Torani/Tor’Drani (Savage SDF)

Physical Description

Descending from a canine species, the Torani are a furred humanoid creatures with a tail. Most are similar to the Terran canines and their colors vary based on their pack. They have a pack mentality which has now grown into a complex political structure. Torani were once purely carnivorous but have grown omnivorous through time.

The Tor’Drani are an off-shoot race of the the Torani, genetically manipulated for space travel and stellar colonization. They resemble more of a wolf or coyote, being humanoid mammalian with a tail. Physically, the only major difference between them and the Torani is coloration. Physiologically, they are only slightly different and can interbreed, if their social norms ever allowed it. However, because of the fierce rivalry and pride between them, it rarely, if ever, happens.

 

Average Size: 1.65 m
Average Mass: 58 kg
Average Life-span: 190 yr.
Reproduction: Heterosexual, viviparous
Body Temp: 38 degrees C

Historical Details

One of the older races in the region, the Torani originated from world called J’Vaara III – an Earth-like world thriving with life and active ecosystems. In it’s early years, this world was a sight of destructive wars for centuries, as the Torani Noble Packs ravaged their world in intra-racial conflicts.  After peace was declared by the surviving Noble Packs, the society formed around the social abhorrence of physical violence.  Instead, the society worked out their difference covertly, through political intrigue.  The aristocracy grew in power as the shadows were filled with more death and violence than any wars in the past.

Finding stellar travel difficult for their species, they genetically manipulated (uplifted) primitive ape-like wolves to explore for the use of exploring their system and eventually neighboring systems.  Thus was born the Tor’Drani.  Unfortunately for the Torani, the Tor’Drani did not suppress their penchant for war.

In a few short decades, the Torani had built a small stellar nation – a burgeoning empire – with the Torani noble packs ruling over the worker class Tor’Drani.  The Torani medical technology was developed to that helped them to adapt to space travel.  However by then, many of the in-system colonies were dominated by the Tor’Drani, as were the few interstellar colonies.  When the noble packs of the Torani arrived to claim their property, the Tor’Drani naturally revolted.

The slave rebellion started on the outlying colonies of the J’Vaara system.  Unprepared for it, the Torani took heavy losses and most of their outer system colonies were lost.  Revenge for the harsh treatment as slave lead the Tor’Drani to treat their Torani prisoners even worse.  This spurred on the Torani to fight back, seeing these actions as an extreme affront to their honor.

The inevitable J’vaaran War rendered J’Varra III an atomic wasteland.  J’Vaara IV was colonized and terraformed to a reasonably habitable level for the Torani. However, in the end, the Tor’Drani gained little in the war.  For years after, both factions prospered in their own way.  Scientific growth prospered among the Torani, with the development of genetic and psionic engineering. Since then, all Torani have had a tendency to some level of Psi power. Despite the end result of the way, the Tor’Drani also flourished.   Permanently the worker class of the Torani Empire, they banded together in Guilds. The became the craftsmen, engineers, spacers, pilots and space station operators of the Torani Empire.  Like the noble packs, the Tor’Drani Guilds grew in power.  The Torani controlled the money, and the Guilds controlled the resources.

Then the Sathar invasion.

The Sathar attacked at the point when both races were at their peak of prosperity.  The Sathar underestimated the resolve of both races, as well as their ability to put aside their differences for a common cause.  After a generation of war, the Torani and the Tor’Drani were able to force out the Sathars from their system.  From this war, both races were able to extract advanced faster-than-light drive tech, and other advanced technologies.  With the advent of FTL flight, rather than stay the Tor’Drani took opportunity to leave the system to find a new world to thrive on – named Yuetania, after the fabled rebellion leader.  From there,  the Tor’Drani built considerable merchant fleets with the intent of contacting other civilizations and trading with them.  Still considered part of the Torani Empire, the Tor’Drani see themselves now as partners in the joint efforts of the two races. However, there is still some deep seeded animosity between the two races.

The Torani have the ability to speak Pan-Gal Common, but also have some languages within their race. I’kang’li –Ancient language of the Elders, used in religious and other traditional ceremonies. Ika’Ara –The language of the Higher Packs, the ruling Noble Packs of the homeworld.  The Tor’Drani have the ability to speak Pan-Gal Common, but also have some languages within their race. G’kang’li – This is the principal language of the Tor’Drani. Pack Languages

The Torani are friendly to most Frontier races, except the Humans, who they see as barbaric monkey men. The Torani know very little about the Dralasite or the Vrusk, and approach them with respect and interest. They don’t respect the Yazirians, considering them relatives to the Humans. The Humma are considered their mammal brothers, the Ifshnit are considered pests, and the Osakar are approached with hesitation because of their appearance.

