Ascendants: The Second Rebellion
Mountain elves are not actually elves at all, but commonfolk have always called them such so the name has stuck. Among races that know more about them they are known as mountainfolk, and amongst themselves they are called draven (singular and plural) in their own language.
The mountainfolk originally dwelled in the mountains, which they carved out into massive intricate architectural city-states.
Mountainfolk, to the knowledge of all other races, are known to have gone extinct during the Emergence. Because of this, any item created with mithril is considered highly valuable, as it is extremely rare to find or come across.
Mountainfolk were responsible for smithing mithril. No other race, including elves and fey who are known to create some of the most sought-after materials in the world, have been able to duplicate the processes necessary to forge the unique metal.
Draven are slender, tall folk slightly taller than humans on average. They have the same range of complexions as humans, tending more toward tan or brown hues. A typical draven’s hair color ranges from mostly light to dark brown, although some have extremes of either hue, such as light or dirty blonde and dark black. Draven ears are longer than elves and pointed, while a draven’s eyes are typically comparable to human’s. Draven favor tight braids and small trinkets decorating their hair. Draven do not grow facial hair.
Draven mature at about the same rate as humans, but they show few effects of age past adulthood. The first sign of a draven’s advancing age is typically a change in hair color—sometimes graying but usually darkening or taking on lighter hues. Most draven live a few hundred years and some even make it past five centuries, and only show signs of age within their last few decades of life.
Tall and gruff, master artisans, lords of the mountain peaks
Average Height: 5’ 7" – 6’4"
Average Weight: 150 – 210
Ability scores: +2 Constitution, +2 Strength or +2 Wisdom
Speed: 7 squares.
Languages: Common, Dravenese
Skill Bonuses: +2 Dungeoneering, +2 Endurance.
Draven Resilience: You have the draven resilience power.
Draven Weapon Proficiency: You gain proficiency with all axes (simple, military, and superior).
Fey Origin: Your ancestors were native to the Feywild, so you are considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.
Group Awareness: You grant non-elf allies within 5 squares of you a +1 racial bonus to Perception checks.
Wild Step: You ignore difficult terrain when you shift.
Draven Resilience : Draven Racial Power
Minor Action : Personal
Effect: You use your second wind without expending a standard action.
PLAYING A DRAVEN
Draven claim that they were borne in the event of the primordials clashing with the gods, when the feywild and prime material planes were still rife with chaos, and were incarnated by powerful magics that combined components from both realms. They value their ancestral traditions, which they preserve as fiercely as they defend the carved structures of their mountain homes.
Draven believe in the importance of clan ties and ancestry. They deeply respect their elders, and they honor long-dead clan founders and ancestral heroes. They place great value on wisdom and the experience of years, and most are polite to elders of any race.
Unlike other races, draven tend to worship primordials. They consider primordials to be their true creators, and as such pay homage to their spirits. Because of the mass extinction of the draven however, it is unknown whether the primordials would answer the prayers of other races, as neither the draven nor the primordials have been seen or heard of for hundreds of years.
Draven never forget their enemies—either individuals who have wronged them or entire tribes of monsters that have done ill to their kind. Draven harbor a fierce hatred for the orcs that inhabit the same mountainous areas that draven clans favor, and that wreak periodic devastation on draven communities.
To a draven, it is a gift and a mark of deep respect to stand beside an ally in battle, and a sign of deepest loyalty to shield that ally from enemy attack. Draven legends honor many heroes who gave their lives to save their clans or their friends.
Dwarf Characteristics: Acquisitive, brave, hard-working, loyal, organized, stern, stubborn, tenacious, vengeful
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