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Calibans - Roleplay Resource
« on: September 17, 2006, 07:56:10 PM »
Calibans

The basis for the caliban race is two-fold, it is based on the Hunchback of Notre-Dame and the character Caliban in Shakespear's play The Tempest. Information about those characters can be found there:
-Caliban:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliban_%28character%29 / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tempest_%28play%29
-Quasimodo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quasimodo / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame

These are collected resources on calibans from the canon source material.

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Calibans

Orcs are unknown in Ravenloft, even as creatures of legend. For this reason, no half-orcs are native to the Land of Mists. However, creatures do exist that fill the half-orc's role: calibans.

Thankfully rare, Calibans are twisted humans exposed to curses or foul magic while still in the womb. The birth of a caliban in a community is often seen as a sure sign of the presence of witchcraft specifically, the corrupting aura of a hag.

Calibans are physically powerful but misshapen humanoids. No two Calibans look alike, but common deformities include twisted backs or limbs, asymmetrical features, bristly skin, or tusklike teeth. Calibans are widely considered brutish, savage creatures; their name is a corruption of "cannibal," stemming from their most infamous reputed habit. In truth, many Calibans are simple-minded, petty brutes, but this is often the product of their upbringing. Rejected as monsters, most calibans spend their lives hidden in dank cellars or flee civilization to roam the wilds. In truth, a Caliban's heart can be as pure and noble as that of any human.

Use the racial characteristics of the Player's Handbook half-orc when creating a caliban player character. Pick the Caliban subrace under Land of Mists in the subraces menu.

Homelands: As creatures of unnatural origin, calibans can hail from any populated domain.

Most are born in lands where magic is relatively common, such as Darkon, Hazlan, and Tepest.

Base Outcast Rating: 5

Source: Ravenloft 3E Campaign Setting, page 30
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Re: Calibans - Roleplay Resource
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008, 12:39:40 AM »
Caliban canon subtype:

Howling or Wailing Ones

While many of the calibans of Mordent display the variety of deformities common to their race (if that is what to call them), a certain set of characteristics seems more common to Mordent than elsewhere, what is called Howling or Wailing Ones. These calibans are born with chalk white skin and hair, pure black eyes, and wide, distorted mouths, as though set in a perpetual unearthly howl. They also tend to be more wiry than other calibans, though retaining the peculiar strength of these cursed beings, and the birth of a caliban is considered a sure sign that a powerful spirit rests uneasily nearby.

Source: Ravenloft Gazetteer III, page 59
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