This page is far to long, and needs to be paired down. That being said, it also needs to have information about the corrupted soul Genasi added.
Excerpts from The Ecology of the Genasi by Rodney Thompson, published in Dragon 367 in September 2008
The true dawn of the genasi race has been long lost in the tumult of the ages, but stories abound regarding their origins. The most prominent origin story, and the one sages near and far believe is true, is that the genasi are the result of dalliances and pacts made between ancient humans and elemental beings such as efreets and genies.
Long ago, human wizards known as sha’irs bound themselves to elemental beings with magic, bargaining with genies to gain the knowledge and wisdom those ancient elemental being possessed. After spending decades in such close proximity to their gens, these wizards became infused with elemental power, so much so that their own offspring were transformed by these elemental energies.
Other humans engaged in more traditional unions with elemental creatures that had disguised themselves as humans, and eventually enough children of such unions were born to create a true breeding race, which would come to be known as the genasi. As a result, the genies, dao, djinn, and other humanoid elemental beings of the world are seen by genasi as distant cousins, even ancestors, and are afforded a greater degree of respect than other races offer. A darker twist on the genasi origin tale, and one considered an insulting heresy by genasi, is that the genasi were created long ago by agents of the primordials. This tale, often whispered in dark corners by those who secretly revere the primordials, tells of human worshipers who were taken from their homes and twisted using elemental magic, creating men and women who could command the elements
as easily as most humans eat or breathe. These new beings were meant to be the scions of the primordials and were commanded to go forth into the world and multiply. Adherents to this origin story believe that when the agents of the primordials created the genasi, they did so with the intention that the genasi would be the heirs to the world and would pave the way for a future where humans, elves, dwarves, and other races had been wiped out and replaced by the superior genasi race. This belief is widely held by heretics who worship the primordials and is not a tale genasi acknowledge.
Yet another tale tells of a brave band of human warriors, their names and identities long lost in
the annals of time, who traveled to the Elemental Chaos to steal the primordials’ power. Of the many who set out on this quest, only five survived to see it through to its end. The craftiest, most powerful, most cunning, and bravest of these heroes snatched the elemental power away from the primordials, in the process becoming forever changed. These five heroes became the progenitors of the genasi race, and each one embodied a different manifestation and became
revered by those who believed this tale to be true. Their names have become common names in genasi society, and tales of their adventures are staples of genasi households.
Regardless of which one (if any) of these stories depicts the true origin of the genasi, over time the genasi went through a transition period where they passed from being half-breeds into a full-fledged race of beings with their own unique culture and physiology. This transitory period began when genasi of all different types began drifting together, forming small communities and living among their own kind. These settlements started small and remained small, since many of the early genasi were already well integrated into other societies by virtue of their ancestors. However, as more and more genasi began forming pocket communities, a true genasi culture took form.
While many races rose from small settlements to form vast Empires, some of the genasi
communities became thriving city-states, but the chaotic nature of the genasi made extending the
authority of these city-states difficult. For example, the windsoul genasi are reluctant to take part in any sort of permanent establishment, while firesoul genasi have quick tempers that make it difficult to maintain long-term diplomatic relationships. Many of the genasi city-states crumbled as their inhabitants scattered to the four corners of the world, and others
were taken over, either through hostility or through an infflux of outsiders, by other races.
The recent history of the genasi people sees them
integrating themselves into multicultural environments and thriving there. Possibly because genasi share so many traits with humans (indeed, there is a reason that all the genasi origin stories involve humans in the creation of their race), genasi fit in well alongside humans, and most human cities are also safe havens for genasi. Likewise, genasi with different manifestations have made themselves valuable members of other communities; earthsoul genasi, for example, Earthsoul genasi commonly make their homes among the dwarves, who share their affinity for the stone and steel. In modern times, the genasi remain scattered, but they live in nearly any civilized settlement.
Genasi resemble humans in many ways, but they have
strong elemental features tied to their manifestation.
Every genasi has a series of elemental lines etched
into the skin from birth, and these lines glow with
a color associated with the element they manifest.
