Yueren

The yueren are actually two races that compose a whole. The yueyangren are fair, energetic, and athletic. The yueyinren are dark, studious, and secretive. Together they make an intertwined society. Most yueyangren are male and most yueyinren are female. They are perfectly compatible biologically and there are no half-breeds. No matter the parentage, children are either yueyangren or yueyinren. There are many more females amongst the yueyinren. In the past, there were more males among the yueyangren. However, fewer and fewer males are born now to either half of this twin race. Less than ten percent of their population is male. Some yueren speculate that this is because they have been without the divine presence of their ancestral mother for so long and their ancestral, divine father has not visited them since she disappeared.

After the fall of the ancients’ civilization, the other races recognized the yueren as a race of men. They were thought to be a tribe of humans who had discovered immortality. No one dreamed that they came from anywhere but the same world. However, they are from an altogether different realm and they are not entirely immortal.

Yueren hail from a group of five islands. (The central island strictly prohibits visitors upon pain of death.) Because they refuse to discuss their long lives, there has been no end of speculation: everything from stories about spirits trapped here in this world, to stories about the land having magical fruit with youth-restoring qualities, to the legendary lost queen of the yueren being a fallen sun goddess who gave youth to her people. Regarding their origins, the yueren will tell the tale of the divine archer. He was a great archer, architect, and hero for the heavens. He slew many monsters and spirits, taking the beautiful sister of one for his wife. He constructed a palace so fine that the goddess he built it for awarded him an elixir of immortality and taught him the dietary, physical, and mental regimen needed to prepare him for it.

Unfortunately, while he was away slaying monsters, his wife drank the potion. She became a hsien, an immortal. Her spirit became so pure that she ascended to the heavens to reside on the moon. The ruler of the heavens heard his plight and appointed him the minister of the Sun as reward for all his great deeds. A charm from the ruler allowed him to build a bridge of birds to travel to his wife. After being reunited, he built her a palace on the moon and visited her whenever he could. In this way, he embodies the principle of yang and she embodies the principle of yin. Their children’s descendants came to be the yueyangren and the yueyinren of the land of Mu. However, his wife is now gone from her palace.

The yueren will not say what this story is supposed to mean or why they tell it. Yet they roam the lands searching for their missing immortal queen.

Personality

The yueren share several qualities; however, they are different on several key points. Yueyangren are the more congenial of the two sub-races, while the yueyinren are considerably less friendly. The truth is that they tend to be arrogant and secretive and act aggressively when their secret agendas are at stake, being more protective than aggressive. In general, yueyangren have an aptitude for physical activity while the yueyinren tend towards scholarly and magical pursuits.

Yueyangren feel best when moving quickly about. They enjoy extreme heights. They are more open to outsiders, but are also quicker to extreme emotions. Just as they are quick to anger and quick to be slighted, they are also merciful and quick to forgive. Yueyinren are solemn and keep to themselves. They only show real emotion to outsiders when working with magic or learning secret lore. Despite their quiet demeanor, they open up when amongst their own people and friends. They can be merciless when their fire is aroused. Magic fascinates yueyinren, who will go out of their way to learn a new spell or to study a new magic item or magical phenomena.

Physical Description

Yueren are beautiful, lithe humanoids with pointed ears. Yueyangren have dark lowing hair while the yueyinren have stark white hair. Where yueyangren skin appears very pale, yueyinren skin is extremely dark colored. Yueyangren are diurnal and enjoy life in trees and mountains, while the yueyinren are nocturnal and prefer the underground and the night. All yueren are graceful on their feet. Where a yueyangren’s steps gracefully loat with effortless movements, looking like they don’t touch the earth, the yueyinren’s steps roll across the ground as if caressing it. Their feet almost never leave the surface, as though reluctant to do so.

