The Vilzari
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The Vilzari; also called "Dunlanders" or "Southrons," are a human ethnic group originating from Corwyn’s greatest desert: the Sea of Sand.


Long ago, these strong and often violent people founded the great kingdom of Vilzar. Their alignment is predominantly chaotic, and their civilizations and populations are located throughout the vast desert regions, and the arid grasslands below it.

APPEARANCE


Both vilzari males and females are tall and muscular, with long braided black hair, brown or black eyes, and either dark brown or black skin. Ancient Vilzari peoples were known as the Shorafi.

RELATIONS WITH OTHER RACES


The Thannish people, the historic enemies of the Vilzari, have long derogatorily referred to the Vilzari as ‘Dunlanders.’ In response, the Vilzari have long referred to their sworn northern enemies as the "Muk'tar," meaning 'mud-people.' This long history of bloodshed has led to Vilzari being both feared and hated by almost all other races on Corwyn.

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OUTLOOK


The Vilzari people love to tattoo their bodies heavily and wear as much gold and jewelry as possible, as a status symbol. Both Vilzari men and women love gold and jewelry, and adorn their bodies richly with bright colors and much ornamentation. Vilzari society is harsh, with complete male dominance over females, and strange marriage customs where men have many wives and children are raised communally.

In addition, slavery is quite prevalent in Vilzari society and widely accepted. It is common for poor families to sell one of their children into servitude to help the others survive. What binds all Vilzari men and women together are their fierce religious beliefs. Priests are revered by all Vilzari and run every aspect of their society.

Every Vilzari village has a temple to their greatest deity; Velok. Most Vilzari Gods require many human sacrifices, so the Vilzari have historically been aggressive to their neighbors for an ample supply of slaves, sacrificial victims, and material resources.

LANGUAGES


The Vilzari people speak their own language, which is also called "Vilzari." This harsh guttural tongue is commonly used throughout the Sea of Sand, the Erehui Valley, and the realm of Vilzar, and has many distinct dialects.

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The Vilzari tongue is understood by many in the realm of Eldara and the seaports of Rennsfar, as those cultures have the most contact with the desert dwellers. Among the Vilzari folk, there are many distinct dialects.

NAMES


Common male Vilzari names include: Alzakar, Bagyar, D’Ruun, Jomo, Kwame, K’Foth, K’Thar, N'Kechi, N'Kiru, Ola'Yemi, Ramses, T’Kar, Tatien, V'Nor, Z’Kar, and Z’Von.

Common female Vilzari names include: Aseka, Ashanti, Folami, Khari, Kiri, Mynar, Nubia, Nyala, Sha'Hana, and Zofia

Role-Playing Guidelines


Heart of the Sun: Humans born in tropical climates treat hot climates as one category less severe. They also gain a +2 racial bonus on Fortitude saving throws against the effects of a hot climate, as well as against the poison and distraction ability of swarms and vermin.

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