The Races of the Edelrend

On the whole, the Six Kingdoms are home to many varieties of Elves, Men and Dwarves (The Firstfolk). But other races are present in the there, as well as a variety of the Firstfolk and The Lands contain what are called The Manifolk.

HUMANS

Edelrend is home to the humans known as the Herassian. They are the descendants of men during the time of Herras, range from light to ruddy complexion, light eyes, & blonde to reddish hair. Many are freckled. There are two languages spoken by them: Heshi (aka Common) and Danseri (the oldest known human language).

In the Suthers are the Suthican, who tend to be more olive skinned with straight dark hair and are typically slightly taller than the Herrasians. They are round faced and and less pronounced noses. They speak a variant of Danseri known as Suthic.

The “Spearfolk” are actually descendants of a race called the Andu; ruddy skinned with medium to dark hair that’s typically curly or wavy. Their eye color is typically green or light brown and tend to have sharply featured faces with straight noses and some tribes ritually scar themselves. They speak a polyglottal tribal tongue called Anduk (which contains words from all the Folk), but each of the tribes has it’s own particular tribal language referred to by animal type in the Anduk language. (For instance the Wolf People are known as the Ulvundi — Ulv for wolf, Undi for folk — and they speak Ulvundik).

To the far South, in the lands beyond the Six, are the Tutanar, a dark skinned, lithe people who typically make their homes along the coasts and jungles there. They speak Tunari, but each tribe has its distinct dialectic differences so one can identify where they are from.

Other men that have been seen are the Vhotesh, a mysterious and tight lipped culture who live along the deserts and far Southwestern coasts. They tend to resemble the Spearfolk with darker skin and eyes. Some tribes of the Vhotesh are completely hairless.  They speak a very complex tongue known as Vhashti which some think descended from Draconic.

To the far North are the Falsduran. These people are quite large (6’5″ to 7’5″ tall), muscular and hirsute. Virtually all of them are white blonde or blonde. Their eyes are bright green, violet or blue. They speak an old tongue related to that of the giants called Skardend or a trade tongue easily learned outside the race called Falsdanic.

There is also a wandering race called the Adoh Dumarin. They are pale, dark haired and eye color varies. They are the gypsies of the Lands, but without the terrible reputation. The Adoh Dumarin speak a pidgin tongue called Dumarindi or their native language, Duum (a complex language of gestures and spoken word).

ELVES

While there are many varieties of elves in the Lands, those traditionally referred to as High Elves are the Aelfrena (inhabitants of the Aelfrenir), tall, lithe, light-skinned elves with white hair renowned for their beauty.

The Wood Elves known as the Eldena (elves of the Eldwyd) are smaller in stature, more agile and have a mix of blonde and brown hair with bright eyes.

There are also a group of elves in Tanglewood known as the Hurena (or Wild Ones). These elves tend to follow the ethnic mix of the Spearfolk and they traditionally keep to themselves.

There is another classification amongst the elves known as the Enadra (the Between), which is another way to say Elven-blooded. This is the classification for HALF-ELVES which are plentiful among the kingdoms.

DWARVES

The Deep Dwarves are called the Svaarden and are pale, light haired and stout. They have wide faces, large pale eyes and large teeth. They typically don’t interact with the other races but are not unpleasant when encountered.

Dwarves of the mountain and hills are called the Vaargind and are treated like the traditional Dwarves, but there are some regional differences.

Rarely, there are those unions between men and dwarves resulting in what is called the “Angvorn gu Daldred” (literally, “A sturdy arrangement”). The Angvorn carry over many of their human parent’s traits, though shorter and sturdier and are said to be great diplomats between the two races.

GNOMES

Where there are Vaargind, there are also the Gnomes (known in their own tongue as Filimilian). Early records mistook them for Dwarven children. But they are racially and culturally unique. Many Gnomish communities have been spotted in the outer reaches of the Lands, but most of them tend to stick to an area with Dwarves.

VERY rarely seen in the Kingdoms are the Deep Gnomes. While some act as spies for the various Dwarven Lords, they primarily keep to themselves under the earth.

HALFLINGS

The majority of Halflings in the Six Kingdoms are Lightfoots. However, there are a few, known as the Toughheels, who are consummate wanderers and are often found among the Adoh Dumarin.

Beyond the Kingdoms are found a number of other variants, the bulk of those being the Stouts. There are another small ethnically different group known as the Burrowbrows, living on the outer edges of the Six Kingdoms. They tend to be darker skinned and make their homes beneath the earth.  Some Burrowbrows can be found among the folk of Firdeng. They hold the belief that they descended from the first Peoples and tend to be much more proud than their cousins.

 GOLIATHS

While not often seen in the Kingdoms, the race of Goliaths (known in Falsduran as the Guland) are native to the mountains at the top of the world. Some of them travel as allies with the men of Falsduran and can be seen guarding caravans from the North. They are a proud race and suffer weakness lightly.

TIEFLINGS

Tieflings are found throughout the Six Kingdoms, but keep very close to cities. Glimring boasts a small community of them and the Suthers contains more than other places. Outside the Six Kingdoms they are misunderstood and hunted.

DRAGONBORN

These rarely glimpsed folk came from beyond the Ancestor Mountains and have only recently been seen, for fear of being mistaken for Dragonkin (which still happens). They tend to keep to themselves when not in the safe company of travelling companions.

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Bart H.

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