Player Submitted Races

Details of the races of Rivyn

Player Submitted Races

Jeiku
Copper Master
Jeiku
Copper Master
Joined: 08 Mar 2012, 21:16

02 Feb 2013, 05:58 #1

This is where races that players submit to the Canon of Rivyn will all be listed if they are accepted. These races are not exactly core, but are still completely native to this world.

Keep in mind, if you wish to submit an idea, that we are looking for a particularly high level of quality, these can not be just two paragraphs of thrown-together ideas. We do welcome our players to add their creativity to our world, but we do want to make sure it is done properly. Another part of this to keep in mind is that if your race gets on this list then anyone can make a character of that race, That's half the point! So you won't get to regulate that, sorry. That also means that there is a good chance that your race will persist even if you leave, which could also be nice if you have to move on for reasons beyond your control.. leave a legacy behind.

Anyways, if you don't want to add a complex race, or don't want to deal with other people using your created race, or just don't think your race is a good fit for being native to Rivyn, we do have the Lost Soul mechanic: Rivyn is a nexus of the multiverse. Sometimes people from other worlds, other dimensions, can wind up here, either by dying before their time, or finding a portal in some hidden cavern, or really any other way you can imagine. With the lost Soul Mechanic, you can have almost any race you would like to be live in this world, without having to actually alter the lore of Rivyn in any way.


Submitting a race should be done through a PM to myself (Jeiku) or Raiona and should have a full description of the race (as with the core races, or others already in this list) as well as a short form description in the same manner as the ones under the Basics. If your race is accepted you will be congratulated and then asked to post your full description here, so everyone can know exactly who submitted it!

That should be it. Happy Writing!
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Angel of Chaos
Silver Master
Angel of Chaos
Silver Master
Joined: 02 Jul 2012, 05:04

02 Feb 2013, 06:37 #2

The Melogi

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What the Eyes Behold...

Physical Description

The Melogi are as varied as any other humanoid race. They can appear to be like humans, elves, dwarves, halflings, goblins…any humanoid appearance can be found in this race (Beastkin Melogi are very rare, but not unheard of). The key differences lie in what they are made out of. They can be composed of any kind of metal, including, but not limited to, bronze, copper, silver, gold, iron, and platinum. These metals are infused with a special substance called Aetheronium, a supernatural material that is said to exist in the space between the planes. It can combine with any other metal and give it organic-like properties, such as growth, decay, and reproduction. This also makes the metal as supple as human flesh while also giving it the ability to become as hard as iron. Therefore, the Melogi are not quite organic, but not quite inorganic, either.

The most important part of the Melogi’s physical structure is what the Melogi call the Core, which is located where the brain would be in any other living humanoid. It appears to be a small, white spherical object no bigger than a clenched fist, but the Melogi know that this is only the casing that protects the true Core, which is a flame of shrouded origins said to represent the spark of life. It is said that the Core gives life to the Melogi, along with sentience, intelligence, emotions, personality, self-awareness, and the power of choice. No two Cores are exactly alike; each Core gives each individual Melogi his/her own uniqueness and identity. Whenever a Core is extinguished, so, too, is the life of a Melogi.

This passage will use human-class Melogi as an example. They are shaped just like normal human males and females, but due to their composition, they can be up to twice as heavy. Their bodies are the same color as the metal they are made of, such as copper, platinum, or gold. Their hair can be any color a human’s hair can be, and is composed of extremely thin strands of metal that can be cut and styled just like human hair could. Their eyes are the most distinguishing feature of their appearance; no matter what class of Melogi they are, their eyes always have silvery-grey irises that are shimmering with life.

Reproduction

The Melogi reproduce in an unusual way. Their method of sexual intercourse is similar to that of humans’. The female goes through a period of pregnancy, but instead of an actual child developing, a Core develops within the female over a period of four months. When the female nears “giving birth” (about three or four days away), her stomach will glow with an ambient light. At this point in time, the Caretakers (see Occupations, below) will prepare a block of whatever metal they have to use for forging a body. When a female “gives birth”, she does so as any other humanoid female, only she delivers a Core, shelled in an Aetheronium casing. The markings on the casing specify what gender the newborn life will be. If the markings are jagged like lightning, it will be a boy. If the markings are curving like water, it will be a girl. The newly-delivered Core is then immediately placed on the block of metal. The process of Forging then begins, where the Core unleashes life energy and carves the metal into the shape of a newborn infant of the indicated gender, infusing it with Aetheronium. The energy then subsides into the head, and the baby is born.

