Description: Humans are the dominant race of humanoids across the world. Their success can be attributed to their high birth rates, adaptability, and greed. Over thousands of years, dozens of races of humans have stemmed from the original nomadic humans that lived roughly 20,000 years ago due to environmental and social differences.
Appearance: Humans vary greatly in appearance depending on their bloodline. The two sexes are distinct and easily distinguishable. Skin tones vary from fair to dark. Hair ranges from light blondes to jet black. Height and weight varies with females typically being smaller than males.
Life Span: Compared to most other humanoid races, humans are short-lived. A human in good health will typically live around 70 to 90 years. However, many members are from the lower classes and are overworked, underfed, and often fall victim to disease and sickness. While it varies from culture to culture, human children are typically considered adults around their 16th birthday.
Emotional/Intellectual Notes, Likes, Dislikes: Varies, although there are many things that are considered taboo no matter the culture. Humans typically frown on criminal activities.
Religion, Gods, Creation Stories, Legends, Myths: Many. The humans worship countless gods.
Magic – Social Acceptance, Laws, Availability, Use: Humans have a decent affinity for magic. Most humans never realize their magical potential due to their social standing or fear. Acceptance varies from place to place, typically depending on how much exposure the area has to magic.
Region, Boundaries, Weather, Terrain, Resources: Varies. Human settlements are present in every corner of the world. However, they prefer temperate weather. Natural landmarks such as rivers and mountains usually create the boundaries between territories to prevent border disputes.
Population Density, Community Sizes, Mobility, Racial Subdivisions: Varies. Humans tend to congregate to small villages. Only a small percentage of humans actually call the crowded cities home.
Language, Alphabet, Writing, Records, Literature, Poetry, Art: Varies. Most countries have their own language system that derived from previous languages. Human language ranges from simple to complex and almost all human languages have a written form, though most commoners rarely learn it. Literature, poetry, and art are found in abundance among the wealthy. While not famous for their crafts, human artists are still very skilled.
Intercultural Relations, Trade, Alliances: Varies. Humans tend to have several disputes and it is rare to find human lands truly at peace. Intercultural relations vary depending on both the area and the other race. Some humans are tolerant, others aren’t. Human alliances rarely last long and the long lived races tend not to ally with human nations except under dire circumstances.
Food – Procurement Methods, Surplus, Storage, Distribution: Varies from area to area. Humans typically eat whatever is available to them. The wealthy usually enjoy a more balanced and diverse diet.
Technology – Architecture, Tools, Weapons, Armor: Technology varies from country to country; some are more civilized than others. Most human buildings are made out of either wood or stone. Weapons and armor are most commonly crafted from iron. Aluminum, bronze, copper, tin, nickel, and steel alloy are also commonly used metals.
Use Of Animals: Humans have a close relationship with many animals which they have domesticated over the generations. Horses, goats, cows, sheep, pigs, donkeys, and dogs are the most commonly seen animals among humans. Animals typically have two uses among humans: resources or beast of burden.
Transportation, Long Distance Communication: Riding on horseback is the fastest form of travel among humans. Communication is typically achieved through mounted messengers.
Ownership Laws, Inheritance Customs, Monetary Form, Debt/Credit: Varies. Each country uses its own form of money. Ownership and inheritance laws vary from country to country but most humans pass belongings onto their children.
Gender Differences – Rights, Responsibilities: Men and women in human society share the workload equally but traditionally do different kinds of work. Men fish, hunt, make war and tend the crops. Women cook, clean, and raise the children. In most matters, men are superior.
Marriage System – Customs, Beliefs, Husband/Wife Relationship, Divorce: Most human societies observe monogamy. Husband and wife are married for life unless they get divorced. Divorce customs vary; some countries allow them freely while others forbid them. Adultery is looked down upon and is often considered a criminal offense.
Birth – Beliefs, Customs: Human birth is usually handled by either a midwife or physician.
Children – Discipline, Education, Recreation: A typical human family will have between 2 and 6 children. Larger families are common. Children learn traditional skills from the parents and grandparents. Girls are taught gardening, herbalism, cooking, sewing, and dancing. Boys are taught fishing, hunting, woodworking and the crafts. Trade and craft skills are passed down from father to son. The son of a fisherman almost always grows up to be fisherman. Only the wealthy can afford to have their children schooled in the fine arts of reading, writing, history, religion and magic.
Death – Beliefs, Customs: The deceased is usually honored by family and friends upon their death. Most human societies practice either burial or cremation.
Names – Number, Sequence, Meaning: Humans typically have a personal name that others refer to them by and a family name that is passed down along the generations.
Social Stratification: Human society is typically divided into three classes: lower, middle, and upper.
Political System – Legislative, Executive, Judicial: Monarchy is the norm among humans and most governments have a functioning system of laws in place.
Military – Size, Strength, Description, Organization, Weapons: Human armies typically consist of well-trained career soldiers. In times of crisis, the commoners may be called upon to fight.
- +2 to One Ability Score: Human characters get a +2 bonus to one ability score of their choice at creation to represent their varied nature.
- Medium: Humans are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Normal Speed: Humans have a base speed of 30 feet.
- Bonus Feat: Humans select one extra feat at 1st level.
- Skilled: Humans gain an additional skill rank at first level and one additional rank whenever they gain a level.