The heritage of this near-human race has been slowly forgotten throughout the ages. Because of the combined turmoil of the recent centuries, the loss of both their immortality and the only legitimate heirs to their throne, this ancient race's influence has diminished on Asora.
Long ago when the world was still whole, the elisians, the favored children of Nessra, arrived among the lands of humanity to spread the faith of the Blood Goddess. But when Haven underwent the Sundering, elisian ties to their homeland were severed, and in time, that distant land became all but a memory. Having been devout worshipers of the Blood Goddess Nessra in antiquity, the elisian's proclivity for devotion eventually led them to adopt the Angelic Host as their new pantheon of patron deities.
Adopting the Archangels' tenets against the creatures of Hell, the elisians waged a crusade against the Belkhanid Kaliphate which ruled Asora through demonic pacts. Thankfully, their persistence eventually led to the Belkhanid's downfall, inspiring the spark of rebellion among the slave tribes that would one day form the modern realms of the Jeweled North.
The same revulsion for the unholy that led to the destruction of an evil empire would lead to their own misfortune. When the eldest heir to their kingdom was discovered practicing dark magic, the ensuing upheaval left the elisian people without direction. With the last king dead, the elisians grew restless, awaiting the return of a ruler to guide them out of their age of idleness.
Lifespan: Over 1000 years
In most aspects, an elisian is indistinguishable from a human, save for the bright illumination of their eyes. Mysteriously, the historic event referred to as the "Dance of Demons" left the elisians without their naturally endowed immortality. To replicate their lost longevity, they consume a life-extending formula of "Refined-Dust," the substance that gives their eyes a bright blue or yellow illumination, nearly absent of iris.
Their bodies tend to be lithe, bearing a fair or pale complexion. An elisian's hair is almost always of an autumn hue, usually a dark brown, but not excluding deep blondes, auburn, or maroon colors. On rare occasions, elisians are born with black hair, a quality perceived as a dark omen linked to an older time. Elisians are capable of growing facial hair but tend to keep it shortly worn and groomed, like their hair.
To distinguish themselves from the lower classes, both the theocrats and nobility bear one additional trait. Those of high birth have their ears deformed during infancy with a series of molds and bands so that they become drawn out with a definitive point at their crest. To elisians, this pointed shape is a sign of status and beauty.
Before the Sundering of Haven, the Tablelands were known as the High Forests, but have since become a series of barren plateaus plagued by lightning storms. In the recent past, the elisians were governed by a king and subservient theocratic lords, each with their own regional domain. In the absence of a king and the unfortunate exile of the elisian princes, the theocrats have formed small autocratic principalities within the realm.
Fearful of the deadly storms that lay waste to the plateaus of the Tablelands, elisians build hanging cities between the bluffs or carve their homes directly into the stone. These places allow them to escape the looming threat of lightning, and avoid the dark regions beneath the plateaus. Those sea level places between the mesas are collectively referred to as "the Wound." It is an area normally avoided by the elisians for fear of the terrible beasts which hunt tirelessly in the shaded dark.
Upon birth, each elisian is given a common name and a second name which had belonged to a respected grandparent. It is believed that by sharing a name, the grandparent will return to safeguard the child, providing the newborn with a patron spirit to guide them. Only those of noble blood are given a family name.
Common Name Prefixes:
Lav-, Krael-, Fael-, Ele-, Ill-
Common Name Suffixes:
-iri, -illaen, -orein, -vareis, -tael
MUSIC: Elisian THEME
Anxious, Devout, Confident, Arrogant, Pure, Zealous
Only a handful of scholars know that elisians were once members of humanity, altered by the Blood Goddess Nessra to act as her faithful servants. However, after the passing of thousands of years, the elisians, conscious of losing their old ways, adopted the Archangels as their protectors. While most encourage devotion to the Archangels, some elisians belonging to secret cults still meet in secret to worship Nessra.
Of the Angelic Host, it is the Archangel Ka'el who embodies their belief for a peaceful world, free from evil. Originally, it was the elisians who spread the beliefs of the Archangels across Asora. They instructed the human slave tribes that would one day form the great powers of the Jeweled North in the holy ways of the Angelic Host.
The elisian capital is located farther south than any other civilized power. This location hinders them from forming strong political ties with the other powers. Despite their distance, elisians often travel to Falador, since it was one of their exiled princes who founded that city-state. Others of their race find regular work as mercenaries in Arkomat and the Savage South, acting as guards, scouts, and rangers.
Elisians who travel outside the Tablelands find the company of humans to their liking, but believe humanity's easily corrupted nature disquieting. They are indifferent to the other races due to lack of contact, but utterly distrust all kargaur due to their demonic origin.
Elisians who remain within the Tablelands speak Nesaenir, the ancient language of their race. Due to their long life-spans, elisians tend to pick up other languages such as Auldtangue, and most commonly, the Free Speech of Norstari from the Jeweled North.