Talk:Kurent (5e Race)

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Score: 6
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Cost Racial Trait
3 Plus 1 to Strength, Dexterity, Constitution
0.5 Long Fur
1.5 Thick Skin
-0.5 Unsubtle
-0.5 Gullible
1 Rural Wisdom
1 JeÅūklub
6 Total

This class was a lot of fun to design. Kurents are based on the creatures of Slovenian folklore of the same name. This, in conjunction with my own Slovenian heritage, lead me to base a lot of their culture after Slovenian culture and mannerisms. For example, their welcoming nature towards other races but disdain for other kurent clans stems from the notion that Slovenians are wonderful hosts to foreigners, but are constantly trying to one-up their own neighbors. Their proclivity for feasts and festivals comes from the Kurentovanje festivals in Slovenia, where kurents are depicted as figures of hedonism - not to mention how a lot of Slovenian families I knew growing up had an affinity for lots and lots of good food. (I feel like I should cover my bases and say that, to the best of my knowledge, there is no precedent of Slovenians eating humans. They differ drastically from the kurents in that regard.)

Their zakonje system is based on fairy tales my grandfather (who was born in Slovenia and deeply proud of it) told me growing up. Most of the heroes of these tales would rely on their cleverness rather than strength to survive, usually by twisting and manipulating the rules without breaking them. There's this one I remember that, sadly, I have not been able to find since (though there is an Indian fairy tale that is strikingly close), in which a peasant falls in love with a princess, and tells the king he will do anything to marry her. He gives his blessing, with the caveat that they cannot marry at night or at day, nor inside or outside. After thinking about this for days, the peasant finally marries the princess as the sun is rising and in the threshold of a door - neither at day nor at night, neither inside nor outside. Whereas the heroes of these fairy tales navigated the rules through cleverness, I thought it would be funny if the kurents navigated the zakonje through incompetence. DaandyyRaandyy (talk) 22:45, 22 March 2019 (MDT)

Nice race. Was a wholesome read. —ConcealedLightChatmod.png (talk) 07:18, 23 March 2019 (MDT)
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