種族


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常に内戦の危機にあるため、ブレヴォイの住人には、隣人の種族よりもはるかに重要な関心事があり、種族だけでひとを判断するものは、殆どいない。ブレヴォイ人は種族よりもしきたりや忠誠を重んじる。地域の慣習に忠実なものには、人々は寛容であり、そのようなものを人々は受け入れる。それゆえ、ブレヴォイの住人には、ゴラリオンの殆ど全ての種族が存在し得るといって過言ではない。PCはブレヴォイ出身である必要は無いが、レストフの剣匠から許可証を与えられ、ブレヴォイから奪われた地へ向かうことになるため、この土地で自身の種族とクラスがどのような意味を持つか、理解しておくことを勧める。

注:PLがPC用に選択した種族のみ和訳している。意訳・概訳である

人間

 人間はブレヴォイ周辺でもっとも人口の多い種族であり、これはゴラリオンの他地域と同様である。この地域の人間の半分以上はタルドール人であり、その多くは、探検家や兵士として、かつて未開の荒野であったブレヴォイを最初に切り拓いた者たちの子孫である。コーラル王の征服軍の子孫たちは、近隣のニューメリア同様に、ケリド人の血を色濃く受け継いでいる。春や秋になると、ヴァリシアの平底舟がセレン川へ姿を現し、エンカーサン湖と霧とヴェールの湖の間を、ヴァリシアの人々が季節ごとに漕ぎ渡ってゆく。ブレヴォイは世界中から余所者ををひきつけて止まない。チェリッシュ、ケレシャイト、ティエン、ウルフェン人といった人々がブレヴォイを旅するのは珍しくなく、彼らは、漂泊者の聖域とも呼べる河川諸王国を新たな故郷とすることがある。

ハーフエルフ

 人口の多くを人間やエルフが占める共同体においては、不当な差別を受けることも多いが、ハーフエルフにとって、ブレヴォイは快適な場所であることだろう。シェリアックスやタルドールの上流階級に属するものたちは、ハーフエルフの庶子を、河川諸王国へ追いやることもあったといい、この地域のハーフエルフの中には、貴族の血を引くものもいるという(その血統が正式に認められることはまずないだろうが)。ブレヴォイの他のハーフエルフたちは、地元民と、キョーニンのエルフたちとの密会により生まれたものであろうか。その血筋や起源がどうあれ、ハーフエルフの持つ高い適応力は、ブレヴォイ生活になじむのに都合がよい。土地のしきたりに従うことこそが重要な、ブレヴォイ社会ならでは、と言える。彼らハーフエルフの多くは、政変の中でうまく立ち回ったり、その血統の不利を打ち消す能力によって、権力を握っている。

ドワーフ

Though typically rare in northeastern Avistan, dwarves
exist in small numbers in almost every community
in Brevoy. Many serve as town blacksmiths, masons,
militia quartermasters, or pawnbrokers. The small
mining village of Brunderton in eastern Rostland has an
overwhelming dwarven citizenry—most dwarves in the
region can claim at least one relative or acquaintance that
calls the hamlet home—and gem and ore traders from
Brunderton travel throughout the area peddling their
wares. Rumors of untapped or unclaimed mines hidden
throughout the Stolen Lands are enough to get most
dwarves interested in exploring the wilderness.

エルフ

Full-blooded elves are rare in Brevoy, generally
preferring to live in Kyonin further to the south. A fair
number of rebellious elves, however, emigrate from
their homeland up the Sellen River to Brevoy. Often,
Forlorn elves pass through Brevoy on their way south
to Kyonin to live among their people, and some find
the region so amenable that they never complete their
journey—although lately, others have chosen to stay
after the direct route down the river through the Stolen
Lands was closed because of hostility from bandits and
indigenous tribes of boggards, lizardfolk, and even
trolls. The Brevic city of Restov boasts one of the largest
concentrations of elves in the region. Long ago, the
elves maintained a stronger presence in this region, and
rumors of surviving elven ruins scattered throughout
the most remote reaches of the Stolen Lands have long
intrigued elven scholars and historians.

ノーム

The boundaries between Golarion and the First World
are not constant; in some places, like in the Sellen River
basin, these barriers are unusually thin. The barriers
thin yet further, rumors hold, in the Stolen Lands—and
certainly fey are a powerful force in the region. Many
believe that the influence of the First World over the
Stolen Lands is the primary reason none have managed
to tame the wilderness. Regions like these have long
drawn gnomes to their proximity, and tales of gnome
expeditions to explore the Stolen Lands are quite
common—as are tales of expeditions that become lost
and are never heard from again. Optimistic gnomes
cling to these vanishings as proof that the Stolen Lands
hide pathways into the First World. Gnomes have a strong
presence in the River Kingdoms and have established
communities there, such as Thom and Artume. Enclaves
of less civilized gnomes exist in Echo Wood near the
Numerian border, Embeth Forest, and Brevoy’s Gronzi
Forest, though these shamanistic sects tend to keep
mostly to themselves. Full of interesting sights and new
experiences, the region presents a perfect spectacle for
gnomes who enjoy the variety of people and places that
can be found there.

ハーフオーク

Throughout the civilized world, half-orcs suffer
ostracism and prejudice, yet many find Brevoy not merely
tolerant of their kind, but in fact refreshingly accepting.
Brevans don’t view half-orcs with the same disdain that
the half-breeds receive in other parts of the world, and
any half-orc who adheres to the strict, provincial customs
of the land achieves the same level of acceptance that a
similarly compliant full-blooded human would. Half-orcs
blessed with less overtly bestial features might attempt to
pass for human, keeping the unseemly conditions of their
birth a closely guarded the secret and leaving their past
behind as they start again with a clean slate in Brevoy or
the wild River Kingdoms. Some embrace their heritage,
however, and are rewarded; warlords among feuding citystates
often recruit half-orcs to serve as elite soldiers,
officers, and law enforcement, valuing their blend of
strength and cunning.

ハーフリング

Brevan halflings tend toward transient lifestyles that
shuffle them through Brevoy and the neighboring River
Kingdoms every few years. The Fifth River Freedom
denounces slavery as an abomination, and inhabitants
uphold this tenet of the land as earnestly as they do any
other. As a result, the River Kingdoms have become a
haven for escaped or freed slaves—especially Chelish
halflings—attempting to start a new life without the
fear of bondage. A strong halfling liberation movement
has taken root in the region, and freedom fighters from
across Avistan often congregate in the northern River
Kingdoms and southern Brevoy, consolidating their
power and plotting emancipation raids throughout
the Inner Sea. Non-crusading halflings often work as
street performers, pickpockets, or legitimate shop or
tavern owners; their natural penchant for stealth and
showmanship makes them valuable assets to both the
ruling elite and underground criminal organizations.
The opportunity to help shape a kingdom from the
ground up, to build a civilization where halflings can be
a significant part of the leadership, could well be a draw
to any ambitious halfling.