Kingdoms of Kalamar
There are many different races that poplate the world of Tellene. The 5 predominate as character races are listed below.
“A human can be your greatest friend and most worthy ally, until you turn your back” …. Elven proverb.
Of the main races available to play as characters, Humans are the dominant one on Tellene, accounting for the vast majority of the population. One also finds abundant (if somewhat sparsely distributed) numbers of dwarves, elves, gnomes, halflings, and half-elves, collectively known as the demihumans, along with hbgoblins, half-hobgoblins, and half-orcs, referred to as humanoids. Even amongst those races there’s plenty of variation in the form of subraces or cultures. Here are the racial options and a bit about them — note that any class preferences listed for humans are simply guidelines and not the strict racial preferred class, as humans have no class preference.
“Better to face your danger today than to live in shadows tomorrow” …. Dwarven Proverb
Dwarves are known for their skill in warfare, their ability to withstand physical and magical punishment, their knowledge of the earth’s secrets, their hard work, and their capacity for drinking ale. Their mysterious kingdoms carved out from the inside and outside of mountains, are renowned for the marvelous treasures that they produce as gifts or trade.
Stout, dour, and resilient, dwarves are as solid as the rock of the mountains they typically inhabit. Generally viewed as being surly by the other races, dwarves do have their own senses of humor and can be quite jovial, but when among other races they tend to be more reserved in their personalities opting to listen more often than speak. Woe to he, however, who tries to sway a dwarf’s opinion on a matter of import, for they can be quite the argumentative type when pressed. Their hearty constitution makes them dangerous foes and excellent warriors. Ranging from 3½ to 4 feet in height, they generally live to be around 250 to 350 years old.
“To fade is to pass once. To die at the hand of another is to perish twice”…. King Dorlanisti
Aloof and wise, the Elves are an ancient race who try to avoid getting involved in the fleeting affairs of the mortal races. Fair, angular features and pointy ears mark the race, and to someone who’s never seen elves before it can be difficult to differentiate the men from the women. Their slight builds would seem to make them unsuitable for roles as warriors, but their dexterity tends to make up for any constitution defecit, and it makes them excellent archers to boot. Ranging from 4 to 6 feet tall, elves are easily the longest-lived of the races, often having lifespans of over 500 years.
“You have to be a gnome of some sense to know how to lie well”…. The Illusionist Gaini
Inquisitive and clever, Gnomes are often viewed as “quaint” by the other races, which usually leads to their underestimating the gnome’s prowess. Typically hearty like dwarves, the gnomes also frequently inhabit the forests and hills surrounding mountains, giving them generally good relations with the stocky race. Ranging from 3 to 3½ feet tall, gnomes typically live around 250 to 300 years of age.
“its better to hind now then sow later”…. Hafling proverb
The smallest of the races, Halflings are crafty and adaptable, and love their homes, their farms, their families, and a good prank. Generally a peaceful people, the halflings can be very dangerous when called to arms in defense of what they treasure and fortune favors the wary in a confrontation with an angered halfling. Only about 3 to 3½ feet in height, they live moderately long lives of 110 to 175 years.