Peoples of Tòlanar #2: Amòwamik (High Elves)



The Amòwamik are perhaps the most reclusive of the peoples of Tòlanar. They have, to a large extent, withdrawn from the world and take little interest in the goings on in the wider world. While the Amòwamik view themselves as the protectors of good in the world, they will stir from their island home to protect the “lesser” races only when they are faced with great evil.

Amòwamik are often supercilious and condescending, full of their own importance. They think nothing of speaking their minds, provided that this remains within the bounds of their own ideas of decorum. They are often haughty, disdaining contact with other races.

Male Amòwamik of noble birth
Male Amòwamik of noble birth

Amòwamik typically have silver hair and amber eyes, or more rarely pale golden hair and violet eyes and they garb themselves in silken robes and tunics of gold, silver, white, or yellow. Over these, they wear cloaks of dark blue or purple. Their striking dress and their elegant bearing and pure beauty make them almost appear as supernatural creatures.

When arming themselves for battle, they don shimmering suits of plate or chain mail, protecting the head with winged helmets. Their weapons, created by master craftsmen, shine brightly under any light. Mounted warriors have been known to ride griffons or hippogriffs into battle, swooping down upon their enemies with dreadful perfection.

While not exactly bigoted toward other races, the Amòwamik do believe in the purity of the elven line, and their specific branch in particular. They are the least tolerant of other races, and they take pains to ensure that they remain secluded from all others. Only the mightiest mages of other races are allowed within their shining citadels, and these are greeted with suspicion. The Amòwamik are not rabid in their dislike of the other races, but they do fear the corruption that the other races can bring to them, even other elven races as they consider themselves to be the purest form of all elves and that others are somehow corrupted lesser versions.

Amòwamik Lands
Amòwamik Lands

Of all peoples, Amòwamik rely the most on their intelligence, they trust less in physical prowess than they do the mind. Their line breeds more mages and mage combinations than any other, and scholars are highly esteemed in their society. Their mages are without peer in the world. Even mages of greater power from other races speak of the knowledge of the Amòwamik with no small measure of fascination.

The Amòwamik are fiercely dedicated to the idea of perfection, and that combined with the fact that their crafters have had centuries to perfect their art makes their products finer than any others in the world. Only some dwarves can rival the expertise shown by Amòwamik —but even then they cannot rival the sheer beauty exhibited in Amòwamik manufacture. It is a guaranty that almost any Amòwamik work can hold the strongest magicks and enchantments. The very qualities of the manufacture work subtle charms into the item, making it more receptive to whatever potent magic a mage might use to enhance it.

They are particularly devoted to the creation of tomes and scrolls and often have extensive libraries. Nearly all Amòwamik will have some sort of library, often rivaling those of any major city or wizard. Since they value the constant expansion of their stores of books, many spend their lives in research (either magical or scientific), writing learned treatises.

Amòwamik tend to live in individual homesteads and villages based on an extended family and eschew urban environments, and their larger settlements resemble a collection of villages and manors rather than an actual town or city. Their land is a loose confederation of four kingdoms headed by hereditary kings (Ma in their language), each of which is made up of two to four provinces ruled over by a hereditary under king (Ròàama). The King that has been the longest on the throne serves as the head of the confederation with the title of Over-King (Mawama). The Mawama is mostly a ceremonial position and he has little or no authority over the other three kings except when the Amòwamik are faced with a foreign or collective threat.

Amòwamik character have the following game-specific (3.5) characteristics.

  • Stat Adjustments: +2 Dexterity, –2 Constitution.
  • Size: Medium (As Medium creatures, Amòwamik have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size).
  • Movement: Amòwamik base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Magic Resistance: Immunity to magic sleep effects, and a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells or effects.
  • Low-Light Vision: An Amòwamik can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
  • Weapon Proficiencies: Amòwamik receive the Martial Weapon Proficiency feats for the long sword, rapier, longbow (including composite longbow), and short bow (including composite short bow) as bonus feats.
  • Perception: Amòwamik get a +2 racial bonus on Listen, Search, and Spot checks. An Amòwamik who merely passes within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door is entitled to a Search check to notice it as if she were actively looking for it.
  • Favoured Class: Wizard.
  • Level Adjustment: +0.
  • Taken directly from the Elf in the SRD with additional ideas from the Grey Elf entry in the Complete Book of Elves (PHBD8).

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