The culturally dominant people thousands of years ago, in an age where gods where more inhuman and less good than today. The Olman eventually abandoned their empire and left their gods for shamanism. Today they live in semi-barbarism, often exploited by other peoples.
Constitution, Wisdom, Charisma.
Fatalism, Piety, Grandiosity, Tradition
Central native americans. The Olman are the shattered and oppressed survivors of a great but alien civilization.
Olman goods are almost universally evil, and often chaotic. This makes even good Olman societies seem cruel and bloodthirsty to others. Good Olman submit to the demands of these gods while trying to make the best they can of life. Evil Olman relish their gods' lust for blood and pain and often advance in their service, attaining high social rank even in a society that is not otherwise evil. An Olman high court can be very evil and cruel, yet administer a prosperous land where many people lead good lives.
Incest, Nudity, Sadomasochism.
Conventional, group marriage, or theogamus. Strictly regulated by tradition. Matrilinear. Barbarian tribes tend to Conventional or group marriage.
Olman magic is graphic and ceremonial, seeking to impress and terrorize as much as possible. Their gods rarely grant protective or healing spells. They lack wizards or bards, and their sorcerers find themselves gifted with destructive spells that affect large areas.
The Olman pantheon is dominated by evil gods who demand human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism, yet their society is not evil. These gods are tolerant of worshipers of other alignments, as long as they proper sacrifices are made. Good people can support such a society (but cannot be priests of evil gods or perform sacrifices) because it maintains the social order and the continued existence of the world. Certain clerics have a trait that allows any alignment, regardless of which patron they serve.
Most Olman today have rebelled against the demands of their cruel gods and live in small primitive communities allied to local spirits. However, it seems such tribes cannot advance and build cities without divine patronage. Olmans generally think foreign gods are merely their own gods in disguise. Olman who subjugate themselves to foreign gods tend to either misinterpret their teachings to be as cruel as those of their own gods, or to lose their Olman identity and be assimilated.
The Olmec world passes through ages where different gods claim domination. The gods gather at the end of each age to renew the sun and select a ruler amongst themselves. The current sun is the sixth, after the fall of the previous five suns. The current sun god is Camazotz, god of bats, but he was not strong enough to make the other gods sacrifice (and thus renew) themselves at the beginning of the age. This is why all the Olman gods are currently weakened and their empires have fallen.
- Nahui-Ocelotl (Jaguar Sun - Tezcatlipoca) - Inhabitants were giants who were devoured by jaguars. The world was destroyed.
- Nahui-Ehécatl (Wind Sun - Quezalcoatl) - Inhabitants were transformed into monkeys. This world was destroyed by hurricanes.
- Nahui-Quiahuitl (Rain Sun - Tlaloc) - Inhabitants were destroyed by rain of fire. Inhabitants survived by becoming birds.
- Nahui-Atl (Water Sun - Chalchiuhtlicue) - This world was flooded turning the inhabitants into fish. This is believed to a mythic representation of the flight from Hepmonaland into the Amedio.
- Nahui-Ollin (Earthquake Sun - Nanauatzin) - This world was destroyed by earthquakes and demonic incursion.
- Nahui-Aztlán (Cave sun - Camazotz) - This is a stillborn sun waiting for death but lasting overlong.
Toci is often identified with Beory (or Oerth), the global earth-mother.
