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The humans of Midgard are both numerous and thriving, with kingdoms and duchies and small settlements scatered from shore to steppes and from icy vastness to searing sands. Variations in culture and languages categorize humans into seven main groups and many smaller ones.

Human Corruption

When the other races speak ill of the humans of Midgard, their complaints are clear: humans are corrupt, decadent, and untrustworthy. Humans are more prone to breed with demons and devils, become the prey of vampires, and turn into the tools and toys of elves. Te entire existence of the elfmarked is attributed to human fecundity and general lack of discretion. Dwarves, gnomes, minotaurs, and other races are far more concerned with the purity of their bloodlines and the maintenance of their traditions and heritage. Human traditions are strong in some places – witness their schools of magic, or their knightly orders—and quite weak in others. In the eyes of other races, humans require persistent watching and paternal oversight, which explains why dwarves and elves can seem so constantly condescending. The general sense that humans are more readily bribed, coerced, seduced, and corrupted encourages demons, devils, shadow fey, and other horrors to prey on humans in preference to other races. Perhaps this makes the impression a self-fulfilling prophecy, and other races are just as susceptible to corruption but simply less tempting targets. If human strength lies in the ability to adapt and its large populations, human weakness originates in the race’s lusts, greed, and lack of discernment.

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