The Stockwood Scrolls
Carrying the taint of evil in their very souls, tieflings are persecuted and feared in most parts of Faerûn. Plagued by a dark and sinister heritage, tieflings walk through the shadows of their race’s past, savoring the darkness or trying to escape it. Tieflings are scattered throughout Faerûn, littered geographically in a reminder of distant times when devils and demons exerted an active influence over the lands. As a race, tieflings have prospered despite prejudice and preconceived notions of their evil nature. They have arisen from obscurity and darkness to become active participants in the affairs of Faerûn.
A tiefling can escape the taint of their background, but they cannot escape the skin and physical features that indicate their heritage. Tieflings’ tails and horns, not to mention their reddish skin and sharp teeth, suggest evil progenitors. As such, many members of other races balk at the sight of a tiefling. At the same time, tieflings have a wide range of views regarding their appearance—some are ashamed of how they look, and others are steadfastly proud.
Tieflings are slightly more common in eastern Faerûn, as the ancient empires of the east interacted with devils on a more frequent basis. They are relatively common in Narfell and some parts of High Imaskar, and are accepted in Aglarond. In Tymanther, the dragonborn accept their presence openly. Although there were once many in Thay, they have always been a slave race there, and since the rise of Szass Tam their lot has gotten even worse in that country.
In Faerûn’s west they are relatively common in Calimshan, but are a rare sight mostly anywhere else. A select few have risen to roles of prominence in the great cities of the Sword Coast such as Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate, and thus are slightly more accepted.
Religion and Alignment
Tieflings most commonly worship the Faerûnian Pantheon, usually following the gods of the region into which they are born. However, those that embrace their dark taint often fall to devil worship, especially that of the archdevil Asmodeus.
Tieflings have no innate push towards evil, though their hard lives and the persecution they suffer often end up driving them there. Usually loners, this inclines them towards a chaotic attitude.
Tieflings mature at the same rate as humans, though they live a little longer. They are considered to be middle-aged at around 40, old by 60, and are considered venerable by age 80. Tieflings may live to be up to 150, though their average life span is around 115.