These energy lines, called szuldar in primordial, are
unique to each genasi. Similarities can exist in the
szuldar patterns between genasi of the same family,
or even living in the same area due to intermingling
bloodlines, and genasi speak of a “family resemblance” when comparing szuldar. For many genasi,
one’s szuldar are a point of pride, and many wear
clothes designed to show off the szuldar. Some genasi
are known to acquire tattoos designed to highlight
or otherwise enhance their szuldar, and almost every
genasi has an extremely sensitive understanding of
even the subtlest variations in szuldar.
When a genasi is born, most of his szuldar are
already fully formed in the patterns that remain for
the rest of the genasi’s life. Sometimes physical alterations to a genasi’s body, such as scarring or intentional
modification, can also alter the szuldar patterns, but
this is a rarity. In fact, since genasi strongly identify
their individuality with their szuldar, most see actual
alterations to their szuldar as causing a loss of selfawareness, and avoid it. Some genasi, particularly
those on the run from the law, have their szuldar
altered by scarring or magical means to hide their
true identities, but this is typically a last resort.
Though their origins are likely tied to a blending
of bloodlines, genasi are a true breeding race that
produces offspring that share their elemental traits.
Genasi who produce children typically share at least
one elemental manifestation, though rare exceptions
to this rule exist. Likewise, the child’s primary manifestation is a matter of genetics; if both parents share
the same primary manifestation (or, if both parents
have only one manifestation and they share the same
one), chances are extremely high that the child has
the same manifestation. In essence, firesoul genasi
have firesoul genasi children. Heredity becomes a
bit muddied when the parents are of mixed manifestations, or if a particular family has a mixture of
different primary manifestations throughout the
generations. Essentially, a genasi child’s manifestation
is inherited from his or her ancestors, just as humans
inherit hair and eye color or other physical traits.
Genasi children are born with a single manifestation that typically remains their primary and
only manifestation through young adulthood. Since
genasi of the same manifestation gravitate toward
one another, genasi children spend a good deal of
time around others with their same manifestation,
and they develop their mastery of elemental powers
through exposure to other genasi doing the same.
Similarly, genasi children that are exposed to other
manifestations are more likely to develop a second
elemental manifestation. Though the relationship
between a genasi child’s upbringing and the ability
to manifest a second element is not fully understood,
scholars believe that proximity to alternate elemental
manifestations is enough to trigger a second manifestation in a genasi. Likewise, genasi children that grow
up in regions where the environment does not mirror
their own elemental manifestation are highly likely
to develop another manifestation later in life. For
example, a watersoul genasi that grows up in a dwarven hold high in the mountains is likely to develop an
earthsoul manifestation upon reaching adulthood.
Developing a second manifestation does not occur
until young adulthood, but some genasi adolescents
have been known to manifest a second element early.
Going through one’s first shift between manifestations can be a harrowing experience
for young genasi, since the transformation can come on suddenly and is
typically physically uncomfortable,
For genasi, shifting between two
elemental manifestations takes a
physical toll, though a small one. The
process of shifting manifestations is
more than just a change of clothes;
doing so is more like rebuilding oneself
piece by piece out of new materials,
and the result is feeling like having
one’s mind placed in an alien (if not
unfamiliar) body. The change happens quickly, and genasi with multiple
manifestations are so numbed to the
physical trauma that changing manifestations is no more than a passing
discomfort. It is no wonder that genasi
with multiple manifestations develop
multiple identities; such massive
reconstruction of one’s physical self
can be horrifying the first time it
A rare few genasi control their inner elemental
turmoil and manifest multiple elements simultaneously. The genasi, known as tempests, are in a
constant state of f lux between two elements. These
genasi embrace the chaos of elemental power within
them, allowing it to wash over their bodies. In much
the same way as genasi allow the elements to rebuild
their bodies during the transition between two elements, these genasi tempests keep their bodies
constantly changing—in part or in their entirety—
between the elements they manifest. These genasi
have a unique appearance, since their bodies appear
to shift between two manifestations constantly. A
genasi tempest’s body f lickers between elemental
states, and they experience a constant physical strain
of elemental f lux—a feeling that they embrace.
