Wild orlan

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Wild orlan
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Race
Playable
yes
Racial talent

Wild orlans are a sub-race of orlans in Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The orlans themselves consider the term to be bigoted and prefer forest kin or forest orlan.[1]

Origin and prevalence[edit | edit source]

Wild orlans are only rarely found in established communities. They are the "original" orlans who continue to live in the deepest forests and jungles between the tropics.[2] Their scruffy, animalistic appearance, and their culture’s general xenophobia, has caused other races to classify them as "wild."

Wild orlans are common in the deep reaches of Eir Glanfath, alongside many Sceltrfolc. They are also less commonly encountered in Dyrwood or enslaved in Readceras and other lands, in turn often traded by Vailians. Most people consider wild orlans to be poor slaves due to their lack of language skills and their extremely violent nature.[2]

Appearance and culture[edit | edit source]

Wild orlans have only been significantly separated from hearth orlans for a thousand years, but due to the short life cycles of orlans, the few genetic differences between them have appeared rapidly. The most obvious difference between hearth and wild orlans is that the latter are almost entirely covered with hair (or fur, depending on how you look at it). The face and neck of a wild orlan are covered with hair as thick as any other part of their body.[3][4]

From the Pillars of Eternity Guidebook: Volume One:

  • Features: Enormous, fur-lined (all over) ears. Small or narrow, often upturned noses. Round or heart-shaped faces. Narrow or almond eyes. Deep-set eyes and very prominent brows.
  • Skin: Two-toned, colors often vary widely, with the darkest tones being a dark chocolate brown. The tone division generally follows a "line" around the body and is more or less symmetrical outside of the "edge" between the two. Orlan skin often has a green or yellowish undertone to it. Wild orlans have very little visible skin, but even "bare" skin has a surprisingly thick coat of transparent hair on it.
  • Hair: Yellow, yellow-green, red, orange, bluegreen, green, green-brown, brown, black. Coarse and thick, straight, or wavy texture. It covers about 90% of the body and can go through a variety of gradations.
  • Eyes: Large irises with cat-slit pupils. Almond, round, or upturned eyes. Blue, green, gold, yellow, silver, violet, hazel.

Wild orlans are only rarely found in established communities. Considered savage and uncontrollable by many Dyrwoodans, Vailians, and Readcerans, Wild Orlans often find interactions with outsiders strained, if not outright violent. Many colonists pre-judge all Orlans as untrustworthy and bloodthirsty, but within that vein of racism, they often classify Wild Orlans as "the bad ones". Given the difficulty of concealing their hirsute bodies and faces, prejudice follows them in most colonial areas. [5]

In-game description[edit | edit source]

Wild orlans are the "original" orlans who lived in the deepest forests and jungles between the tropics. While they have only been significantly separated from hearth orlans for a thousand years, a few genetic differences have appeared rapidly, most notably a lack of facial hair in the hearth orlan branch. Wild orlans are common in the deep reaches of Eir Glanfath. Unlike their hearth orlan brethren, they are not often seen in the Dyrwood, Readceras, or the Vailian Republics.
~ Pillars of Eternity in-game cyclopedia

Wild orlans are the "original" orlans who lived in the deepest forests and jungles between the tropics. While they have only been significantly separated from hearth orlans for a thousand years, they are easily distinguished by their hairy faces and bodies. Wild orlans are common in the deep reaches of Eir Glanfath and rarely encountered elsewhere due to widespread enslavement and prejudice against them.
~ Deadfire in-game cyclopedia

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Wild Orlans are one of the playable races. Their racial bonus talent is:

In Pillars of Eternity
In Deadfire

Notable characters[edit | edit source]

In Pillars of Eternity[edit | edit source]

The White March - Part I

In Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire[edit | edit source]

Seeker, Slayer, Survivor

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit source]

  1. Hiravias
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pillars of Eternity - Guidebook: Volume One
  3. Pillars of Eternity, Game Manual
  4. Comment by Adam Brennecke
  5. Update #56: Paladins and Wild Orlans