Fledgling Empires - Races
Humans are probably the most populous race in the known world, their numbers matched only by the Orc tribes of the west. There are three types of humans: -
- The old kingdoms. These are the first lands settled by the refugees from the empire of Thray and are thus each approximately 200 years old. Most are considered civilised places and although conflict is common a war of words is more common than conflict between armies.
- The wild lands. These are the more recently settled lands, varying between those settled by the old kingdoms almost 2 centuries ago to those settled in the last few years. Most are relatively lawless places where local warlords can claim as much land as they can hold on to.
- Barbarian lands. These are the lands claimed by the human tribes that existed before and alongside the empire of Thray. The largest barbarian lands are found in the plains to the east but smaller tribes lived alongside the elven kingdoms.
Tiefling It had long been said that the human empire of Thray was formed by a pact between the first emperor and demons. Since the sundering of that empire the depth of that pact has been reveiled, although the majority of the population of the old kingdoms have remained pure demonic ancestry has been revealed in many of the inhabitants of that region and has spread with other refugees to other parts of the continent.
Halflings have never held a land of their own. They have always been a nomadic people small bands of whom have been found all over the continent for as long as anyone can remember. The various cataclysms effected them the least of all of the races although some grew rich after looting the now deserted elven cities after the conflagration. The two sub types of Halflings, Lightfoots and Stouts both live together in the wild lands.
There has long been a close link between elves and Gnomes. The majority of the gnomish population, the rock gnomes, lived in elven cities living as what some considered servants, others pets. The Gnomes proved to be immune to the conflagration although many died as their Elven masters burned. The survivors are generally not expansionistic and may often maintain elven cities as best as they can and are often ousted by humans or orcs as they move into the area. A few gnomes have moved on and have formed their own cities. Small wild populations of 'forest gnomes' can still be found in the forests of the wild lands.
Half orcs are a rare breed as until recently human and orc rarely met. However, as humans push north and west and orcs push south and east interaction and conflict have become more common. Half orcs are generally despised by humans and may be driven from many of the more civilised human cities although the more lawless area respects their strength more. Among Orcs social status is based purely on strength so they do not discriminate as long as the half orc and hold her or him own among them.
The dwarvern race is currently in decline as more and more of their territory is claimed by the western orcs and their settlement of new lands is slower than that of humans due to their lesser birth rate.
- Mountain Dwarves. Those born in the remaining dwarvern thanes among the frost fang mountains. Many of the cities are under attack from orcs and still regularly war with each other. They tend to look down on the other types of dwarf.
- Hill Dwarves. These are the refugees from the events of the great betrayal who have formed now settlements outside of the traditional dwarven lands. They often attempt to keep the old traditions alive but have had to adapt to the new conditions. Many are bound to Mountain Dwarf thanes and are beginning to chafe under their rule.
Half elves have always been few in number during the time of the elven kingdoms interaction with the humans of the Empire of Thray were few. Interaction with the eastern barbarians were even rarer and more violent leading to a some offspring. During the conflagration half elves proved to almost all be immune to the disease but their numbers were too low to prevent the fall of the kingdoms. Since the fall more half elves have been born as elves now find it hard to find mates of their own species. There is little discrimination against half elves in most human settlement although some elves consider them a sign of how low their species has fallen.
The elves used to be the most populous species on the continent until they were consumed by the burning. Now only a few scattered remnants remain.
- High Elves - These are the tiny proportion of the elven population that were immune to the burning. Often the only survivor of their settlement these refugees often join other civilizations such as humans or dwarves or travel to try and meet up with other elves. Greenberg, the last pure elven city contains a large population of these elves.
- Wood Elves - These are the few elves that remained uninfected. These were mostly members of the smallest, most obscure elven settlements often found deep within dark forests. The survivors are hugely paranoid of any other elves they may meet who might spread the infection to them and rarely leave their settlements.
The ancestors of the Dragonborn were exiled from the far off land know as the Colour Empire and after having been at sea for over a year made land fall inn the Elven Kingdoms almost two centuries ago when the burning was just starting. The local Elven lord, seeing the doom of his people offered land to the refugees if they would provider protection from the human barbarians. The Dragonborn agreed and although the Elven lord and all his people were lost to the burning the Dragonborn remain, mostly entrenched in their city of Landfall some brave souls set out for adventure.