Tieflings

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Tieflings are creatures born of mortals with fiendish ancestry. Tiefling's ancestry often lies far up the family tree, usually the result of an ancestral pact with a Fiendish entity. A tiefling is not be confused with a half-Fiend, which is genetically half mortal and half fiend due to procreation. Due to the Abyssal nature of a tiefling's conception they are considered their own separate race, closer to devils or demons rather than their mortal surrogate parents. Tieflings contain none of the blood of the mortal lineage it is born from, their appearance is based on the fiend involved in its creation. Parents of tieflings often abandon or kill them at birth due to the shock of giving birth to a fiendish creature. Most tieflings never know their Fiendish sire until well into their adult lives. Since there are a limited number of Demons and Devils almost all tielfings have the possibility of being related through their fiendish ancestry. With fiendish blood and traits to match, tieflings are often shunned and despised out of reactionary fear. The power of their blood calls nearly every tiefling to fury, destruction, and wrath, often compelling them with the thirst for the immense power they were initially created to wield. It is unknown if tielfings can die by natural cause such as age or sickness, however this by no means makes them immortal creatures; they can still die from the same fatal wounds just like any mortal being.


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History

In ancient times when Demons and Devils sought to rule our world they called upon mortals to produce heirs. Through the use of dark magics they taught these mortals a ritual that would infuse one of their descendants with the blood of a Fiend. In time these mortals passed on never knowing what became of their creation, never knowing if they truly did create the fiend's heirs. Eventually after centuries the first Tielfing was born, he was almost instantly killed and the mother was burned at the stake for witchcraft. Realizing that their creations were not strong enough to truly rule in their place the fiends decided to abandon their heirs, and leave them to be shunned by both mortal and fiend alike. Many Centuries passed and over time a few hundred tieflings were born, few lived unto adulthood and most were killed at birth or in youth. While most mortals never wanted to know how these fiendish creatures existed, some tieflings took it upon themselves to discover how they came to be. Due to the revelation of their abyssal origins, mortals continued to hate and distrust tieflings even more than they already did; many of them killing innocent tieflings for fear that they may try to fulfill their ancient purpose. As a result of their slaughter tieflings are incredibly rare, and often go about hoping to be unnoticed.


Personality

Most tieflings were aware from an early age that they were different from others around them, and were given to strange urges and desires because of their unusual ancestry. Few tieflings were raised with the love a normal child might expect to receive and this shaped most of their race into bitter individuals who expected eventual betrayal from all whom they meet. Majority of the time a tiefling would follow this path towards evil, rejecting wholeheartedly any desire to make a good impact on the world around them. Because of this many tieflings are known as distrustworthy sons of Baator, unforgiving and without remorse. While it's not impossible for a tiefling to grow up to be good at heart, to this day it has yet to be documented. It's unknown if this could be a dark reflection of the worlds own cruelty, or if it is just simply the nature of their fiendish blood that compels them to live the life their ancestors intended for them.

Above all things, tieflings are born with the desire to smite their would-be victims in the after life. So while most tieflings themselves aren't inherently good, it IS in their nature to punish those who have condemed themselves to an afterlife in Baator. Tielfings have the natural ability to empathically sense the darkness in the souls of the living, and when confronted with a soul of intense darkness they are compelled to reach out and burn it away. For only those who's hearts know true evil burn in the eyes of a tiefling. Be it a kind-hearted king who has commited heinous atrocities in the name of his people or a serial killer, an unruly Tiefling WILL seek violent repentance for your sin if they see fit. Teiflings have no true alligence outside their natural code, they will surrpound themselves with all manner of lifeform. However the souls of the greedy, the wrathful, Liars, traitors, man or beast are natural enemies and prey of the tiefling.

Anatomy

Though certain common characteristics recur in many tieflings, their overall appearance can vary greatly from individual to individual as most tieflings tend to resemble their Fiendish sire. All tieflings have a set of horns resembling the ones carried by their sire. Tieflings are omnivores but prefer meats overall. This is represented by their fanged maw, and a set of long, talon-like nails. All tieflings have a long prehensile tail which, like many other tailed creatures, can be used to determine their emotional state. Tiefling ears are naturally long and pointed; they have incredibly sensitive hearing able to hear speech from up to a mile away. Tieflings are born with natural immunity to extreme heat; this is due to their fiendish traits coming from beings born in hellfire. Tieflings are also known to wear fiendish war paint. This is likely used primarily as a way of looking more ferocious in battle and to scare off any unwanted passersby.


Baator and it's Masters

Baator is the home of all greater demons, it is a dimension forged for the soul purpose of punishing those who have given their immortal souls to the demons/devils who rule it. Baator is split up into nine sections, each defined by their forms of punishment. there is said to be only one way to enter Baator from the Material Plane, although this entrance is said to change location. Only the bravest of warriors or greatest of fools have attempted to find this path, though not all live to tell the tale. It is believed that the doorway will never appar to the unprepared, for the path to Baator is frought with danger. It is said that if you are ready to take on such a quest you must enter a deep and dark forest on a foggy night, there will appear a sign and a stone path which reads "abandon all hope ye who enter". Somewhere along the path the forest will begin to disappear and the path will lead into a cave. Within the cave awaits a three headed chimera. Once the chimera is defeated, a Portal to Baator will open.

