the world or to take more direct actions against the Scourge, whose depredations the tuskarr see but do not combat. Tuskarr are good-hearted folk who are devoted to their friends. A tuskarr makes friends easily, but takes a long time to consider a group of friends the equivalent of her family. When she does, though, these individuals have her loyalty for life.

Appearance: A tuskarr is a squat and muscular humanoid who has broad shoulders and a strong back. A tuskarr's face resembles that of a walrus. It is blunt and almost hairless, with two long tusks that extend down from her upper jaw. Tribal carvings of reds, blues and greens adorn her tusks. Most tuskarr wear thick, oilskin jackets.

Region: Tuskarr dwell along Northrend's coasts, where they have several villages. These small communities, which bustle with activity, are scattered across the icy beaches. The center of the tuskarr civilization is Kaskala, a cluster of villages in the Borean Tundra.

Affiliation: Independent. Tuskarr have little contact with anyone and they long ago learned to fend for themselves and survive the harsh conditions of Northrend. Though their economy is self contained and they do not need the fabricated goods other races offer, the tuskarr's friendly and peaceable nature allows them to deal with people from both the Alliance and the Horde. Traders offering goods the tuskarr cannot manufacture are especially welcome in their villages. Most tuskarr get along well with dwarves, gnomes and goblins, whom they respect for their ingeniousness. They treat humans and orcs with respect, but are suspicious of elves and trolls.

Faith: The tuskarr picture the afterlife as a place with plentiful catches and successful whaling with minimal work. Tuskarr have simple rituals relating to social functions rather than religious circumstances.

Birth, marriage, healing a sickness, and death cause the most prominent ceremonies. Other rituals relate to celebrating a good catch and venerating those who are lost at sea or who fell in battle.

Tuskarr shaman influence the weather, cure the sick and facilitate the gathering of food; they hold an important place in society. Shamanic magic is quite a production, and most shaman perform elaborate rites while casting spells. Even something like curing the sick is a remarkable event: The shaman may speak with ghosts of the patient's relatives and even battle other spirits into submission before forcing them to help heal the patient.

Names: Tuskarr names derive from ancient words no longer in use in their own tongue. These words have hidden meaning none but the tuskarr understand. Because family is of prime importance to their society, tuskarr family names take precedence over the names of the individuals. Thus, tuskarr family names are stated before an individual's personal name, and most tuskarr who travel outside their own communities are known simply by such a name.

Tuskarr family names are ancient and sacred. The meaning of the family's name is related to some important characteristic or great historic deed. A tuskarr's father gives his family name to his child, but the mother picks out a personal name for her son or daughter shortly after birth. Tuskarr family names are long and complex, while personal names are short and simple. The meaning of a personal name relates to one of the child's personality or physical traits.

• Male Names: Bok, Girok, Frinn, Koss, Nirr, Orinn, Kurr.

• Female Names: Almh, Darji, Jirg, Lilmh, Sorji, Zurg.







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