Due to the incredible sense of kinship among the Obsidians, the Board of Quality Control bribes their tribal shamans to teach that touching one another will "weaken their spirit." Obsidians therefore believe in only three types of touch: The Touch of Spring (during sexual intercourse), the Touch of Summer (to save another) and the Touch of Winter (to bring death).
In battle, Obsidians chant a throaty war-song, intended to send terror into the hearts of their adversaries, as well as inspire courage and kinship among the Obsidians themselves. Their native tongue seems to be some form of Icelandic, though it is no longer called that.
Obsidians are known for their enormous height and titanic strength. They are incredibly hardy; a razor can pierce an Obsidian's armor, yet (s)he may appear totally unfazed by the injury.
Stained are among the strongest of the Obsidians, recruited by "the Gods" to serve as elite soldiers and bodyguards (but never as commanders or leaders in any capacity). They are allowed to use some martial technology (such as IonBlades) but are still largely bound by the prohibition of high technology. For any Obsidian, to touch a Razor is a capital crime. Stained are adorned with scars and tattoos (their "Stains," earned as accolades for their achievements in combat) and are typically bald or mostly-bald.
Notable Obsidians Edit
- Ragnar Volarus
- Sefi the Quiet, breaker of Tanos
- Alia Snowsparrow, Queen of the Valkyrie, mother of Ragnar and Sefi