The first Section the path will lead you through is a quiet and ghostlike forest village of Limbo. The village is large and filled with people, however these people are all bored and tired for they have been waiting there for eons. this section of hell is where non-evil mortals who for whatever reason sold their immortal soul to the Masters of Baator go to wait out their eternity. in limbo the real tortue is the abscence of it, and any hope for escape, it's a rather tame and boring place to wait out eternity. The greater demon Barbatos is rules over this land, forever preventing these lost souls from escaping the Limbo. It is believed by many that Barbatos was the first mortal to ever die, and was reborn as a powerful demon. Barbatos is said to take the form of a Large Bat-like creature and has a crown-like set of 4 horns upon his brow.


(Section Under Construction. Baator is loosely based on the D&D plane of the same name, and the nine circles of hell from the Devine Comedy. Much of it's lore is complete, and if you're familiar with those works then you likely have a pretty solid idea of the direction it's going in. It is being activley being put onto the wiki, however my time is limited and my writing skills are poor. if you hyou are an aspiring tiefling and want direct information from myself before it's up, ofr id you have some ideas of your own, please contact Mad Jak Theron.)



Tiefling trivia

  • All tieflings were concieved when the earth was still new. The knowledge needed to create more have been lost to time. This is why they are so few in number but becoming more common now than they were in days long past, the incubation period has come to pass. New Tieflings cannot be concieved, as that magic has been lost to time. However this does not mean new tieflings cannot be born every day for the next millenia. All that were destined to be, have been made already and will inevitably be.
  • Tieflings only age from infancy to adulthood - once they reach adult hood at roughly age 15, their aging is slowed to the point of being practically immortal, only significantly aging every couple decades or centuries. Because no tieflings have ever lived and aged long enough to die naturally no one really knows if they even CAN die naturally. Unfortunately, because of this it's statistically shown that every tiefling is tragically killed eventually, usually through accident, natural disasters, combat, suicide or murder. Interestingly, unlike Half-Fiends, Demons, and Devils, a Tiefling is a mortal creature and can therefore be resurrected as an undead like any other mortal creature.
  • Although it is common for tieflings to only have 2 horns it is not unheard of for tieflings to have entire crowns of horns.
  • Tieflings more often than not grow up to be hermits shunned or shunning society for their mistreatment in youth. Because of this, many tieflings spend their spare time with their nose stuck in a book, resulting in mastery of science, magic and alchemy.
  • Tieflings that are not hermits often use their fiendish appearance to gain power and become leaders of crime syndicates and famous outlaws.
  • Most, if not all tielfings are related through their fiendish ancestry. This is due to the fact that there are a limited number of Demons and Devils to create tielfings, and all demons and devils are related one way or another.
  • No two tieflings can come from the same mortal bloodline, since each bloodline can only make the deal once.
  • While tieflings are infact born through a surrogate mother, their flesh and blood is actually the composite of the "flesh and blood" of their fiendish sire and the reborn skeleton of the mortal who made the deal.
  • Technically speaking, teiflings do not have "blood" like all creatures of Baator, hellfire is all that flows within their flesh.
  • Tieflings can't be set on fire, however their clothes still can. This often results in embarrassing moments when walking out of a burning building or climbing out of a volcano.
  • Tiefling horns are a incredibly rare hallucinogen illegal in most dimensions. If a Tiefling's horn is ground into a fine powder and consumed with a meal or drink, it causes a mild high for up to 18 hours. Alternatively, if the powder is inhaled through the nostrils it can cause a euphoric and intense drug state lasting up to 72 hours.
  • While tieflings do prefer the taste of meats, they are known to enjoy the taste of apples when craving something more green or sweet. Whether or not this is an actual part of their natural diet or just cosmic irony is unknown.
  • Tieflings cannot procreate with other tieflings. Not only would this be a bad idea, but neither parent would have the nessicary genetic material to creat a Tiefling child. Teiflings are essentially "shooting blank canvases" that can only be made into a "painting" when a mortal applys "paint". Meaning they can procreate with other races, but their children do not take on their fiendish traits and instead take on the dominant traits of their non-tiefling parent.
  • There is no such thing as a partial or half Tiefling as creating one is scientifically physically historically and magically impossible. Tieflings can ONLY be born as Tieflings.
  • Tieflings are not Monsters, instead they (Much like Aasimars) they are considered Outsiders; creatures whose origins can be found in other Dimensions/Planes from earth.

Garb Requirements

example of a tiefling kit
  • Horns of varying size and shape
  • Black claws
  • Sharp teeth
  • Long goblin-like Ears
  • A thin long tail varying shape and design (most are spaded)


Known Tieflings

Known Clans

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