Humans- A race of nobles and liars, of thieves and of kings, the humans are one of the most diverse races in all the lands. Their technology is generally Renaissance era, the nobility often still wearing plate armor into battle on horses. They own the Northern plains, and generally live in large cities with smaller numbers of farmers throughout the countryside. They’re still rapidly advancing in technology, getting into an area of tech that could be described as Steampunk.
Weapons (Humans)- If of noble descent, will generally be a longsword with a lance and plate armor, usually fighting on horseback. Shorter swords, maces, clubs, and axes are substitutes for the longsword. If peasantry, you’ll often use a short-sword or dagger, along with a crossbows, longbow, or a rudimentary gunpowder weapon. These gunpowder weapons will generally be flintlock or matchlock, with exceptions if needed. However, steampunk-type weapons are starting to become more and more available, rather than just rare weapons being tested for the first time. For mages, robes and a dagger; Nothing much else.
Culture (Humans)- A highly rigid class-system forms their society, with the exception of a few small democratic countries. Knights and other nobles are generally the true warriors of the humans, with the peasantry simply there for support and weight of numbers. The kingdoms of the humans often have separation by gender, with females providing back at home with the men doing the fighting. Clothing is similar to that of the medieval or Victorian eras, and marketplaces or farming is where the majority of jobs are made. Guards are the general militia and police of most cities, and are nearly always of noble descent. The humans often make use of slaves, who are almost exclusively other humans.
Notes- Class system is very rigid, and works like this. (Lord, Grand Duke, Duke, Count, Knight, Peasent, Slave)
Dwarves- The mountain men of the Western Mountains, the dwarves technology and mining skills are unmatched, but they lack the numbers of the other races. However, with repeated wars against the Orcs, they’re been steadily increasing in power in recent times. The Dwarves and Humans are historically friends, but have been in dispute over their borders for several decades now. They are generally democratic, though they aren’t exactly enlightened thinkers.
Weapons (Dwarves)- Generally all Dwarves are of the same social status, and so often will have similar access to weaponry. They also generally lack magical prowess, and so do not have that as a battlefield option. They normally will have an axe as a melee weapon, with some using huge two-handed axes and some using lighter one-handers. They use gunpowder weapons at a range, and so have rifles, pistols, and sometimes even primitive grenades.
Culture (Dwarves)- A democratic society that doesn’t really concern itself with philosophical reasoning, and one that uses mining as it’s main income form. They are, because of this, granted many technological innovations, but their lack of forward-thinkers mean that they still fall behind the humans here. They regard humans with respect, and as equals, but think of Elves as being somewhat lesser , and they use Orcs as slaves often, with nearly as many Orcish slaves as Dwarven citizens. They’re generally not very isolationist, and their alliance with the humans (The Grand Alliance) is the most powerful military alliance in the world at this time.
Appearance (Dwarves)- Normally about 4‘0 to 4‘6 in height, they’ve normally got stocky, large builds, and long beards with sort of “scrunched-up” faces. There armor is nearly always chain-mail that covers their entire body, and makes them rather slow but well-protected.
Elves of Anormet- The isolated magic users of the North-eastern hilly-lands, the Elves of Anormet (Or Sun-Elves, Or White-Elves) are, sadly, a race whose influence is being slowly shut out of the world. They operate on a religious system, with priests and priestesses being the most respected members of society. They’re honorable, and use magic for the majority of their tasks, refusing to take up the new gunpowder weapons, or even most bows and such things. They all live off the land, in a socialistic society which does nothing to help them in the modern, generally capitalistic lands. These Elves, like all Elves, are immortal.
Weapons- The Sun-Elves are by far the most prominent magical users, and literally every member of the race relies on it in combat the majority of the time. They often do have swords for support, but lack heavily in the way of bows, and they do not use gunpowder or steam power at all. Recently though, they realized that to stay a fighting force, they needed to adapt, and so they now have some dedicated sword troops with armor to buffer for the mages.
Culture: They operate on a socialistic system where food is gathered by all, and shared by all. Their lacking heavily in technology, and use magic and hand-work to do near everything. They’re a highly religious peoples, and their religious hierarchy may as well be the leaders of the country. They’re heavily isolationist, but are friendly with all who venture into their lands unless they have reason not to be. Do not be fooled by their lack of weaponry either, their magic users are capable of beating even the most battle-hardened traditional-style troops.
Appearance- Males are on average around 5‘10, with females being about 5‘4 on average. Generally are more slender and lithe than humans, but still can be quite stocky. They normally wear the robes of a religious leader, and generally lack true armor. They often wear hoods as well as robes, hiding their appearance. They normally have blonde hair, with Green eyes for females and Silver-eyes for males. Other than this, they look similar to humans, besides large ears.
Edited by Dacder on 12/27/2012 4:20 PM PST