Tartarus: Wrath of the Titans
Hundreds crowd into a bustling marketplace to spend their well-earned gold coins. Seven virgins light ceremonial fires to honor Aphrodite in her temple. A dozen naked men wrestle and compete with aspirations of victory in the coming Olympic games. A thousand soldiers march in formation against inconceivable odds, ready to die for the shield-brother beside them. There is no one way to capture the diversity or grandeur that is Greece, nor its many people.
Hailing from distant kingdoms far to the north and east, Carpathians are renowned for their horsemanship and lust for battle. They are solidly built and average over six feet tall, with fair to olive complexion and hair of any color. Carpathians adorn themselves with animal furs, horns and trinkets garnered from defeated enemies. While they are generally considered brutal barbarians to the Greeks, those who bother to know them find they are more often loyal and honorable nomads.
NO TWO STARS
It is said that “from a distance stars look as one, but no two are truly alike.” Such can be said of the Greeks. While their skin is most commonly a pale beige and hair a dark brown, they vary greatly. Pale skin and blonde hair are rare, and seen as a sign of beauty or even divinity. There is no standard for body type, as Greeks easily range from thin and frail to short and portly. The Spartans, with their strict military training, are the most uniform – standing just over 6’ and weighing between 170-220 lbs.
A NATION DIVIDED
Known as Hellas to its residents, Greece is far from being a united nation. Rather it is a collection of fiercely independent city-states and kingdoms. Each is ad iverse as the lands on which they were built. Athens forges the greatest thinkers, artists and politicians the world has yet seen. The mechanical precision of the Spartan army has made them nearly undefeated on the battlefield. The priests and priestesses of Delphi are eagerly sought after for healing and divination. It is this eclectic blend that makes the Greek people both versatile and unpredictable.
While women are essentially forbidden from military and political service, in all other aspects of Greek society they enjoy rather balanced treatment. They own businesses and homes, worship openly in temples and perform in theaters and venues across the nation. This gender tolerance proves to be appalling to many foreigners – especially the Persians.
Despite a reputation for being far-reaching explorers and conquerors, most Greeks are happy to remain at home. Only the threat (or promise) of war tends to stir them into action. Those who do travel beyond their rocky shores may do so for any reason, or in any capacity – from traders to diplomats to soldiers.
A FRIEND AT SPEAR’S LENGTH
Most Greeks are rather indifferent to other cultures, only suspicious of more obvious threats. They are, however, quick to judge and their wrath can be terrible.
- Africans. “The jungle runners? Please. Barbaric, the lot of them. Fools speak of allowing them into the Olympic Games. Could you imagine?”
- Carpathians. “Do not be fooled by their furs and simple weapons. The Riders of the North are vicious and cunning. Skilled, to be sure, but not to be trusted.”
- Egyptians. “For such an arid empire, their wealth is incredible. Gold there seems to be harvested like grain. Yet their splendor is built on the backs of slaves.”
- Persians. “Bloodthirsty urchins, they are. Their vast empire grows too fast, and they make too many enemies. Their days are numbered.”
- Phoenicians. “The Seafolk are incredible sailors, but not much else can be said for them. They have no nation. No cause. No spirit. Set adrift like so much seaweed.”
Greeks generally only have a single name, though they also identify their place of birth aslmost as a surname. Akakios of Sikyon would be an adequate example.
- Male Names: Aisopos, Akaios, Agathon, Alexandros, Akakios, Basileios, Demetrios, Drakon, Erasmos, Eukleides, Herakles, Herodes, Homer, Iason, Kyros, Leonidas, Neophytos, Nikodemos, Pantaleon, Pelagius, Phoibos, Sokrates, Sophocles, Theron, Xenon
- Female Names: Agathe, Elexandra, Ambrosia, Berenike, Chloe, Cleopatra, Doris, Eirene, Euphrasia, Galene, Helen, Hypatra, Isodora, Kallisto, Lysandra, Melitta, Myrrine, Nymphodora, Phoibe, Roxana, Sappho, Theodora, Zoe
- City Names: Abydos, Argos, Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Dicaea, Mykenae, Olympia, Sikyon, Sparta, Thasos, Thebes
Your Greek character as a diverse set of skills and abilities, reflecting your divided homeland.
Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence Score increases by 2.
Alignment. While alignments vary, most Greeks tend to be Lawful by nature. Whethere adhering to democratic process or raised under strict military rule, Greeks are known to follow ideals or orders to the death.
Size. Greeks vary wildly in height and build, from barely 5’ to well over 6’ tall.
Aura of Courage. Allies within 10’ of you receive an advantage on saves against fear effects.
Languages. You can speak , read and write Greek and one extra language of your choice. Greeks typically learn the languages of other people they deal with, or intend to deal with, on a regular basis.
Subculture. While there are over two hundred city-states in mainland Greece alone, the two primary archetypes can be categorized as Athenian and Spartan. Choose one of these subcultures.
As an Athenian, you take pride in an educated mind and liberated soul. You are a free-thinker, a scholar and an artist. While you are no stranger to war or conflict, you believe a peaceful resolution can always be obtained.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2.
Trade Proficiency. You are proficient in the use of any one artisan tool and one musical instrument.
As a Spartan, you were raised from birth to be the epitome of physical perfection While adds are you are being bred as a soldier, you could also be a hardier stock of Greek from a rough background. In any case, strength and skill of arms are your prized assets.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2.
Phalanx. You can use your reaction to impose disadvantage on an enemy making a melee attack on an adjacent ally, once per round.