The most important thing to understand about genasi
is that their lives are dominated by the chaotic nature
of their elemental aspect. A constant struggle takes
place in the mind of a genasi, who must keep its
chaotic urges in check—at least long enough to
interact with members of other species. Even those
genasi with the best self control are described as
passionate by their comrades, since f lashes of joy,
anger, or sadness still break through even the most
disciplined genasi exterior. There is no such thing as
a true stone-faced genasi (though earthsoul genasi
probably come the closest), and cracks appear in even
the calmest genasi repose. Though it might seem like
genasi are impulsive and prone to outbursts, the truth
is that, with difficulty, most genasi control their inner
turmoil enough so that they are no more chaotic than
the average human.
Genasi philosophers believe that, regardless of the
truth behind their race’s origins, the genasi people
came into being out of a cosmic sense of balance.
These philosophers believe that the genasi people
serve as the fulcrum on which the balance between
the chaos of the primordials and the order of the
mortal races rests. According to this philosophy, the
genasi race came into existence when forces beyond
the gods or the primordials—believed by many to be
Fate, or something akin to it—deemed that the world
and all the planes needed something to serve as an
intermediate point between raw Elemental Chaos and
the law of divine creation. As a result, this philosophy,
which is embraced by many genasi, organizes them
into two distinct camps: those who embrace their role
as a tamer of chaos, and those who believe that they
were created to break free of the shackles of order.
The genasi that believe that the genasi race was
meant to tame chaos strive to do so first within themselves and then in the world around them. These
genasi are among the most lawful, ordered beings,
and they work hard to fit in among the other mortal
races, to whom they feel more attached. After all, they
reason, the genasi were meant to be brothers to the
mortal races, those races created by divine beings,
who could transform the chaos into order. These
genasi discipline themselves and keep their emotions
in check—they do not allow their passions to rule their
minds. That accomplished, genasi of this philosophy
then turn their attention to the world around them,
seeking to maintain order and stamp out lawlessness.
However, this philosophy, while lending itself well
to civilization, does not always equate to goodness.
Many genasi tyrants have embraced these same
philosophies, and they took it upon themselves to
impose order at the point of a sword. It is no surprise
that genasi who believe in this philosophy join
militaries or law enforcement organizations, such as
town guards of night watches
On the other hand, those genasi who see themselves as chaos made f lesh take a decidedly different
approach. They embrace their emotions and have
no compunctions about letting their passions dictate
their course of action. These genasi see their role
in the world as the breakers of chains (namely, the
chains of law), and they believe that their elemental
infusion is a gift, given to them by the primordials or
other cosmic forces, so that they can show the other
races of the world that chaos can liberate. These
genasi are wild, passionate, and excitable, but not
necessarily evil. Genasi who embrace this philosophy
lead rebellions against tyrants, steal from the wealthy
to help the poverty-stricken, and follow their passions
wherever they might lead.
One trait that all genasi share, regardless of their
level of self-discipline, is a strong sense of ambition.
Genasi have an inherent desire to better themselves,
or at least improve their station in life. They might
do so through the pursuit of power, or by earning the
respect of their peers, but nearly all genasi have great
dreams and aspirations. Genasi chase their dreams
with gusto, and though patience isn’t their strong suit,
genasi can put years of work into the pursuit of an
individual goal. The passionate nature of the genasi
keeps them pursuing their goals long after other, less
dedicated races would have given up.
Genasi are passionate beings, which is a result of
the surging elemental turmoil present in the fiber of
their very being. Even those genasi who have a strong
sense of discipline are susceptible to strong emotions.
They rage with more anger, they love with more passion, and they mourn with more sorrow than any other
race. Though genasi might keep a tight rein on their
emotions, once they allow their feelings to show, there
can be no question of their strength. Genasi clerics
thunder with righteous wrath, while genasi rogues
revel in the chaos they sow with maddened glee.
Regardless of their chosen profession, their passions
reach the highest peaks and the lowest valleys, many
times within the span of a single day.
