Senpet

(Selected Excerpts from the Senpet section of the Legend of the Burning Sands RPG)
The Burning Sands is a dangerous wasteland of fire and death. Those who survive in that land must find a source of water and a way to hide from the heat of the Sun. The Senpet Empire, located on the western edge of the desert, is a civilization that grew and flourished despite all the circumstances that would threaten its existence.

Half of the Senpet Empire, or the Empire of the Scarab as it is also known, exists on the desert itself, while the rest of the Empire exists on arable land. Occasional rainfall and two large rivers have kept the people of the Scarab alive for over a thousand years. They have built a sophisticated civilization around the worship of the Ten Thousand Gods. The Senpet believe the Ten Thousand Gods control all aspects of the world, and each of them attempts to advise mortals on how to live. In the Senpet view, it is simply a pity that only they are wise enough to listen to the Gods’ words.

The political structure of the Senpet Empire is very simple. The Pharaoh is the absolute power of the land and his words are final. While his advisors and judges can spend countless hours poring over counsel and arguments, it all means nothing if they fail to convince the Pharaoh. He is the final arbiter, the head of the religion and the leader of the Senpet armies. In short, the Pharaoh controls everything in the empire.

The Senpet believe that at the beginning of the world, nothing was there except for Shilah and Kaleel, the Sun and the Moon. They existed together during this First Age, a time of power, magic, and mystery. Mere mortals cannot understand the events that occurred during the First Age, and it serves as the foundation of all creation and magic in the world.

Basic Character Class: Senpet Legionnaire (Warrior)
Before the Yodotai invasion, the Senpet Empire boasted of a highly trained and loyal army that numbered in the hundreds of thousands. These warriors could fight in any situation, regardless of whether they were in the middle of the desert or in the mountains of the Yobanjin. The Senpet legionnaire was the paragon of skilled ruthlessness.

This ruthlessness comes from his complete confidence in his actions at all times. He knows his general follows the will of the gods and those gods will see them through to victory. The legionnaire fights with the fury and strength of a madman because of his fervent faith. This does not mean, however, that he abandons protocol or ignores orders in the middle of combat. The Senpet legionnaire adheres to his training even through the worst of conditions. If there is even the slightest of a chance of victory, he will continue to fight.

Techniques
Rank 1 (of 5): Divine Insight
The Senpet Legionnaire has survived in the desert only with the grace of the gods. You trust in the gods and know they will lead you through each battle. You may add your Theology Skill Rank to the total of any attack rolls and and Defense Skill Rolls. You gain a Free Raise on all Hunting (Survival) Skill Rolls to find food and water in the desert.

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