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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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Sonja-from-Finland Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I absolutely love these designs. I love how many different ethnicities and cultures you have used, and the ideas for the cultures and politics in-universe sound really interesting. I hate it when modern day fantasy authors make million European cultures for their story to match every European country, but then there's at best just one country for the people of color, or sometimes one country where the black people come from and another for the Asian people to come from. Tolkien at least was focusing on making mythology for Britain, so his use of European cultures is justified and Dwarves actually were strongly inspired by Jews, while most fantasy worlds will have typical European setting, but don't consider the role Jewish and Roma people played in the history of many European countries.

Nomads are my favorite of all these designs. Mongolians have interesting culture and I always love watching documentaries about Mongolia and it's people(I'm also very fond of Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian cultures, rather than the China and Japan that most fictional stories summarize the entire Asia as). I love how you made them so chubby and all those idiots whining about fat people being unfit have never obviously bothered to get to know a fat person and seen that it actually takes strenght to move heavier body around. I love that the Nomad man has bodyhair, since so many people seem to now days be really anti-bodyhair, it makes him feel more realistic and also more old fashioned, since as a nomad he would obviously have better things to do than wax his body. :D The woman looks really pretty and healthy, you know like most places in the past actually wanting chubby shapely women, because they are healthy and would be more likely to survive childbirth. In fact even normal thinness used to be seen as really unhealthy, because it meant you probably didn't have enough food to eat and wouldn't survive if there was sudden famine. I can actually imagine the man and woman in traditional Mongolian clothes and setting up a camp somewhere.

I like the Myrmidons as well, I love that you used Victorian Britain as an inspiration, since so many fantasy stories seem to feel that you must use only medieval technology and weapons, but honestly the thousands of years lasting middle-ages are unrealistic, and the only one who was actually able to pull it of was Tolkien, because of the creation myths and several natural disasters and dark lords changing the shape of the world in drastic enough ways to set back mankind centuries. Are they at the very begining of industrial revolution, or has it been ongoing for a while already and they are just now starting to spread their technology to the rest of the world?

I love the idea of a culture with very masculine looking women and really feminine men, since that would probably result in very different kind of social structure if the women are the strong ones and the men are the delicate ones. While the other cultures probably mistake Garuda men for women and the women for men, how do the Garuda feel about women of most other cultures being what they see as "masculine" and the men being "feminine"? That's probably really interesting issue and it's kind of hard for me to actually figure out how the Garuda feel about rest of the world being opposite to them in terms of looks.

I love that you actually made the Giants be part of the four races you chose to use as a basis for classifying different kinds of people, since in so many stories it feels like there are some vague groups you could classify most people into, but then the more unusual/fantastic people end up kind of being the outsiders, because there are no other races even remotely similar to them. I also like that Giants are super tall humans, not stereotypical giants that tower over buildings, since how could those giants ever interact with normal world where everyone else is so much smaller. I also love the Egyptian influence, since I used to be huge nerd about ancient Egypt when I were 10-12 years old, so they kind of feel nostalgic I guess. I also love the elective monarchy and the fact that they have so gender equal society, since lot of people seem to feel that fantasy cultures must be just as misogynistic as most countries were in the past of our world.
professor-babalab Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
I love all of your work! The drawings, the world-building and al the info about the races - you're so creative! I've been wondering, is this for a fantasy story?
Tyshea Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's for a fantasy world I'm developing, mainly! At the moment there are stories that take place in it, but the most important thing for me is the world-building. Plus this is a universe I've wanted to make since middle school :D
Thank you!
pious55 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
South Giants look very cool. Serious about business
Tyshea Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like em!
pious55 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool. Myself I've been developing some similar characters but my director keeps turning all of them down yo.
KimikotheLexicon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All of them have fascinating cultures and lifestyles. The Giants scare me! owo
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.
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