It has occured to me that the African Pygmy is a distinct species of Human, and I’m thinkng of making the Pygmy of Ærth such. I expect a lot of you will complain, saying that I’m saying that the Pygmy is sub-human.
On the contrary, given that the Pygmy is descended from Humans, that makes them the superior beings and us sub-pygmy
Or am I rationalizing?
Physical: x1.5 then adjust for size
- 1-15: Alf
- 26-35: Alfar
- 1-35: Dark
- 41-60: Cymic
- 61-70: Flower
- 71-95: Germanic
- 96-00: Nihon
Skills: Anything regarding nature, including plants and animals. Also those involving agility and grace and criminal activities both Mental and Spiritual. Also Perception Mental and Physical.
Add in craft, white metal smithing, and Heka Forging having to do with gems and jewelry.
What is an elf? An elf is a cheery orc. The story of both is a long one, so it can wait for later.
Elves by and large are about 5’10 and slender. The elves of Ærth can handle iron and such like metals, but the elves of Phæree cannot. Those elves have a Heka Forged sort of tin armor which has all the nature of iron, be it though made of tin.
In magick Elves have Full Practice in White, Gray, and Green Magick at +1 to DR, and Black Magick at -1. Where Ethoi are concerned they may take Priesthoods in Shadowy Darkness and Moonlight at +1, at -1 to all Other ethoi. In Green Magick they may try for Full Practice be their Mental Trait have a value of but 80.
All elves have at least 3 psychogenic powers, and some 20% can use castings.
On Demographics: Since the elves of Ærth live for hundreds of years, they don’t have many kids. With their medicine and their magick they really don’t need many, and see no reason to have a whole lot. So the Human domination of Ærth is in no real peril. To make this simple Ærth’s elves see no reason to dominate.
The Dwarfs of Aerth
Physical: x2 then adust for size.
Skills: Mining, crafting, engineering, among other things.
- 21-35: Caledonian
- 36-40: Finnmark
- 41-50: Hibernian
- 51- 60:Nihon
- 61-85: Norge
- 86-00: Sung
The dwarfs of Aerth are a small people, yet strong for their size. They rarely get above 4 feet in height, but are stocky and muscular for their size. Hair and skin tend to be a darkish fair, and when they have beards such are thickly curled and dark in color.
They count elves, orcs, and drow among their employers, and very often employ hobgoblins and a few goblins in their work.
Most often they employ hammers and picks in battle, and a number among the Hibernian dwarfs make use of pikes some 12 feet in length in formations known as schiltrons. Crossbows are the most often used in missile war.
Physical: X1.2 then adjust for size.
Drow are skillful in deceit, trickery, and fraud. All drow have psychogenic powers and can use Castings. When checking for Full Practice where Priesthood is concerned the check is made at 2 DRs better, for Gray magick at 1 DR better, and for the Ethos of Shadowy Darkness at 3 DRs better.
With the exception of the Afar Drow the Æropean races are pale skinned and have either light blond or white blond hair. They are sometimes called the black elves because of their dark natures, not because of skin color.
The drow are not elves. Rather they are more closely related to the trow and trolls. They are nasty, cruel, and enjoy inflicting pain. Most who have an ethos follow Shadowy Darkness, with some few following Gloomy Darkness
- 01-05: Afar
- 06-70: Hibernian
- 71-90: Orkney
- 91-00: Shetland
Special Note: The Afar Drow are an anomaly. At 7 feet in height and some 250 pounds in weight they are size 1.5. They are also black skinned with thick black hair and deep black eyes.
Afar Drow are also more drawn to the Ethos of Moonlight, and some even to the Ethos of Sunlight. Those who adhere to Gloomy Darkness are rare indeed among them. In terms of philosophy they tend to be practicing Buddhists, with some East Afrikan animism added in
One thing to note about the Afar is that they like being trusted, and will honor their promises. Doesn’t mean they don’t play tricks, but for the most part to impart a lesson instead of harming another.
Afar Drow never wear clothes or footwear, though they do wear jewelry and the like.
Spiritual x 1.4
Physical x1.3 then multiply by size.
All have a few minor psychogenic powers, mostly of the Physical variety. 1% can use Castings. Among Alfen HPs some 20% can use castings, on a 1-20 on percentiles said Alfen can use Castings. There are no known Full Practitioners among The Alfen.
Skills: +1 in DR to Criminal Activities, Physical and Gymnastics—I may add more later.
The Alfen come in the following races:
- 01-20: Caledonian
- 31-35: Euskaran
- 36-50: Gallic
- 51-65: Hibernian
- 66-80: Lyonesse
- 81-00: Prydain
The Alfen of Ærth are a small people, rarely more than 3 feet in height. They are slender in build, have slightly pointed ears, and almond shaped eyes with cat like pupils. Skin is fair, hair is light, and no few have freckles. Gingers amount to some 35% of the total population, especially among the Gallic and Hibernian races. Among the Euskara Alfen there are a few with skin and hair a medium brown.
Most Alfen live in farming communities and small towns. The few magicians and preachers among their numbers take up residence in cities and urban areas. They are known as small time thieves and a few have become known as cat burglars and second story men.
There are a few who live apart, but most of these are either loners or fugitives from justice.
The most notable Alfen was the Cymric Robert of Glenfidden, who was a member of the Paladins of France, having earned the position thanks to his skill in personal security. Robert lived in the 7th century after Atlantl’s fall—17th century AD by our count.