Descendents of the seafaring Varansul, the Varanthari are master riders and infamous raiders. Their traditions of the horse and rider has influenced their culture, with horse lords leading raiders to plunder caravans and villages of the other races. In recent years, the Varanthari have settled down somewhat, but the vast majority still roam for years at a time. Deeply spiritual, many Varanthari claim to receive whispers from the spirits of Telon which are widely considered superstition by other races. Despite this, Varanthari have an unshakable confidence and trust in their own race, to the point of arrogance to other races. A Varanthari is difficult to confuse or awe, and they always seem to have a response for anything Telon may throw at them. Because of this, they live in Lomshir, and ignore the visiting races from other worlds and planes that pass through, such as the Kurashasa.
Starting City: Lomshir
- +10 Problem Solving
- +5 Quarrying
Varanthari History & Lore
Greetings, rider. Our families have ridden these plains for generations, making them our home and a place that is uniquely varanthari. In this time, we have learned to trust the spirit realms and to tolerate the strangers who appear out of thin air in our lands. The lands of Lomshir are the crossroads of the world. Of late, many of these other-worldly visitors have come to make Telon their home. Among them, the kurashasa have seen fit to cross the outer planes and call Lomshir their newly adopted home. Remember always that these visitors, like the beasts of the wild, are beneath your notice. From the time we found ourselves marooned on Qalia, in the days of the first rider Ulric, we have adapted and come to accept whatever the gods send our way. In adapating, we have dominion over all we see. The varanthari are the vanguard of all the races. You rider, rise above all who would bar your course. The plains are your domain, and there are few in Qalia that would dare to cross them because of it. But that doesn't stop everyone. Desperation brews a certain kind of courage in those thieves and outcasts of the Qaliathari who try their luck with us. Horse thieves earn a special form of justice among your people. Additionally, there are other-worldly rift walkers wandering the coast that seem to be seeking more than refuge and their presence must be investigated. The seeping corruption filtering through the plains is cause for alarm and threatens the heart of the village, some believe there is a connection. But against these threats our great strength is defense enough, for the varanthari are the first to see, first to conquer, and first to find our fortunes. You, the rider, surpass all who would bar your course. Wander. Be free, and let no man seek to chain you.
The Varanthari are horse people, and view the horse as Alurad's finest creation. All Varanthari learn to ride, and all warriors learn to fight from horseback. There are four major Varanthari tribes mentioned, and all players belong to just one, which is the most settled of the four. Another tribe of note are the Mordebi Varanthari, who are infamous bandits and raiders of the Qaliathari and Mordebi settlements, though this could be said to some extent of these three other tribes.