Tartarus: Wrath of the Titans
The salty sea breeze causes the white sail of a fishing trawler to billow and flap. Gulls caw overhead as a team of men sing in unison, drawing ropes tight on deck. They pull up to a dock, where veiled women laugh and throw flowers at their returning husbands and lovers. The captain smiles at the haul, a good week’s worth of silver to be sure. It is another fine day for the Phoenicians.
As an eclectic blend of ethnicities from around the Mediterranean Sea, Phoenicians have no uniform appearance. Their skin ranges from alabaster white to obsidian black, with hair various shades of brown or black. Predominantly laborers and sailors, Phoenicians tend to be of thin or muscular build – though merchants are generally an exception. Phoenicians like to decorate themselves with trinkets and clothing collected on their travels. The brighter and bolder the color and jewelry, the better. Phoenicians relish the attention.
NO HOME BUT HERE
Phoenicians have no home nation. Rather their region consists of multiple cities that line the sea. Each of these cities tents to be a bustling trade center, with the Phoenicians more often dealing amongst themselves than with outsiders. This system of trade and consolidation fosters a sense of pride and community amongst the sea people. The wealthiest among them are the entrepreneurs who remain in these cities to monopolize on local trade.
Among all regional cultures, the Phoenicians would seem the most gender-balanced. With few exceptions women can be found in all aspects of society, from labor to business. Integrated ship crews are fairly common. Because the Phoenicians lack a formal army, women are just as competent with weapons and tactics as their male counterparts.
CALL OF THE SEA
Phoenicians have an inherent wanderlust that leads them to travel across the sea region. Most have little cause to do so other than a thirst for exploration and adventure. Phoenician adventurers are often laborers, sailors, traders or even thieves.
PARTNERS & ALLIES
Just as readily as they mix with each other, Phoenicians mingle with members of other cultures. They get along with almost everyone, thought they might not be close to many.
- Africans. “Once you get past the language barrier, Africans are incredible people. Their drums move your feet to dance and their songs move the spirit. They’re like leopards in human firm.”
- Carpathians. “Carpathians need to relax. So serious all the time. Their faces look like angry statues. Get them a strong drink and rousing tune and they may enjoy themselves for once. Just don’t make eye contact with them.”
- Greeks. “Meeting a Hellen is like drawing in a full fishing net. You don’t know what you’ll get, but you know it will be good. They love to talk, usually about themselves. As long as they’re buying something, I don’t mind listening.”
- Egyptians. “Our finest customers. The only think Egyptians like more than wearing gold is spending it, and we’re happy to oblige. As long as we stay out of their way, they never give us problems.”
- Persians. “I find it humorous that Persians call us shady and suspicious. Even our backstabbers have morals. Assyrians? I’m not so sure. Semites are at least hospitable, even if they do have a problem accepting the views of strangers.”
Phoenicians typically have a single name, which tends to be passed down family trees and repeat through the generations.
- Male Names: Abdosir, Aderbaal, Akhbar, Bodeshmun, Danel, Eshmunazar, Hanno, Hiram, Juba, Khilletzbaal, Melqart, Philosir, Sakarbaal, Tabnit, Yutpan
- Female Names: Ahira, Arishat, Baalshille, Eshmuna, Hasdru, Ira, Kanmi, Maharbelle, Massinissa, Rid-Adddi, Sarashille, Toru, Zimorida
Phoenicians have a loose assortment of skills, harkening back to their eclectic culture.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma Score increases by 2.
Alignment. Phoenicians are most often Neutral, though Chaotic is also common. Most Phoenicians are too preoccupied with their own agendas to concern themselves with others.
Size. Phoenicians range from around 5’3" – 5’10" tall and weigh from 150-200 lbs.
Tool Proficiency. You gain proficiency in any two tools or kits of your choice.
Languages. You can speak , read and write Greek and Phoenician.
Subculture. Phoenicians most commonly fall into one of two subculture types: Cretean and Minoan. Choose one of these subcultures.
As a Cretean, most of your cities can be found on the island of Crete and further from Greece. You are more independent and stern than your Minoan counterparts., and focus on your skill of hands.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.
Trade Focus. You have an advantage on skill and ability checks to use one of the artisan tools in which you are proficient, of your choosing.
Weapon Proficiency. You are proficient with the hand axe, net and trident.
As a Minoan, most of your cities are scattered around the Mediterranean. You are fun-loving and artistic, more likely to travel and meet strangers than your Cretean counterparts.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Cautionary Tale. Once per day you can ruse an action to allow an ally under a mind effect to roll again to resist it, granting them an advantage to do so. Your ally must be able to hear and understand you.
Instrument Proficiency. You gain proficiency in two instruments of your choice.