The Talaire (singular: Talairen) are a race of psionic Humans from the world of the same name. Talaire in Orithia are almost exclusively found in Menephene, but some have migrated to nearby Salamonis or Tor Acarne.
Talaire are human but display a golden hue to thier skin and generally have unusual eye colours, purple, green and silver are all commonplace among Talarire.
Little is know about Talaire culture in thier homeworld. On Orithia the only Talaire culture is found in the underground city of Menephene on the continent of Darkfell. Menephenian culture is highly regimented with a strict caste system ruled by a triumverate of priests, mages and psions. If an individual does not display any affinity for these three school they are generally relagated to labourers or unskilled craftsmen. Very occasionally a lower caste individual can rise to a respected position such as a master craftsman, but only through expectional skill and effort. An individual’s position is generally dependant on thier ability for magic or psionics and the ruling elite generally combine two schools, mastering both.
Menephenian Talaire have had limited contact with surface dwellers. They have an alliance with the Dawn Rock dwarf clan and numerous ties with other underdark races, especially dromites who are common in Menephene. Otherwise they have only encoutered occasional adventuring parties, most notably The Gentlemen of Fortune and diplomatic envoys from Salamonis. Menephene is trying to expand its border however, founding the surface settlement of Amon-Sera and this is dramatically increasing both contact and tensions between Menephene and Salamonis.
Talaire are generally lawful but can be anyway along the good-evil axis. They value knowing ones place and working within an established hierarchy to establish ones goals. The Talairen Pantheon encompasses a wide variety of gods, most Talaire worship these gods as a unified Pantheon but it is common for someone with a particular specialism to focus on one god particularly. Ra is the most widely worshipped although the focus in Menephene on mystical prowess means that Amun the Mystic is a close second for influence.
Talaire adventurers are becoming an increasingly common sight in Salamonis. These are usually agents of Menephene, highly trained and dedicated psions, wizards or clerics or, more rarely, disenchanted individual’s seeking a brighter future outside Menephene’s strict hierarchy. The most notable Talaire adventurer to date was a Xavier Calmathos, member of The Gentlemen of Fortune.
+2 to One Ability Score: Talairen characters get a +2 bonus to one ability score of their choice at creation to represent their varied nature.
Medium: Talaire are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Talaire have a base speed of 30 feet.
Psionic Humans: Talaire count as humans for any effect related to race and also have the subtype (psionic)
Naturally Psionic: Talaire gain Wild Talent as a bonus feat at 1st level. They also gain the use of the following 1st level powers each 3 times per day with a ML equal to 1/2 character level; far hand, missive, empathy. A Talairen character can use up to 2PP per day to manifest further uses of these powers (at a ML equal to 1/2 character level regardless of actual class). These powers are also automatically ‘known powers’ in any psionic class the character possesses.
Skilled: Talaire gain an additional skill rank at first level and one additional rank whenever they gain a level.
Languages: Talaire begin play speaking Talaire. Characters with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following bonus Languages: Dwarven, Elven, Liel, Terran, Tirianno, Undercommon