Genasi are human-derived planetouched infused with the power of the Elemental Chaos, often as the result of crossbreeding between humans and the powerful genie races or other elementals that dwell in such planes, but sometimes through other means. Physically powerful and cunning, genasi are a varied race with abilities that vary depending on their lineage and individual experience.
Genasi are quite common in the Alin Regios. In fact, most genasi living today can trace their ancestry to one of the great genie houses of the Alin.
Genasi Racial Traits
|Average Height:||5’7" – 6’2"|
|Average Weight:||130 – 225|
|Ability scores:||No bonuses or penalties|
|Elemental Origin:||Your ancestors were native to the Elemental Chaos, so you are considered an elemental creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.|
|Elemental Manifestation:||Choose one manifestation from the list below. That manifestation is part of your nature. Each manifestation offers particular benefits. As a basic action you can change which element you are manifesting. You must wait a number of rounds equal to (10 – Endurance rating) before you change your manifestation again. Your appearance changes based on the element you are manifesting.|
|Stormsoul: You gain resist 5 lightning.|
|Windsoul: You gain a +2 bonus to Reflex saves and Initiative checks.|
|Firesoul: You gain +resist 5 fire.|
|Earthsoul: You gain a +2 bonus to Fortitude saves and +2 on all checks to Bull Rush or to resist Bull Rushes.|
|Watersoul: You can breathe underwater. You also gain resist 5 cold.|
|Causticsoul: You can breathe underwater. You also gain resist 5 acid.|
|Plaguesoul: You gain resist 5 necrotic.|
|Embersoul: Whenever you successfully dodge and attack, you can teleport up to 30 feet in any direction as a free action.|
|Magmasoul: Whenever you take fire damage, your melee attacks deal 1d6 extra fire damage until the end of your next turn.|
|Voidsoul: You gain a +4 bonus to all Will saves.|
Genasi are physically similar to humans in many ways, standing at 5’7" to 6’2" on average, just slightly taller than the average human. Between 130 and 225 lbs on average genasi are also a fair bit heavier, though not significantly. In all other ways though genasi are very distinctive from their human kin. Genasi are in a constant state of elemental energy, having no “neutral” state they can fall back on. Each genasi has a native elemental state, known as a “manifestation,” which is passed down to them through their ancestry. A few, however, learn to master more than one manifestation.
Regardless of their elemental manifestation, each genasi’s body is etched with strange lines of energy that glow in a color associated with the element that the genasi is currently manifesting. These lines, called szuldar in Primordial, appear in a pattern that is passed along family lines, sometimes extending into small communities as well. Though the patterns may be similar between relatives in a general sense, however, the specific configurations are unique to each individual and serve much the same purpose that fingerprints do amongst humans and these lines remain unchanged even when a genasi changes their manifestation.
Though szuldar usually remain unchanged throughout a genasi’s life it is possible to alter them through scarring. Some genasi do this deliberately for aesthetic reasons or in order to disguise themselves. Most genasi, however, disapprove of the practice and see it as a loss of self-awareness, valuing the patterns they are born with as a mark of their identity. Proud genasi display these lines with pride, often wearing clothing that leaves at least some skin exposed.
Genasi live on a lifespan comparable with humans, though slightly longer, reaching 75 years on average barring accident or violence. Some members of the race live as long as 90 or 100.
The physical qualities that genasi display when using different elemental manifestations are summarized below.
- Earthsoul: Brown skin; golden energy lines and eyes; bald with golden energy lines glowing on the head.
- Firesoul: Ruddy bronze skin; fiery orange energy lines and eyes; flickering flames coming out of the energy lines on the head.
- Stormsoul: Purple skin; silvery energy lines; glowing crystalline silver spikes on the head.
- Watersoul: Seafoam green skin; bright blue energy lines; bald with blue energy lines glowing on the head.
- Windsoul: Silver skin; light blue energy lines; glowing blue and gray ice crystal spikes on the head.
- Embersoul: You have gray-black skin adorned with black fissures and patterns. Your eyes are jet. Smoke and ash swirl about your head, building in intensity when you call upon elemental power.
- Magmasoul: Bright red patterns shine out from your coal-black skin. Your eyes shine with scarlet light, and darkness floats across their surface, as in a lava flow. Heat radiates from you.
- Causticsoul: Green skin; green-black energy lines; bald with green-black energy lines glowing on
- Plaguesoul: Dried blood-colored skin; black energy lines; ruddy shreds on the head as of rust.
- Voidsoul: Black skin; energy lines of the deepest lack of color; bald with utter darkness rising from the head.
Generalities about a genasi’s elemental manifestation are sometimes contradicted by the race’s changeable nature. In most regions where genasi live, the dominant manifestation is the one most closely associated with the region’s environment.
Genasi who have more than one manifestation think of themselves as having multiple personas. A genasi who is quick-tempered and passionate while manifesting firesoul might be a much more deliberate person while manifesting earthsoul. When free from the demands of travel or conflict, genasi who have multiple manifestations sometimes change manifestation as a method of expressing their mood or their intentions.
Genasi philosophers believe that genasi were created as a compromise between chaos and the world’s divinely crafted forms. A few genasi internalize that contradiction and struggle to eliminate one or the other of their natures, becoming maniacs of chaos or disciples of order, but those genasi are the exception. Most simply enjoy the connections that their elemental nature gives them to the world.
Genasi have no longstanding animosity toward any other races. Neither can they be said to be sure friends of any other race—not even their own. In human cities, some genasi prefer to deal with one group of friends while manifesting one element and keep a different circle of friends in another manifestation. Other genasi find friends who can deal with all their forms.