Of all the races that came to exist in the Realm of Strife after the downfall of the Third Creation, it is widely accepted that physically, Humans are truest to the the original form. However, their lifespan was cut drastically short compared to most of the other races. Humans are a versatile race, possessing the strength and mental capacity to take on a wide variety of roles and vocations. They are also by far the most numerous, with a tendency towards large family units and a heightened drive to reproduce. This is attributed by some to a natural instinct to compensate for their relatively short lifespans. Because of their large population and the belief that they are the closest approximation to the original physical form of the Third Creation, they are often used as a measure to compare other races.
Despite being considered the base humanoid species, humans do possess some of the most variety internal to their species; with height, weight, skin tones, hair color and other such features capable of varying drastically by region, climate, and blood lines. This variety is further encouraged by the fact that Humans can be found living almost anywhere, though they do tend to congregate together. Their societies can be incredibly primitive, organized by tribes or clans that tend to live in wilder regions, but they re also capable of building culturally sophisticated societies, with cities, kingdoms, and even empires stretching over vast territories.
It is said that all humans have a natural born fear of darkness and are never truly comfortable in the absence of light. As well, something within most humans seem to call out to the divine and Holy powers of Creation. There are many who believe that this is evidence that humans are descended from those in closest relationship with the Angels of the First Creation, thus explaining their affinity for Light and Holy powers. However, this certainly should not be confused with a propensity for good versus evil, as Humans are quite capable of both.
Humans are renowned for their ambition; they are capable of great acts of heroism, but also prone to deep character flaws. They are known throughout the lands as smooth talkers and quick thinkers, making them excellent merchants and traders, at ease plying their wares across vast distances on land and sea.
For information regarding some the more well developed Human civilizations see:
- The Republic of Gant (Gant)
- The City State of Vesticar (Gant)
- The Kingdom of Ghallant (Gant)
- The Kingdom of Leonen(Norlanin)
- The Kingdom of Tolgatha(Norlanin)
- Nomadic tribes of humans can also be found in isolated pockets in The Centauri Wilds(Norlanin)
Age: Humans are comparatively short lived among the Third Creation, seldom living more than a century. Despite maturing at much the same rate as other races, their short life span pushes them to assume adulthood in their late teenage years.
Size: Humans can vary widely in their height, some being far less than 5 feet tall while others stand well over 6 feet. This range of heights is the standard measure for Medium sized creatures. Humans weight and build also varies greatly, with the average healthy male easily ranging from 100 to 200lbs. Female humans more often than not are smaller than males, by perhaps 20-30 lbs.
Affinity: Light/Sun Spirit Powers and Holy Faith Powers (+5% Critical Hit Chance)
Resistant to: none
Halflings are similar in many ways to humans, but stand only half as tall, while somehow maintaining the same appetite for food. While they tend to be heavier set than the average humanoid, it is still largely unexplained how they can consume so much food, leading to the assumption that their overly large feet must be were the rest of the food ends up.
Affinity: All Faith Powers (+5% Critical Hit Chance)
Resistant to: Arcane (+5), Demonic (+5)