Legend says that when the world was very young the tribes of the Northern Steppes were given a
sacred charge. Somewhere deep within the great mountain, Arreat, lies a source of great power,
crucial to the well being of all humanity. The tribes were tasked to act as guardians of this artifact.
They have shaped their way of life in observance of this power and fulfilling their sacred duty.
Steeped in mystery and tradition, these people refer to themselves as the "Children of Bul-Kathos,"
the great and ancient king. To better protect their lands from outside forces, they adopted a
nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving within the confines of the Steppes and maintaining few
permanent settlements. Isolating themselves from the world outside their territories, they eschew
the use of magics and complex machinery, as they believe these things can only weaken their resolve
developed over so many years.
The Children of Bul-Kathos have developed a kinship with the land and have learned to harness the
primal energies within nature to enhance their own substantial physical prowess. It is because of
this, together with their freedom from the trappings of the outside world, that the Western
Kingdoms have historically referred to these tribes as "Barbarians," an epithet that belies the
rich cultural and spiritual history these people truly possess. Although some trade with these
curious bands of nomads, they do so only along the outermost borders of their lands. All intrusions into the
territory surrounding Mount Arreat are forbidden, and warriors from the northern tribes are quick
to thwart any incursions. Every foreign attempt at conquest has been met with fierce and decisive
An account of one skirmish recounts how hordes of Barbarian tribesmen silently appeared where none
had been but moments before. Their bodies painted in mysterious designs and their faces howling as
they charged like the fierce mountain winds, the tribesmen descended on the invaders. Fully half of
the trespassing army immediately dropped their weapons and fled, the remainder were set upon by the
Northmen with fervor that none of the battle-hardened invaders had ever witnessed. No mercy was
asked and none was given, but in the end, when the outlanders sounded a full retreat, no chase was
given either… at least none that could be observed.
Since news of Diablo's re-emergence has spread, a small number of
Barbarian warriors have begun roving the lands outside the Steppes, prepared for war and seeking
information regarding the recent activities of the Prime Evils.
Traits and Abilities
Renowned for their awesome combat prowess as well as their arrogant demeanor, the Barbarians appear
to be perpetually girt for battle. Through harsh conditioning, the Barbarians excel in physical
combat and tremendous feats of strength. They derive their power chiefly through intense physical
training, but they also tap primal energies from the living world around them. They can manifest
these or add to their already considerable catalogue of superhuman feats of strength and power.
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