The Torani respect power, loyalty to ones duty to ones noble pack. Like their terrestrial equivalents, the Torani are very sly and deceiving. Their political structure represents centuries of evolution around those two aspects of their society; deception and the honor of the pack. Above all, loyalty to the noble pack is important. The Torani have a hard time gaining trust from the other species, because of their deceitful ways around politics, but they are the more powerful politicians in the region. They gain power through stabbing their foes in the back, while smiling at them all the way. However, because of their honor, they are at times very trustworthy. It’s just hard to judge when they are being honorable and when they are being conniving.

The Tor’Drani believe in relaxation, and physical pleasure. They are strong hedonistic, and polygamous. They are very extravagant and eccentric and respect honor, quick wit, and a sense of humor. They are a very relaxed and pleasant race. They respect expression of ones’ inner self and uniqueness, and a good deal for interesting items. The Tor’Drani have no problems with any of the races. They accept them as all equal, although some the K’Dasi do get on their nerves. They consider the K’Dasi as a pain. Of all the races in the Frontier sector, the Humma are the most respected for their uniqueness compared to all the other Frontier races. The Humma is considered a brethren race.  Most Tor’Drani are expert merchants and salesman, and most trust them for their word in that regard, unlike the Torani brethren. They have a strong belief in the free market.

The Torani basic social unit is the monogamist nuclear family. These families are members of a noble packs, and the packs are structured in a complex nobility political organization . Each centers around their own specific goals and routes of gaining power. The females of the pack and family tend to run the society, with the males being the lower sex. Males tend to be less deceitful then the females.  The Tor’Drani society is polygamist, where families are more communal.  Where the Torani packs are based on honor, tradition and merging family lines, the Tor’Drani pack is the family and the family is the pack.

Pack Determination and Naming

The Pack is the central social structure both the Torani and Tor’Drai. The Torani family serves the pack; working to honor the Elders. Their packs are a strict structure of tradition, title and prestige.  Meanwhile with the Tor’Drani are more about trade and craft.  Their packs are more structured like merchant guilds.

To determine what pack a character is from, roll on the following chart or with the GMs approval, the player can choose his/her own pack. Each pack has been traditionally better at something than other, but not all members of that pack do that one thing. They all have a conglomeration of occupations and interests.

Torani Noble Pack Table

Roll 2d10Pack Name/TranslationNotes
2-3Sha’ir Niar/Night ThunderRuling pack. Rules with strength of will. Got to the top by out-conniving the other packs. Perhaps the most deceitful of all the packs
4-5Tarla Orsi/Life’s RiverOnce the ruling pack, politically ousted by Sha’ir Niar. Seeks revenge against them.
6-9Sha’a J’lera/Death WindThe darker of the packs, the population is dominated with psionic talented members. They are the best assassins in Torani society.
10-11Usir Niartim’li/Storm’s EndOriginating from the sea-faring Torani, they are traditionally the pilots and navigators of their society.
12-13Shla Shlior/Steel SwordOriginating from the mountain dwellers of the early Torani, they are the larger, more physically powerful of the Torani
14-15Ha’a
Niar/Lightning Strike
Originally rain forest dwellers, these are the societies best hunters.
16-18Tak’Lat’Tiar/Steel IceThis pack, traditionally having a lighter coat than most Torani, stemmed from the northern and southern most areas of the homeworld. They are the best explorers an survivalists.

On a roll of 19-20, the character is one of two things:

(1) A member of a far less significant pack. The lesser packs align with one or more of the major packs. The player can name his own pack, but must roll again on the chart above 1d3 times (or pick) to determine allegiances. Rolls of 19-20 count as no allegiances. If in the end, no allegiances are made, then the pack is a fledgling one, just starting out in the power structure of the Torani society.

(2) A commoner, with no pack alliances. They have the least honor in Torani society, and are considered as low as Tor’Drani. They receive a -5 social modifier.

Torani are named in the following way: Gender Identifier or Noble Title, followed by Given Name, followed by Noble Pack Name. The gender identifiers are as follows: Ors=males; Orsa=female. Titles range for Knights/Dames to Dukes/Duchesses to Lords/Ladies (translated, of course). The mother’s Pack is the family pack. Fathers are brought in from minor packs aligned with the major pack or on occasion, from the commoners.

