Great travelers, the elemdar are a proud race of people. Aside from their place in the civilized cities and settlements across Sordane, you will find elemdar in large numbers traveling as nomadic communities. There are four known types of elemdar: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. The element the mother was closest to at birth will dictate the element of the elemdar child. A fire elemdar mother can give birth to a water elemdar child.
The elemdar race was originally born from humans. During strong convergence storms, a human mother exposed to a strong element would give birth to an elemdar child. This rare occurrence happened only when the magic in the air was surging during a convergence storm.
The nomadic tribes of elemdar go about birth and reproduction differently. If an elemdar were to give natural birth to its child, it would be a human. In order to maintain their heritage, the shamans and wizards of the elemdar tribes and villages perform a ritual known as “The Birthing.” This ritual is performed by shamans, wizards, and family members as well during the labour. Often the tribe will seek out their common sacred elemental locations of birthing in order to influence the child’s heritage to one element or another; but in tough situations, a piece of sordalite crystal imbued with elemental magic is held close to the mother’s belly during the ritual to induce the magical mutations. Regardless of the element of the child, all children of elemdar parents are welcomed into the society.
There have been no known births of a pure human child in any elemdar society for countless centuries, though it would be possible in theory.
The elemdar are very secretive and very protective of the people who travel with them but that is not to say that they are not some of the most welcoming and warmest people in Sordane. In the beginning of their existence, they were ostracized from civilized society for their seemingly unnatural births. Through years of growth, cultural development, and strife, the elemdar have come to be seen as kindly, wise, and powerful folk with the ability to harness the elements and sail the winds of Sordane with ease. Unfortunately, elemdar born to human parents are often still abandoned or cast out as unwanted children, though some of them are lovingly raised by their human birth parents without prejudice or fear. The communities of elemdar constantly seek out the outcasts to join their communities and offer a sense of belonging and family.
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