Relations

Despite the yueren’s united front to outsiders, within their own communities there is an extreme division. On their island, they live in completely separate communities. Both types of yueren recognize that they are not a complete culture without the other, like yin and yang. The yueyinren are the planners and the yueyangren are those who do what needs to be done. Both of the twin races have trouble deciding how they feel about dahren, goushen, shenxue, and humans. They usually take their attitudes on an individual basis. The yueyangren are fond of the ruishishen, hushen, garuda, qahngol, and faen for their carefree, fun loving attitudes, and/or forthright natures. Yueyinren find much in common with the verrik, naga, and mandragorans. Neither is fond of the duplicitous and untrustworthy bakemono.

The yueren have a special relationship with the sanesaram. Both had a disruption to their ability to procreate as a species. However, as both are races of man, they make for compatible companions. Since they found that each could bear the others children, relations have deepened. (See the Sanesaram entry for details).

Outlook

All yueren value loyalty, justice, courage, and righteousness. They judge others on the loyalty and courage they display and admire a strong sense of ethics in their allies and friends. Yueyangren value truthfulness and a desire for glory, yueyangren believe in action, not too much time discussing things. When forced to stay in one place, they get impatient and fidgety. Yueyangren can be blunt, bordering on the rude or too personal. This comes from their preference for truthfulness. Like the path of an arrow lying to its target, they are straightforward and direct. When something needs to be done, they do it.

Yueyinren value humility and trustworthiness; only at ease with others when they prove their trustworthiness, some yueyinren never fully trust others. Extraordinarily patient, they can wait for days when tackling a problem. This trait helps when dealing with their impatient cousins, the yueyangren. They are not always direct, goading others into coming to the same solution the yueyinren already reached. Like the path of an arrow arcing through the air to a distant target, they take the roundabout approach. It is best to think about what you are doing before taking action that could be foolish.

Yueren Lands

A few scholars say that the yueren have a hidden portal on the central island to travel to their true homeland. This central island is magical. It cannot be seen until the moon is visible in the sky and its location always varies according to the phase of the moon.

The yueren have also been encountered in the west, searching for their missing immortal patron and conducting limited trade. They have no interest in staying or gaining more profitable trade agreements, but westerners pursue them as a source of great wealth and secrets. This has inspired little in the way of good faith for the yueren.

Religion

Many faiths may be followed, but until recently, they had a living immortal amongst them.

Languages

Mu has elements in common with sangool, the language of the sanesaram, and nihon, the language of some humans. However, it is surprisingly intricate and subtle with its intonations, which can completely alter the meaning of their words. This language uses a complex alphabet with both phonetic and symbolic elements. Many other languages borrowed the written script.

Names

Yueren names almost always end with a vowel sound. Most female names also begin with a vowel sound.

Always mention family names first followed by the personal name. Yueren that are not noble do not have family names or they use the family name of the noble whom they serve. Some noble family names follow:

Yueyangren Family Names

Asai, Choshaimo, Hachisuka, Hojo, Ishida, Kaga, Kato, Kuroda, Kusunoki, Maeda, Mori, Saito, Shibai, Shibata, Suwa, Takezaki, Tanuma, Ukita, and Watanabe.

Yueyinren Family Names

Asukai, Daigo, Gojo, Iga, Kaoin, Kawashi, Konoe, Kuga, Masachika, Minase, Nakayama, Nomiya, Oimikado, Saioji, Shigenoi, Shimizudani, Takashi, Washio, and Yamashina.

Male Names

Genji, Genkai, Genma, Hsubai, Kohinai, Kyorinai, Makeda, Makiji, Makima, Mingbai, Nenji, Renma, Sahaibata, Shai’oon, Sunsook, Sunyi, Tamida, Tamsoo, Tsubai, Xanshi, Xinbau, and Xinma.

Female Names

Aminai, Amri, Au’shoi, Isai, Isa’iri, Isanai, Ishiri, Izanoi, Iziri, Mairi, Mira, Sahaiya, Sha’iri, Umeda, Umsoo, Wudai, Wuya, and Yuma.

Adventurers

Yueren are usually hunters, mercenaries, or members of another profession that allows them travel and explore. In addition to hunting for their missing hsien goddess, yueyangren adventurers hunt seek great treasure and yueyinren seek new magic. Yueyinren enjoy uncovering secrets and yueyangren enjoy exploring new places.

