Blessed by the fires of their patron deity Pele, the small and industrious menehune live deep within the Shattered Spine’s thick tropical forests, far from the eyes of the Tigalasi and colonists of the coast. Since the coming of the foreign colonists, the menehune have maintained little contact with the outside world, though they remain on favorable terms with other children of Pele, particularly fire giants.
While in centuries past, they were close with the Tigalasi, the race has taken a decidedly neutral position and removed themselves from the affairs of mankind. As for foreigners, few have seen a menehune and a many doubt their existence. Still, the menehune have left behind examples of their culture and craftsmanship throughout the Shattered Spine region, with ancient temples, fishponds, stone houses, and long forgotten roads.
Sometimes disparagingly called pygmies, menehune complexions range from light olive to dark skin tones. They have thick visibly raised veins through which races their fiery blood, and they easily flush when angered or excited. Menehune take great pride in their coarse and wild hair that naturally juts and kinks, coloring it exotic colors with plant dyes and fashioning it into long spikes with lime, blood, and goat dung.
While they once lived in large cities, the menehune have returned to a simpler life, living in smaller agrarian communities that subsist by herding, farming, fishing, and trading with other menehune villages. During the darkest nights of the year, they hold multi-community burning celebrations, unrestrained parties where they roast slaughtered boars, wrestle, drink fermented goat’s milk, trade, tell tales, and meet lovers from neighboring villages.
Despite their reclusive nature, when young menehune come of age they are expected to travel for a few years in order to experience the world before settling down. The menehune people call this tradition “taming the fire”. During this time, young menehune wander the Razor
Sea, seeking adventure, fortune, philosophy, and whatever else the outer realm might offer them. When their curiosity is finally slaked, the menehune either returns to his former
village or adopts a new one and settles down.
Size: Menehune average about 3 feet tall and weigh about 40 pounds. Your size is Small.
Speed: Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Fire Resistance: Menehune have resistance against fire.
Pyromaniac: Menehune magic-users are treated as one level higher when casting spells dealing with fire. This ability does not give the menehune early access to level based
powers; it only affects powers that they could already use. If a menehune has a Charisma score of 11 or higher, also gains the following spell-like abilities: 1/day—dancing
lights, faerie fire.
Fire Assault: Once per day, menehune can draw upon the elemental power lurking in their veins to shroud their arms in fire. Unarmed strikes deal an additional 1d4 points of fire damage. This lasts for a number of rounds equal to the menehune’s character level. The menehune may end the fire assault at any time.
Low-Light Vision: Menehune can see as twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Cold Vulnerability: Menehune have a vulnerability to the cold.
Link to Pele: Menehune will not willingly leave the Shattered Spine area. If they are somehow shanghaied and taken elsewhere, they will seek to return at first opportunity.