Predominating Caelerethian race with by far the the highest population compared to the elven, dwarven or orcish races. Also and most commonly called "Men" (and in the singular form "Man"). Humans are known to be shortlived in comparison to other races, and they are reknown for their tendency towards conflict and aggression.
Picture description: Portrait of a human in full armour. Pic drawn by Faugar.
Appearance. Men are rather unspectacular in
their appearance as they are positioned between all other races, not having the
slender, delicate growth of elves nor the muscular and stout bodies of dwarves
and they also don't possess a thick natural growing skin protecting them from
most harm like orcs have. However, a man resembles the appearance of an elf most
as he is approximately the same size (up to 2 peds), except for the female
humans who are usually slightly smaller than the males and whose bodies are much
rounder than those of elven females. Unlike elvenkind the hair color of humans
is limited to brunette, blonde, raven and very seldom red. Males also usually
wear their hair shorter than their female counterpart. Male humans may also wear
beards although they don't have any social importance like at the dwarven race.
Mankind in general has to be described as the weakest of all races, but in the same context men have to be referred to as the most capable of learning and mastering several kinds of skills during their lifetimes, whether they may concern training of the body or the mind. The main reason for their inborn urge to experience things and overcome these difficulties by their unceasing will for improving their techniques steadily may be their extremely short lifespan a man can expect, which very seldom exceeds 70 years. Most humans die before they have reached the age of 60. Men are not only subject to fast aging, they are also subject to disease and they are less resistant to the extremes of nature. The latter is also the main reason why humans may have several different colors of skins according to the region they live in.
Picture description. A Helcran warrior with his ornamented war horse. Image drawn by Quellion.
Mode of Living/Habits. Humans settle in
every kind of environment, except for dense wooden areas which is the territory
of elves and the underground which belongs to the dwarves. Men are cultivating
vast areas and domesticate animals on which they feed. It belongs to the rules
of society that in his youth a man has to select the profession he wants to
concentrate on and that he will try to master these skills during his lifetime.
Some humans also concentrate in training their magical abilities which they don't possess from birth on as humans are also very talented in mastering skills of the mind. However, not all humans use magic for harmonizing purposes like elves do, quite to the contrary.
Family, Society and Culture. From the beginning of time when the races fled the sight of the burning Tree of Life men always formed around leading figures guiding them into their destiny. These groups which formed are the human tribes and there exist several of them of which many left the Sarvonian continent very early. As the amount of people of the tribes increased responsibilty of the tribe leaders was more and more delegated, a fact which consequently resulted in the introduction of fiefdom. Sooner or later the first kingdoms were born and also the first fierce battles among the tribes were fought. War became one of the main principles of mankind, and the elves called the humans "Mé'krói" (sensless war) in order to express their nature.
Concerning family life it
has to be said that humans in general prefer monogamous life, although this may
vary from tribe to tribe. Female humans are usually capable of giving birth to
children till the age of 35 or 40.
Beliefs. According to the Cárpa'dosían myth the human race emerged from the element of Water as the Rain of Life hit the Aér'aí'chánian world. It is therefore said that the element of water determines the actions of the humans, and that the ambivalence of water is mirrored in the mind of every single human. Unlike at the other main Aér'aí'chánian races the fate of men lies completely in their own hands while elves, dwarves and orcs have their assigned destiny they try to reach in their lifes - beauty for the elves, wealth for the dwarves and destruction for the orcs. However, typical for most humans seems to be the constant struggle for power, the "need to make the inborn elemental predetermination become solid" (quoted from the Carmaladian philosopher Athiost).
Of course most human philosophers and scholars have different opinions concerning the mythological origin of men. Doubt and the longing for new discoveries are very common among men and thus there exist several theories on how Aér'aí'chán was created, but none of these have been proven yet. The common folk isn't concerned with such questions and still believes in the Twelve Gods plus the 13th one, Coór the Shadow Itself (due to this reason the number 13 is also said to bring bad luck to humans). On the other hand the existence of Avá is completely forgotten by the humans.
Tribes. In the Santharian Kingdom currently exist the following human tribes which all were former kingdoms at the southern Sarvonian continent before they were unified under the kings Thar and later on Santhros (in alphabetic order):
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