Ur-Obun

The Obun had not explored beyond their solar system before the Second Republic arrived to usher them into the commonwealth of Known Space. They were treated better than most alien races due to their obvious link to the Ur, but they were no longer the masters of their own destiny.

One of the first Obun to explore the stars was Ven Lohji, who became one of the Prophet’s eight disciples, and returned to Obun after the Prophet’s death to preach her message, creating what would become the Obun sect of the Universal Church (Voavenlohji in the Obun language). However, an unfortunate incident during the Dark Ages involving an Ur-Obun priest and a Church bishop resulted in a religious war which wiped out a large part of the Ur-Obun population. Most of them still live on their homeworld of Velisimil, under the watchful auspice of House Hawkwood.

Obun have few strictly defined family units. They honor their mother and father, but the task of raising a child is taken up by every Obun. An uncle or aunt will often take charge of a child’s schooling, but all Obun have a responsibility to the child. When an Obun goes bad (becomes a criminal or murderer), those Obun involved in his upbringing blame themselves and usually retreat from their worldly duties for spiritual contemplation or pilgrimage, pondering what they did wrong.

The Obun have a government composed of an elected Ruling Council called the Umo’rin. Candidates must volunteer for public duty, and must pass the ‘Ordeal’: a rigorous test of the applicant’s physical, mental and spiritual capabilities. Once the candidate has passed this test (most do not), his or her seat on the council is rarely contested. They are one of the very few races in the Known Worlds who do not have a noble, although there are levels of rank in the Ruling Council which are somewhat equivalent.

Appearance
Most Obun are brown-skinned, as if deeply tanned, although racial divisions exist: bronze, red and yellow-skinned Obun are known. Their hair is usually black and their eyes are black and pupilless. They tend to be thinner than the average human, but they are generally more nimble.

Leading Ur-Obun
Soleel HanSeer (head of the Ruling Council), Bishop Forsti HanKavak (head of the Obun Church), Bran Botan vo Karm (Emperor Alexius’ left-hand counsel).

Roleplaying Notes
The Ur-Obun are sought out as third party diplomats and peacemakers, but they can be vicious if they turn their minds to it. Their culture values learning and philosophy over all other pursuits, and Obun have a knack at answering questions which have long plagued others. While their culture differs from that of humans in the Known Worlds, they have lived among humans long enough to mix well (pickng up as many bad influences as good, some Obun say). An Obun can expect a respectful (if somewhat cold) reaction from most humans he meets.

Most Ur-Obun are born with advanced occult abilities (either Psi or Theurgy), and have a well-developed, moral belief structure to support their powers. For this reason, they are often more trusted as psychics than are human psychics.

Ur-Obun Species Template

Attributes
  • Fitness 2(4)
  • Coordination 2(5)
    • Dexterity +1
  • Intellect 2(5)
    • Perception +1
  • Presence 2(5)
  • Psi 1(5)
  • Force 1(5)
  • Essence 1(5)
Skills
  • Athletics 1(2)
  • Charm 1(2)
  • Culture, Ur-Obun 2(3)
  • History, Ur-Obun 1(2)
  • World Knowledge, Velisimil 1(2)
  • Meditation 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Lojmaa (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
  • Appearance: Attractive (+1)
  • Excellent Hearing (+2)

Ur-Obun

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