Under a Glass Moon
Complete knowledge of the future would be the greatest curse imaginable, but the occasional glimpse can often prove quite beneficial.
— Kirin Mistfall
The name Ereglasti is an umbrella term that encompasses those who follow teachings and lifestyles of the Ereglast Order, dating back to the Age of Dragons where it grew from within the Kazai Empire. Over the years, the Ereglasti have adopted peaceful ideals and promote acumen and foresight over the older principles that accomplished its goals through force alone. Ereglasti can be found all over Kavan, most commonly at the holy sites they protect but also in the many libraries and museums of large settlements.
Ereglasti culture is closely related to the sacred purpose of the Order. Wisdom is valued above all else and the most accomplished scholars are revered and are put in charge of the more important holy sites. Their fascination with enlightenment gave birth to an obsession with purity over the ages, and Ereglasti appear repressed when compared to other cultures in their pursuit of it. Many have adopted vegetarianism to appear more conscientious and to avoid taboos surrounding meat consumption. Other taboos cover everything from public affection to gambling. Even attire can fall under scrutiny when within the borders of Raystone, though exceptions are made for travelers who have not grown up accustomed to Ereglasti culture.
However, criminals are seldom found among the Ereglasti and equality exists between all races and genders. The Order accepts anyone willing to join them with open arms. The only social ill documented by scholars (both Ereglasti and otherwise) is an above average number of mental illness cases. Whether this is caused by the culture, exposure to magical artifacts, or the genetic disposition of Kazan humans is unknown.
Even in a world filled with bloody conflict, nothing gets done without skilled negotiators. You were
Skill Proficiencies: Religion, plus your choice of one from among Arcana, Nature, and Religion.
Languages: Two of your choice
Equipment: The robes of an Ereglast scholar, a writing kit (small pouch with a quill, ink, folded parchment, and a small penknife), a borrowed book on the subject of your current study, and a pouch containing 10 gp.
Feature: Library Access
Though others must often endure extensive interviews and significant fees to gain access to even the most common archives in your library, you have free and easy access to the majority of the library, though it might also have repositories of lore that are too valuable, magical, or secret to permit anyone immediate access.
You have a working knowledge of your cloister’s personnel and bureaucracy, and you know how to navigate those connections with some ease.
Additionally, you are likely to gain preferential treatment at other libraries across the Realms, as professional courtesy shown to a fellow scholar.
Use the tables for the sage background in the Player’s Handbook as the basis for your traits and motivations, modifying the entries when appropriate to suit your identity as a cloistered scholar.
Your bond is almost certainly associated with the knowledge you hope to acquire through adventuring. Your ideal is no doubt related to how you view the quest for knowledge and truth- perhaps as a worthy goal in itself, or maybe as a means to a desirable end.