Asar
Asar
Reputation Skilled, beauty seeking, collectors
Features Humanesque with amphibious characteristics
Prevalence Home polity Vishaza, found sparsely across the continent
Height females 5'11" - 6'5"; males 6' - 7'3"
Weight females average 210 lbs; males average 280 lbs
Lifespan 120 years

Key Features

  • Dark skin and hair
  • Gem colored eyes
  • Long lifespan with late maturity
  • Webed digits
  • Gills
  • Tall and stocky
  • Enhanced leaping strength

Aging Table

Stage Age Human Equiv.
Maturity 20 years 13 years
Prime 35 years 25 years
Middle Age 60 years 40 years
Senescence 90 years 60 years
Max Lifespan 120 years 75 years

Features and Abilities

While mostly humanoid in appearance, Asar are fairly distinct on sight with gem-colored, translucent webbing between their fingers and toes. Long powerful legs and overall muscular builds on tall frames add to their distinct appearance. The Asar have dark coloration, both in hair and skin, their brightest feature is there eyes in colors to mirror the gems they revere. Their most prominent feature are their gill crests in colors just as vibrant as their eyes, while hair grows around them, their bright color makes them difficult to miss.

Swimming

Webbed digits make Asar wonderful swimmers, averaging 11 mph across long distances, however when hunting they can exert more energy into a sprint, reaching nearly 17 mph in a burst. Such sprints are not easily repeated without rest, but create potential for underwater ambush.

Leaping

The musculature of an Asar's legs allow them to leap across long distances reaching up to 10 feet, but only 8 on average. Vertical jumps are more limited, reaching no more than 5 feet, but more typically only 3 feet.

Reproduction

Reproduction among the Asar is revered for it is often difficult to conceive a child. Gestation among the Asar is seven to eight months, expecting mothers will often spend greater time in water to help limit the stress on their body. If the father is not Asar, the pregnancy tends to be more difficult for the mother but provides a greater chance of conception.

Pregnancy between two Asar is highly unlikely to produce more than one child, but with other races the chance of conceiving more than one child is far more likely.

Psychology

Above all else, Asar seek beauty. While this desire often manifests in the physical both on their person and in the world around them, it is more importantly cultivated within. To cultivate beauty is a task of spiritual and external efforts, creating beauty in themselves through compassion and love, general care for themselves, through the expression of craft skills, and care for their surroundings and environment. Their call to beauty does not limit their intelligence, nor does it lead to pride or condescension, such acts would not be cultivating their inner beauty.

So string is this understanding of their world that the Asar take jobs in craftskills. Other skills may be learned and added to the work of an Asar, but the first job of every Asar is to learn a craft and master it.

The Asar hold a strong affection for (the earth goddess?) who is believed to have been their creator. This leads to a reverence for the earth and environment as well as a strong community of spirituality. Because of their adoration of the (goddess?) the Asar often keep gardens, decorate their homes with earthenware, or cultivate jobs in nature. There reverence for nature includes more than plants and the earth, extending across living beings. This means that children are loved by their community, and the Asar in general are open and welcoming people.

There is a shortcoming to the Asar's kindness to one another, the Asar believe in a heart skill, something gifted to every Asar. They send young children to watch others in their early years, going out to explore the work of others while their parents tend their own. When children come of age, they choose a mentor to teach them the skill that they believe is their heart skill, chosen by their interest after their observations. There is a highly respectful relationship between the child and their mentor, teaching a heart skill being as important as learning one. However, there are Asar who denounce the population's belief, moving outside of crafts into other work. These Asar are considered other, because to be without a heart skill is not to be Asar at all.

Prevalence

Asar prefer watery biomes but are spread widely across the continent. They congregate largely in Vishaza, but originated in Hulota. While easy access to large bodies of water is not necessary for an Asar, most find it uncomfortable.

Reputation

Asar are looked upon as vain and overly spiritual, however their long lives and collection of artistic skills mean they are welcome in most communities.

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