The determined halflings of Candlewood
Bykken are a diminutive race typically known for their round body and face, pudgy nose, hardy laugh, and a heightened connection to the Arcane realm. They make their homes in isolated, hilly regions which offer a measure of peace and solitude in a busy world. Bykken have a reflex and speed that is most surprising for their shape and size, and while not the strongest of the races, they possess an enduring spirit that sets their face as flint during hard times. Fun to be around, Bykken maintain a pleasant and jovial disposition and can often be found tending their garden, smoking a pipe, or downing a home brew.
Racial Skill: +1 Stealth
Hardy and hale companions of forge and hammer
Dwarves are a proud and hardy race who make their homes deep beneath snowcapped mountains that are mined for their deposits of iron ore, silver, copper, gold, and other precious metals. Perceiving themselves to be masters of their domain, they find comfort in the presence of earth, stone, rock, and ore. Strong, bitter ales and roasted, red meat win the friendship of a Dwarf, while hard work and discipline gain their respect. Dwarves are industrious folk, rarely tolerating the company of fools, yet often rushing in where fools fear to tread. Master’s of the forge, they swing axes and hammers with ease, leaving breakable blades to other races.
Racial Skill: +1 Appraise
Elegant, wise, and never to be underestimated
Elves represent elegance, grace, and restraint among the great races. They make their homes deep within ancient forests where they enjoy peace, harmony, and separation from the other races. Viewing themselves as servants of the All-Source, they commune with the world around them through the Mana force that inhabits all life. Long evening dinners with family and friends composed of fruits, vegetables, and delicate meats gathered from the forest, topped with topics of philosophy, art, and literature are an Elf’s delight. When they do have contact with other races, urgent matters are usually afoot. Masters of the bow and long sword, Elves are an ancient race typically distinguished by their slender, pointy ears, and strong chiseled features.
Racial Skill: +1 Forestry
Hair-trigger tempers tempered by loyalty
The Gwilyteem (singular Gwilyte) were once part of the human race long, long ago before being captured and brought to the Realm of the Underworld where the nature of their very being was transformed through dark Arcane magic and they were enslaved to the powers of M’oth. Having escaped, the Gwilyteem are now a nomadic people who seek to forget their past and build a new future for their kind.
Racial Skill: +1 Survival
Common, adaptable, and resilient
Humans have the greatest adaptability of all the races with settlements throughout the known world. On the whole, Humans are known for their unconquerable spirit, ingenuity, great compassion during times of crisis, a passion for celebration with good food, friends, and music, and a somewhat arrogant perspective of themselves that wins them little popularity with the Elves. Their capacity to learn and adapt is vast, and their class variety is the most diverse.
Racial Skill: +1 Any Skill
Fierce tattooed warriors in a tiny package
Woaden are a small but formidable race, who live in a matriarchal based society and possess limited druid skills due to their close connection with nature. They are well acquainted with ranged weapons as they prefer to engage in combat from a distance rather than up close. To underestimate a Woaden can lead to the shortening of one’s life.
Racial Skill: +1 Streetwise
A unique culture shaped by the forest
Among the seven great races, Woodkin are a curious lot, holding little in common with most others. Their communal life, curious appearance, and ability to thrive in the deepest forests keeps them disconnected from all other races. Yet, their love of all living things calls them to work together if wood, leaf, flower, or stone are threatened. Wookin stand a head taller than Elves and Humans, yet can vanish into the woods with great ease. Peace-loving by nature, Woodkin can be roused into fearsome warriors if the circumstances are right.
Racial Skill: +1 Forestry
The illustrated heights represent average values; individuals within a race can vary considerably.