Tartarus: Wrath of the Titans
Those who survived the age of the old gods dwelt in the mountains; and they were ignorant in the art of writing, and had heard only the names of the Chiefs of the land, but very little about their actions. The names they were willing enough to give their children; but the virtues and the laws of their predecessors, they knew only by obscure traditions; and as they themselves and their children for many generations the necessities of life, they directed their attention to the supply of there once, and of them they conversed, to the neglect of events that have happened in times long past; for mythology and the inquiries into antiquity are first introduced into cities when they begin to have leisure, and when they see that the necessities of life have already been provided, but not before. — Plato, “Critias”
In the reckonings of most beings, humans are the youngest of the common races, late to arrive on the world scene and short – lived in comparison to the nymphs, centaurs and satyrs. Perhaps it is because of their shorter lives that they strive to achieve as much as they can in the years they are given. Or maybe they feel they have something to prove to the elder races, and that’s why they build their mighty empires on the foundation of conquest and trade. Whatever drives them, humans are the innovators, the achievers and the pioneers of the world.
A BROAD SPECTRUM
With their pension for migration in conquest, humans are more physically diverse then other common races. There is no typical human. An individual can stand from 5 feet to a little over 6 feet tall and weigh from hundred and 125 to 250 pounds. Human skin shades range from nearly black two very pale, and hair colors from black to blonde (curly, kinky or straight); males might sport facial hair that is sparse or thick. Some humans have a dash of nonhuman blood, revealing hands of dryad, satyr or even divine lineages. Humans reach adulthood in their late teens and rarely live even a single century.
VARIETY IN ALL THINGS
Humans are the most adaptable and ambitious people among the common races. They have widely varying tastes, morals and customs in the many different lands which they have settled. When they settle, though, they stay: they build cities that last for ages, and great kingdoms that persist for long centuries. An individual might have a relatively short lifespan, but a human nation or culture preserves traditions with origins far beyond the reach of any single human’s memory. They live fully in the present – making them well suited to the adventuring life – but also plan for the future, striving to leave a lasting legacy. Individually and as a group, humans are adaptable opportunists, and they stay alert to changing political and social dynamics.
EXEMPLARS OF AMBITION
Humans who seek adventure are the most daring and ambitious members of a daring and ambitious race. They seek to learn glory in the eyes of their fellows by amassing power, wealth and fame. More than other people, humans champion causes rather than territories or groups.
HUMAN NAMES AND ETHNICITIES
In the region known as Helas, six human ethnic groups are widely recognized, though over a dozen others are found in more localized areas.
An indigenous people from the far south, Africans are tall and lean with skin ranging from dark brown to black. Africans are tribal by nature, but adapt quickly to other cultures.
African Names: (Male) Amare, Babajide, Bongani, Dakarai, Faraji, Imamu, Khari, Kojo, Mosi, Nuru, Obasi, Rufaro, Simba, Talib, Tuma, Wekesa, Zaire. (Female) Akua, Ashanti, Chikelu, Ebele, Ife, Imani, Kenya, Lerato, Mbali, Nala, Nkiru, Oni, Ororo, Sade, Sanaa, Yejide, Zalika, Zula
Found primarily in the northeast of Helas, Carpathians are of hefty height and build, with skin hues ranging from tawny to fair. Their hair is usually brown or black, and there I color varies widely, though brown is most common.
Carpathian Names: (Male) Beyla, Branislav, Damik, Dusan, Fadey, Jalen, Kolia, Miro, Niko, Oleg, Troian, Zelj, Zlata. (Female) Ani, Bela, Bohdan, Casimir, Chessa, Divna, Dragan, Elina, Grete, Iryna, Jola, Lizveth, Nijo, Olya, Zeli. (Clan) Burian, Donat, Gavril, Kole, Muncel, Sveta, Vasska, Zan, Zorin
Hailing from a mighty desert kingdom to the south, Egyptians have tan to dark brown skin, with prominent noses and angular features. Their hair is nearly always black, though some shave or decorate their hair in various ways, and their eyes are brown.
