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Date Created: September 27, 2009
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[[Summary::Far away, past the boundaries of this world, past the light of the sun, past even the stars in the sky, there is a cold world, a dead world, a world that drifts along, lost, in a sea of shadows. This is where the Tempus live, wandering across it's desolate, dust strewn surface, ghostly as they loom in the darkness, waiting for a new home.]]

Tempus[edit | edit source]

Our world may be dead... but it is still our world.
—Unonun Reasarano.

Physical Description[edit | edit source]

Tempus are a race of creatures who come from the outer reaches of the darkness of space, from a world that died many eons ago, and left them, alone in the darkness and the dust. The tempus tower above most other beings, yet can look strangely familiar to already known breeds of creatures, since, at first glance, they simply looking like fourteen foot tall, terribly emaciated humanoids. Though, this couldn't be farther from the truth. The sunken pits that appear to be the eyes of a tempus are actually something more akin to ears. Their actual sight mechanism being several microscopic orbs that are dispersed across the face's of the tempus. The tempus have no nose or skin, instead being coverred in a strange bio-material that resembles compacted dust, and is able to pick up on scents rather easily.

Personality[edit | edit source]

The tempus are very ancient and very wise entities, who have seen thousands upon thousands of years pass before their them before they are even considered adults. Tempus are very, very patient entities, who take a long time doing anything, from determining whether or not to even take an action, to simply making breakfast. In fact, they tend to infuriate other races with their prolonged deliberations and meandering mannerisms.

Relations[edit | edit source]

Tempus are calm and infinitely patient in everything that they do, even in their dealings with other races. They tend to be quite accepting of new creatures, and will almost always extend a friendly hand to them, but they have difficulty understanding the plights of others at first. Though, they will always eventually grow used to the needs of other races, and usually develop friendships with them over time.

Alignment[edit | edit source]

The patience and longevity of the tempus leads them to overwhelmingly lean towards lawful and neutral alignments on the law-chaos axis, and towards neutral on the good-evil axis. Of course, this isn't true for all of their kind.

Lands[edit | edit source]

The homeworld of the tempus is dead, and has been for a long, long time. Now it drifts through the darkness and the coldness of space, barren and devoid of life. Though, there have been tempus who have managed to leave this bleak, empty place, and seek out new worlds. Though, even these tempus rarely ever really choose to settle anywhere, instead finding a home wherever their travels take them.

Religion[edit | edit source]

The tempus have lost what religion they originally had, but are not godless. They often find themselves gravitating towards deities of travel and order, of wisdom and stoicism, when and if they find a need for religion. This, combined with their endless patience, usually lead them to being very devoted and steady worshipers.

Language[edit | edit source]

The language of the tempus is Temorian, a language spoken mostly outside the range of human hearing. Due to this fact, it is extremely difficult for a entity other than a tempus to speak it, though not quite impossible. Still, even if a creature can speak and understand Temorian, it is impossible for them to speak it perfectly. Most tempus learn the language of those around them for the purpose of communication, generally Common.

Names[edit | edit source]

Tempus names are treated with respect more often than not, for the tempus carry their names for a very, very long time. Tempus names tend to be long and winding, sometimes having an almost melodic quality to them. A few examples of male tempus names are Oneaerso, Eyonen, and Olous. A few examples of female names are Eymthios, Onaerun, and Yrraoean.

Racial Traits[edit | edit source]

Vital Statistics[edit | edit source]

Table: Tempus Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
20,000 years +60d% years +120d% years +180d% years
Table: Tempus Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
50,000 years 85,000 years 125,000 years +10,000d% years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Tempus Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 13' 7" +1d10" 700 lb. × (2d4) lb.
Female 13' 6" +1d12" 695 lb. × (2d4) lb.

Note: It is unrealistic to actually attempt to roll some of the random ages given here, so, instead, it is advised that a player use an online rolling system, such as this one.

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