Initial Paths

Had some ideas nagging at my head and decided to get them written down. Here are some thoughts on initial Paths and their racial contexts.

Note that anyone can follow any path; "affiliation" here just means the path is particularly prominent in the given culture. These can be thought of as ideals to which the culture broadly aspires, but that are not unique to them.

TBD: "Busybody" aspect probably needs to be renamed to better reflect a drive for social knowledge/intelligence/information…

Unaffiliated Paths

Path of Untamed Harmony

  • summary: integration with wilderness, natural states of being; manage interface of people and nature
  • no strong following in any single polity, but esteemed among the human nomads

Aspects

  • Respects Life - does not kill indiscriminately, even pests or dangerous predators
  • Respects Death - does kill at need, does not grieve appropriate death
  • Solitary Soul - aloof from others, independent, self-reliant
  • Untamed Being - simple life, not enamored of societal or technological trappings

Path of the Withdrawn Sage

  • summary: pursuit of pure knowledge, enlightenment through understanding
  • no strong following in any polity; a bunch of wise hermits
  • expect plot-device NPCs more than PCs

Aspects

  • Inquiring Mind - asks questions, seeks answers for everything
  • Solitary Soul - aloof from others, independent, self-reliant
  • Aspires to Purity - seeks inner purity, transcendence
  • fourth TBD

Nomad Cultural Paths

Path of Shared Being

  • summary: emphasis on understanding, empathy, altruism, community
  • very prominent in nomad bands
  • name likely subject to change

Aspects

  • Helping Hand - provides aid/support to others, even unasked
  • Busybody - seeker of social information, gets into everyone's doings
  • One for All - team player, seeks to work with others, puts community/group ahead of self
  • fourth TBD

Path of the Stern Spear

  • summary: guardian role, emphasis on preemptive action, offense is the best defense
  • very prominent in nomad bands
  • name likely subject to change

Aspects

  • Stalwart Defender - acts to defend, protects others over self
  • Takes Initiative - act first, debate later
  • Aspires to Strength - fitness as beauty, strength as power
  • fourth TBD

Taknari Cultural Paths

Path of the Questing Mind

  • summary: emphasis on knowledge and applied learning, scholar/science path
  • very prominent among Taknari, esp. females
  • name likely subject to change

Aspects

  • Inquiring Mind - asks questions, seeks answers for everything
  • Busybody - seeker of social information, gets into everyone's doings
  • third TBD
  • fourth TBD

Path of the Reasoning Blade

  • summary: emphasis on pairing martial prowess with philosophy and wisdom
  • very prominent among Taknari, esp. males

Aspects

  • Aspires to Strength - fitness as beauty, strength as power
  • Aspires to Wisdom - concerned with philosophy, ethics, morality
  • Respects Life - does not kill indiscriminately, even enemies
  • Stalwart Defender - acts to defend, protects others over self

Suari Cultural Paths

TBD. Definitely one artisan. Second may be a free-spirit ideal?

Fel Cultural Paths

Path of the Hidden Claw

  • summary: power through social knowledge, cleverness, backstabbing

Aspects

  • All for One - self-centered, grasping, uncaring of others
  • Busybody - seeker of social information, gets into everyone's doings
  • third TBD
  • fourth TBD

Path of the Bloody Fang

  • summary: power through strength, selfishness, ambition

Aspects

  • Aspires to Strength - fitness as beauty, strength as power
  • All for One - self-centered, grasping, uncaring of others
  • third TBD
  • fourth TBD
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