Egyptian Names: (Male) Akhet, Amenhotep, Bakare, Djahi, Djeti, Gebal, Henku, Imhotep, Ka, Khafre, Khufu, Menkaure, Montu, Nebwabi, Peret, Ptahotep, Qenbet, Ramases, Rensi, Shefuru, Teti, Upuaut, Wadjet. (Female) Alasi, Amenti, Ammit, Ba’ah, Bisu, Gersi, Hapiru, Heru, Kahl, Ma’at, Meskheret, Nagat, Nefertiti, Nekhbet, Quadesh, Sah, Sakkara, Sekhmet, Shena, Tenenu, Ubasti, Zaru
Known as “Greeks” to some, Hellenes are The most numerous and powerful ethnic group in Helas. Hellenes are of medium build and height, width dusky skin that tends to grow fairer The farther north they do well. Their hair and eye color varies widely, but brown and green eyes are the most common.
Hellenic Names: (Male) Aisopos, Akaios, Agathon, Alexandros, Akakios, Basileios, Demetrios, Drakon, Erasmos, Eukleides, Herakles, Herodes, Homer, Iason, Kyros, Leonidas, Neophytos, Nikodemos, Pantaleon, Pelagius, Phoibos, Sokrates, Sophocles, Theron, Xenon. (Female) Agathe, Elexandra, Ambrosia, Berenike, Chloe, Cleopatra, Doris, Eirene, Euphrasia, Galene, Helen, Hypatra, Isodora, Kallisto, Lysandra, Melitta, Myrrine, Nymphodora, Phoibe, Roxana, Sappho, Theodora, Zoe. (City) Abydos, Argos, Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Dicaea, Mykenae, Olympia, Sikyon, Sparta, Thasos, Thebes
Shorter and slighter in build than most humans, Persians have dusky brown skin and eyes with black hair. Persians dominate the eastern border of Helas, but are rarely seen in the mainland due to recurring political strife.
Persian Names: (Male) Abraham, Arash, Arman, Babak, Bahram, Cyrus, Darius, Farzin, Gazsi, Ishmael, Jahan, Jasper, Joseph, Kaveh, Kohinoor, Navid, Omar, Paym, Rahim, Shahih, Xerxes. (Female) Anahita, Azar, Banu, Elaheh, Ester, Firuzeh, Hettie, Jasmine, Laleh, Mahin, Mari, Nousha, Parisa, Roksana, Sanaz, Shideh, Vashti, Zhaleh. (City) Al-Hirah, Ardit, Arman, Babylon, Crephan, Damascus, Dara, Derbiel, Garmakan, Goyman, Hatta, Hulwan, Jerusalem, Kapakli, Nazareth, Parseh, Petra, Spahan, Tipitila, Ur
Phoenicians are found scattered across the Mediterranean region. The Phoenician people are generally small but muscular, with dark mahogany skin, curly black hair, and dark eyes.
Phoenician Names: (Male) Abdosir, Aderbaal, Akhbar, Bodeshmun, Danel, Eshmunazar, Hanno, Hiram, Juba, Khilletzbaal, Melqart, Philosir, Sakarbaal, Tabnit, Yutpan. (Female) Ahira, Arishat, Baalshille, Eshmuna, Hasdru, Ira, Kanmi, Maharbelle, Massinissa, Rid-Adddi, Sarashille, Toru, Zimorida
It’s hard to make generalizations about humans, but you’re human character has these traits.
Ability Score Increase. Two different ability scores of your choice increased by 1.
Age. Humans reach adulthood in their late teens and live less than a century.
Alignment. Humans tend toward no particular alignment. The best and the worst are found among them.
Size. Regardless of your height and weight, your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Feat. You gain one feat of your choice.
Skills. You gain proficiency in one skill of your choice.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Hellenic and one extra language of your choice. Human’s typically learn the languages of other people’s they deal with, including obscure dialects.