of the text I wrote for the various cultures of humanity in Anttelius - A World of Warlocks & Barbarians.

Arthasians


The sons of Arthasia, the goddess of earth, the mother of all living beings. The most common and widespread people in Anttelius. They are the common men and women, descendants of the many ethnicities that mingled under the rule of the Empire of Zartar.

They are a varied lot, with individuals of almost all builds, complexions and colors of hair and eyes. Their most characteristic trait, whoever is the easy assimilation of other culture’s customs, traditions and habits, showing a great capacity for adaptability and tolerance, which sets them apart for most of other people of Anttelius.

Recently, however, a new development has changed this characteristic on the Arthasians, as a large group of them founded the first free and democratic City-State in Anttelius, Esperas. The city is growing fast and prosperous, but its future is uncertain, as corruption and greed is starting to overgrow idealisms.

Arthasian Characters


Arthasian characters can roll on this table to generate random aspects of their characters to inspire their character’s Concept. Referees can also use these table to quickly come up with characteristics of random NPCs.

d20
Male Names
Female Names
Characteristic
Occupation
Curiosity
1
Alanus
Analeia
Spotted skin
Slave
Plotting a revolution
2
Barabus
Blanea
Mixed eye colors
Farmer
Has a demon possessed pet
3
Caneus
Cleia
Hairless
Servant
Murdered someone
4
Doemitus
Drusilea
Common face
Bandit
Superstitious
5
Ennius
Eralea
Welcoming smile
Carpenter
Atheist
6
Faebus
Feustina
Determined
Fisherman
Has a dangerous affair
7
Gallur
Gnaia
Outspoken
Grave digger
Talks more than they should
8
Hilarus
Hadria
Suspicious
Beggar
Talks singing
9
Iulius
Iavita
Hopeful
Bard
Loves gossip
10
Junius
Julian
Pessimistic
Hunter
Collects different hairs
11
Longinus
Liviana
Hairy
Soldier
Always sharpening their weapon
12
Merianus
Martia
Lash Scars
Shepherd
Carries a dissected tongue
13
Nerus
Nerva
Symbolic Birthmark
Messenger
Easily distracted
14
Otho
Paulia
Close talker
Ambassador
Scratches face all the time
15
Pomponius
Petrea
Emotive
Fencer
Always hides money in their underwear
16
Rigolur
Rafena
Impulsive
Smuggler
Believes they are extremely unlucky
17
Secundineos
Satarea
Calm
Trader
Seeks to be the center of attention
18
Tharecius
Thertia
Tongue-tied
Pickpocketer
Afraid of the sea
19
Vebius
Velaria
Naive
Destiny reader
Thinks people are always underestimating them
20
Zandius
Zerlia
Roll on another culture table
Scribe
Keeps notes on their journal

Arthasian Cultural Traits


A character from this culture rolls a d6 to determine their initial Cultural Trait.

d6
Arthasian Cultural Traits
1
I just know people
2
I know I can do it
3
I’ve endured things much worse
4
I have family here
5
I know a secret
6
I can stomach anything

What’s Happening with the Arthasians?


In order to make the game more alive and real, the Referee can roll on the following table to determine recent events affecting members of this culture. This can lead to adventure hooks or can just be used as narrative scenery.

d12
What’s Happening with the Arthasians
1
A large number of Arthasians are showing up dead and sinister massages left behind with their corpses. The messages talk about the cleanse, purity of blood and other nonsense like that.
2
The secret society of Arthasians that help those in need has been discovered and its members are being attacked by assassins.
3
A group of rebellious Arthasians are freeing slaves all over the City-States. Some are saying they plan to form an army and overthrow the elites of Anttelius.
4
A decrepit priest of the Mother Goddess, Arthasia, claims he saw the characters in their prophetic dreams and implores them to play their supposed roles in the events to come. The life of Anttelius depends on it.
5
A woman is forming a cradle of followers claiming to be the daughter of Arthasia an the rightful Queen of all the Arthasians. Some claim she can perform miracles and follow her. Others say she is an impostor and plot to get rid of her.
6
All Arthasians are being invited to a great ceremony in Esperas. No one really knows what is it about. Some even suggests it might be a trap.
7
A gigantic meteor made of a shining green metal has fallen in Esperas, destroying half of the city and killing much of the population. The strange meteor seems to be emitting a powerful aura of chaotic energy that is attracting all sorts of strange creatures and sorcerers wanting to know more about it.
8
A siege has been set in Esperas, as an army of a rival City-State demands the citizens to pay tribute to their monarch. The city is resisting bravely although with great losses. The food and water, however, is running low. The army attacking is threatening to summon “The Maw” if the gates are not opened.
9
A deadly and rapid spreading plague affecting only Arthasians all across Anttelius. Symptoms include bleeding through the eyes, eventually leading to blindness and ultimately death. They are calling it the Bloody Tears of Arthasia and suspect it is not natural. Some say it’s a sign that the mother goddess is unhappy with their children, while others say it’s a curse from the First Sorcerer-King who blames the Arthasians for the fall of his Empire.
10
A new prophecy has emerged among the streets, talking about an soon to be born child destined to become the King or Queen of Arthasia, leading all the people to a future of peace and prosperity. Of course, now hundreds of fathers and mothers come to Espetas claiming their child is the one from the prophecy.
11
A Zartarian Sorcerer-King returned and is capturing Arthasians to drain their blood to make a weapon against all races of humankind. Zartarians and Arthasians are banding together against this supposedly ancient one and maybe after different things once they find him.
12
The time for a new election in Esperas is approaching. Ten citizens will be chosen to occupy chains in the Senate of Sons and Daughters, but conspirators are working to sabotage the newly developed democracy. Sinister forces seem behind them and the free will of the people of Arthasia is at risk.

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