Element - Fire
Elemental Traits - Courageous and Impulsive
Abilities - Strength, Leaping, Fearful Roar
Element Affinity - Tier 2
The sabre-toothed warriors of the Eastern Jungles are known to the world at large as Sabers. They refer to themselves as the Shi-Bo-Nuc, which means the people of fury in their own language. The Shi-Bo-Nuc greatly resemble the saber-toothed tigers of ancient Earth. Nothing in the stories the Saber's tell about themselves indicate any connection to the pre-historic tigers.
Saber society is composed of two, mostly seperate, groups. Most of the other races in the Land of the Battlementals are familiar with male Sabers. These fearsome warriors roam the planet in search of great challenges that are worthy of their skills. Many times this results in the participation in epic battles. They will generally side with the underdog in any conflict, but demand a hefty fee for their assistance. To be paid in advance. When they can find it the Sabers prefer to participate in legendary quests. A quest that requires the male Saber to cross impassible mountains, defeat unkillable foes, and generally challenge the laws of nature is ideal.
Females make up the second half of Saber society. They form tight-knit communities and assume all the responsibility for the race. Constructing cities, raising Saber cubs, and remembering the tales of generations past are all tasks performed by the women. Scholars have suggested that the Impulsive trait is not as strong in them as it is in the males, allowing the females to organize and remain at home.
Saber communities consist of small towns built within the heart of the jungles. Even though the women fight as well as the men they only do so in defense of and home and family. Any group foolish enough to invade Saber territory will quickly find themselves facing an angry group of female who are protecting their land and adult males looking to impress the women. (Note: the males will never fight opposite of their female counterparts.)
Male Sabers will associate themselves with one of the female communities. From time to time they will stop in to visit with the wife and kids. During their stay they are treated as guest--although wise males do not abuse the status. While they visit, the males pass on stories of their exploits. These are remembered by the women and added to the family collection of historic tales. Any of the male children who have reached adulthood accompany the father when he leaves. The father teaches his son the skills needed to survive an adventuring lifestyle and then the two of them go their seperate ways. Sometimes friendships occur and males will travel together for short periods of time, but that doesn't happen often.
Both male and female societies are highly honorable. Those few individuals who are caught in a deception are branded with the Mark of the Coward and forever shunned by both male and femal Saber socieites. It is forbidden to help, or hurt, the Craven. However, on the field of battle this means nothing and neither the stalwart Sabers or their Craven counterpart can be expected to give quarter in combat.
Female communities are welcomed by most nations. They are noble neighbors who frequently trade the hard-to-find resources that exist deep in the jungle. Among those goods are several plants with unique and powerful medical qualities. The female Sabers are highly skilled in their knowledge and use of these plants.
Another group of Sabers are rumored to live in the West. They are thought to have fallen from the tradional Saber lifestyle and dishonor themselves with cowardly wars against the other Battlemental races.