There were servants of The First Ones in the early ages of creation, messengers or great warriors who served The Creator and helped teach the Tribes of Man. Though they were told not to, in time they took husbands and wives of them. The offspring from these couplings were often hidden because of what they represented and their names expunged from the tomes of history, family and inheritance. Yet some bloodlines do still carry the taint of their ancestors’ sin, manifesting from time to time as a child with particular features and traits.
Many speak only the trade language of the land, though polyglots are not unheard of. Those who try report having a natural affinity or predisposition to ancient languages.
Life and Longevity
Reproduction is the same as humans, with female generally capable of bearing children and giving live birth to one offspring at a time. Just like humans, multiple births such as twins are possible though rare. Those who live long enough to become adults often live half again as long as humans, with lifespans of nearly two hundred years rare but possible. After the age of sixteen they age in appearance much like standard humans, though at half the rate. One isn’t considered venerable until the age of one hundred and fifty, though many expire long before reaching a venerable age.
Language, Religion and Philosophy
The Nephilar do not possess a Language, Religion or Philosophy truly their own, though most speak the trade languages of their home, worship The Creator and remain lawful.
Base 8, Virtue +2, Intelligence +2
Those born to the light often appear humanoid with the exception of some minor physical trait that reveals their unusual heritage. This could be hair with an unusual metallic appearance, jewel-tone or glowing eyes, marble-like skin color or an unnatural glow about their bodies. Most societies interpret their births as good omens, though it must be acknowledged that some take advantage of the reputation of their kind, brutally subverting the expectations of others with acts of terrifying cruelty or abject venality. Thankfully, these few are the exception and not the rule.
Base 8, Vigor +2, Darkvision
Those born to the dark often appear humanoid but no two look alike. One might appear as a human with small horns, a barbed tail, and oddly colored eyes, while another might manifest a mouth of fangs, tiny wings, and claws, but the vast flexibility it can produce is a thing of wonder, running the gamut from the oddly beautiful to the utterly terrible. Their arrival often brings sorrow to those who bear them and breeds scorn and distrust in those who support them. Often abandoned on the step of a church or left for dead in the wilderness, being one of such blood most often guarantees a hard life; shunned and despised out of reactionary fear.