Genasi are surprisingly good at adapting, for all
their strong emotions might make them passionate
about their own ways. Most genasi embrace change,
either as an inevitability (spawned by the swirling
chaos of existence) or as a natural part of existence to
be welcomed and celebrated. Change, in their personal lives or in the wider world, brings about new
experiences, new opportunities, and new allies. With
the ambitious nature of the genasi, every new opportunity could be a means of growing one step closer
to achieving one’s goals. In many respects, genasi
are among the most f lexible races when it comes to
accepting the changes that their lives have undergone.
Genasi bend with the breeze, but they do not break,
and they can adapt to almost any course of events that
their lives take.
Just as a genasi’s elemental manifestation is an
important part of its physiology, it is also a major component to its psychology. All genasi have a primary
manifestation from birth, and it is this manifestation
that defines the genasi’s basic personality. Most genasi
identify themselves, the very essence of their beings,
by their primary manifestation. Even if a genasi
learns to manifest other elements, its primary manifestation is at the very core of who it is as a person.
Humans and other races would call this their identity,
but for the genasi the personality defined by their
primary manifestation is so much more: It is a touchstone that the genasi uses to maintain the integrity of
its true self.
Likewise, genasi that learn to manifest multiple
elements might also develop multiple personalities,
each one associated with a different manifestation.
These personalities are not completely distinct from
one another (unlike those developed by humans with
mental illnesses), but rather are radically different
aspects of the genasi’s primary identity. A genasi with
multiple manifestations effectively has strong personality traits that come to the surface when a particular
element is manifested. A genasi who is manifesting
one element might behave completely differently
when manifesting another, though the same knowledge remains through both manifestations. Similarly,
a genasi might change its manifestation to better
match or express its mood, physically ref lecting the
emotions it feels at the time.
The rare genasi tempest that manifests multiple
elements simultaneously also has two strong personalities struggling for control at once. These genasi can
be called mercurial at best, since they switch between
strong emotions at the opposite ends of the spectrum
in the blink of an eye. A genasi tempest manifesting
two elements might seem somewhat schizophrenic at
first glance, even talking to itself as its manifestations
war for control of its psyche, though in truth these
genasi are no more unstable than anyone under great
stress or strain.
Though it might seem like genasi families would
be prone to breaking apart when passions run hot,
in truth genasi parents are monogamous and remain
so for most of their lives. Perhaps because the relationships between genasi rarely lose their spark or
become boring, genasi have large families with many
children, and in turn have large extended families
with dozens of aunts, uncles, and cousins. The fact
that genasi refer to other genasi as “brother” or
“cousin” is more than just a colloquialism—there is a
chance that the person they are talking to is, in fact, a
The following section includes notes about the
general personality traits of different genasi elemental
manifestations. These personality traits are commonly seen in genasi manifesting the related element,
though exceptions exist even within these common
Earthsoul genasi are frequently stubborn and immovable. They are strong like they mountains and they
know it. Earthsoul genasi also are proud and confident, and sometimes this spills over into vanity.
Coupled with the inherent genasi ambition, many
earthsoul genasi bend their strength into domination—physical or otherwise—of their enemies. Of all
the genasi elemental manifestations, earthsoul genasi
come the closest to possessing patience and engaging in contemplation. However, the true strength of
all earthsoul genasi becomes visible when someone
tries to push them in a direction they do not want to
go. When this happens, earthsoul genasi resist with
the might of the stone and the earth, and they knock
down anyone that stands in the way.
Of all the genasi manifestations, firesoul genasi
embody the passionate nature of their race the best.
Firesoul genasi are the most aggressive, most impulsive, and the easiest to anger. Among all the genasi
manifestations, they are the most in tune with the
raw power of their elemental heritage. Firesoul genasi
feels the raw energy at their fingertips and are among
the most eager to use it. They are highly competitive
as well, since they constantly seek a productive outlet
for their passions. The tempers of firesoul genasi burn
hot, but also fast, and once the heat of the moment
has passed, they are just as likely to jump from rage to
elation in a matter of seconds.