|Camazotz the Sixth Sun||Death Bat||Lesser||CE||Bats, Insects, Sun, Volcanoes||Animal (Feather), Earth (Caves), Fire (Arson), Madness (Nightmare), Trickery|
|Camaxtli||The flayed one||Lesser||LE||East, Suffering, Renewal, Spring||Destruction (Torture), Healing (Resurrection), Nobility (Martyr), Plant, Sun (Light)|
|Chalchiuhtlicue||She of the Jade Skirt||Lesser||CG||Water, Childbirth, Fertility||Community (Family), Healing, Luck, Plant (Growth), Water,|
|Ciuacoatl||Snake woman||Lesser||CE||Childbirth, Ghosts, Hunger||Charm (Lust), Community, Death (Undead), Repose (Souls), Strength (Resolve)|
|Huhueteotl or Nanauatzin||Aged god, Humble god||Intermediate||LN||Fire, Home, Hope, Rebirth||Community (Home), Fire, Healing (Resurection), Nobility (Martyr), Strength.|
|Huitzilopochtli||Hummingbird of the South||Lesser||LE||Blue, War, Youth, South||Destruction, Liberation (Revolution), Nobility (Leadership), Sun (Day), Strength (Ferocity)|
|Mictlantecuhtli||Lord of Mictlan||Intermediate||LE||Death, North||Animal, Death, Evil (Fear), Repose (Ancestors).|
|Quezalcoatl||Plumed serpent||Intermediate||N||Air, Knowledge, Warriors, White, West||Animal (Feather), Knowledge, Liberation, Nobility (Leadership), Travel|
|Tezcatlipoca||Smoking mirror||Intermediate||CE||Jaguars, Obsidian, Strife, Sorcery||Death, Earth, Fire (Smoke), Magic, War|
|Tlaloc||Cloud Serpent||Intermediate||LE||Rain, Storms, Fertility||Air, Plant (Growth), Scalykind, Water (Oceans), Weather (Seasons).|
|Tlazolteotl||Eater of filth||Lesser||CE||Sin, Forgiveness, Sex||Charm (Lust), Luck, Madness, Protection (Purity), Trickery,|
|Toci||Grandmother||Greater||N||Nature||Charm (Love), Community (Home), Earth, Healing, Plant (Growth).|
|Xochipilli||Flower prince||Lesser||CN||Love, Games, Beauty, Dance, Flowers||Charm, Knowledge (Thought), Liberation, Rune (Language), Strength.|
|Yacatecuhtli||God of the nose||Lesser||CE||Merchants||Artifice (Toil), Charm, Knowledge, Luck, Travel (Trade),|
You have an affinity for one of the ancient warrior totems of the Olman.
Benefit: Once per day as a swift action you can enter a sacred rage, letting something bestial come over you. You take on an animalistic appearance, retaining your normal form and attributes but distorting your normal human features to be like a jaguar, eagle or other predator native to Olman lands. For the rest of the fight you gain DR 2/Iron. This is overcome by normal iron or steel, like most normal melee weapons are made from, but still protects against wooden weapons like the club and against natural attacks. This DR stacks with barbarian damage reduction.
Giver of Blood
Lawful and even good Olman can worship deities of chaos and evil, accepting the burden of placating these evil powers for the benefit of the people.
Benefit: If you worship an evil or chaotic deity, you can ignore all alignment restrictions based on class or patron deity. Performing the required functions of your position in a cult does not change you alignment, as long as you perform them piously and without excess. Nor does casting aligned spells affect your alignment, but the results of such spells can affect your alignment as normal. If you worship a patron of an alignment different from yours, base all alignment-derived powers of your class (channel energy, casting aligned spells and so on) on your patron's alignment.
You are a member of one of the Olman tribes that succeeded the Olman empire and prosper in the jungle wilderness.
Benefit: You gain a +2 trait bonus on initiative checks and Perception, Stealth, and Survival skill checks when you are in jungle terrain. When traveling through jungle you leave no trail and cannot be tracked (though you may leave a trail if you so choose).
You belong to a group of Olman who have been assimilated by invaders or colonists, and live as a client people in their societies, but your heritage is still alive inside you.
Benefit: You have a suppressed affinity for the faith and practices of the old Olman. Select one class from this list: Barbarian, Oracle (for an Olman deity), Sorcerer, Witch. This class is a favored class for you (in addition to your normal favored class).
You have become a guide for explorers from faraway lands.
Benefit: Select one skill from this list: Knowledge (local), Knowledge (geography), Survival. The selected skill is a class skill for you, and you get a +1 trait bonus to checks using this skill.