Humans, known collectively as Mankind, (Common: Humanity; High Imperial: Orenia) is the most dispersed and numerous race within the mortal realm and amongst the fellow Descendents. Claiming original kith and kin to Horen, the first King of Man, Humanity has become one of the most influential body throughout the known world, holding dominion over their cousin Elves countless times in their history and establishing one of the largest, most successful empires in recorded time: the Holy Orenian Empire. Predominantly following the Canonist faith, with numerous others practicing traditional pagan or the Qali-dominanted Iman al-Rashidun, humanity is known for its delving and meddling ambition and short life-spans, stretching typically around 100 years. The modern domain of mankind has traditionally been ruled by a single monarch, either in Imperial style as the Holy Orenian Emperor or as the widely considered lesser title as King of Oren.
Pure Humanity (those without non-human blood) is split between three bodies of population, which is founded upon Horen's three sons. Heartlanders, those who are believed to have been in Godwin, third son of Horen,'s tribe, are generally found within the mainland and breadbasket of the Orenic lands. Highlanders, those who followed Joren Horenson (Horen's second son) hail from the northern reaches of the world. And lastly, the Farfolk, believed to have been those tribesman of Harren, first son of Horen, that did not merge with Joren's and Godwin's tribe and moved south in exile. Numerous other cultures have developed throughout humanity's existence, making the human realm a wide plethora of languages and peoples, by far one of the most diverse collective populations in the world.
Given their diverse race and sub-races, the Humans tend to have the most expansive and wide range of appearance, though are noted for their lack of intensity in their colouring. The Human hair colour can generally colour the full spectrum; however, it is severely rare to see any single one with full saturation. While purples, blues and greens usually offer a supportive highlight to the hair, the average colours found in human hair range from black to brown, through light and dark yellows, oranges and reds. This strongly matches their skin colour in contrast, as the skin colour of most humans is generally a mixture of light pink and dull yellow, with variations in browns depending on the intensity of the suns climate in the dependent area.
The Humans are no longer separated by sub-race, as they all share distinct physiology and their physical attributes are generally dependent on their base culture and habitation. The Humans are instead separated by Culture Groups, where all are considered human, though remain segregated depending on place of origin and cultural differences.
This cultural group are often found in urban habitations, such as big cities and towns. Usually hailing from the the larger capitals in the land, Heartlanders, for the most part, are generally well educated, socially able with the majority of the male populace receiving basic combatant training. The Heartlanders are the flesh and blood of the rural metropolitan areas, and are often the home of those who hold governance over the Human Kingdoms. Nobility is considered a symbiotic aspect of the Heartlanders culture, and due to this there is often an established hierarchy within the political fields of the Heartlanders habitations. Those who hail from the former Salvus, Renatus and Auvergne, alongside the modern Savoyardic subcultures would easily fit within the Heartlander Culture.
Almost opposite to their metropolitan cousins, those who inhabit the surrounding areas are often referred to as Highlanders. Often finding home in small hovels or camps, or in the less traveled regions of the Human Kingdoms, Highlanders are extremely proficient farmers and craftsmen. They hold a closer homage to the distant ancestors than that of the other Human Cultures, and are often more experienced in the arts of hunting and fishing. Highlanders are commonly more interested in face and traditional values as opposed to that of the entire Realm, mostly focusing their unrefined and rustic roots on more practical things; surviving. Those who hold close lineage to Northerners would fit closely within the Highlander Culture division, and subcultures such as Raevir and Kaedreni would also fall under this category.
Often hailing from far and exotic lands, the Farfolk hold a relatively different physical appearance to their cultural cousins. Due to the climate in these exotic lands, Farfolk most often hold a darker skin tone and follow subcultures that are more varied than other Humans. While they hail from farther lands, the Farfolk hold a seemingly middle ground between the civilized progression of the Heart and Highlanders, often employing practicalities from both. Subcultures such as that of the Subudai or Rassid would collect closely within the Farfolk culture, and those who originate from the southern regions would do the same.
Due to their short lifespan, Humans are often very driven in their lives and are known for accomplishing and unimaginable feats. They are pioneers in reality and in their own mind, and are often intelligent beings with the ability to express themselves and output their emotions in more practical means.