Favored Drink: Rice wine and tea; Favored Food: Spicy vegetarian fare; Favored Weapon: Bows.


Yueyangren (Moonlight Folk) Racial Traits

Yueyangren possess the following racial traits. Traits marked with an asterisk (*) are alternate elf racial traits found in all yueyangren (the trait they replace is noted at the end of each).

  • +2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, -2 Constitution: Yueyangren are nimble, both in body and mind, but their form is frail.
  • Elf Blood: Yueyangren count as elves for any effect related to race.
  • Medium: Yueyangren are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Normal Speed: Yueyangren have a base speed of 30 feet.
  • Low-Light Vision: Yueyangren can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
  • Burst of Speed*: Three time per day, a yueyangren can increase his speed by 10 feet, plus 10 feet per four character levels beyond 1st, to a maximum increase of 30 feet a character level 9th and higher. These burst of speed are considered a competence bonus to the yueyangren’s base speed. A burst of speed lasts for 3 rounds. This racial trait replaces the elven magic racial trait. effects and get a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
  • Keen Senses: Yueyangren receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
  • Weapon Familiarity*: Yueyangren are proficient with longbows (including composite longbows), short bows (including composite short bows), and crescent moon blades, and treat any weapon with the word “elven” or “yueran” in its name as a martial weapon. This racial trait replaces normal elf weapon proiciencies.
  • Languages*: Yueyangren begin play speaking Common and Mu. Yueyangren with high Intelligence Scores can choose from the following: Bakemono, Lung, Nihon, Sangool, and Sylvan. This racial trait replaces normal elf languages.
  • Racial Levels: A yueyangren can take levels in yueren paragon to further develop his racial qualities.

Yueyinren (Moonshadow Folk) Racial Traits

Yueyinren possess the following racial traits. Traits marked with an asterisk (*) are alternate elf racial traits found in all yueyinren (the trait they replace is noted at the end of each).

  • +2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, +2 Charisma, -2 Strength, -2 Constitution*: Yueyinren are nimble, both in body and mind, but their form is frail. This racial trait replaces normal elf ability score modifiers.
  • Elf Blood: Yueyinren count as elves for any effect related to race.
  • Medium: Yueyinren are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Normal Speed: Yueyinren have a base speed of 30 feet.
  • Darkvision*: Yueyinren can see in the dark up to 120 feet. This racial trait, in addition to light blindness (see below), replaces the low-light vision racial trait.
  • Elven Immunities: Yueyinren are immune to magic sleep effects and get a +2 racial saving throw bonus against enchantment spells and effects.
  • Keen Senses: Yueyinren receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
  • Stability*: Yueyinren receive a +4 racial bonus to their Combat Maneuver Defense when resisting a bull rush or trip attempt while standing on the ground. This racial trait replaces the elven magic racial trait.
  • Light Blindness*: Abrupt exposure to bright light blinds Yueyinren for 1 round; on subsequent rounds, they are dazzled as long as they remain in the affected area. This racial trait, in addition to darkvision (see above), replaces the low-light vision racial trait.
  • Weapon Familiarity*: Yueyinren are proicient with longbows (including composite longbows), short bows (including composite short bows), and crescent moon blades, and treat any weapon with the word “elven” or “yueran” in its name as a martial weapon. This racial trait replaces normal elf weapon proficiencies.
  • Languages*: Yueyinren begin play speaking Common and Mu. Yueyinren with high Intelligence Scores can choose from the following: Bakemono, Lung, Nihon, Sangool, and Sylvan. This racial trait replaces normal elf languages.
  • Racial Levels: A yueyinren can take levels in yueren paragon to further develop her racial qualities.

The Yueren Paragon

Yueren can take up to six levels in yuren paragon at any time. Not all yuren take racial levels; and of those who do, not all take all six of them.

Hit Die: d8

Class Skills: The yueren paragon’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Craft (Int), Knowledge (arcane) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Perception (Wis), Stealth (Dex), and Survival (Wis).

