No Soul Stirring Melodies
The youngest of the races, the men sprang up in the Alyssian Desert seemingly out of nowhere and began to spread through the world at break neck speeds. In the span of centuries that followed the fall of the Two Thousand Year kingdom, men rose from mud hut farmers to stone work cities to beings of fire and iron and spellcraft sheerly through imitation and adaptation.
Almost a mirror to the Orc, Human progression through history can be almost fully traced through conquest and victory. Man a battlefield can be found not too far from an established settlement and the race has manages to clash with every other known at least once – that is when they’re not too busy fighting amongst themselves.
Culture and Art
To call the race a collection of warmongers would be unfair, however. Perhaps due to their acknowledgement of their mortality, humanity has produced hundreds of thousands of works of art, literature, and architecture. Evolving as the majority of the sapient races throughout the world, it’s impossible to move through our world without having experienced a play or song composed by man.
As if to further this, humanity is responsible for such organizations as the Bard’s guild and have assisted the elves in the rediscovery and reclamation of many of their artifacts and strongholds. Not to say bad blood doesn’t exist between the two – for every aspect where man has assisted, there remains the accusation by the older races of thievery of secrets.
The Young Upstart
Despite everything, humanity holds a significant control over the three major continents. The Country of Carmine, The Empire of Beryl, and the Halcyon Republic all fall under human rule, showing the race very quickly filled the slot once held by the Two Thousand Year Kingdom, though with much less cohesion.
Human society comprises a multitude of governments, attitudes, and lifestyles. Though the oldest human cultures trace their histories thousands of years into the past, when compared to the societies of other races like elves and dwarves, human society seems to be in a state of constant flux as empires fragment and new kingdoms subsume the old. In general, humans are known for their flexibility, ingenuity, and ambition. Other races sometimes envy humans their seemingly limitless adaptability, not so much biologically speaking but in their willingness to step beyond the known and press on to whatever might await them. While many or even most humans as individuals are content to stay within their comfortable routine, there is a dauntless spirit of discovery endemic to humans as a species that drives them in striving toward possibilities beyond every horizon.
Ambition alone drives countless humans, and for many, adventuring serves as a means to an end, whether it be wealth, acclaim, social status, or arcane knowledge. A few pursue adventuring careers simply for the thrill of danger. Humans hail from myriad regions and backgrounds, and as such can fill any role within an adventuring party.
The most curious aspect of humanity, however, is their ability to produce offspring with almost every race, almost rivaling that of the dragon. Scholars have yet to actually find the explanation for this strange property of their make up, but it’s not uncommon to see Half-Elves or Half-Orcs found traveling the world.
Standard Racial Traits
- Ability Score Racial Traits: Human characters gain a +2 racial bonus to one ability score of their choice at creation to represent their varied nature.
- Size: Humans are Medium creatures and thus receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Base Speed: Humans have a base speed of 30 feet.
- Languages: Humans begin play speaking Common. Humans with high Intelligence scores can choose any languages they want (except secret languages, such as Druidic). See the Linguistics skill page for more information about these languages.