Wild and powerful as a sudden thunderstorm, stormsoul genasi are of the same mercurial nature as all
genasi, but while they can be slower to rouse, they
can be a far more terrible sight to behold. Stormsoul
genasi lash out at those that trouble them, like a lightning strike that is accompanied by a roar of thunder.
Stormsoul genasi are prone to brooding, but when the
storm of their emotions rolls in, nobody can do much
to stop it. Unlike firesoul genasi, stormsoul genasi can
control themselves under great duress for long
periods of time, but when they reach their breaking point, they snap and strike with sudden ferocity.
Stormsoul genasi in the grip of their own emotions
can be extremely unpredictable, since once they
reach the point of unleashing their rage, they must do
so until their wrath has run its course.
Watersoul genasi are strongly independent and determined to make their way on their own. Watersoul
manifesters, feeling close ties to rivers and oceans, see
themselves as possessing the same deep strength as
those great bodies of water. In many ways, watersoul
genasi can be recalcitrant, preferring to remain as
untamed as the rushing river. Watersoul genasi have
much of the same pride as earthsoul genasi, which
manifests itself in a kind of fearlessness unmatched
among others of their race. Since they can live both
on land and beneath the sea, they have a strong sense
of superiority; after all, they can go places where no
other members of their own race can go, so they feel
empowered by the ability to determine their own
path in life.
Quick of speech and of gait, windsoul genasi are
prone to f lights of fancy and rapid changes in mood.
They drift from one emotion to the next, though most
have an air of carelessness about them. Windsoul
genasi embody the genasi passion by quickly latching
onto emotions and riding them for a short time, then
just as quickly abandoning them. Windsoul genasi
don’t form strong attachments, at least not without
great reason, and as a result windsoul genasi are seen
as loners and drifters. Likewise, windsoul genasi are
among the most adaptive, and they can take whatever
comes their way with aplomb.
Genasi are one of the most culturally diverse races—
perhaps second only to humans. Owing to the fact
that they integrate well into other societies, genasi
culture is a melting pot of traditions drawn from
those of many other races. Despite their ability to
adapt to the customs of other races, genasi have
developed unique practices of their own as well. The
strong passions of the genasi people have made their
culture vibrant and dynamic, and life in genasi
society is compared to an ever-changing tapestry
woven of the brightest threads.
Genasi society is nearly as tumultuous as the genasi
themselves. The strong sense of ambition fostered by
the genasi leads to a constant struggle between those
in power and those seeking power. Likewise, one’s
social status is far from static; the genasi have no real
concept of a social class that cannot be transcended,
and few genasi would even understand the meaning
of “knowing one’s place.” Indeed, the genasi are constantly rising and falling in social status, and where a
genasi might be a revered member of the community
one week, he might be forgotten the next as another
genasi’s star is on the rise. As a result, few genasi look
down upon any other being based on social standing,
since the beggar you shun one day might be the governor of the town mere months later—at least in the
Genasi have no concept of nobility or hereditary
leadership, at least not of their own. They might adopt
these concepts when blending into other societies,
but left to their own devices the genasi people do not
divide themselves into social classes. There are only
genasi on the rise, and genasi falling out of favor. The
genasi do not believe in divine right, royal or noble
bloodlines, or any transference of prestige from parents to offspring. Each genasi must achieve its goals
on its own merits, and competition between genasi is
fierce. Although this creates a somewhat level playing field as far as social prestige is concerned, the
end result is that genasi society is like a constantly
bubbling vat, where the entire social structure churns
and boils, and can be radically different from one
week to the next.
Since genasi society is so mutable, genasi truly
believe (and rightly so) that no matter their current
situation things change eventually. Genasi find it
difficult to feel downtrodden in its society when fate
has brought ill fortune, since it truly is only a matter
of time before it can once again be in the limelight.
Likewise, wealthy and powerful genasi are rarely as
callous and unaware of the repercussions of their
actions as human nobles can be, and though their
fiery nature can lead them to be capricious and even
hedonistic, they never forget that all their stature
could be brought crashing down the next moment.