The Human lifespan is much different to that of any other race, being a short average tenure of 150 years. The Human Race age normally until they are 18, where it grinds to a slower pace until they reach the age of, on average, 80 where they start to age normally again until death. This is dependent on each human, however, and whilst one human may look to be in his mid twenties at the age of 70, another may already appear as a decrepit old man. This is also dependent on the lifestyle of the human, and will vary between different cultures. A Highlander farmer who works the grain day in day out will look considerably older than a well fed and hygienic Heartlander in the capital city.
Due to ancient Horens wish for immortality, when Iblees, the first Daemon to fall, was finally encountered and banished from the Realm, an eternal curse was placed upon Humankind moments before he burst into flames. “You wish for immortality? I will curse you with the opposite, early death for you and your kin. You shall age quickly and die before you experience the fruits of your useless labour.” the fallen Daemon roared, and so as generations continue to pass, the curse of Iblees lives on within each of Humankind, cursed to a live a meager two centuries.
Over the years, the Human Race has come great political and organisational leaps and bounds, most notably in its previous held titles as a conglomerated race. The Old Kingdom of Oren, the first of the Human nations, was the northernmost nation in all of Aegis; however, following the fall of Al’Khazar to the undead, it split into three nations. Oren remained the primary and most popular title for the Human empires to come.
The Human race has officially followed one religion since it’s founding by Horen. Religion is a pivotal part of the Human Kingdoms and Empires throughout history, and is often the tide in great wars which pushes the current in either direction.
- The Church of Canon
Having existed since the Human Kingdoms foundations, the Church of the Canon was initially known as the Temple of the Faith and was formed by King Horen I after he was contacted by the Aenguls and granted the prophecy of his line, and given the Scroll of Virtue. He served as Head of the Faith until his grandson, Owyn Godwinson, came to power after the successful overthrow of his tyrannical and traitorous uncle, Harren the Defiler. Under Owyn, the first head of the Church was officially appointed, however the nascent clergy lacked the presence of an official hierarchy, and for centuries the Church kept faith powerful and prevalent primarily under the Horen dynasty.
Eventually the Horen line grinded to a halt, their last scion abdicating the throne to be replaced by the House of Perea. For years the Church grew redundant and mistreated as three usurper kings passed by, though held unity through the St. High Priest Everard. After the undead onslaught and the fracture of the original Kingdom of Oren, only Renatus continued to adhere to the principles set by the Faith.
In modern times, however, the Church of Canon worships the work of The Creator and the Aenguls and Daemons under the omnipotent and architect of the universe, progenitor of humankind. The Church is currently headed by the High Clement II.
- The Red Faith
The main religion of Norland is referred to as "The Red Faith". It is similar to the Canonist religion in that they both believe in a singular god. Within the Red Faith however, people do not pray directly to the All-Father but rather to a group of deceased Norlanders of note known as "paragons". The Norlandic culture teaches that the All-Father protects them from the Long Dark. The long dark is simultaneously an extremely complicated but extremely simple concept. In essence the Dark is that which the All Father battles against in his Grand Purpose. The Dark being that which occurs at the end of all things and the death of the All Father on high.
Norland has always upheld the Red Faith except during the short reign of king Jevan Ruric. The dismissal of the Red Faith from Norland angered many, even those outside of the nation. Often times a misunderstood religion, it had faded into obscurity long before Jevan's reign, only for the nation to welcome it once more with Arthas Ruric's return. His teachings were vital to the current success of the religion, which has found a new foothold and following.
Current human nations
- Kingdom of Santegia
The Kingdom of Santegia is a nation established in the continent of Asul as a result of the Santegian Rebellion. Its capital is Veldin Palace that is a ducal seat of House de Savin. Current reigning monarch is Leoiarizaltzu de Savin.
- Kingdom of Renatus
Created after the Phoenix Revolution with Eze'kiel Tarus as the first Phoenix King. Following the resignation of Tarus Reynard Lycian led the Kingdom of Renatus as regent before Godfrey I of Horen took the throne. The capital was Galahar and Arethor in Asulon. Renatus was established in Athera, the capital Kaer Angren. It soon fell to the Undead forces, whom corrupted the capital city and forced the destruction of Renatus. The Kingdom was revived by a man named Canonius, after the Holy Orenian Empire was overthrown during the waning years of Axios.
