Engro

Engros (which means “fellows” in their language) are
a diminutive race of travelers of northern origin, driven
far south by the Blizzard War. They live a nomadic life,
traveling the Hearthlands and outer Hellfrost in their
brightly-colored caravans. Though most earn a living
as healers, tinkers, and itinerant laborers, they have a
reputation for being thieves and ne’er-do-wells. In many
instances, this is well-deserved.

As the situation in Rassilon worsens, with the hardening
winters lengthening each year, more frequent attacks
by bandits and monsters, and growing wars in Sutmark
and Vestmark, the engros are slowly beginning to lose
their nomadic ways. In Rushton, there is a sizable permanent
community of the diminutive folk.

Despite being disliked by many peoples, engros are
optimistic and high-spirited, even in the face of overwhelming
danger. Though they have a strong will, they
are far from stubborn, and appreciate those who change
their ideas to suit ever-changing circumstances. Engros
are, however, naturally suspicious of outsiders, considering
them unclean, uncouth, and ignorant. It is not
an attitude which endears mutual understanding and
cooperation.

Both sexes dress in brightly-colored clothes and wear
headscarves. The coloration and pattern of the scarf
denotes one’s tribal affi liation and allows engros to
determine whether a fellow engro is friend or foe, long
before they get into weapon range. Tribal rivalries can be
extremely violent, for despite their small stature, engros
are fierce fighters and rarely back down from a fight.

Engros are religious by nature, though they rarely
participate in organized ceremonies. Most families have a
cleric to a single god, and when families meet, the clerics
of the various gods perform ad hoc ceremonies. Though
engros can learn elementalism and hrimwisardry, most
practice a form of druidism, calling upon the natural
magic of Rassilon.

Engros average just 3’ in height, though rare members
have been known to reach as much as 4 feet. Their hair
runs the gamut from white to black, although their eyes
are usually brown or green. Most live for 70 years, though
100 year-old engros have been recorded many times.

Names: (Male) Bertrem, Jym, Odbert, Oxbow, Rodgar; (Female) Daisy, Foxglove, Petunia, Rose. Engros have never used surnames, believing that a name holds power. Since it is thus impossible to distinguish one Bertrem from another on name alone, they consider themselves safe from curses and other evil magics.

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