Way of Life for the Resilient Folk
Culture and cultural heritage
BeliefsAll races in Isekai have a set of beliefs that they consider their law. Humans see their law as one of protection that is meant to help those that are weaker.
- Guns will not be sold to or made for non-humans, they just crumble to dust in their hands so it is deemed a waste of resources.
- Goblins are never to be spared under any circumstances, they have long plagued our societies and they spring up like rats.
- Weaker creatures shall always have shelter with Human settlements, especially those that are related to Humans in any way.
- Warlocks that serve the 'Ancient One' are aligned with the ancient Eldritch Horrors, they will receive the highest penalty upon discovery and for this reason, travelers are required to register themselves as magic users when entering cities.
FamilyFamily is seen as a rather fluid concept amongst the Humans. Many races see family as a blood relation that passes down prowess in magic and other qualities but Humans don't necessarily agree with this. Sometimes family is a group of unrelated individuals that have come together to take care of each other, allowing family units that vary greatly. Names are still important in the Human Empire as there are still noble families, but under the rule of Empress Catherine Nightbreeze, the noble names of old do not necessarily carry the weight they once did. Those in the Empire must build their own name and reputation, it is something rarely given.
Property & OwnershipProperty and ownership are fairly simple in Human society. Individuals, families, and organizations own their own property with few restrictions. These restrictions tend to vary from village to village in the Empire, and are only in place because of the somewhat volatile nature of the Great Plains. Items that can unpredictably produce sparks or fire are often banned, but this rule does not apply to firearms.
Taboos & InsultsHumans find little to be taboo, even if they are not as outspoken as the Elves and Clay Giants. While they can be rowdy and belligerent, things rarely bother them. How they speak may vary depending on the company as the Humans are often the gentiles and working to please a variety of groups. The greatest insult to a Human is to insult their short lives.
Human Culinary ArtsWhile food production is somewhat difficult in the Great Plains due to the somewhat invasive Traveler's Grass, the Humans have found ways to survive and thrive with their specialty crops. Much of their other food is imported from the Cradle of Clay.
Root VegetablesCrops are often difficult to grow outside the walls of cities and villages. With that in mind, Humans cultivated crops that either grew low to the ground or underground. Root and vine vegetables became their specialty as many of these crops were low maintenance and could handle the constant trampling often received by traveling Dinosaurs. Potatoes, carrots, onions, and various squashes are common in Human cuisine.
Spiked VodkaAnother specialty of the Human Empire is a vodka made from one of their root vegetables. Spiked Vodka is a strong liquor created from carrots and carrot scraps, giving the drink a bright orange color. It is often served with a carrot in a tall glass.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Clothing & TextilesClothing can be used as a great form of expression, varying in color, cut, depth, and type. While Humans do not invest as heavily into clothing as the Elves do, it is still an important part of their culture. Clothing can be comfortable and helpful or decorative and exquisite. It just depends on the individual's preference.
Dinosaur HideHumans are not against using Dinosaur hide in their clothing as sometimes it is easily available. Few others dare to utilize predator pieces in such a way, but armor or other upper layer clothing can be made from the hide and protect from certain injuries, such as cuts, that are common in the Great Plains.
Imported CottonCotton and other fibers that can be turned into yarn are not common in the Great Plains but can be imported from elsewhere. Because of the climate in the area, Humans prefer cotton over wool and import large amounts of cotton from the Little Greenwood to be woven by artisans in the Human Empire.
Traditions & MythsWhile traditions may not be as important to Humans as to other races, some do still appear mixed into the culture. Oftentimes these traditions revolve around specific events and days but are usually in place to give structure to times that can otherwise devolve into chaos.
Dinosaur RacingAs the only race that trains Dinosaurs, the racing of these creatures is an inevitable event. Races happen throughout the year and are considered the event of the season, drawing huge cheering crowds to whichever city or village is hosting that day. It is a time to show off the stock that is available for sale, as well as to earn some money through betting.
The JiggawotMyths abound in Isekai, but that of the Jiggawot is one of the most prominent throughout the Human Empire. For many, Jiggawot Day is one of fear, building safety measures against a mythical creature sure to maim or kill anyone that can get their hands on it. For others, it is a day to become a hero, catching the mythical beast and gaining the prize that is said to exist.
The Elder RacesThe Humans were the second of the Elder Races to walk the land of Isekai, being placed there by the god Dern. This origin and being tied so closely to the earliest races of the world is an integral part of Humans' identity as a race and culture. In many ways, this origin has granted Humans a respect in the world that they normally would not have received due to their short lives.
The Elder Races are the three most prominent creatures that inhabit the physical realm. These races are known as humanoid in nature and each of them has a connection to magic and to the gods that can be traced back to their creation stories.