Other Races of Ptolus
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Aasimars

These holy-blooded planetouched are rare but more common in Ptolus than elsewhere, mainly because of the presence of the angelic Malkuth. Aasimars, when recognized as such, are viewed with awe and respect. Most aasimars aid this reaction by furthering their kind’s reputation for benevolence and heroism. Virtually all aasimars are good-aligned. They typically live among the Malkuth in the Pale Tower, although some keep to themselves and develop independent lives among humans or elves.

Dark Elves

In ages long past, it is said, an evil goddess—one of the Vested of the Galchutt named Gorgoth-Lol—corrupted a tribe of Shoal elves, taking them deep underground to revel in their wickedness and rage against the sun and moons. The dark elves, as they soon became known, became the bane of all elvenkind, much to the shame of the Shoal. They speak of them only in tones of utter disgrace.

Dark elves are born with an inherent corruption. Although it’s certainly possible for them to overcome their evil natures, they almost never do. Dark elves hate the sun and all bright light. Wide open spaces make them uneasy, but they feel at home in the subterranean passages deep below the surface. These elves are sinister and crafty. They value deception and guile and scoff at honesty. They
love poison and see betrayal as a fact of life. Dark elves typically dress scantily. They lack the sense of decorum and modesty that their surfacedwelling brethren have, and would favor provocation over practicality in any case.

Dark elves who dwell in a large community in the caverns hate and fear the zaug perhaps more than any other creature. This sentiment has led them to ally with other subterranean peoples at times. They hate dwarves almost as much as they hate surface elves. In the Warrens, the dark elf Madame Kaethea runs a sanctuary for her kind.

Minotaurs

More than simple monsters, some minotaurs—usually outcasts from their own kind—are quite intelligent and sophisticated. These individuals choose to live among other intelligent and civilized creatures in such places as Ptolus. Even in the city, though, they are barely tolerated. Many look upon them with disdain and distrust. City-dwelling minotaurs wear clothing like humans and take on other human affectations. They retain their carnivorous appetites but do not eat their meat raw. Most civilized minotaurs are neutral or evil. Almost all are chaotic.

Orcs

Orc myth contends that these creatures were originally birthed by an evil demon god, although some ancient texts claim they were
actually created by an evil wizard. It is impossible to dispute, however, that the orcs who dwell in the area around Ptolus were modified
and bred by the evil lord Ghul. The Toruk-Rul orcs are large, bestial, and ferocious. Their name means “closing fist,” and they typify everything that people think of when they say “orc.” The Sorn-Ulth (“bleeding breath”) orcs are dark skinned and smaller than the Toruk-Rul orcs, bred for evil magic and stealth. Both of these greater orc tribes live along the coast of the Whitewind Sea. The orcs who call themselves Ornu-Nom (“howling axe”) never suffered Ghul’s manipulations. They dwell in the wilderness throughout Palastan and Rhoth. The Ornu-Nom have a sense of savage nobility to them, but they remain the deadly enemies of humans and most other races.

Tieflings

Just as aasimars are found in Ptolus because of the Malkuth, tieflings live here primarily because of the Fallen. Many live and work among the demonic Fallen and the undead-loving Forsaken, while others abandoned these obvious ties to make lives for themselves. Individuals work as mercenaries, assassins (such as among the Vai), or clerics of evil gods. Most tieflings retain their ancestors’ evil outlook, and a great many are also chaotic. Urasta, leader of the Forsaken, and Odsen Rom, warden of the Prison, are both tieflings. The members of the noble Vladaam family also are all tieflings.

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