Keshar

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Keshar

A people bound by their honour and tradition, the Keshar are a noble and wise people. With a feudal political structure, the Keshar have prospered through the ages, their traditions and beliefs dating back to their origins. Believed to have originally descended from mountain cats, their ritualistic and tradition bound ways have propelled them from a tribalistic people to a strong, intelligent and refined society. They can speak and write in Common, but their native language is Ta’agra, a language that utilizes not only spoken words, but more heavily on body language and pheromones.

Physicality

Keshar are known to be strong warriors and dexterous rangers and rogues, with a select few Keshar taking to the arts of magic and divine. Keshar are typically lean, strong, smart, and wise, however the two most common characteristics of a Keshar is Enhanced Strength or Speed. With their powerful legs, they are able to leap to many times their height and still keep their footing; they are graceful in all that they do. Standing between 5 and 6 feet tall, the physical appearance of Keshar varies. The coloration of Keshar generally ranges between different shades of white and black owing to their mountain tiger ancestors. In tribute to their tribal past, the fur and manes of the Keshar are worn with sections of the hair combed back, braided, and adorned with decorative beads, ribbons, bands, and feathers; their positions in society are reflected in how elaborately styled their manes are, and int eh quality of decorations they wear. Keshar take personal appearance very seriously and spend long periods of time grooming their hair and tails. To appear dishevelled in public is highly dishonorable.

Culture

The Keshar are a noble and wise people, their cities made up of a number of clans joined together under the leadership of the strongest and most powerful clan; the head of this clan serves as Lord. Peasants and other clans swear fealty to the head clan of their home, and diplomacy between Lords is very regimented and steeped in tradition and etiquette.

High ranking Keshar warriors are known as Narasha. Few warriors are more dedicated to honour and the code of the warrior than the Narasha. Trained from an early age in the art of war and sworn to the service of the lord, the Narasha hold a position of power and respect in many lands, often serving as the voice and justice of the local Lord. The Narasha take on their training with zeal, learning the way of the blade (typically a katana), the bow, and the horse. The Narasha are often the most trusted soldiers in his lord’s employ. In them, the common folk see honour and sacrifice. They are honourable warriors, dedicated to the realm and the leaders that guide it.

Keshar are also highly superstitious and pray to their ancestors for strength and guidance; they work to hounour their ancestors and insure the legacy of their clan. Originally based on their love and respect for their dead it has since become a main part of their codes for honour and duty. Their cities and towns themselves are built under mountains and within boreal forests. Their thick fur makes the cool airs of their homelands infinitely more bearable.

Artisans

Keshar are skilled farmers, able to draw life up from the frozen soils of the forest and grow enough crops for consumption and trade. The Keshar are also highly skilled craftsmen, masters of a range of trades from smithing to silk weaving. All forms of Keshar craft is considered art, and great care is taken to insure that anything created is as finely crafted as it is beautiful.

Keshar Names

Names of Keshar Children are granted by the child’s parents, higher ranking families sometimes use traditional names from within the clan, while smaller and less distinguished families will use more common names. All Keshar have a clan name after their first. These clan names usually pertain to their clan’s profession. For example: Ironfur’s are warriors, Strongarm’s are builders, Godseye are clerics, Greenwisker are farmers, Frostfur are Hunters, etc.

Male Names: Abhini, Jajirr, Sidozo, Hassun, Jikar, Zanir, Mogh, Daro, Bhitesh, Raksa, Kahra, Jolani, Naji, Risaji, Rajiv, Jozah

Female Names: Tsavni, Riri, Arabvi, Sriba, Khaya,Yushra, Inoheh, Ahjinna, Ekamla, Shama, Naashi, Udara, Nanabi, Shiva, Sirra

Clan Names: Swiftclaw, Greenfur, Blacktail, Strongarm, Fire-Eye, Snowcoat, Dustclaw, Frostfur, Ironclaw, Silkfur, Steelfang, Godseye, Lightmane, etc.

Keshar Traits

Your Keshar character has a number of traits in common with all other Keshar, and your Gift determines your subrace.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom Score increases by 1.
Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. Thanks to your feline heritage, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Claws. You have a set of retractable claws that are weapons with which you are proficient. They deal 1d6 slashing damage, and have the finesse and light properties.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common and Ta’agra
Gifted. Your Gift grants you the following racial benefits. (Pick One)

Gift of Strength

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength Score increases by 2.
Dense Muscles. You have proficiency in the Athletics skill.
Nine Lives. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a long rest.

Gift of Agility

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity Score increases by 2.
Flexibility. You have proficiency in the Acrobatics skill.
Feline Grace. You have advantage on saving throws to avoid falling prone, and you can move through the space of any creature that is of a size larger than yours.

Keshar

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