Keepers of the New Age
The Nori are quick, intelligent humanoids who hail from the misty coastal jungles of southern Uthrei. They are generally calm and calculating by nature, a trait most Imperials mistake for timidness.
For generations the Imperium has taken advantage of their keen intellect, subdued demeanor, and talent for vocal mimicry, employing nori as servants and translators throughout all provinces and all ships of the navy. Even still, most nori are third-class citizens (if that), most likely because of their somewhat unsettling appearance. A most unsavory term for the nori, used by any class of Imperial human, is “fish-head.”
Physical Description: Nori are small in stature, only slightly taller than an average halfling. They are covered in a fine layer of slick brown fur, and their hair, which tends to bunch into dreadlocks, is either jet black or a shade of deep brown or auburn. Their foreheads are large and sloping, which causes most to have high hairlines. Their eyes are huge and round, their color ranging from black, brown, or golden yellow, with minimal whites showing.
Society: Traditional nori society is matriarchal, and revolves around loyalty to clan and tribe. The Little Mothers lead their clans – usually only one or two villages – in everyday life. Clans connected by treaty or blood form a proper tribe, and these are led by the Chieftains – female nori who have forsaken their clans so that they may rule with a neutral hand. These tribes are slow to war with one another, as they evolved in a realm of monstrous predators and hostile humans. Instead, they will ally with one another at the drop of a hat, resolving their disputes with ritualistic mind games known as “Soultwines.”
Those nori who live in Imperial cities are segregated by prejudice as much as necessity, making their homes in aptly named Drainage Districts, putrid slums complete with large swathes of still water (usually created by damming up the city’s runoff). The nori bathe in this water daily to renew the moisture of their hides, purifying the water with their own ancestral magic.
Relations: Nori are generally quite happy to go unnoticed by other races, particularly the larger ones. While they tend to have an inborn apprehension for humans and elves, they get along quite well with halflings and gnomes, most likely because they share the same general size and views of the physical world.
Alignment and Religion: Most nori are good at heart, though their society breeds a strong respect for neutrality in all matters. While tribal nori worship primitive forms of Gozreh, nori of the Imperium are more likely to either conform to worship of Abadar, or cling to worship of Desna and her tenants of freedom and travel to distant and perhaps far greener places.
Adventurers: Norish adventurers are often individuals who long to escape the persecution leveled upon them by the Imperium, striking out on their own to experience the world and its freedoms for themselves.
ABILITY SCORE MODIFIERS: +2 DEX / +2 INT / -2 STR
LANGUAGES: Common, Noriin
- Small – Nori are Small creatures and gain a +1 size bonus to their AC, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, a –1 penalty to their Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defense, and a +4 size bonus on Stealth checks.
- Linguist – Nori start with Common and Noriin. Furthermore, Nori with high Intelligence scores can learn any languages they want (except Druidic and other secret languages).
- Gifted Linguist – Nori gain a +4 racial bonus on Linguistics checks, and they learn one additional language every time they put a rank in the Linguistic skill.
- Fleet-Footed – Nori receive Run as a bonus feat and a +2 racial bonus on initiative checks.
- Swim – Nori have a swim speed of 30ft and gain a +8 racial bonus on Swim checks.
- Mist Child – Whenever a Nori has concealment or or total concealment, the miss chance against her increases by 5%.