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Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by Tyshea Fantasy Races: [1/4] Humans by Tyshea
WOW THIS TOOK LIKE TWO WEEKS? Well maybe more like 4 days overall, since I only worked on them over the weekends.

I'll probably be making more (as well as environments and creatures), but first I wanted to explore the races I had in mind for the world me and *Ai-Bee are building for this.
This project is currently unnamed, but it's something I've wanted to do ever since I was in middle school.

A lot of High Fantasy is very overdone and all the designs are inbred, so as a kid I wanted to see a fantasy world that was more diverse, but used a lot of familiar things from the genre.
I realize I'm taking a lot of liberties with the typical interpretations of High Fantasy...but it's fucking fantasy, dude.
What's fantasy without imagination? I always thought the "rules" some people ascribe to were bullshit anyway.
(sorry any Tolkien/D&D-die-hards, this project probably isn't for you)

I reference a lot of cultures and plan to mix them with more typical fantasy elements, but if anyone who belongs to the cultures that inspired me, by all means please let me know if I've done anything seriously wrong or offensive and I will look into it and fix it as best as I can. And yes, I know where the names I'm using came from.

No body shaming will be tolerated. (ʘ‿ʘ✿)

So without any further ado, here is some thought-vomit on each of the races and sub-races!


    Nomads: Well known for their singing, archery, and animals, the Nomads are a collection of family tribes that occupy the Northeast sector of the world. Their culture values experience above anything, so the oldest members of each respective family typically lead their tribe, regardless of occupation, gender, or physical prowess. From a young age, they are raised alongside the animals they keep, and usually develop a strong bond with their future mount. The death of a mount is mourned just as much as the death of a family member. While their relations with the other Northern races are good, they typically keep out of politics, preferring trade as their only source of interaction.
    Inspirations and notes: traditional Mongolian culture. Typically bigger, stout body types. Central-to-North Asian features.

    Myrmidons: Also called the Myr, the Western Humans are an ambitious, young nation with a powerful army and steam-powered technology. Working under a prominent royal family, they are a positive and nationalistic kingdom. Though not overtly militaristic themselves, they've been involved in many turf wars through their allies, the West Elven Naiads. Many races consider them the overbearing "little brother nation" to the Naiads, though the Myr view themselves as helpful and loyal, honoring their kingdom and creed above all. They're currently developing a railroad system in hopes of bridging the Western and Eastern sectors to increase good relations and trade.
    Inspirations and notes: Victorian era British culture and steampunk. Strong, athletic bodies. Black-American features.

    Garuda: Economically poor but culturally rich, the Garuda are a demure and hard-working people famous for their theater, clothing dyes, tropical food, and floating market. They range from artists to traders, weavers, entertainers, and stock-herders, though normally farmers. It's common to find large farming villages because much of their food is sold to the Eastern Elves who live in the trees above them. A very spiritual group, the only leaders in their society are religious figureheads. Traveling monks and nuns who perform religious services and medicinal miracles are also well-known and seen as signs of good luck.
    Inspirations and notes: traditional Thai culture. Thin, androgynous bodies, swapped gender expression. Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander features.

    Giants: The most distinguished race of humans, the Giants (or Titans) are a powerful and rich nation that lord over the South with a stern but gentle hand. Their royal family is chosen through creed and a series of tests; the elected king and queen rule together with even responsibilities and are typically not married, having personal lives outside of their political sphere. Known for cultivating the best education and scholars, they are a disciplined and sophisticated people that are sometimes faulted for their lack of humor and arrogance. Despite being a political and militaristic powerhouse, the recent technological developments in the West have been causing some tension.
    Inspirations and notes: Ancient Egyptian culture. Tallest race, thick, statue-esque bodies. North African/Middle Eastern features.

The other races:

To see more of this world, please visit this gallery!
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killermuffinXD Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just want to say: WOW! I've been wanting to do something like this since I was in, like, 5th grade, but just now I have the ability. This project is so great, I'm using your North-South-East-West Concept, hope you don't mind, but this is probably the best example of High Fantasy creativity I've seen here on deviantart.
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This is actually an idea since I was a kid too haha :XD:
Really happy you like it!
EmaCamU Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
garudas remind me of pre-cultural revolution chinese people.

kind of surprised there's no aztec inspired race.
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
We have an Incan-inspired race, so I didn't want there to be too much overlap I guess :XD:

Also Gardua are based on traditional Thai culture, though I've yet to cement the time period.
EmaCamU Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
incans and aztecs are really different cultures.

aztecs and mayans where a lot like egipcians and summerians while incans where more like babilonians or romans
Tyshea Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know they're different lmao but a lot of people tend to get them mixed up and I'd rather focus on the less popular one
jrhyder Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of these are fantastic, and as a true fantasy nerd I'm flabbergasted by the awesomeness :) 

That said, I have a few questions: 
The terminology you seem to be working with is races and sub-races, as per the usual in the fantasy genre. However, we know that in biology humanity has only one race, and that you can typically find as much or more diversity within a "race" as you can between "races".

So in this world, are their actually different "races"? As in genetically different enough that no fertile offspring may occur? And would the sub-races be more like "race" in the cultural sense, where different peoples have just as wide a variation within the group as between groups? How does that work in your world? And what about racism? I imagine racism would not be the same as in modern rl cultures, but discriminating against "outsiders" is a very human thing (even if not a trait shared by the other races). How does that affect the cultures and peoples in your world? 

Lots of questions, I know. Happy creating!
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm still debating if races can interbreed, both among the sub-races and 4 main races.
Good questions, but tricky answers that I haven't settled on yet. I'll be sure to let everyone know when I decide on it :)

Racism and ethnic discrimination is a big deal in this world, I've actually written some of the race-relations in the blurbs for each group in my artist comments, not sure if you missed those :D
jrhyder Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw them after I asked, thanks though! 

You're creations are awesome! Have you done a map yet? I'd love to do a map for you, if you guys don't feel like doing one. If you have already done a map, I can't wait to see it! 

I would love to RP in your world :) I'd make a Goblin and Myrmidon couple. The Goblin is a level-headed engineer, always aware of the economics of any situation, abandoned as a little boy on the streets, self-sufficient and untrusting, but with a gentle soul. The Myrmidon was a pampered rich kid, traditional, schooled in magic (storm), who ran away from home to find his missing sister. He's temperamental and naive and fiercely devoted to whoever he loves. They met on a ship headed to the South, watched each other's backs when a nasty situation involving pirates occurred, and have been slowly making their way East since then, following stories of a hot-headed young Myrmidon woman riding the desert. The Goblin hates feeling to emotionally vulnerable after taking care of himself so long, and the Myrmidon mage will sometimes say and do ignorant things, but they are working it out. 

Oh, and the Goblin is somewhat younger, but seems older because he's more mature. The Goblin is pretty tall for his people, and the Myrmidon is very short, so they're almost the same height, and also about the same build. 

...that got a little out of hand, lol. I am done now, and will go back to my own internet space :P 
Tyshea Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm working on a map, still some details missing and I need to put some time into it, but I got the general set-up

I really dig the idea of your story! Nice characters and story set up, pretty happy it's a boy/boy couple too haha :)
I hope you hang onto it for when I open up this world to players and such. It might be a long time in the making
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