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Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2007-02-20 09:23 PM
Very interesting, very cool... Reminds me of my "House of the White Apes" adventure that I did, though the white apes in that were quite different Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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MoonHunter's comment on 2007-02-21 12:08 PM
Nicely done new take. It gives a nice spin on what we expect for yet a Yeti.

In many ways, the "monsters" we expect Yeti to be are the remains of the destroyed race - The Uneaten Ones. These undead creatures go along and continue to attack those who brought it (and its species) to an untimely death. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-02-20 07:14 PM
I wish I could make good posts like this. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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Murometz's comment on 2007-02-20 07:19 PM
I like how you structured the sub. It never bogs down. Love the opening air toxicity misconception!

As manfred said, you managed to include all the necessary details, on an interesting race. Nice Yeti remake indeed! Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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Murometz's comment on 2009-01-27 10:58 AM
BUMP. Another good one. New take on Yeti, or even a new take on ad&d's "Taers" :) a culture added to monster is always nice Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-05 03:20 PM
First of all I have group called the Theosians in one of my campaign worlds. There home is Theosia not Theos. It wasn't very digital campaign so not a lot gets posted here but still I guess some words just sound the part.

Second, this is excellent, I love the story of the naturalist, the uneaten, everything
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Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-08 11:39 AM
Religion

The Asrok enjoy a very close relationship with their patron dieties. The low population of the race has also served to limit the power of their pantheon, and their gods are viewed (at best) as demons by the dieties of Human religions. The Shamans of the Asrok have moderate powers granted to them, but the age of miracles for the Asrok has long past.

The Asrok pantheon is small, consisting of four major dieties and a swarm of minor spirits:

Dieties of the Asrok

Luukos -'Father' diety
Meluuna - 'Mother' diety
Karuun - Lord of the beasts (Literally, anything non-Asrok)
Sharuun - Gaurdian of Spirits

The Spirit Hosts

In addition to the major dieties, the Asrok have hundreds of spirits tied to most animals, natural phenomena, emotions and tasks. These minor sprits are invoked in much of Asrok speech.

Burial Customs

The Asrok do not burn or bury their dead. If the death is not associated with sickness they practice ritual cannibalization. Those who die of disease or poisoning are carried out to the edge of their lands and left for the scavangers. In both cases the process is accompanied by much ritual and mourning.

The need for these rituals is so strong with the Asrok that those who die and do not have this performed are likely to raise as Eer'Shak, or 'Uneaten Ones'. This is the only known form of undead derived from the Asrok. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-01-08 04:01 PM
The Uneaten Ones

Occasionally, Asrok which have not been properly tended to after death will rise as a rare form of undead, referred to by the Asrok as The Uneaten Ones. Only those whose cause of death would constitute normal burial will rise in this manner.

They are not totally unreasoning beings - they are very angry but will generally have a solid direction for their anger. If they were deliberately denied proper burial by the Asrok for whatever reason, then they will be focused on extracting vengeance against the individuals who wronged them.

In some cases the blame for improper burial do not lay with the Asrok but as a result of outsiders. For example, when the Asrok are enslaved by a race unfamiliar with their customs, they are usually prevented by their masters from performing the proper rituals. The reasons for this include simple ignorance - dead Asrok being treated appropriate to the master's culture, ie. buried, burned, etc - or pure revulsion or disgust.
Other times, such as during caravans, etc, the dead Asrok are simply discarded by the wayside, left to the scavengers. In all of these cases, the hatred of the Uneaten Ones will be directed against the outsiders. These ones closest match the behavior of most undead, being vicious and insatiable in their desire to obtain vengence.

One factor which increases the danger these creatures pose is that their intelligence is as high as a living Asrok and so they are capable of planning their attacks. Triggering avalanches or using missile attacks are strategies well within their capacity.

The Uneaten Ones appear as Asrok corpses in whatever condition they were in when they first arose. They are often frozen solid with the limbs barely attached - held by skin, tendons and force of will. The rest of the flesh and bone generally breaks as the limbs are forced to move.

Frozen Uneaten Ones are generally quite slow and plodding but are quite resistant to further damage - they also share the Asrok mobility in ice and snow. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-02-09 11:48 AM
Plot Ideas & Campaign Use

The Asrok could be considered a remake of the Yeti and can be used to populate any cold, out of the way region.

Their situation could easily be changed to make their hold on the world less tenuous and in which case they can be used as ravening hordes decending from the mountains from time to time to raid in force. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-02-19 07:34 PM
History

The Asrok are the decendants of a tribe of Alun which was isolated by the most recent ice age. Trapped in a region which was becoming increasingly hostile each generation, they quickly adapted to the harsh conditions. It is theorised that intervention by their dieties helped speed up this process. That along with a pre-existing elemental affinity present in the Alun allowed them to survive, if not thrive.

With the passing of the ice, the Asrok were forced to migrate to higher altitudes - competition by other humanoids in the warmer lands was too fierce for them to find and adapt to warmer homes.

Early contact with the Modern races was infrequent as their homelands were remote and colder then the human-held lands.

The greatest single reduction in their population occured in modern times, when the kingdom of Theos killed nearly half of all the Asrok when creating the Boots of the Asrok. Since then, only scattered, unsubstantiated encounters have been documented. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-02-20 12:17 PM
Okay, this has been in work too long as well. Out into the world with ye!
I have tried a significant variation of the format I used with the Alun sub to try and make it less scattered, specifically making greater use of scrolls for additional details. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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valadaar's comment on 2007-02-20 07:31 PM
This one has been in work for a while :)

It's also one product of reading Guns Germs and Steel - an excellent read and good for inspiring world-building and the unfolding of history. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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Wulfhere's comment on 2007-02-21 01:12 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the mountains...

The Asrok could appear as ominous threats lurking in the frozen passes, or as downtrodden thralls, chained and oppressed. Those that die in bondage might be an ugly surprise to their captors, or might be dealt with in gruesome and unsavoury ways...

A well-conceived "monstrous" race; the "uneaten ones" rising as undead is an interesting twist.

Very well done. Go to Comment
Asrok (New Take on Yeti)
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the Wanderer's comment on 2007-02-21 07:16 PM
Nice... was hoping you'd get around to covering these guys, after I read the boots I wanted to know more about them.

Well structured and definitely useful in my campaigns! Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-14 05:15 PM
A good defense against most creatures, apparently. It looks interesting, but one piece of information is missing: how can you protect yourself from it?

Hoods and the like should offer sufficient, though not complete protection. As it is magically created, how about a little handy amulet, that repulses the pollen from it's wearer? That way he could roam freely around his lair, and disturb the plants when fleeing from heroes.


This plant will be quickly infamous... "Now, what were the rules for a complete stop of cardiac activity?" Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
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manfred's comment on 2007-02-15 04:06 AM
You really do your research, val. Kudos for that! Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
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Cheka Man's comment on 2007-02-14 04:46 PM
A good defence against burglars. Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
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Pariah's comment on 2007-02-17 01:54 PM
So, digitalis is only toxic to mammals? So the local Lizardfolk tribe is fine then? Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
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Murometz's comment on 2007-02-14 12:16 PM
Could see these beauties adorning the stone cottage of the mysterious Firbolg hermit, entwining the walls like ivy, bells swaying in unison from the slightest breeze. Inside the humble but sinister abode, the Firbolg alchemist, experiments with pollen. Go to Comment
Giant Foxglove
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-07 12:16 PM
Nice one, concise and interesting.

You could add a picture... Go to Comment
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