Usually around a pace tall.
Brownies are a small race, and their features are mostly human save for their pointed ears. Unlike their brethren pixies, brownies do not have wings. Normally they are dressed in woodland clothing that they’ve harvested from their forest homes, mostly due to its practicality. Such clothing consists of leathers, leaves, pliable barks, pieces of acorns and bone. Due to their tribal nature they are sometimes adorned with brown markings and tattoos to camouflage themselves virtually unseen in the forests. This may make them appear untidy to other races, but they prefer the obscurity. The generic distinction between males and females from a physical standpoint is the same as humans. However, they tend to dress identical with little discrepancy. Homes usually consist of large squirrel nests in trees or rabbit burrows. Some will be decorated with plain feasible furniture and pelts.
Example Description of a Brownie
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Usually, their cheerful and wild demeanors are misconstrued as pranks and tomfoolery, with little concern for civilities. But beyond this, brownies are a fairly innocent race, filled with eager fun-loving energy. Brownie society is very unorganized to the point where they have no organized system of government or law. Most groups of Brownies don’t even have villages, instead, they stay in small clusters of families strewn through the forest. Due to their lack of community, they are often eager to meet other Brownies, and when they cross paths, are known to chat for hours or travel together at random. Some Brownies are known to be ignorant of their size to the point where they won’t even relinquish themselves to a hearty orc. They do best when they act in numbers, and rarely ever take on an adversary alone. They are often accompanied by a forest creature for travel and as an ally.
Brownies have a strong infliction to protect nature and work hard to coexist in the wild without disturbing the natural habitat. Sometimes they are friendly to travelers who pass through their territory, but should that traveler harm things along the way, Brownies tend to show no remorse. Most travelers will pass through a forest and find some of their valuables missing after unknowingly passed through Brownie territory.
Disclaimer: Brownies are not meant to attack anyone who happens across the forest or happens to be hunting for food. Anyone using this as an excuse to PK meaninglessly will be whomped. They, like pixies, do not act like children. Which means they do not gawk at “shinies”, do not talk with a 5 year old vocabulary, or anything relatively similar. Brownies are also not crazy.
Brownies are agile yet small creatures. They are just as cunning and quick-witted as humans, even if they are more naive. Their small stature limits their physical strength, but they are surprisingly resilient. Due to their relationship with their brethren pixies, they also have an above-average affinity with music. They do best when in the wilderness with natural adaptability. Due to their earthy nature, a lot of geomancy magic tends to do less against Brownies than other races. However, because of their secluded nature, they are more prone to poisons and diseases than most. Their tiny form allows them to easily hide in the wilds, move quietly and see clearly where others cannot.
Tips for Playing a Brownie
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Brownies are a newer race, originally created to coexist and protect the forests without disturbing the natural environment. During the Age of Strife, an army of humans camped throughout Mistwood, using its resources to no avail for food and shelter while waiting outside the gates of Mahalia. The war trudged on for months, and the resources of Mistwood quickly became depleted. It is said that when the Brownies and animals attacked, the entire army disappeared, with only their left behind equipment as proof that they even existed. Most elves attribute the Brownie involvement in saving their glorious city, but it was soon forgotten.
Notable Brownies Throughout History
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Human – They are boundless. There are some whom we can call brother and live within our forests, but they differ so much it is difficult to tell who to trust.
Orcs – Orcs are good allies to have due to their strength and size. Their culture is a bit too serious but they’ve never looked down on us.
Hydrelean – They can be useful if you need help crossing some form of water, there is much we can learn about these water spirits.
Aeromis – They are to be respected. They may be weak, but they are wise and noble creatures who respect the wild.
Pixies – Our brethren whom we must protect. They aren’t bad lookin either!
Elves – Snobby stoned-forest dwellers mostly. Ask for some gold if they are lost in the forest, for you can be sure they carry a heavy purse.
Centaurs – There is much we can lean from each other, they are good friends of our kind and respect our ways.
Felar – The only creature who can be just as tricky as us! You may never meet one, but if you ever do, be sure to count your gold!
Dwarves – They are moody, they stink, and they are SO FUN TO PICK ON! They can never catch us!
Giants – I’ve never met a giant I could understand. Their heads are always in the clouds and they perform weird rituals. I tend to stay away.
Gnomes – I never really know what they are saying, but they do make interesting contraptions.
(This is the general concept of the race. Advent allows for diversity and originality when it comes to racial concepts and background, as long as it is within reason. Physical references to races should remain within the norm. Feel free to use your creativity should you choose to do so. Brownie image created by: Richard Whitters)