Anshedar [the Highborn, the Northmen]
The Anshedar are the human race of Marharia that spread across four divided kingdoms: Kingdom of Tamarri, Kingdom of Lonmere, Kingdom of Gaetana, and Kingdom of Ariadne [See Kingdoms]. The Anshedar are known as a tough breed. The Anshedar primarily have light skin, light colored hair and light eyes. Some humans are known to color their hair, pierce or tattoo their skin, and dress in nontraditional styles to flaunt their individualist natures. The Anshedar prospered quickly in the North through the depredation of other cultures, with the Svet being their primary victim. The Anshedar would say that they created the social norm, taught it to other societies, and mastered it. The Anshedar are perceived as arrogant and stuffy, but are rarely challenged due to their overwhelming numbers and rashness for war. The Anshedar are far-reaching in their efforts to civilize the world, assimilating barbaric society after barbaric society to their fundamental ways of culture. The Anshedar worship the a pantheon of twelve deities.
The Arkono are known in much of the world, though few believe the tales told about the flocks of “bird-men” that live in Mazura, the mystical jungles of Haemus Mons. An Arkono is best described has half bird and half human. The torsos remain more human in appearance, except for a covering of feathers. They do not possess beaks, but their noses are more flat and their jaws jut out in a decidedly beak-like in appearance. Their coloring is unique from flock to flock and individual to individual, similar to most tropical birds. The bird-men are exceptionally fast, being able to outrun other creatures quickly. However, the Arkono avoid water, as they are unable to swim well or at all. The Arkono love to entertain others, but rarely travel far from home. The Arkono possess a passion for beauty, art and music. They are not prone to violence, except in protection of their own kind. An Arkono stands slightly taller than the humans with little weight to them overall. The Arkono do not despise any other race or nation, and are always welcoming of visitors. The Arkono worship the embodiment of nature known as Lesh.
The Kras were said to have ventured across the sea from the homelands of Kalamaar with their human companions, the Anshedar, whom they were enslaved by before migrating to Marharia. Very few believe that the Kras still exist. The Kras stay hidden for the most part, fearful of being caught by any larger creature, and to be showcased to the world as a trophy. The Kras stand under half the height of a human and greatly resemble that of a demonic child, weighing around 30 to 40 pounds. Their skin is always some form of crimson. The Kras have awkward faces with misplaced mouths, crooked noses, and blackened eyes that fill the socket. The hair on both females and males is generally black, greasy and thin. The Kras believe themselves to be inferior to all other living creatures. The Kras are considered to be quiet, speculative, and constantly agitated. The lifespan of a Kras is unknown, though it was once recognized that one Kras would live over five lifespans of one human. The Kras are governed by no one, living in small families or solo in the wild. The Kras will watch wars, eavesdrop on discussions, and follow traveling parties in curiosity of what drives people to want life. It is not unheard of for a Kras to allow itself to be captured, to simply join a party on an adventure to simply see what all the fuss is about.
The Lilitu are spread across the world in every land and every culture, although their capital is Hvare in Haemus Mons. These interesting humanoids control the trade routes in the known world, recognized for their skill in seafaring. The Lilitu are reddish-brown, standing the same height as the Anshedar. Their bodies are scrawny with enlarged heads with large dark eyes. Their matriarchal society is commanded by a Queen and all actions are primarily focused on benefiting their colony. The LIlitu speak every language and are known for their science, mathematics, and overall logic.
The Svet are a race of hostile centaurs bred out of the Hyaendi Hills in the North. The head, arms, and chest of the Svet are those of a human and the rest of its body, including four legs, hindquarters, and a tail is like that of a horse. The Svet are dark skinned with dark hair and penetrating eyes. Males generally stand about seven foot tall and weigh around 2100 pounds. Females are slightly smaller.The Svet are known to be barbarians and cannibals, which both hold true to an extent. The Svet are the antithesis of the knight. It is said to be wary with words spoken with the Svet for a word misspoken would inevitably lead to slaughter. The Svet were often said to be created and blessed by their god, Rujan.
The Stuhia are few in number, and difficult to discover. The Stuhia are easily recognized upon birth by the caul that covers the newborn’s head and face. The Stuhia otherwise have features similar to the Northmen. Due to the Stuhia’s love for shapeshifting, however, it is difficult to discern the exact features of any Stuhia. The Stuhia were said to once be human, but were so closely connected to the spiritual world that their ancestors had no choice but to flee to the forests of the Dyndaer. Stuhia are ferocious creatures that have power beyond what living creatures should possess in terms of magical aptitudes. There is not a society of Stuhia. They are nearly on their own from the time that they are brought into the world.
Few knew of the Uvil until their great armies were seen marching out of the blistering deserts that covered the southern reaches of the world. The Uvil make their home in the desert mountains near the sea in Haemus Mons. The main city, known as the City of the Dead, or Dauthaz, sprawls in caverns that borders a massive underground river the pours into the sea. The Uvil see themselves as superior to other races, as a people destined to rule. The Uvil people range from a pale, maggoty white to a smokey grayish blue. Despite living in the desert, they spend much of their time hidden in the cavernous reaches of the mountains to avoid the unforgiving sun, and as a result, their eyes tend to match their skin. They stand shorter than most humans, but are usually of equal weight. The Uvil are governed by a council of priests dedicated to the worship of the dead.