The Races of Amarand
In the Kingdom of Amarand,and on the rest of the continent, humans are the dominant race, if only by sheer number. They have only held this lofty position for what amounts to the blink of an eye in the long, storied history of the world, but most humans figure it’s been this way since the dawn of time, and they certainly act that way, much to everyone else’s chagrin.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the main inhabitants of Amarand are the Amaran people. They tend towards fair complexion, with hair ranging from blondes to dark browns. Amarans are notable for their strong sense of kinship, and their respect for hard work over guile.
Current Amaran fashion, for men, favors long greatcoats—usually wool, leather, or silk, depending on wealth—and rather impractically high boots and long-feathered hats with narrow brims. In the last hundred years, richly decorated full plate armor has become popular among noblemen and knights.
Amaran women’s fashion is centered around elaborate bodices, to be worn with comparatively simple dresses. It is typical for a noblewoman to be considered impoverished if she doesn’t have at least one bodice for each day of the week.
The Amarans’ eastern neighbors, the Jangovans, are a short, lightly-built people, with skin ranging from light olive to dark brown, and their hair is nearly always black, if not dark brown. They value wits and trickery highly, though they also highly value justice.
Typically, Jangovan men wear long robes and pointy-toed slippers, topped with a particularly whimsical style of small, conical hat. Jangovan women wear saris, varying from simple scraps of cloth to confections of silk and gold thread.
The men of the Disputed Lands south of Amarand are close cousins to the Amarans, tending towards shorter, stockier builds, and slightly darker complexions. They also tend to be more pragmatic and less honorable than Amarans, perhaps because of the nigh-constant war in their lands.
As long as there have been humans in Amarand, the halflings have been there. They live on the margins; in swamps, slums, and in hillsides overlooking human settlements, scratching out a hard life through odd jobs for the Big Folk, and more than a little bit of stealing.
Even with the ascendance of humanity, the elves still live in the wild places of Amarand. Though some have integrated with human society, many have become even more isolated, using their stealth and shamanic magic to turn back interlopers. They know that their old ways cannot last forever, but most elves would rather die free than bow to a human monarch and live a life of plows and mills.
The dwarves had been in a long decline before the rise of humanity; their war with the Titans had nearly driven them extinct. But, if nothing else, dwarves are stubborn. They refused to die out; they swallowed their pride and left their empty mountain halls to live with humans. It was difficult at first, but it quickly became apparent that humanity was just what the dwarves needed; a regular customer. And, given man’s proclivity for war, the dwarves will have buyers for their arms and armor until the end of days.
The Eladrin were once the rulers of the entire continent, but they were driven from their white towers by the Titans, and they fought a long, losing war of attrition. Even with the help of the dwarves, their race was nearly destroyed. But, rather than try to rebuild, the eladrin gave up. They decided to abandon the mortal world, and return to their home in the Feywild. Today, only a handful of eladrin live outside that realm, and they’re an especially mopey lot.
The races listed above are not the only sentient races present in Amarand, but they do make the vast majority. However, in the capital city, it would not be especially hard to find a Dragonborn, a Gnome, or any number of other races.