Au Ra

Main Command 3 Icon.pngAu Ra
Clans: Xaela & Raen
Race
Haling from the Far Eastern continent of Othard, the Au Ra were a rare sight in Eorzea until most recently, when increasing unrest in their homeland forced a not-insignificant number of their people to journey west in search of asylum. [1]

The curved horns and beautifully patterned scales that characterize the Au Ra oft give rise to speculation that this Hyur-like race native to the Far Eastern continent of Othard are, in fact, the progeny of dragons. This, however, has long been disputed, with scholars citing several distinct differences in the two races as evidence of decidedly dissimilar roots—the first and foremost being the enhanced hearing and spatial recognition granted by an Au Ra's cranial projections (traits not attributed to draconian horns), and the second being the gross disproportion in body mass between Auri males and females (again, a trait widely unseen in dragons). [2]

Mythos:
Auri creation myth tells of a world formed by the Dawn Father Azim and the Dusk Mother Nhaama. These two deities came to quarrel over which should rule the new world, and created mortals to serve as soldiers in their war by proxy. These were the first Au Ra—the Raen, the children of the Dawn Father, and the Xaela, the chosen of the Dusk Mother. Though they waged a bitter struggle in the name of their creators, they eventually put aside their differences and learned to love one another, giving birth to a new generation. On seeing this, Azim and Nhaama returned to the heavens, leaving the world below in the custody of their children. [1]


Clans:
Most widely known among the Auri clans are the Raen and the Xaela. The Raen now make their homes in central Othard and the surrounding islands, where they have forged strong relations with the Hyur and other races, adapting readily to new cultures. The Xaela, on the other hand, live still today on the vast Azim Steppe, clinging tenaciously to their traditional, nomadic way of life. [1]


Identity:
Possessed of a strong self-preservation instinct, the Au Ra believe in protecting tribe and family, though the means by which the two clans choose to do so diverges greatly. The Raen coexist peacefully with other races to ensure the safety of their own kind, while the fiercely tribal Xaela shun relations with other races, even viewing strangers of their own kind as potential enemies. As such, the former are viewed more favorably by the outside world, while the latter are typically refarded with suspicion and hostility. [1]


Tongue:
On the steppes which they call home, the Xaela speak the old Auri tongue to this day. The Raen, however, having assimilated to Far Eastern culture, have adopted the common tongue of the Hyur. Their spoken language differs some from that spoken in Eorzea, which leads many to perceive it as a slightly odd dialect. [1]


Dress:
Most unique and striking among the traditional dress of the Au Ra are their belts, which feature prominent scale-shaped patterns. Inspired by the hardened skin of the Au Ra themselves, they symbolize health and vitality. While the sleeves appear as if they have been indiscriminately ripped apart, this too is an age-old tradition meant to evoke an air of rugged strength. [1]

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References
  1. 1.01.11.21.31.4 1.5 Encyclopaedia Eorzea pg.090
  2. FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward