In Game Description
Role Playing Information
Barbarians tend to enjoy simple pleasures such as eating, drinking and fighting. They're a practical folks, and don't have much patience for philosophy or theoretical studies. Indeed, barbarians tend to avoid anything other than hunting, fighting, and working, or perhaps talking about those activities over an ale. Although they are capable of swimming in the freezing waters of their homeland, many avoid bathing.
In general, barbarians tend more towards good than evil, and most value the fair treatment of everyone. However, they tend to be unforgiving of those who take advantage of their evenhandedness. Barbarians all respect courage and daring; being though a coward is far worse in a barbarian's mind than any other fate.
As a result of their disdain of flashy spells over direct personal combat, barbarians don't become enchanters, magicians, wizards, or similar spellcasters. A few barbarians do follow the path of the shaman, communing with gods and spirits for the greater glory of the tribe. The vast majority of barbarians are warriors, though they can also become particularly hearty rogues.
Barbarians are a large, powerfully built race, generally standing nearly 7 feet tall and weighing approximately 215 pounds on average, although exceptional specimens approach 8 feet in height and weigh well over 300 pounds. Barbarians tend to be fair skinned, and freckles are a common feature. Their hair runs the gamut from auburn to deep red or brown to blond. Eye color varies greatly, though blue and green are most common. The occasional barbarian will have black hair or dark brown eyes, though these features are often taken as a sign of more intermingled southern blood somewhere in their ancestry.
It is very common for barbarians to gain scars throughout their life, and many take great pride in their scars' appearance. Some tribes even practice ritual scarification, marking themselves during ceremonies of adulthood. Face paint is also common among barbarians, who often use red or blue markings on their faces that can indicate great deeds or tribal allegiances, but that are just as often purely aesthetic.
Their clothing reflects the environment in which they live, and hence consists mainly of thick fur and hide that not only keeps them warm in their arctic home, but also provides protection against inevitable conflict with other hungry denizens of the region. The clothing is often skillfully tailored and can even be decoratively lined with fur of mink or other exotic animals, so it is not entirely utilitarian.