Weakened by the light of the Sky-Sear, this regal and peculiar people dwell beneath the earth in subterranean cities. To those on the surface world, the qlunar are renown as shrewd diplomats and esteemed craftsmen known to weave the light of the moons into legendary items.
The qlunar, commonly referred to as "Deep Ones," were once an ambitious race determined to control all of Asora. During the golden age of their expansion they possessed the three most splendorous cities on the world-shard. At the qlunar’s height of influence, humans sought out their mountain cities in search of qlunar wisdom and moon-woven artifacts. Travelers to these locales describe intricate city-spanning murals inscribed into the very stone. These murals tell the qlunar’s storied history regarding their ascendance from primitive beginnings.
However, with the rise of the Belkhanid Kaliphate, the expansionism of the qlunar came to a screeching halt. In their stagnation, restlessness ensued and the qlunar suffered a series of great disasters. Together, their people endured a bloody civil war, catastrophic volcanic activity, and the might of terrible dragons. In the wake of this carnage, the qlunar only salvaged one remaining city-state for themselves, Thal-Qlunarum, while the rest of their great cities fell into ruin.
LIFESPAN: OVER 300 YEARS
Although qlunar bear a frame and build which resembles that of mankind, their exterior coloration differs greatly. A qlunar's skin tends to be a silvery, pale, gray, light violet, or even a light blue hue while the irises of their eyes bear a reflective silver or gold color.
Their bodies carry patterned, geometric tattoos. The ink of these tattoos tend to be white, black, purple, turquoise or indigo to compliment their skin color. The members of the wealthy classes have the ink of their tattoos laced with either gold or silver ore so as to create a shiny finish that visibly displays their status.
Facial hair is only grown under certain circumstances, worn only by men of political note to distinguish them as a person of importance or nobility.
The qlunar make their homes outside the direct rays of the Sky-Sear and rarely come to the surface, preferring the sanctity of their large, elegant cities carved from bedrock. The last true qlunar city is Thal-Qlunarum, where the hylo-accepting qlunar won the civil war that expelled the Loyalists who wanted to keep the hylo race in chains. This latter group, now in exile, rules the city-state of Arkomat with a council that is partially governed by human interests. Despite their city of residence, the qlunar tend to wear long sophisticated gowns and robes with large metallic head adornments, collars and adornments when not traveling abroad.
Qlunar live in a culture where age signifies wisdom, and wisdom reflects power. In this system the eldest male member within a family dictates the lives of each member under his jurisdiction. A qlunar's family lineage is only traced through the father, being that anyone within the mother's bloodline is not directly related to the offspring. This patralineal rule carries over to the diarchy of Thal-Qlunarum. The current male king rules jointly with an entity known as the Elder Stone. This artifact is a stone-bound collective-consciousness which carries the minds of all preceding rulers. Together the kings of old and the current bearer of the throne govern in unison: Ruling with a combination of age-old wisdom and modern ideas.
In their native tongue, the word "qlunar" roughly translates to “Deep Ones." This native language, referred to as Deep Speech is loosely based off of an Auldetangue dialect and is full of sharp consonants and round vowels.
In order to maintain their neutrality and diplomatic ties with the powers of the Jeweled North and elsewhere, many qlunar are taught Norstari, Auldetangue and Nesaenir by their elders.
To outsiders qlunar names sound rough and harsh, much like their language. Qlunar prefer to recycle the name of their father’s grandparents before they choose new names outside of their family. Accompanying their first name, children also share the surname of their father’s clan. There are thirteen clans among the qlunar, one named for each of the moons.
Common Name Prefixes:
Thr-, Dr-, Lok-, Daj-, Tar--, Frej-, Rad-
Common Name Suffixes:
-in, -arn, -unar, -odin, -or, -ithrid
MUSIC: Qlunar THEME
Quiet, Refined, Cordial, Mistrusting, Gracious, Respectful, Introverted, Reserved, Vague
Similar to the elisians of Asora, the qlunar have also adopted the Angelic Host as their gods. Among the Archangels of the High Heavens, they predominantly worship Satoris, the Archangel of Law. He represents their need for order and civility throughout their lives.
Unlike the other races, the qlunar have a unique tradition of moon and ancestor worship. Beneath the Archangel Satoris, the qlunar revere the souls of their well-respected dead. The spirits of these great warriors, writers or craftsmen are believed to be the favored angels of Satoris who assist his worshipers in their darkest hours. It is believed that these angels live amongst the thirteen moons and shower the qlunar from their homes by gifting them moonlight.
Because of the Sear-Sickness which debilitates their people, the qlunar, bound to their subterranean homes, prefer to keep company only with others of their own race. Despite their isolation, the qlunar are not openly hostile to other cultures. They tend to hold peaceful neutralities with most foreign powers. A common qlunar belief is that "war is a most disgraceful failure of diplomacy which brings the most dire personal shame to those incapable of reaching peaceful terms." If however war does make its way to qlunar lands, they as a people are known to fight fiercely when pressed. Utilizing the lethal weapons crafted by their Moon Weavers, the qlunar end their infrequent battles quickly and mercilessly.
Despite their usual peaceful dealings, years of slavery has resulted in terrible resentment between the qlunar and hylo people. Eruptions of violence often occur when the two races meet. This trend is changing however, especially among the qlunar of Thal-Qlunarum who fought to liberate the hylo and now hire them as pathfinders when traveling into the Dark Reaches.
The surface races tend to stereotype the qlunar as greedy wealth-hoarders, barricaded in their mountain vaults. This is, of course, a common misconception. The silver and gold coloration of their eyes and their inability to traverse the surface world without succumbing to Sear-Sickness gives rise to this belief.