Tor’Drani Pack Table

The Tor’Drani are Merchants of the star lanes. They travel in immense merchant caravans that sometimes number in the hundreds. They trade to all their goods and services. When a Tor’Drani merchant fleet arrives, it’s like a world wide carnival.

d100PackNotes
01 – 02Yisik Nias’Li (Nova Light)Largest pack, most technological advanced. They are the most traditional and honorable Tor’Drani. Some suspect this group has access to Precursor or Tetrach technology.
03 – 04Shata’Ha (Flame Wind)This pack split off from Deep Space when they went exploring. While they were away, Flame Wind gained power and influence. Flame Wind is extremely hedonistic, and laid back.
05 – 07Sha’a Nor/Comet TailThe most anti-Torani pack of all Tor’Drani, they at times commit terrorists acts against the Torani. They are also the most militaristic.
08 – 10Korla’Bin/Black HoleThis is a mysterious pack. At one time in the Tor’Drani history, it was lost, only to return a generation later, and not long after that the Sathar War ended.
11 – 13Met’iya Arna/Soaring MoonThis one of the last packs to have left the home system, hoping at some point to return. They are the strongest advocates to re-integration with the Torani, but realize that the Torani want it even less than the other Tor’Drani.
14 – 17Orta’Tarago/Crater’s DepthThis home fleet has a stronger work ethic than most, but they still make time to play. They tend to have more rare minerals to trade than most other home fleets; most are expert geologists and miners.
18 – 21Asira’Donja/Deep SpaceMost hedonistic of the Tor’Drani, life is a party to them. It is rumored that they have explored the furthest edges of the galaxy and know of many space routes in and out of these areas. They tend to be stronger in the astrogationeer sciences.
22 – 29Sadriem’Taral/Pulsar’s FlareFor the longest time, this home fleet orbited a pulsar, hiding from the J’Vaarian probes and the Torani. They did not participate in the Brethren War. They have since lost the coordinates to the pulsar system, and seek to possess them again.
30 – 37Donjal Mon/Space’s EdgeThis home fleet is more physically stronger than most. They are usually 10% to 15% larger than the average Tor’Drani. Gladiatorial games are common with in this home fleet.
38 – 50Tomaran’Ak/Nebula’s GraceThis home fleet hid in a nebula after the Tor’Drani evacuation of their colony worlds. It did not participate in the Brethren War, because of it’s small population at the time. They actually have established a few stationary outposts in and around the nebula, and are mining it for gas, and other materials.
51 – 62Ararin’Nam/Moon CrestA lesser, younger home fleet, it has only one home ship, and a handful of freighters. They are the most ambitious of the Tor’Drani to gain power, and there is a rumor they are dealing with certain factions within the Torani society.
63 – 74Tosh’man Or/Asteroid’s MajestyA young home fleet, this group of Tor’Drani built their home ship by hollowing out an asteroid.
74 – 86Anoro’Fen/Eye of the Gas GiantYoung home ship fleet made up of several outcaste factions.

Senses

Except for an extended sense of smell, both the Torani and the Tor’Drani senses are the same as Human’s.

Speech and Languages

The Torani have the ability to speak Pan-Gal Common but also have some languages within their race. I’kang’li –Ancient language of the Elders, used in religious and other traditional ceremonies.  Ika’Ara – The language of the Higher Packs, the ruling Noble Packs of the homeworld.  The Tor’Drani have developed their own sset of languages but also speak Pan-Gal common.  G’kang’li – This is the principal language of the Tor’Drani, a sort of slang version of Ika’Ara.

Attitudes

The Torani are friendly to most Frontier races. The Torani know very little about the Vrusk, and approach them with respect but caution.  They find the Dralasite interesting.  The Humma are considered their mammal brothers, the Ifshnit are considered pests, and the Osakar are approached with hesitation because of their appearance.  Yazirians and Humans are approached with mutual respect but caution as well.

The Torani respect power, and loyalty to one’s duty and ones noble pack. Like their terrestrial equivalents, the Torani are very sly and deceiving. Their political structure represents centuries of evolution around those two aspects of their society; deception and the honor of the pack. Above all, loyalty to the noble pack is important.

The Torani have a hard time gaining trust from the other species, because of their deceitful ways around politics, but they are the more powerful politicians in the region.  They are perceived as a species that gains power through stabbing their foes in the back, while smiling at them all the way. However, because of their honor, they are at times very trustworthy. It’s just hard to judge when they are being honorable and when they are being conniving.

The Tor’Drani believe in relaxation, and physical pleasure. They are strongly hedonistic and polygamous. They are very extravagant and eccentric and respect honor, quick wit, and a sense of humor. They are a very relaxed and pleasant race. They respect expression of one’s’ inner self and uniqueness, and a good deal for “interesting items”.

The Tor’Drani have no problems with any of the races. They accept them as all equal. Of all the races in the region, the Humma are the most respected for their uniqueness compared to all the other Frontier races. The Humma is considered a brethren race. Most Tor’Drani are expert merchants and salesman, and most trust them for their word in that regard, unlike the Torani brethren. They have a strong belief in the free market.

Social Structure and Standards

The Torani are very social beings. The Torani basic social unit is the monogamist nuclear family. These families are members of a Noble Pack, and the packs are structured in a complex nobility political organization . Each centers around their own specific goals and routes of gaining power. The females of the pack and family tend to run the society, with the males being the lower sex. Males tend to be less deceitful then the females.

