This is a race designed for my D&D Campaign, set in the world of Findaelin. In this world, there are a people known as the Kaeltori, who are largely based off of Celtic people of the old days. Some of the history is specific to the campaign world, but it could be easily be adapted to serve a regular D&D campaign. In my campaign, the Kaeltori are the descendants of a fallen psionic empire similar to Atlantis that rose to power long before the Nerathi Empire came into being, and whose blood-lines give them empathic abilities. However, this is easily adapted to suit anything you wish. I also wanted to bring back a race similar to the Aasimar in that it had a +2 to Cha and +2 wisdom.
An indomitable people of both mind and mount, whose abilities both inspire their allies and terrify their enemies.
+2 WIS, +2 CHA
6 Square Speed
+2 Endurance, +2 Intimidate
Languages: Common, choice of one other
Empathic Demoralize: You do not take the -5 penalty to Intimidate checks for being unable to speak a language that your target understands.
Kaeltori Fortitude: You have a +1 racial bonus to Fortitude Defense.
Empathic Inspiration: Non-Kaeltori allies within 5 squares of you gain a +1 bonus on saving throws.
Beast-Bonding: You gain Mounted Combat as a bonus feat.
Encounter * Fear
Minor Action * Close burst 3
Target: Each enemy in burst
Attack: Cha, Wis, or Int +3 vs Will (+6 at paragon, +9 at epic.)
Hit: The target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls until the end of your next turn.
As wild and stubborn as the horses and animals that roam the highlands and mountains, so are the Kaeltori. Even as the Nerathi Legions invaded the mountains of their homelands, their people fought with such determination and ferocity that even the best legionnaires were shaken in the wake of a Kaeltori attack. Once united under the immortal king Kasaldar, the people thrived despite their harsh homeland. Now with their king finally dead, their future is uncertain, and the Kaeltori must now take the reins of not just their mounts, but their destinies as well.
Play as a Kaeltori if you want to…
- Be a fierce and stubborn survivor who uses empathic abilities
- Inspire your allies and demoralize your foes
- Be Celtic-like in your background
- To play a Leadership role
- To utilize mounts and beast companions like no other race
- To be a member of the race that specializes in the warlord, paladin, battlemind, cleric, battlemind, psion and ardent classes.
Kaeltori resemble humans for the most part, although their complexions are typically limited to more pale tones, and hair colors typically range from dark brown to light blonde and red. They typically are 5 and a half feet to 6 feet high, with a stocky build. Kaeltori typically wear clothing made of tartan material, including kilts and robes. They also wear furs, skins and ornate jewelry depending upon their position in society, with the torque being the most important piece of jewelry out of them all. Sometimes, a Kaeltori child is born with slightly bluish birth-marks across their skins. Many outsiders are perplexed by this, as are the Kaeltori, who call such a birth mark a blessing from the ancestors. When going into battle, Kaeltori will paint themselves in special blue and green dies, which are said to imbue the warrior with supernatural abilities to frighten their enemies. While the idea of being covered by paints is scoffed at by many lowland soldiers, those who have fought the Kaeltori know that it serves more than just a symbolic purpose…
Playing a Kaeltori:
The Kaeltori tribes once ruled over a large vast section of land that covered the continent. They were amongst the first few humans to truly utilize iron and beat long tapered swords and heavy mails out of them. In fact, the invention of the Longsword is attributed to their people. But with the rise of the Nerathi empire, much of the Kaeltic lands were conquered in its vast expansion, forcing and isolating the remaining tribes in the northern Kaeldoni mountains. Then, just as the Nerathi empire set its sights on the remaining tribes, a mysterious figure known as Kasaldar emerged from the darkness. Little is known of him, other than he was a great hero, and possibly immortal at that. How he became such a thing is an even greater mystery. But one thing was for sure: He was no mere legend. He went to the Kaeltori people and utilized their innate proficiency for psychological warfare and refined it, teaching them new fighting styles and disciplines unheard of amongst these ‘savages’. The Kaeltori people now were no longer a mindless rabble crushed under the foot of the legions of Nerath. They not only turned back the Nerathi conquest, they retook the entirety of the Kaeldoni mountains. The Kaetori are also known for their empathic abilities, which allow them to become close to animals and beasts, especially horses. This is possibly one of the reasons that Kasaldar took an interest in these people, as it is said he had such abilities himself (How he had such abilities is again a mystery). Their people survived the destruction of the Nerathi empire and the subsequent kingdoms and empires that came after it. However, the Tiefling empire of Bael Turath eventually invaded the Kaeldoni Mountains, though conquering their lands was not believed to be their true motivation. It was in this conflict that Kasaldar was slain, splintering the only thing that held the Kaeldoni people together for centuries. Now the clans bicker over who should inherit Kasaldar’s position, tearing the remaining people apart in an already heavily contested land.
Despite the inborn empathy for living things, the Kaeltori can be as stubborn and relentless in pursuing an agenda as anything, for having endurance and fortitude is required in living in the harsh mountain environments of the Kaeldoni highlands. The Kaeltori are in fact considered somewhat barbarous, but many of these myths have been debunked. They are a brave, tenacious people who are not easily intimidated or pushed around, and the ability to stand by one’s own beliefs and values is considered a paramount value in their society. Despite being a very warlike, the Kaetori are known for shrewd diplomats and advisors, as they must forge peace and alliances between the clans in order to survive in their environment and the many threats that it presents. History has known many brave Kaeltori leaders who have heard their call and rode to their destinies like their ancestors before them. Will this new generation of Kaeltori rise to the occasion and circumstances presented to them, and carve their mark into history? Only time will tell.
Male Kaeltori Names: Artherr, Caedmon, Naethanyl, Bryce, Bryan, Cyrric, Connall, Connor, Deverell
Female Kaeltori Names: Brianna, Caoihme, Cerdwin, Cordelia, Deidrie, Fionn, Morrgann, Newlynn, Shayla, Sylvia
This is just the Racial profile. I will publish feats and racial paragon paths later. I want to thank Omnirahk_half-Rahkshi, Crimson Concerto and kaveh500 for helping me to make this. I appreciate your input.