The Reign Of Winter
The Taldan people are known the world over for being accomplished scholars, artisans and practitioners of exotic martial skills. They are also known to be prhaps the most arrogant, self-important and dismissive culture in history. Both of these reputations are well deserved.
On the shores of the Inner Sea sits the kingdom of Taldor, the oldest of the surviving Avistani nations in the region. From it’s humble beginnings it grew from a trading post where Azlanti could trade with Keleshites from the nearby desert kingdoms, Taldor gre to become a world power in it’s own right. At one point, the empire of Taldor spanned of southern Avistan. Yet today the kingdom of Taldor is a mere fraction of it’s former size.
Despite this loss of their empire, Taldansretain an arrogance and aloof spirit more befitting a people at the height of their power and influence. Wealthy merchants, royals, and landowners across the Inner Sea do there best to cultivate the style, air, and sophistication of Taldor, but observers can always tell the difference between a poseur and the genuine article. The way a Taldan male wears his neatly trimmed beard is as much a birthright as a matter of grooming. And the elaborate, ribbon-festooned wigs worn by the women are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.
Taldan Arrogance manifests differently for the two sexes. Male Taldans exhibit an overbearing machismo that usually falls just she of outright misogyny. They speak of conquests and territorial disputes when they discuss Taldan women, and of “bringing civilization to the barbarians” to brag of their exploits with women of other ethnicities or races. Taldan women express their ethnic superiority complex via biting commentary of the dress, hairstyle, body shape or facial features of other females they see. Although they tend to focus their overly critical judgements on women from other ethnicities or races, when bored or among close friends they sometimes casually insult one another. Obviously, not every Taldan exhibits the most extreme arrogant personality traits described, but enough do to make the pride of the Taldans an unfavourable stereotype known throughout the Inner Sea region.
Appearance:Taldans generally have long, flowing brown hair and naturally bronze skin (gifts from their Keleshite ancestors). Their eyes tend to be small but expressive, with green, grey and sometimes exotic amber colouration.
Languages: Known- Common (Taldan). With High Intelligence- Humans with high Intelligence scores can choose any languages they want (except secret languages, such as Druidic).
Traits:Given the typical Taldan upbring the tend to have the following abilities but are of course in no way restricted to them.
Heart of the Streets: Humans from bustling cities are skilled with crowds. They gain a +1 racial bonus on Reflex saves and a +1 dodge bonus to Armor Class when adjacent to at least two other allies. Crowds do not count as difficult terrain for them. This racial trait replaces skilled.
Focused Study: All humans are skillful, but some, rather than being generalists, tend to specialize in a handful of skills. At 1st, 8th, and 16th level, such humans gain Skill Focus in a skill of their choice as a bonus feat. This racial trait replaces the bonus feat trait.