Fa mi ly
A genasi’s family holds a very important place.
Because it can be difficult for a genasi to form bonds
with others without a great deal of time and effort,
the genasi family is regarded as one of the few groups
where a genasi can establish true life-long bonds.
Though genasi families share the same problems and
issues as families in other races, it is far rarer that
genasi offspring become truly estranged from their
parents. For genasi, family might be the only other
people that they can rely on to understand them. Even
the bitterest feuds might lead to only a temporary separation, and even when family members are spread to
the four corners of the world, they still look forward to
In most cases, genasi children are raised by family
members who share an elemental manifestation with
the child. However, genasi parents go out of their way
to make sure their children spend time with genasi
of other manifestations, so that they gain a greater
appreciation for the differences between members of
their own race. This is particularly prevalent when
members of the genasi’s family have different primary manifestations; in some cases, genasi children
go to live with relatives with other manifestations for
weeks or months at a time, in the hopes that the child
can come to respect those genasi who are different. In
families with multiple manifestations, parents see the
exposure of their children to multiple manifestations
as being of utmost importance.
For the genasi, their elemental manifestation is central to the fiber of their being. Culturally, genasi of
different manifestations are not very different, much
like humans of different temperaments still share
most cultural trappings. However, a genasi’s manifestation is as important to it as its religion or profession,
if not more so. Though genasi respect the differences
between members of their race, when confronted
with prejudice against their manifestation, they anger
quickly. Anyone who discriminates against a genasi
due to its elemental manifestation might find the full
force of an enraged genasi confronting him or her,
since insults to a manifestation are the most offensive
anyone can make. Genasi are proud of their manifestations, but also sensitive, and they can be very touchy
about the subject unless it is breached with care.
As beings of great elemental power, genasi favor elemental magic as well. Genasi wizards are common,
and when studying the ways of the arcane, genasi
wizards research spells that are tied somehow to their
elemental manifestations. Since the genasi have a
built-in affinity for certain elements, they also have
greater control over elemental magic and bend such
spells to their will. When a genasi lashes out with
elemental magic, most beings know to stay out of the
Though the excitable nature of the genasi makes it
difficult for them to maintain the discipline of wizardly life, what they lack in control they make up for
in natural accuracy. Genasi spellcasters harness raw
power through strength of will and not through any
sense of finesse or study. However, since the genasi
knowledge of elemental forces is so great, other wizards value the insight of genasi spellcasters since they
can see things that wizards of other races would never
be aware of.
Genasi favor deities that share elements of their
portfolio with the genasi’s primary manifestation.
Genasi with multiple manifestations might also be
prone to calling upon multiple deities when in need,
depending on the current manifestation they have.
Regardless, genasi feel comforted knowing that something that is so integral to their very being is under
the watchful eye of a powerful deity. Particularly religious genasi feel the hand of the divine guiding their
actions, believing that, more so than any other race,
they are intimately connected to the divine by the elements in the gods’ portfolios.
Most genasi have small shrines to their gods in
their homes, and they do not attend religious services
at larger temples. Genasi tend to worship whenever
the mood strikes them, which rarely conforms to the more rigid schedules of worship held in organized
temples. Genasi are rarely fond of formal ceremonies
and rituals, instead preferring to confer their worship
on their chosen gods at their own pace and in their
own way. Genasi independence is present even in
their religious practices, which, like the genasi themselves, are full of passionate belief and a willingness
to embrace change.
A controversial subject among the genasi is that of the
primordials. The ancient elemental beings known as
the primordials are rivals to the gods themselves, and
many genasi are well aware of this fact. Some genasi
revere the primordials as though they were gods,
conferring worship upon them in secret. These genasi
believe that they were created to serve the primordials and spread chaos, and, as a result, this reverence
for elemental forces takes the place of religion in their
lives. Particularly zealous followers of this belief even
seek to make pacts with beings of Elemental Chaos to
bring themselves one step closer to the primordials.