- Kingdom of Norland
The Kingdom of Norland is a nation that was established in Vailor, the capital becoming Seahelm. It soon fell to Orenian forces during the Third Rurikid Uprising. It was then later established after the Eagle's Rebellion in Axios. The capitals were The Krag and Vjorhelm. Its current capital is Ruriksgrad in Atlas
- KIngdom of Marna
- Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska
Former human nations
- Holy Orenian Empire
The Holy Orenian Empire, or simply Oren, was of the largest and most powerful nations of humans or of any race upon the continent of Axios, and historically any past worlds as well. It was founded by the Exalted Godfrey, also known as Godfrey I, from whom the current Holy Orenian Emperor, Peter II, descended his claim. It adhered to the Church of the Canon as a state religion.
- Kingdom of Ruska
Created by the High-Pontiff Owyn I Ruska existed in Anthos as a Apostolic and Holy Kingdom, stretching from either end of the Empire the vast tracts of land where the birthplace for many of the greatest Raevir monarchs, and served the primary title of Exalted Sigismund Carrion during his rule as Emperor of Oren. In modern days, the title has passed from the Karovic bloodline to various family's who claim the title through distant relatives.
An eastern kingdom that occupied the former Teutonic Order territory in Aegis, the Realm of Hanseti was located in the cold southern mountains in Asulon. The first king was Gaius Marius, and Hanseti occupied Nuremberg, Konigsberg, and several other cities of the Teutonic Order. Samuel Bealcrest ruled as Hochmeister before his death led to the new Hochmeister Mirtok.
Composed of the former Duchy of Karovia and the men of House Vanir, the Kingdom of Akovia was formed in 1483 after the Maric's Rebellion, when Varon Kovachev and Vasili Vanir fled to Karovia with other Carrion Loyalist. Varon Kovachev was soon crowned king, and, after a short tenure, fell into madness. Removed from power by Arik Vanir and Romanen Magnus, the Kingdom was ruled briefly by the privy council, before instating Andrik Vydra as king. Under Vydra's unprecedented leadership, the Kingdom of Akovia went on to win the Schism War, and unified Humanity into the Reformed Kingdom of Oren.
The most popular secondary title for a Oren King, The Kingdom of Kaedrin was formed by Emperor Godfrey the I after the Imperial Conquest of Malinor. It was first held by Peter Chivay, then went down one generation until the Exodus, where the Dwarves gave it to the Adunians. After being beaten in battle, House Carrion usurped the title and used it for the rest of Anthos's history. It was then retaken by none other than Peter Chivay himself during the Fringe, but the title was destroyed later following the Imperium's collapse.
After losing power in Oren the former king Enor Sheffield and Dawn Perea established the Isle of Salvus, located on a small island in Aegis. They wanted to form a peaceful Human nation free of the internal feuding present in the other Human settlements. They then established the Kingdom of Salvus in Asulon after Aegis was destroyed, with the capital of Solace. Salvus and the ruling monarchs lost popularity over time and were eventually went to war against a coalition. Many years later it was given to James Hightower to take care of bring back the old kingdom.
Seventis was a nation established while in Asulon. Several towns around the Cloud Temple Sanctuary joined together to form this new nation. After growing in popularity and increasing rapidly in size a small patch of land east of the Cloud Temple Sanctuary was granted for expansion. For a period of time, Seventis was also home to the Auvergnian culture.
The Kingdom of Courland was founded on the continent of Valior by Alexander Staunton, initially beginning as a Duchy under Percival Staunton. Following it's destruction in the Riga War, it was reformed by the son of Alexander, Tobias Staunton, after dismantling the Holy Orenian Empire in the Eagle's Rebellion and taking control of a majority of the isles of Tahn and Asul. It adhered to the Lotharic Communion, a branch of the True Faith.
|Human||Heartlander · Highlander · Farfolk · Adunian|
|Elf||Woof Elf · High Elf · Dark Elf · Snow Elf|
|Dwarf||Cave Dwarf · Mountain Dwarf · Forest Dwarf · Dark Dwarf|
|Orc||Olog · Goblin|
|Other||Special||Construct Races · Spectral Races · Undead Races|
|Kharajyr||Kha'Leparda · Kha'Cheetrah · Kha'Pantera · Kha'Tigrasi|
|Hou-Zi||Laobai-Zhu · Fei-Zhu · Hei-Zhu|