Bhokwe and Atenáati, The Unchallenged Twins

“So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition,
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem.

-William Shakespeare,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The Bhokwe

Bhokwe are tall, thin, humanoids that resemble antelope. Most have horns, either spiral shaped, arched, or straight. They are not hunters as they predominantly eat plants rather than meat, but they are exceptionally skilled with bow and spear, and in battle, their archers can only be matched by the most skillful of elves. Those with a propensity toward magic often have an unusual trait, such as golden colored horns, purple eyes, or pure white fur. Children with these traits are given extensive training in order to master their gifts, but those without them may also learn magic if they are capable.

Champions of the Savanna

Swift of hoof and keen eyed, the Bhokwe are easily able to evade most dangers of the expanses of grassland they dwell in. Their innate skill with ranged weapons ensures that they are able to deftly combat those few dangers that foolishly pursue them anyway. Were they predators, they would be the apex hunters of all they survey, but they are content to only cull the numbers of animals whose population has grown to a point where it endangers the natural balance of the ecosystem. Among them are many druids who commune with the fey creatures of the wilderness and assist them in protecting the cycles of nature.

Otherworldly Origins

The legends of the bhokwe say that the first of their kind simply walked fully-formed out of a heat ripple in the air. Scholars speculate that it may have been a planar gate from another realm, citing the elemental language these antelope folk speak or their easy interaction with fey and other nature spirits, but there is extensive debate about exactly which plane they might have been created from. The bhokwe themselves find the topic to be irrelevant, as they hold that their kind simply did not exist prior to the event, and as such they are beings of this world no matter what power might have created them.

Two People

Curiously, a second group of bhokwe who call themselves atenáati, seem to have appeared and lived in a distant, more temperate region. Despite no record of any major contact between the two groups, and some superficial differences in appearance, their cultures and the legends of their creation are virtually identical. There is one known case of individuals from both groups having children together, confirming that they are the same species despite their independent origins. Where most bhokwe have horns, the atenáati instead have branching antlers. Furthermore atenáati tails tend to be shorter, and they do not have the dark stripes along their sides and backs that are common among bhokwe. There are rumors—though they may be mere speculation—that there are still other populations of bhokwe elsewhere in the world as well.

Bhokwe Names

Bhokwe and Atenáati take a new primary name every thirty years, with the name translating to something related to either an important moment of the past period of their life or an aspiration for the next. They will still respond to their previous names, and in formal situations may list their previous names as well, but they only have one current name at a time.

Feminine Names: Anele, Cebisa, Esihle, Funani, Jabulile, Khanyisile, Liyabona, Mhambi, Nambitha, Nomathamsanqa, Simangele, Thulisile, Yibanathi, Zobuhle

Masculine Names: Abongile, Bhekumbuso, Khanyiso, Khwezi, Lwazi, Mpilo, Nkosi, Sibongiseni, Sindisa, Sivuyile, Thamsanqa, Uluthando, Xabiso, Yomelela

Feminine Atenáati Names: Cuhtahlatah, Iakonie-ien, Kahentinetha, Kaiennenhawi, Katsitsienhawi, Konwakeri, Nikawenna-a, Onerahontsokon, Otsi’tsa, Skawennahawi, Tekonwenaharake, Walela, Wathahi-ne

Masculine Atenáati Names: Akwiraron, Desagondensta, Enoli, Gulkalaski, Kariwase, Ratonhnhaké-ton, Sganyadái-yo, Tekaronhió-ken, Tsio-kwaris, Twah’kohl, Utsidihi, Wahya, Yonaguska

New Species: Bhokwe

    Common Personality Traits: Vigilant, confident, quick to action
    Common Physical Traits: Very tall, slender, horns (or antlers), incredibly swift, vegetarian
    Type: Medium biped fey with a Reach of 1. Your maximum wounds equal your Constitution score.

  • Attributes: +2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution
  • Base Speed: 50 ft.
  • Accomplished Marksman: You gain 1 skill point each time you gain a permanent Ranged Combat feat.
  • Lean Season: You require only 1 common meal per day.
  • Light Sleeper: Sleeping is never a Terminal Situation for you.
  • Fend: You gain the Fend trick (see AC, page 140).
  • Snap Shot: You are considered to be Aiming during the first ranged attack you make each round (see FC, page 228).

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