On the Table of Fate
At once the greatest of the human races and the lowest, the Solarans are a people without a home and heirs to a history which has been lost to the sands of time. A minority that has been assimilated into other human cultures throughout Moravia, not only are there no Solaran communities, but because of intermingling with the other races, the Solarans as a people do not truly even exist. No pure blooded Solarans are known to exist on Annwn in the present day, a fact for which most others races are eternally thankful. Despite this, the tell-tale traits of Solaran ancestry still show themselves in the occasional human, a sure sign of Solaran ancestry far in the past. How much of a problem this heritage proves to an individual depends on the culture in which the Solaran now lives. In Durian and Jotun lands, Solarans are greeted with distrust and superstition, while they are generally accepted as equals by the Celenese and Sandoran cultures. Showing signs of Solaran ancestry in Hrakan society is a source of great shame, which is still better than the treatment Solarans receive from the Rhuinearean, who kill them on sight. Oddly enough, no Solarans traits have ever been observed in the Jen.
Two thousand years ago, during the dawn of the 5th age, the Solarans stepped into the pages of Moravia’s history. No modern historians know where the Solarans originated from, but they possessed tremendous inborn magical powers, beyond the abilities of even our most powerful modern sorcerers. Within the space of a few short decades, the Solarans rose to power over virtually all of Moravia, brutally subjugating not only the human realms, but most of the sentient races on the continent’s surface. It is thought that eventually, Woden, god of magic, took pity upon the enslaved humans and taught them the gift of understanding and shaping magical energies, thus creating the first wizards. With the help of these wizards, the races united and rose against the Solarans, finally casting them down through a long and bloody war. The final fate of the Solarans is unknown, but by the end of the conflict, all traces of Solaran culture vanished, along with most of the Solaran race, victims of unimaginably destructive magic. Only a handful of Solarans escaped this purge, scattering throughout Moravia. Today, no trace of the Solar Empire remains, and those carrying the signs of Solaran heritage remain targets for discrimination and hatred. The long memories of the elves, in particular, well remember the brutality of the Solarans, and find it difficult to trust those who visibly bear the mark of Solaran heritage.
Though no pure Solarans exist, those who seem to exhibit Solaran ancestry the most strongly tend to exhibit common traits. Solarans have pale skin, ranging from pale pink to very lightly tanned in hue. Solaran eyes are invariably a dark, emerald shade of green, while their hair is a fiery red, ranging to auburn in those with less Solaran blood. This last feature has led to the Solarans frequently being referred to as “the fire kissed” a term also used to refer to the (presumably fiery) demise of the great Solaran empire. Tall and thin of frame, the average Solaran male stands 6’2" tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. Women are shorter but equally thin, standing 5’7" and typically weighing 135 lbs. Solarans typically have long, thin fingers, and fine, elongated facial features, as often strikingly beautiful as oddly disturbing. The Solaran language, while still studied by historians and sages, is for all intents and purposes dead, and Solarans speak the language of whatever subrace has adopted them. Similarly, Solaran descendants have no traditional names of their own, but instead choose their names according to the culture they live amongst.
Solaran blood seems to carry a natural disposition for arcane magic, as many sorcerers show obvious signs of Solaran ancestry. Solarans may become mages as well, although they do not possess a natural inclination to this area as they do to sorcery. Solarans tend to worship the same deities as the culture in which they live. Solaran dress and mannerisms are also reflective of their adopted society, although continued prejudice tends to ensure that few Solarans enter the upper levels of society, remaining forever trapped in poverty and the lower echelons of society.