Due to the energy required to create a Core, a female can only “give birth” to two offspring in her lifetime. After this, a genetic reaction causes the female to become sterile, and she is unable to give birth again.

Life Span

A Melogi’s lifetime is his/her Core’s lifetime. The Core coupled with the Melogi’s metallic structure allows him/her to grow and develop like other organic races. From infancy to adulthood, a Melogi ages at the same rate a human does. Between the ages of twenty and thirty-five, their metabolism slows and growth rate decreases due to the Core reaching its maturity and fruition. The Melogi can retain his/her middle-aged appearance for another two hundred years before passing into old age, where he/she lives for another fifty years. During that time, the Core’s energy begins to fade as the Melogi ages. When the Core can no longer sustain itself, it vanishes from existence, at which point the Melogi dies and his/her body becomes inanimate metal.

Diet

Since they aren’t quite organic, one might think the Melogi can live a lifetime without eating a bite of food or drinking a drop of water. That is quite the contrary. A Melogi’s Core can only sustain itself if it has enough carbon and water to fuel itself. Therefore, a Melogi requires a good carbon-based diet to survive. The Melogi are primarily herbivores, as a genetic defect has rendered them incapable of digesting any meat, and as such, they get a good supply of carbon from all forms of plant life from grass to vegetables, from leaves to grains. The natural oils from most plants also help keep their metallic bodies at their prime. Water is also important to their diet, as it hydrates the Core and cools them down.

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What Lies Within...

Personality

The Melogi are a very mixed and curious race. They love to observe the other organic races of this world and their customs, trends, and daily lives. They are easily intrigued and impressed by whatever civilized cultures have to offer them. It takes a good few years for them to mimic the ways of life of other races, but their attempts at doing so are rather rewarding. They oftentimes integrate whatever they learn to their society’s common knowledge. But they by no means steal the knowledge for themselves; they learn it so that they can be more like the organic beings they were “modeled” after.

Because of this, their unique personalities are much akin to those of other humanoid races. Human-class Melogi share the same brashness and stamina of humans, elf-class Melogi share the same aloofness and love of nature that elves have, and so on. Unlike the other races, all classes of Melogi accept each other no matter what class they are. They are free of discrimination amongst their own kin.

Alignment

The Melogi are very diverse in their moral standings, so they can be of any alignment on the good-evil law-chaos axes. Since they spend careful time observing other races, they can be benefactors of the common good, free spirits with a talent for self-expression, keepers of order and law, or discriminators to the organic races.

Relations with Other Races

In the eyes of organic races, depending on who you ask, the Melogi give them mixed feelings. The humans admire their adaptability, yet at the same time are suspicious by how much they think and act like normal human beings. At one point, the elves thought they were mindless constructs mocking their ways of life, but once they found out they did have souls, they held a grudging respect for how well they learn. The Beastkin, along with many other races, aren’t quite sure what to make of the Melogi. Some see them as reliable allies, while others see them as mere doppelgangers.

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What Weaves Together...

Lands

Melogi lands oftentimes neighbor lands of other races (with the exception of the Beastkin, of course). Their villages are built to somewhat resemble the villages they are close to, with their own twist; the buildings are made not only of wood, but of metal as well. They are few and far between on the land of Rivyn, but they are mostly concentrated around the Ancient Lake, particularly near its mountainous northeastern shore.

Government

Each Melogi village is governed by a council of four individuals. They oversee local and foreign matters and debate on issues brought to them by the townspeople. Each council member is elected not based upon blood or class, but by their potential of running a society. This gives every Melogi in a village an equal opportunity to govern.

Class Structure

Each Melogi is classified by what base metal they were forged from and by what race he/she was forged into at birth. The number of classes is as varied as the number of races on Rivyn (human and elf, just to name a couple). Despite the variety, there is no discrimination between classes. There are families of mixed classes; for example, a bronze human-class Melogi and an iron dwarf-class Melogi can easily give birth to a silver elf-class Melogi.

Occupations

The Melogi take up jobs as easily as members of other races. Unsurprisingly, however, they tend to lean towards jobs that work with metals, such as blacksmiths, locksmiths, weaponsmiths, and jewelry makers. There is also the prestigious job of Caretaker, where they help give birth to new life by providing the metal that is to become the newborn child.

