Much like the kagaribito, the vessel are a created race. Unlike the kagaribito, however, the vessel were created by the kami themselves. The first vessels were created by infusing dolls of sticks, earth, and flower petals with tama; humble origins that can still be seen in their spindly limbs and earthy smell. The first vessels were infused with tama, not simply powered by it, and as such are complete, living beings, not constructs. Personality:
While vessels are nearly always down-to-earth and straightforward, they can also be quite stubborn. Once a vessel has made a decision, they'll stick to it, and once a vessel has set their emotions, there's no changing them. It's been said that there are two vessel families that have maintained a grudge against each other across millennia, and that members of both families can state precisely what happened to start the grudge, even though no extant member of either family was alive at the time of the incident. Physical Description:
Vessels are shorter than most of the races in the records, and incredibly slender and spindly. They have pale brown-grey skin, white hair, and long, pointed, furred ears, which start white and end in black tips. Vessels have very knobby joints, which are often thicker than the limbs they are attached to. Relations:
Vessels get along well with the kami, the kagaribito, and the noin, and have no enemies amongst the other races of the records. Vessels don't get along well with the atlach, and vice-versa. The vessels see the atlach as uncaring taskmasters, and the atlach see the vessel as recalcitrant workers. In the outer worlds, vessels get along decently with elves of all stripes, but fall just on the wrong side of the uncanny valley for humans. Alignment:
Vessels, like most of the creatures in the Records, tend towards neutrality. Vessel Lands:
Vessels live in equal parts amongst the more forested parts of the Marsh of the Lost and the more suburban parts of the City of Marrow. Those vessel who live in the City of Marrow tend to do so in Tower-controlled areas, and most vessels work under the Tower in one way or another. There are a few small vessel settlements in the outer worlds, typically amongst deep forests. Religion:
Vessels, like most of the creatures in the Records, worship the kami. Language:
Vessels, like most of the creatures in the Records, speak Moji. Vessel player characters speak Common, and vessel living in the outer worlds speak whatever language is used around them. Names:
Vessel names are fairly simple, with a first name describing a trait of the vessel or a trait the vessel's parents would like them to have and a last name formed from either the vessel's father's or mother's first name. Adventurers:
Vessels don't adventure frequently; the vast majority of vessel adventurers have done so on command of the kami. However, there are those vessel who have taken up adventuring to repay a debt or get back at a grudge.VESSEL RACIAL TRAITS
- -2 Strength, +2 Wisdom: Vessels are very spindly, and lack the musculature of other races. However, their connection to tama grants them insights other races would pass over.
- Medium: As Medium creatures, vessels have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Vessel base land speed is 30 feet.
- Flow of Tama (Su): Whenever a vessel would recover tama, she recovers tama as if her technician level were 2 levels higher. In addition, if a vessel dies and is brought back to life, she automatically recovers tama equal to her tama capacity, as modified by this trait.
- Gift of Tama (Su): Whenever a vessel recovers tama, she gains temporary hit points equal to the amount of tama she recovers. These temporary hit points last for 3 rounds.
- Surge of Tama (Su): Once per day, as a full-round action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity, a vessel can recover all of her expended tama. If she does so, she cannot recover tama by any means until all her tama is either expended or invested. Upon regaining the ability to recover tama, the vessel becomes fatigued for 1 minute.
- +4 racial bonus on Knowledge (nature) checks: The vessels' connection to tama and their earthy origins lends them an innate understanding of life.
- Automatic Languages: Common and Moji. Bonus Languages: Any (other than secret languages, such as Druidic).
- Favored Class: Miko. A multiclass vessel's miko class does not count when determining whether she takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing.