Kojiro wrote:Where does it say only Sommlending can become Kai Lords? I've seen the books say that most Kai Lords are Sommlending, but not all of them!
I’m just going by what Joe Dever has in his books--while I have a grand appreciation for Mongoose’s work and a passing tolerance for the work of John Grant, I pretty much base my canon on Dever where I can, and in the Lone Wolf books all of the Kai Lords are (or were) Sommlending--thus the title, “Kai Lords of Sommerlund.” It’s in the Magnamund Companion. They’re Kai’s special, favored race, so it sort of makes sense that they’re the ones blessed with these abilities, and everyone else just gets to pout. After all, if the dwarves are the only one with their special earth magic, and Magicians of Dessi come from a magic bloodline--why wouldn’t the Sommlending be the only ones who can become Kai Lords? But play it any way you like, because it’s your campaign and your rules, and so long as you can justify it, I don’t see the harm in having Durenese Kai Lords and whatnot.
Lykaios wrote:It would be safe to say that many of the Kai Lords could be Duranese if not be of Duranese descent. It is stated that the royal families of Sommerlund and Duranor are very closely tied and that intermarriages happen all of the time. This could very well be true of the common folk.
I suppose if you have even a drop of Sommlending blood, the potential is there. It really depends on how you want to play it. Is it a blessing from Kai? Well, then anyone he blesses qualifies, Sommlending or not. Is it something for his chosen people? Well, how Sommlending do you have to be? More Sommlending than anything else? At least 50/50? Your great-great-great-grandpappy once slept in a Sommlending bed & breakfast? Hey, it’s your campaign. I’d say you have to at least have a little Sommlending blood in you to qualify, but if you’re half Sommlending and half Durenese, I’d say you have the potential to have the potential to be a Kai Lord (slices it pretty thin there, doesn’t it?).
North Star wrote:My feeling is that Kai Lords are born, not trained.
They’re pretty much like Jedi in that respect. It’s the same impression I get from them and all that’s written about them--Sommlending children are tested for the potential, and if they have it, they’re sent off to train. It’s a really small number of people.
North Star wrote:Therefore they could be Lyrian, Durenese or even Vassagonian, provided their talent is developed early enough.
That depends on how you think the potential to become a Kai Lord is seeded. As far as I can tell, it’s something Kai gave the Sommlending, his precious lil’ babies, and not to anyone else. As previously stated, however, your mileage may vary.
North Star wrote:Dessi Magicians and Shianti Sorcerers are born to it as well. Dwarven Gunners are another kettle of fish, but just like I want to know how a Shianti Sorcerer is around, I want to know how a non-Dwarf Gunner was trained.
Granted, and agreed. Roleplaying games breed exceptions. You will always find someone who’s off to play the exact type of character that the rules state is rare as hen’s teeth (Bloodlines in Vampire the Masquerade are a perfect example of this). If the potential for such a character is there, you can bet someone wants to play it. A good GM will make them justify it carefully, first.
Bewildered Badger wrote:I'd always assumed (and this is an assumption, so don't go jumping down my throat about it if you disagree) that the Kai disciplines were unique to the Sommerlending. After all, these were the people sent forth by the god Kai with the express purpose of stopping the Darklords. If the other races of Magnamund were capable of such abilities, surely some one would have undergone a similar experience to Sun Eagle's.
My point exactly.