The humans are the species with the largest distribution over the world of Koria. They inhabit the entire continent and can be found in even the most dangerous places. You may have heard of the northern people and their shieldmaidens and frostmaidens or the people of Pisocenia in their hellish landscape of a desert. Humans have one head with two eyes, a nose and a mouth full of teeth. They have two arms with a hand on each one and two legs with a feet on each one. On every hand they have up to five fingers with various lengths and evergrowing nails; the same goes for the feet. Their eye-, skin- and haircolour varies from nearly silver-grey to coal-black and everything in between depending on their genetic forebears, their surroundings and the environmental influence.
A female human can give birth to one child per year. Sometimes and in a very few cases up to four children at once which can get very dangerous for the female. More common are childbirths with one or two children. The time of pregnancy amounts up to nine months with slight variations. Normally the human is very active during the day and will sleep at night, but there are reports of humans who can't stand the light of day so they work in the night and sleep during the day. Humans have an average lifespan of around 80 years with variations above and below; the females with a slightly longer lifespan than the males. Reports show that the longest ever living human had reached an age of 105 without magic. But this seems to be exceptional rare and really depends on various factors like food, illnesses and environment. The human biology can resist most illnesses and can adapt quickly to changing surroundings. The human body can tolerate everything between -30 to +50 degree (Celsius scale) with a favoriable range something between 0-35 degree celsius, exceptions not included. The body will regulate its temperature by itself through sweating and muscle contractions, depending if it is hot or cold.
Reproduction & biological cycle
When compared to the various species in Koria the human race appears to have no special skills or traits. They have not the better night vision of an elf or the sturdiness of a dwarf or even the potential of gaining a large amount of muscles like an Orc (exceptions not included). They can't breed in a rapid fashion like the Goblins or have the beautiful appearence of a Dragonborn or an Underling.
In light of these descriptions one might think the humans are weak. Most of the times this assumption is a deadly error. Most humans will breed whenever possible and their surroundings and the supply of food and water will feed the humans. Some historians and anthrophologists call small settlements - mostly starting around one to three accommodations, consisting of houses, caves and platforms on water or in trees - "infestations", because humans tend to thrive even in harsh environments.
This might sound like a larger version of a Goblin, but humans have a strong survival instinct which will lead them to food, water, wildlife and housing opportunities. The human body is capable of doing and enduring many things. It is highly shock resistant and will recover from shock (like a concussion) and minor injuries in the span of days. Major injuries, even broken bones, heal over the span of weeks; the hyperactive tissue will close even wounds which cover most of the body, e.g burns or scratches. If someone is able to cut of the limb off a human, the specimen will continue to fight. If victorious it will tend to the wounds and continue their life as if nothing happened. Even swordfighters and noble knights will continue their duty as far as they can. Some will attach prostheses to their limbs and will continue, others will adapt and learn to life without this specific limb.
But their biggest trait is their endurance. If they have spotted their target or have their scent, prints or even the slightest hint of fur they will not stop until they have hunted their prey. And this is not only in terms of hunting; it flows over in all areas of their life. They will not stop until the building is finished the way they want it in the place they want it. They will do research on topics not even the Orcs have covered until now und will try and try again until they found the solution (or a workaround).
The human culture can be boiled down to "Adapt & Survive". It really depends on their surroundings, the environment and the resources they can gather, with or without merchants or traderoutes. Normally every settlement will develop some kind of unique culture which is mostly composed of their clothing and their food. Some settlements are so colourful your eyes might hurt, others are so depressing you want to leave immediately.
When a settlement is being created they will gather resources to built the most needed buildings: houses, granaries, wells and farms. Over time they will develop a certain style. The northern settlements are sturdy where the settlements in the southern parts like Pisocenia are more open and playful.
Arts & Competitions
Depending on where the settlement is located even the arts are different. You may find more sculptors near the mountain ranges as you find artists who paints in oil and vice versa. Some of the themes might be similar, but every artist will have its own unique style, not like some of the elven races or even dwarves.
With this things in mind it is not a big surprise the humans are prone to hold competitions with money to win and honor to gain. Most of the winners will have an image after that so they have more contracts then they can fulfill. Mostly. Some of them will be employed by noble folks and others get contracts from different sources.
Humans tend to dress themselves into all kinds of fabrics. This ranges from leather over cotton and wool to nettlestrings when nothing else is at hand. And yes, they will endure the stings from the nettles when not properly cooked.
Depending on the richness of certain resources humans will dye their clothes in a specific way regarding to their cultivated culture in the settlement or the area they are living in. So you will find colourful dresses used as everyday clothes in Pisocenia and brown, grey and dark materials like leather in the northern regions where plants might not be the best choice for clothing when you have a dire need of ropes or bow strings for example.
