The Rise of Rovagug
A fine-featured human stands resolute, muscles visible above thewide sash that holds his scimitar. His eyes flash, and suddenly his arms are sheathed in a blaze of crackling flames.
Suli as Characters
Suli characters possess the following traits.
• +2 Strength, +2 Charisma
• Medium size
• Base speed 30 feet
• Low-light vision
• Racial Skills: Suli have a +2 racial bonus to Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks
• Elemental Assault (Su): Once per day as a swift action, a suli can call on the elemental power lurking in his veins to shroud his arms in acid, cold, electricity, or fire. Unarmed strikes with his arms or hands (or attacks with weapons held in those hands) deal +1d6 damage of the appropriate energy damage, as if using a flaming or frost weapon. This lasts for 1 round per level. The suli can dismiss the elemental power as a free action.
• Acid, cold, electricity, and fire resistance 5
• Automatic Languages: Common, Kelish, any one elemental language (Aquan, Auran, Ignan, or Terran); Bonus Languages: Aquan, Auran, Ignan, Terran
• CR Adjustment: +0
The suli (or suli-jann) are minor offshoots of the jann that live among humans. They are tall and look like ordinary men and women but for the occasional flash of elemental light in their eyes. Though physically superior to and more attractive than normal humans, some suli-jann are unaware of their genie heritage until later in life, when contact with a full-blooded genie draws forth a portion of their elemental power. Among the humans of Qadira, suli are considered blessed by their genie heritage, except among those who believe genies are only meant for enslavement (and who believe suli should be enslaved as well). The wandering bands of jann and half-jann that cross the desert welcome suli-jann as distant kinsfolk, offering them hospitality and kindness, but rarely (if ever) inviting them to join their nomadic tribes, instead preferring their brethren to make their way among the Keleshites; they reason that if the suli can sway the Qadirans to accept part-genies as actual people rather than as potential slaves, then perhaps the bondage of other genies might lessen somewhat. Qadiran suli take advantage of their strength and pursue classes with melee capabilities, but favor the wilderness-loving ranger most. Those who prefer the city often gravitate toward the paladin class, sometimes becoming servants of Sarenrae.
Most suli are born of the union between a half-jann and a human. Rarely, a more distant descendant of genie blood will manifest the abilities of a suli, sometimes many generations after any evidence of his or her heritage has disappeared from the bloodline. Suli age at the human rate and are physically identical to humans in terms of height and weight. During their youth, Suli tend to be slightly smaller than their fully human peers, but grow quickly to their full adult height upon reaching their teenage years. Despite their smaller size, they are prone to feats of greater strength than their fellows. Even those suli that know nothing of their genie blood possess a measure of personal pride, and a young suli’s early life is often filled with fights with others who insult the suli’s size.
Habitat & Society
Because most are born unaware of their heritage, suli tend to proceed through life much as any other humans of exceptional ability would, by taking advantage of their unique skills in order to survive and succeed. As they grow to adulthood among human children, suli find that their inherent strength and magnetism make them natural leaders among their peers. Some embrace their abilities, becoming commanders of small bands of mercenaries or adventurers. Others shirk the role and head out to the wilderness, preferring solitude to the constant responsibility of shepherding folk. Those suli that learn of their janni blood often experience a period of self-reflection and indecision about whether to keep their human ties or to integrate themselves into genie society. In the end, most choose a middle path, living among humans but maintaining a relationship with their genie kin. Half-janni and janni relatives of a suli often exploit their kinsmen’s more human nature to work stealthily for better views of genie-kind within Keleshite lands, where genies are often enslaved for their abilities. The padishah emperor likewise seeks known suli-jann as agents, in order to use them to better pacify his genie servitors and strengthen the wish-fueled growth of his empire. Most suli-jann abhor the notion of being masters over other sentient beings—even more so than jann and half-jann do. Regardless of profession, it is very rare for a suli—even one employed in the binding of genies—to own slaves. Some speculate that this is a result of the suli’s fears of slavery, while others think that the genieblooded are terrified of becoming the vicious taskmasters evil genies are known to be.