THE DESCENT OF MAN


One of my players always maintained that a series of characters of his, the Tavistocks, were not quite human. Recent developments have shown that this may, in fact, be the case.

While on an excursion into that time before Time Began (10-15,000 before 'their' present) the group ran across some 'beast-men', a type of semi-sentient apes. One of the characters, Sinner-begone Tavistock - a so-called 'Lesser Tavistock' (so named because they are smaller but brighter than other Tavistocks), decided to try teach the beast-men to make fire (among other things, such as bows and decent spears). After some time he succeeded, and thus started them on the road to full intelligence.

In the course of their travels Before Time the group also met a Primal Elf (un-fallen, of course) who put them up while they did what they'd come for. In the course of conversation with the PCs he found out about the Tavistock's experiments with the beast-men and this inspired him to begin his own research, which ultimately resulted in him creating humans from beast-men, elfs, and a sample of that Tavistock's blood (which he demanded in return for resurrecting a couple of party members).

Thus the party is responsible for the creation of the human race, to which half the party is at least partly a member. It also means that Sinner-begone is an ancestor to humanity and in some part creator of another intelligent race - something that is part of the only known path to apotheosis (something the PCs are currently unaware of).

A summary of the development of the human race on Arles:

Old version:

    Beast-Man
        |     Primal-Elf
        |         |
        |        /
        |_______/
        |
        |
     High-Man
        |
        |
        |
    Modern-Man
        \      Hobgoblin     Ogre
         \          |          /
          \         |         /
           \        |        /
            \       |       /
             \      |      /
              \     |     /
               \    |    /
               Droch (Orc)
New version:
    _________________
   /                 \
  /      Beast-Man    \
  |        |      \    \  Primal-Elf
  |        |       \   |   /
  |        |        \  V  /
  |        |         \___/
  |        |           |
  |        |           |
  |        |        High-Man
  |        |           |
  |        |           |
  |        |           |
  | Greater-Tavistock  |
  |      \         Modern-Man
  |       \           /  \
  |        \         /    \      Hobgoblin     Ogre
  |         \       /      \          |          /
  |          \     /        \         |         /
  |           \   /          \        |        /
  |      Lesser-Tavistock     \       |       /
  |             |              \      |      /
  |             |               \     |     /
  \_____________/                \    |    /
                                 Droch (Orc)

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