The human body can digest nearly everything (not counting stone, metal or gems) and so the humans have created a variety of different cuisines depending on their proximity to other species and the resources at hand. This is the reason none of the humans had specialized in a specific culinary. They can create and eat nearly everything besides the rations of Giants, including their cheese or the stews made out of stone by Trolls. But the humans can adapt and combine so you might find elvish dishes with rice stews made by Garlagans in the eastern ranges or dwarven mushroom desserts accompanied by Underling Whiskey.
History of the Humans
The human race was created by the Eternals Life and Death. They were the first race and so they are the oldest. This knowledge is lost to time and only a few scholars might have discovered it.
The humans are the prototype of every other humanoid species besides the artifically created Dragonborns. It was an experiment of Life to determine if she is capable of creating life on her own. Her beloved Death was at her side at the moment, examining what she was doing and helping her if needed.
She gave the humans their form. She gave them love, hope, compassion, a free will and the possibility of giving birth, so they can experience the Wonder of Life on their own.
Death gave them the horror of dreams; he gave them despair, sorrow and loss. He gave them the capability to endure loss, death and mind-breaking horrors.
Together they created the human race and every other race and placed them into the world of Koria. They clashed with Elves, Goblins and Trolls before spreading out in all directions, gathering resources, finding together, establish settlements and creating a society. Life and Death were satisfied.
The humans were the first race that brought war and death over the lands and other races on their hunt for places to live, resources and other possibilities. That was the first war which was called "Clash of Nations" since the nations were about to form themselves. This was the time were the first castles and fortresses emerged; ruins can still be found throughout the lands.
Tales & Tipps about Humans
"Humans are weird. Not only do they adapt to every cuisine you give them; no, they will even adapt your hairstyle if they think it looks pretty on them. I saw some females giggling over an elvish braid technique and applying it to their own hairs. You wouldn't think it would hold because the elvish hair is a lot thicker than the human hair, but they fixed it with clips and strings and you may think it was designed this way."
"Ah, human weapons. Sturdy and, in most cases, not pretty. Did you look at their armour? The northern humans have leather and chainmail when they can afford - or loot - it, but as their weapons they are practical, not pretty. Well, their ceremonial attire is quite unique, I give them that. If you want to have something dead without making a fuss about it, a human broadsword might be your weapon of choice. But if you want to fight in style, I might have something for you."
"We ravished them. Three men, two women. We did to them everything we wanted. Magic sigils, target practice, breeding slaves, torture and even some of our darker spells. They just recovered. Well, not directly, it took a bit of time, but they recovered eventually. I can't say what is going on inside their heads, but all five had recovered nearly to the stage we found them and now they hate us. What? Yeah, we found them in our archives. Trespassers, I say. Whatever they were after, we ensured that they got a lot of it from us."
"Humans? Pesky humans. Good warriors. Brave warriors. Scary hunters. Vermins, yes. Brutal tactics. Lost good warriors to them. Better fight elves. But...both tasty."
"Humans are fast. Yes, really fast. If you say 'Do the thing' then the human will wander off and will do the thing. That is the main reason I married this prince. If I ask him to get me something, he will do it. Be it a cup of tea, some bisquits, my coat or a diamond-dotted leash for him and me, he will get it. Last week he built a room divider and payed a very pricey artist to draw some really pretty flowers on it. And I really like it. I have nothing against my own kind, but they are all so slow. They have to experiment, to think about everything and I fucking hated it. Humans just do it most of the time. And don't ask me about the very good sex; he just gets me and none of my elven companions is getting close to what my husband is doing to me. He is fulfilling my needs and that is more than enough.What? Me? Oh no, lovely, I don't really care that I will outlive him. I love him, that is all. If he is going to die, I will still look marvelous with this body, this tits, his wealth and his childs. And I will mourn him for decades, thats for sure. I will miss him dearly. I miss him already!"
"If you are fighting against a human or a human army, make sure to kill them properly. A stab to the heart or the stomach might be a good idea, but if you miss the human will get healed by a healer, a fellow swordsman and after a very short recovery time, even after losing limbs, he will come back. So, when in doubt is my advice: destroy the head."
"Humans are scary. Once we had a family here. They fled. Piscos, they said. We brought them into our home and our mine. At first they struggled with the tunnels, the few lights, the height, the tools, basically everything. After a few weeks the had built better tools, cooked better meals and had a lamp on their head so they could see where they were going. Strange creatures, those humans."
"Don't anger a human. It doesn't matter if it is a female or a male. They will remember everything and you will get struck by their revenge. They say 'Revenge is a dish best served cold' and you don't want to get frostbitten."
- Males: 175cm
- Females: 164cm
- 1x brain
- 2x eyes
- 1x nose
- 32 teeth (in different sizes)
- 1x tongue
- 1x heart
- 2x lungs
- 1x stomach
- 1x liver
- 2x kidneys
- 1x spleen
- 1x bladder
- 1x reproductive organ (depending on their sex)