Worse yet, a few misguided souls even seek out
the Elder Elemental Eye, Tharizdun. These genasi
are typically among the most evil and chaotic of
their race, and some would argue insane, since they
seek the means to free Tharizdun and unleash his
destructive power upon the world. These misguided
genasi think that Tharizdun placed them on the
world, and that they were created when the Chained
God strained against his restraints long enough to
touch the world. They believe that the genasi race is
a remnant of his awesome power, and that they were
created at the moment he touched the world with the
intent that they become his liberators.
At the same time, genasi see the primordials as
beings of great evil and destructive power. These
genasi revile the primordials, believing that the
conf lict within themselves (that between Elemental
Chaos and mortal order) embodies a great struggle in
the universe. Since the genasi are mortal, they place
themselves on the opposite side of the struggle from
the primordials. These genasi believe that it is the
duty of the genasi to harness the power of chaos and
tame its destructive power, while the primordials continue to try to tear down these good works.
Genasi art is nothing if not exciting. Genasi crafts
embody the wild, untamed nature of the genasi soul,
and even the simplest or most practical items (like
furniture) look as though they were merely snatched
out of the Elemental Chaos whole. Genasi art uses
bright, vibrant colors that express a wide range of
emotions, and carvings and sculptures feature swirling or bursting patterns that resemble surges of power
or even explosions. For more functional items, such as
weapons, genasi artisans like to make their mark with
swirling color patterns, bright gems, and elaborate
carvings that give the surface of weapons and armor a
f lamboyant feel.
Most genasi artists see their craft as a means of
gaining prestige in society. Likewise, genasi artisans
want nothing more than to be in high demand, so
most work hard not only to please their own sensibilities but also to please their intended audience. For
example, though genasi blacksmiths might not be as
skilled as dwarves when it comes to creating swords,
they go to great lengths to tailor the swords to the
person who plans to wield it. As a result, genasi weapons are intended for use by a specific individual, and
they can sometimes seem unwieldy in the hands of
Genasi love athletics and games of all kinds, thanks to
their competitive nature. Most genasi see leisure time
as just another opportunity to improve their standing in the eyes of their peers. Genasi prefer to remain
extremely active during their leisure time, which
allows them an outlet for their wilder urges and
impulses. Festivals and celebrations in genasi
communities are frequently marked by footraces,
feats of strength, and other physical competitions.
Team athletics are somewhat more rare (mostly
due to the fact that genasi teammates turn on one
another when the pressure is on), though genasi find
themselves quite at home in gladiatorial competitions
and the like. In fact, many genasi actively pursue
careers in the gladiator arena because it gives them
a chance to vent their frustrations and bask in the
adoration of others, all at the same time. Gladiatorial
events play both to the genasi’s pride and their uncontrollable nature, making for an excellent spectacle.
EnEmIEs and allIEs
Despite their unpredictable nature, genasi work
rather well with most races, especially humans.
Genasi and humans share a number of common
traits, including strong emotions and a sense of ambition, and any race that mixes well with humans is
also likely to mix well with genasi. Elves and eladrin
are uncomfortable around genasi, since their more
reserved, measured perspective on life does not mix
well with the genasi’s impulsiveness.
With no inherent racial conf licts, the genasi can
make allies anywhere they go, depending on the
degree of control they keep over their more chaotic
urges. However, when genasi make enemies, their
rivalry forms quickly and burns hot. Genasi show
their enemies none of the discretion they offer their
allies, and they are not afraid to unleash their full
potential on someone who has crossed them. Though
genasi try to abide by the laws of the land, many
genasi cannot restrain themselves from incinerating
their enemies, which sometimes put the genasi in
conf lict with the authorities even if the killing was
done in self-defense. A genasi enemy is likely to be
ruthless and aggressive, two traits that combine to
make genasi extremely dangerous.
Most genasi see themselves as related, if only
distantly, to beings of elemental power and origin.
They are inclined to show respect, if not reverence,
to elemental creatures that they deal with, unless
that creature is overtly hostile to the genasi. When
encountering beings of great elemental power, genasi
go out of their way to try to make peace with, or even
make allies of, these beings in the hopes of fostering
the bond between two creatures of the elements.