“The Empire would like to pretend people like me don't exist—
and yet, here I am.”
Born to roam, Outlanders are the vagabond adventurers of the world. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and even races—but all share a lust for travel and excitement, an appreciation of eldritch lore, and an appetite for danger.
Outlanders personify the nomadic impulse. They travel the world in search of forgotten artifacts and forbidden knowledge—the more perilous the quest, the better! However, because they often have few qualms about acquiring what they desire by any means necessary, most civilized folk see them as renegades at best, and outlaws at worst. After all, while Outlanders are among the most skilled and daring explorers the world has to offer, they are hardly a formal organization; anyone can become an Outlander. A great many began their adventuring careers as thieves, swindlers, brigands, pirates, and even murderers—and old habits can die hard.
The strength of the Outlanders lies in the vast body of lore they have collected—and which they have passed down from father to son, mother to daughter, and master to apprentice for hundreds of years, in the form of specialized magical training, sophisticated fighting techniques, and the odd ancient relic. They also go to great lengths to study the magical and martial arts of various races—from Estherian thaumaturgy to Zeraphi alchemy—and have even traded with monsters for the secrets of their crafts: learning incantations from goblin chanters and rune magic from the enigmatic Varkolyn.
Even so, all of that knowledge and nifty magical gear is only useful if the Outlander survives long enough to use it, so Outlanders also undergo intense training to be as fast, fit, and nimble as possible. A good Outlander will tumble through scores of opponents, herding them together for an attack with their deadly throwing glaive. A good rifle or a pistol might be handy in a tussle, but, when the odds are against them, every Outlander knows that whirling blade of razor-sharp death is her best friend in the whole wide world.
The Outlander's throwing glaive defines her role in combat: Speed, skill, and long-range accuracy—paired with the arcane knowledge to make every attack as lethal as it gets!