During the early years of the Second Era, a race known to others as elves were created by the god Kephra, Lord of the Wild. He designed them to have an eternal bond with nature. They lived happily for two generations but afterwards two cults were forged. Through the actions of these two cults, demons were created. The survivors of the cult were exiled by the other elves to the plains of Sumra for betraying their creators. The cultist were branded the name Dunesti (Or Exiled Elves), while the others elves saw themselves as being true uncorrupted elves and adopted the name Newesti (True Elves).
These Newesti dwelt within their lands, preferring not to trouble themselves with the rest of the world. They were content until the Dwarves tunnelled into their lands. Once the Newesti found out, a war started between the two. This war has lead to harsh regulations and the origin of the Seekers.
The personality of a True Elf is tied to their Soul Beast, a creature which their soul is linked to in the Feywild. Those with the Wolf might be cold, calculating and work best in teams, while a Newesti with Shark would be more spontaneous and self-serving.
Despite this causing a diverse number of traits most Newesti share some traits.
Nearly all Newesti are personal in their thinking , giving them an arrogant side and causing them prefer to do as they wish regardless of other. This causes them to often act selfish towards others but this doesn't mean they aren't empathetic. Despite their self-centred minds Newesti are very empathic to those who they consider family or friends.
The highest commendation from a Newesti is them being willing to risk their life to save yours. If this happens then the Newesti will probably be your ally for life.
Newesti are short and slim, standing about 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 feet tall and typically weighing only 95 to 135 pounds, with Newesti men the same height as and only marginally heavier than Newesti women. They are graceful but frail. They tend to be fair skinned and dark haired, with deep green or amber eyes. Both male and female Newesti grow hair very quickly, often causing large amounts of facial hair to arise in weeks. Facial Hair is frowned upon as it is seen as a sign of giving into the beast within, because of this it is amazingly rare to see a Newesti with a beard or mustache.
Because of their bond to the Feywild, once mature their bodies never show any normal sign of aging, but when they reach the age of 700 their bond with nature becomes uncontrollable.
They start to transform into that of their Soul Beast. If they are in their homeland the Newesti assembly will start a ritual, this will allow the Newesti to retain their mind and personality intact. A Newesti older than 701 has never been recorded and the maximum lifespan of a Newesti has never been found because of the transformation.
The Newesti generally donít care enough about the outside world and see most races as strange but not exotic enough to garner any interest. This isn't true of three species though; Aasimar are sometimes born to Newesti parents these are seen as weaker because of their short lives and pity them. Dunesti are openly hated and distrusted because of the Dunesti's treason in the second era. Half-Elves are also pitied because of their tainted blood.
They tend towards Chaotic Neutral, doing as they wish as their main goal.
The Newesti rule the land of Estikar. Estikar is a the smallest country in the world of Keran, being only a single large island. It is mainly tropical jungle with several large forested hills forming boundaries between Territories. It has no cities in it, instead each community has control over a Territory. With the exception of Mira, where the government and the Newesti Assembly of Estikar lies. The buildings in the territories are far and in between, and are generally built in the upper areas of large trees.
Because of the war with the Dwarves and the low-birth rates of Newesti, most True Elves aren't allowed to leave Estikar. There are often only three exceptions; Aristocrats, Seekers, and Soldiers. The Seekers are a specialized group of warriors trained by the Assembly for the sole purpose of hunting down Newesti who have illegally left Estikar.
Newesti have a close religious relationship with Kephrana and his children, The Divines of the Wild. Every Territory in Estikar has a large temple to each of these gods of nature, and hundreds of Newesti make pilgrimage to these temples each year.
Estilex is the ancient language of the Newesti. Despite what most tell you this language was originally learnt from the Fey rather than a Divine. Estilex is a rather poetic tongue and uses vowels to great extent.
Newesti do not choose their names nor do their parent's. Instead the name of the Newesti is the True Name of his Soul Beast. The parents don't find this out until a year after the child is born, upon which time this Soul Beast will manifest granting the parent's with his name, until which time they will call the baby Naeli (My Child). Because of the importance of this name, the parents create a public name for their child, this name is often derived from the Newesti's personal name.
- +2 Dexterity, Ė2 Strength. Newesti are swift like a beast, but their bodies are weak.
- Humanoid (Elf).
- Medium: As Medium creatures, Newesti have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Newesti base land speed is 30 feet. Newesti also have a climb speed of 20 feet, but only when climbing natural surfaces.
- Fey Soul: A Newesti's soul takes the form of a creature in the Feywilds, this causes them to have many Fey Traits. Newesti gain Fey Heritage Feat as a bonus feat. In addition they are also immune to Soul Moving effects like Obedience Sigils and Trap the Soul spells.
- Keen Sense: +3 racial bonus on Listen, Search, and Spot checks.
- Low-Light Vision: A Newesti can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. He retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
- Soul Beast: A Newesti's soul lies in the Feywild as a creature, with experience a Newesti can learn to call it to his presence. Upon reaching 2 HD, a Newesti gains a familiar. The Newesti is treated as a Binder of half his Hit Dice.
- Favored Class: Ranger and Wizard.
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