The Tor’Drani are the workers of the J’vaaran  Empire. They control the various resources and workers of the Empire. They trade to all, their goods and services. When a Tor’Drani Guild fleet arrives, it’s like a worldwide carnival.

Pack Determination and Naming

The Noble Pack is the central social structure of the Torani. The family serves the noble pack; working to honor the Elders. To determine what pack a character is from, roll on the following chart or with the GMs approval, the player can choose his/her own pack. Each pack has been traditionally better at something than other, but not all members of that pack do that one thing. They all have a conglomeration of occupations and interests.

d8 Noble Pack Notes
1 Sha’ir Niar Ruling pack. The name translates to “Night Thunder.” Rules with strength of will. The got  to the top by out-conniving the other packs. Perhaps the most deceitful of all the packs.  They are made up of warriors and military leaders.
2 Tarla Orsi Translated to Life’s River, they were once the ruling pack, politically ousted by Sha’ir Niar. They seeks revenge against them.
3 Sha’a J’lera Translated to Death Wind, this is one of the more darker of the packs, the population is dominated with psionic talented members. They are the best assassins in Torani noble society.  They are allied with the Sha’ir Niar.
4 Usir Niartrim The Storm’s End, they originating from the sea-faring Torani,.  They are traditionally the pilots and navigators of their society.  They work directly with the Tor’Drani, traditionally.
5 Shla Shlior Originating from the mountain dwellers of the early Torani, they are the larger, more physically powerful of the Torani.  Their name translates to Shining Sword.  They were once the royal guard of a past noble pack, who earned their way into their own pack.
6 Ha’a Niar Originally rain forest dwellers, these are the societies best hunters. Translated, they are Lightning Strike.
7 Tak’Lat’Tiar This pack, traditionally having a lighter coat than most Torani, stemmed from the northern and southern most areas of the homeworld. They are the best explorers an survivalists. Their name translates to Ice and Fire.
8  Minor Pack  There are a dozen or so Minor packs.
d12 Guild Notes
1 Yisk’Lyar The Nova Light Guild are the most traditional and honorable Tor’Drani. They trade is high technology.  Some suspect this group has access to Precursor or Tetrarch technology.
2 Shatha’Ha The Flame Wind Guild are the best pilots, explorers and ship builders in the Empire.  Flame Wind is extremely hedonistic, and laid back.
3 Shar’ah Nor The most anti-Torani Guild of all Tor’Drani, they have been suspected of committing terrorists acts against the Torani. Translated to Comet Tail, they are a mercenary and weapons guild, supplying anyone that needs them supplies of weapons and manpower.
4 Korla’Ban This is a mysterious Black Hole Guild, they deal in psionic tech as well as rent out their psionically gifted members.
5 Met’iya Arna The Soaring Moon Guild are merchants in raw currency, property and related deeds.  They are the bankers and brokers of the Empire.
6 Orta’Tarago The Crater Depth Guild has a stronger work ethic than most. They are the miners and raw material processing guilds and tend to have rare and refined materials.  Most are expert geologists and miners.
7 Asira’Donja The Deep Space Guild, are the most skilled in the astrogationeers and deep space explorers, as well as stellar scientists in the region.
8 Sadriem’Taral The Pulsar Flare Guild deal primarily in energy, and it’s various means of production.
9 Donjal Mon This Star Edge Guild started out as the gladiatorial games guild but has grown into the entertainment guild of the Empire.
10 Tomaran’Ak The Nebula Grace Guild trades in rare gases mined from gas giants and nebulas .  They have several stationary outposts in and around regional nebula and gas giants, mining them for gas and other materials.
11 Ararin’Nam A lesser, younger Guild, The Moon Crest Guild are the freight haulers of the Empire. They are the most ambitious of the Tor’Drani to gain power, and there is a rumor they are dealing with certain factions within the Torani society.
12 Tosh’man Or The Majestic Asteroid Guild is a group of Tor’Drani that specialize in space and colony construction.

Torani are named in the following way: Gender Identifier or Noble Title, followed by Given Name, followed by Noble Pack Name. The gender identifiers are as follows: Ors=males; Orsa=female. Titles range for Knights/Dames to Dukes/Duchesses to Lords/Ladies (translated, of course). The mother’s Pack is the family pack. Fathers are brought in from minor packs aligned with the major pack or on occasion, from the commoners.

The Tor’Drani usually work their Guild name of the father or mother into the offsprings name.

Racial Abilities

Short Range Telepathy (+2):  Both Torani and Tor’Drani have the ability to send short messages mentally to nearby allies.  They must have line of site and the target must be a willing recipient.  A simple Spirit check is required to pass on a message.  This can be performed once a day for Novice characters, twice for Seasoned, 3 timers for Veterans and so on.

Natural Weapons – Claws (+1): STR+d6 damage. He doesn’t count as an unarmed defender.

 

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