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
In a long-lost age, a party of adventurers are frozen into stone by the stare of some gorgon-like creature. An unscrupulous rogue, coming across the frozen party several centuries later, decides to haul off two of the statues to decorate his den. Upon his death, an artisan friend of his claims a statue and sells it to a rich merchant, passing it off as his own work. Years later, the merchant gilds the statue in bronze and re-sells it at a much higher price. After passing through the art markets for many decades, the statue ends up in the hallways of a mage academy. Imagine the chaos and confusion when a young mage's spell happens to break the curse of stone, returning the adventurer to life several centuries after his petrification! Is he interrogated by historians? Driven mad by the change of times? Or does he set off on a quest to find and liberate his other frozen party-members?