Religion

The Melogi follow no set religion, choosing instead to study and worship the religions of other races. They do, however, worship the Aether and the Cores, for that was what gave the Melogi lives of their own. There is no heavy ritualistic prayer to this; in fact, perhaps the only religious applications of the Ather and the Cores would be at birth, on birthdays, and in death. Other than that, religious prayer and reference is used sparingly in day-to-day life.

Language

The Melogi have no language to call their own. Therefore, they learn the languages of their neighbors and their respective classes, although they consider Common to be the universal language.

Names

The Melogi love to experiment with names. They oftentimes use names in accordance to what race-class they are, like a human name to a human-class Melogi. Sometimes they blend names from different races to create unique combinations.

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What Makes and Breaks...

Strengths

Hardness~The Aetheronium in the Melogi’s metallic compositions makes their metal “skin” as supple and flexible as human skin. However, when they feel physically threatened, the Melogi’s skin becomes as hard as iron, able to absorb most all kinds of blunt, physical trauma. This does not, however, protect them from magic.

Healthiness~Since they are basically made of metal, the Melogi are practically immune to any kind of diseases or illnesses that any organic race would otherwise contract (even supernatural ones like lycanthropy). However, they do occasionally go through their own complications and “diseases”.

Reforge~Should a Melogi lose a limb or suffer a magic effect that would otherwise endanger a body part, the part can be reforged. It doesn’t even matter if they lose their heads; as long as the Core remains intact and within the head, the Melogi can be reforged. However, reforging is an extremely painful and arduous process to undergo (yes, the Melogi feel pain as other races do), and depending on the extent of the reforging, recovery can last anywhere from one to twenty years at best.

Weaknesses

Metal Weaknesses~Depending on what their base metal is, a Melogi can suffer from any number of weaknesses. For instance, an iron-class Melogi is vulnerable to rust, and a gold-class Melogi cannot stand high temperatures. There are others that are vulnerable to electricity and magnetism, and all of them have a certain melting point.

Magically Inept~Despite the Melogi being practically made and run by magic, they are incapable of being born with it or being able to use it in some other way. This is probably due to the fact that the Core is so focused on giving the Melogi life that it cannot branch out and use magic in other ways.

Statue Sickness~This occurs when a Melogi is malnourished and doesn’t get enough carbon in his/her diets. When this happens, the body begins to stiffen up and go numb from the toes up to the head as a result of the Core being unable to sustain itself without carbon. In the later stages of this disease, the body begins to age rapidly over the course of two to three weeks. If carbon is not ingested in that time, the Core will be extinguished and the body will stiffen up completely.

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What Caused to Be...

The exact origin of the Melogi is a topic that is widely debated. There have been many theories about where the Melogi came from or what made them. Some say that the Melogi were a mistake made by the gods and left to fend for themselves. Others think that the Melogi are by-products of the volcano eruption that sank the fountain of legend. Many other explanations include the Melogi being remains of undead fused with metal, or made as mirror images by the gods to test the organic races, or even the Melogi coming from another plane of existence. The short bard’s tale that follows offers the most widely accepted explanation of how the Melogi came to be, but leaves the rest to the imagination:

“It is said that over the Ancient Lake, an immense storm cloud hung over the landscape. The flashes of lightning that struck the earth were very peculiar, however; instead of scorching the soil and killing life, it made life thrive. A young alchemist who was studying the origins of life and golem-making was thrilled by this discovery and decided to perform an experiment before the storm vanished, possibly forever. He figured that if this “Aether Cell” (as he called it) could make existing life flourish, and that if the Ancient Lake really was the source of all life, then maybe it could give the spark of life to inanimate statues as well.

He created a series of ten metal-sculpted bodies of varying metals, ages, races, body structures, and genders, then sailed them out to the center of the Ancient Lake. He then waited for the lightning to strike them. And strike them it did; the lightning hit one statue and jumped from there to the next statue and the next until all the statues had been hit. Each of the metal statue’s eyes flickered as silver as a shining blade as the lightning became fire, and the fire traveled into all ten statues, becoming a beacon that could blind even the gods.

As light peered through the clouds of the parting storm, the alchemist looked at the statues to see if the Aether Cell had done anything to them. But lo and behold, the statues were gone. To where, the alchemist couldn’t guess. But he knew that they had life, and so he left them to do as they pleased. And that is how the Melogi were born.”
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