Wow again. Lots of meat here, yet the write-ups manage to stay very compact. The inspiration for some of the races is visible, but doesn't poke into the eye... they are all very usable. It is indeed a good inspiration! Speaking for the formatting-crazy crowd, it could be easily split into a scroll, but it is fine as is.
Great work, O.! It is easy to create new races/minorities based on this list - I may end up doing that very thing. :) Go to Comment
Yes, I rather feel that many exotic unique kinds of humans can be more interesting (and work more logically- why do ALL THE ELVES IN THE WHOLE WORLD have the exact same culture?) than a bunch of semihuman creatures. If there are nonhumans, they had better be totally weird, or it really won't hold my attention. Go to Comment
Let me tell you, it was pretty therapeutic to get this one out there.
I´ve had some of these people in my head for ten years or more. The image of a mud-smeared warrior using a turtle-shell for a shield has, for some reason, been with me since the early 90´s. I´ve always wanted to do something with it, and now I have...:-)
Thanks for some nice comments and feedback, guys. Appreciate it! /David Go to Comment
This sub put me in the mind of the Ohm, from Nausica of the Winds, and I can imagine the fuss that happens when one of these stony behemoths split's it's shell and extends massive wings to lumber off into the sky with all the grace of a boulder with wings.
I added wings in my version, even if there is no mention of the beasts being able to fly in the sub. Go to Comment
Some subs impress me for their detail and minutae. Some, simply for the visual and spark of imagination. This is one of the latter ones. I can make up all the details I need, but the concept of behemoth desert beetles alone, makes me happy! Man, i love fanatsy bugs.
(Goat-Skin pavilions are nice too!) Me'thinks we need a few of these in Nesseraum. Go to Comment
Its a good idea, but I'm not sure how the nomads are any more protected against the elements while riding the beetle's back, which would be the primary issue in a desert notorious for its sandstorms. But then again, perhaps I am misunderstanding the use of the beetles. Go to Comment
Swordbiters are parasites. They are long, thin and silver, and digest metal, somewhat like rust monsters, but smaller and more insidious. They resemble stick insects, but when they cling to metal they are very well camouflaged, and one can be biting your sword for a week before you notice it. They cannot be removed by hand, as they are very strong, but if the blade is inserted into fire they will leap off to escape the flames. Sometimes, old treasure hoards are infested with them, and the first glimpse you get of the "glittering" weapons is a pile of rusted swords encrusted with these thin silvery insects.