Skill Points: 2 + Intelligence modifier.

Class Features

Table: Yueren Paragon Class
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Spells per Day
1 +0 +0 +2 +0 +1 Dexterity, Spell-Like Abilities -
2 +1 +0 +3 +0 +1 Intelligence, Spell-Like Abilities +1 level of existing class
3 +2 +1 +3 +1 Dodge, Up Is Down +1 level of existing class
4 +3 +1 +4 +1 +1 Dexterity, Mobility +1 level of existing class
5 +3 +1 +4 +1 +1 Intelligence, Superior Vision +1 level of existing class
6 +4 +2 +5 +2 Acrobatic Charge, Fast Movement, Spring Attack +1 level of existing class

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Yueren with levels only in yueren paragon are proficient with all simple weapons but not any type of armor or shield.

Spell-Like Abilities (Sp)

At 1st level, a yueren paragon gains the following spell-like ability, dependent on her sub-race: yueyangren gain 1/day—faerie ire; yueyinren gain 1/day—obscuring mist.

At 2nd level, a yueren paragon gains the following spell-like ability, dependent on her sub-race: yueyangren gain 1/day—daylight; yueyinren gain 1/day—deeper darkness.

The caster level for these effects is equal to the yueren paragon’s character level. The DC for these spells is equal to 10 + the spell’s level + the yueren paragon’s Charisma modifier.

Up is Down (Su)

At 3rd level, a yueren paragon can walk or stand on walls or other surfaces for a number of times per day equal to the yueren’s Charisma modifier (minimum 1). She can move along vertical surfaces and even ceilings while she is temporarily free of gravity. This lasts for a number of rounds equal to half her character level. The height she can achieve on a wall or other vertical surface is limited only by her movement rate and the surface. If this ability’s duration ends while the character is still on a vertical surface or ceiling, she will fall prone, taking falling damage. Treat a wall as a normal floor for the purpose of measuring her movement. Passing from floor to wall, wall to floor, wall to ceiling, or ceiling to wall costs no extra movement. Opponents can make attacks of opportunity as she moves along the surface.

The yueren paragon can take other move actions moving along a wall; however, if she does not complete her move, she will fall. Likewise, she could make an Acrobatics check along the wall to avoid attacks of opportunity. Any items the character drops while using this ability fall to the character’s feet, not to the floor. Her hair and clothing behave as if she were standing upright. Gravity favors the surface she stands on: quivers, weapons, coins, and other held items will not fall from her person. To the character, the surface she stands upon is the ground.

Dodge (Ex)

At 3rd level, a yueren paragon gains Dodge as a bonus feat, even if she does not meet the prerequisites.

Mobility (Ex)

At 4th level, a yueren paragon gains Mobility as a bonus feat, even if she does not meet the prerequisites.

Superior Vision (Ex)

At 5th level, a yueren paragon’s vision improves, dependent on her sub-race.

If she is a yueyangren, her low-light vision improves to superior low-light vision; she can now see four times as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of dim light. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions. In addition, she gains a +4 competence bonus on Perception checks based on sight.

If she is a yueyinren, her darkvision improves to superior darkvision; she now ignores the 20% miss chance due to concealment caused by dim light (even within the area of a deeper darkness spell). In addition, she no longer suffers from light blindness.

Acrobatic Charge (Ex)

At 6th level, an evolved yueren gains the ability to charge in situations where others cannot. She may charge over difficult terrain without suffering any movement penalty. She must still make appropriate checks to successfully move over the terrain.

Fast Movement (Ex)

At 6th level, a yueren paragon’s land speed is faster than a normal yueren by +10 feet. This beneit applies only when the yueren paragon is wearing no armor, light armor, or medium armor, and not carrying a heavy load. Apply this bonus before modifying the yueren paragon’s speed because of any load carried or armor worn. This bonus stacks with any other bonuses to the yueren paragon’s land speed.

Spring Attack (Ex)

At 6th level, a yueren paragon gains Spring Attack as a bonus feat, even if she does not meet the prerequisites.

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