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Humans

The Humans of Var'kana are spread all over the lands. They inhabit large cities and small hamlets, are at home on the sea, the woods, the mountains and anywhere in between. They explore the deepest caves as well ancient ruins and they spit in the face of opposition. Their adaptability and stubbornness are the causes for their position as the most widespread species across all of Var'kana.   Humans dominate the lands and they lead the vast majority of nations. In order to understand the motivation of this species one has to look at certain key features and how they compare to their environment as well as to observe and understand their culture, because like many other species the humans are a product of their environment as well.   As such this article will serve as an introduction into the general shared history of all humans, whereas the connected articles will look into specific cultures and environments and will explore how these change or affect the way of life of humanity. Specifically, these articles will look at things like naming traditions, general traditions, cultural beliefs, languages and dialects, as well as etiquette.

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Geographic Origin and Distribution

Humans have settled the majority of the land and can be found on every continent of Var'kana. From the cold north of Thendris to the dry heat in the west of Thelasia and the farthest shores to the south of Rhendoria, the human species can adapt to every climate and have done so. Their cities and cultural influence can be seen and felt everywhere as they relentlessly spread, grow and expand.

Civilization and Culture

History

The shared history of humanity is one of arrogance and temptation and some really, really bad choices but also about nobility and courage in the face of opposition...  

The Creation of Humanity

Humanity was created by the Ilmori and other than let's say the Elves, who were created by only two of the Ilmori, humans were granted smaller bits and pieces of power from all of the Ilmori. Because of their diverging influences, humans excelled at nothing, but were more than capable at almost every walk of life and task the Ilmori gave them. They had the capability for being a noble soul like Auvala, a fierce protecter of justice like Therius, a talented craftsman like Nomjir or a skilled and knowledgeable magician like Linemor, but would come up second to one of the other people.    But they also had an unnatural amount of drive and ambition to excel and grow, as well as the confidence to boot, which is most likely given to them by Medea. And yet, like with Medea, this ambition and confidence slowly drove them to arrogance and impatience and some humans were impacted more strongly by this attitude.   

The Temptation of the Abyss

  Because of their drive and ambition, humans had always been susceptible to manipulation and promises of higher power. Other than the Elves for example their lifespan was much shorter, increasing the need to do everything quickly. This circumstance was a welcome one to the Abyss, who wished to increase its influence on the world. With sweet promises and whispers of power did the Abyss fish for those ambitious people, offering their heart's desire on a silver platter. Many mortals, not only humans, fell for the deception. They entered the dark pathways, which led them into the Abyss itself, where they were corrupted by the forces that resided in the gaping wound that is the Abyss. Twisted and turned by the power and utterly devoted to the beings of chaos, the mortals emerged now more powerful than ever. In the aftermath of the bloody conflict that arose from it, humanity faced heavy accusations and hardships from their creators, who put them under closer scrutiny. Nevertheless, the humans continued to work alongside the Ilmori. They constructed great cities, built monuments and established themselves in the world under the close guidance of their creators. While this era belonged to the Dwarves, Elves and Gnomes, the time of the great human expansion would soon come...  

The War of Divinity

  The most important period of humanity's shared history is the War of Divinity. During this conflict the Ilmori and their forces fought against Medea, who had betrayed the Pantheon in order to purge all of existence and to return the cosmos back to silence. The humans of Var'kana have been an integral force in this fight and even though they were not as prominent as the Dwarves, Elves or Gnomes their contribution has been more than significant.    In the aftermath of this conflict, established realms and kingdoms laid in ruins, cities crumbled and monuments were shattered. The people of Var'kana had to pick up the pieces and the same went for humanity as well. However, one thing changed from here on out. With the vast majority of Dwarves and Elves dead and their reproduction being much slower, the age of men had come...  

Building New Realms

 
Humanity was among the first to recover from the Divinity War. This meant that they were the first to respond when it came to rebuilding the realms. It were humans who assessed most of the damage to the world, who cleared out the rubble and built on top of the old. In the wake of this new era, humans settled the land, built up flourishing towns and created strong nations and institutions that stand to this day. These days humans are spread all over the world with very diverse cultures which were created over hundreds if not thousand of years. 

Lifespan
70 - 80 years
Average Height
Male: 175 cm Female: 170 cm

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