Tartarus: Wrath of the Titans
A beating of drums echoes through the jungle. A lone hunter crouches in the savannah as he stalks a feeding lion. A priestess wades into crocodile-infested waters to say a prayer to the rising sun. This is Africa, land of the most ancient of people.
EBONY AND IVORY
Africans are renowned hunters and and fearless warriors who hold community above all else. They are often tall and lean, standing over six feet tall and averaging between 150 and 190 lbs. Their skin ranges from mild brown to pitch black, and they often adorn themselves with bright body paint or jewelry. Almost never to be found with armor, their relative nakedness has made them both feared and mocked by outsiders.
ONE HEART, ONE FAMILY
Africans have long been dismissed as primitive savages, though this is only partially true. Technologically, Africans are among the least advanced of the Mediterranean peoples. Their simple weapons and lack of armor do have a military disadvantage against their Bronze Age enemies. However, their extreme bravery and unrivaled knowledge of terrain make them a force to be reckoned with.
Because Africans hail from small villages and settlements, community and family take priority in their lives. Battles are often wages and beasts slain purely for the glory of their clans. While the genders often have strict roles in society, African women enjoy nearly the same treatment and respect as men.
AROUND THE HORN
Though Africans do not often travel long distances from home, those that do are extremely proud and vocal of their origins. They often entreat anyone who would listen with stories and songs form their homeland. African adventurers are most often hired as scouts, tradesmen or personal guards. Others are unfortunately abducted as slaves and later escape or earn their freedom. Once dedicated to a cause, even the communal Africans tend to remain abroad until their personal quest is completed.
STRANGERS IN STRANGE LANDS
Africans get along passably with most other cultures. Because they have little contact with outsiders, they haven’t yet developed nor earned any particular animosities.
- Carpathians. “The men of the mountains are much like us. They respect the land and animals on it, but their anger often blinds them. If only they would feed their families instead of burning the homes of others, they would be be a noble people.”
- Egyptians. “The people of the Great River are mighty and wise, but prideful. They focus so much on wealth that they waste their lives preparing for riches in death.”
- Greeks. “Their armor is strong. Their weapons are sharp. Their leaders are respected. If only they would stop fighting with themselves, they could have a great nation.”
- Persians. “War and gold. That is all they care for. Some are violent as demons. Others would not strike to save their own lives. They make no sense as a people.”
- Phoenicians. “Many tales can be shared with the sea people. They enjoy life and their art is beautiful. There is none better to have as an ally.”
Africans generally only have a single name, with no clan or family surname. As most do not travel far from their small communities, this is rarely an issue. The names often stay in a particular family lineage, naming children after their parents of grandparents.
- Male Names: Amare, Babajide, Bongani, Dakarai, Faraji, Imamu, Khari, Kojo, Mosi, Nuru, Obasi, Rufaro, Simba, Talib, Tuma, Wekesa, Zaire
- Female Names: Akua, Ashanti, Chikelu, Ebele, Ife, Imani, Kenya, Lerato, Mbali, Nala, Nkiru, Oni, Ororo, Sade, Sanaa, Yejide, Zalika, Zula
Your African character has an array of abilities, owing to centuries of refined tradition and innate athleticism.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution Score increases by 2.
Alignment. Most Africans favor a neutral alignment. Though they understand the importance of tradition and values, they are not very familiar with the constraints of governmental laws or regulations.
Size. Africans stand between 5’10" and 6’6" on average and weigh in at about 170 lbs.
Athletic. You are considered proficient in Athletics, and you have an advantage on Athletics checks.
Languages. You can speak and understand Nok or Nubian, depending on subculture. Nok is an unwritten language, though Nubian is also written. Both are full of hard consonants and clicking sounds, which often spill out into other languages an African might speak.
Subculture. Two main subcultures populate the campaign, more of a general distinction than a specific tribe or clan: Nok and Nubian. Choose one of these subcultures.
As a Nok tribesman, you hail from the jungles of Central Africa. You are likely a bit darker than your Nubian counterparts, and have learned to keep a watchful eye out for the many dangerous creatures of your homeland.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Jungle Hunter. You have an advantage on Stealth skill checks when in a jungle or similarly dense-forested terrain.
As a Nubian, you’ve grown accustomed to dealing with outsiders in the shadow of Egypt. By developing a trade, you have found a small place in world economy.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
Tool Proficiency. You gain proficiency with the artisan’s tool of your choice: mason’s tools, potter’s tools or woodcarver’s tools.