Under a Glass Moon
Man is the most impressive of predators, for Nature saw fit to give him no advantages. He had to fashion his own fangs, carve his own claws. And now even the greatest of the beasts fear him.
Aust Galanodel, Libram of Natural Creatures
No one knows when or how humans originally came to be, but their existence predates any known written record which suggests their origin occurred during the early Age of Creation along with elves and dwarves. Compared to the other creator races, however, humans have a much shorter lifespan of less than 100 years. Despite this, humans have been undeniably successful and have become the majority population of almost every region of Kavan. This is partly due to them being the most adaptable of all the races, a trait evidenced by the various ethnic offshoots that currently exist. Another factor behind their dominance is humanity’s unwavering ambition; they strive to amass more power and glory in less time compared to the other races, and they maintain it through lasting institutions.
Humans, being ubiquitous, often mingle among the other races. They are generally well liked and are often welcomed into nonhuman lands. In turn, they have opened up their societies to members of other races, leading to the interbreeding that gave the world shifters, half-elves, half-orcs, and aasimars. That is not to say this is the case everywhere: some human populations can be quite xenophobic and exclusive, just as some nonhumans can be extremely wary of the ambitious men and gate their communities.
Five major ethnic groups are widely recognized, though over a dozen others are found in more localized areas of Kavan. They are named for the ancient human civilizations that existed before the rise of Vapar during the Age of Magic.
Galcians are slender, tawny-skinned folk with brown hair that ranges from blond to light brown. Most are tall and have green or brown eyes, but these traits are hardly universal. Humans of Galcian descent are found primarily in Baronde and its surrounding areas in northern Kavan.
Native to the southern shores of Kavan, the Maramban people are generally tall and muscular, with dark mahogany skin, curly black hair, and dark eyes.
The Kazai are the most numerous and powerful ethnic group in Ereglast, far to the east of Kavan. They are yellowish-bronze in hue, with black hair and dark eyes. Their surnames are usually presented before the given name.
Most often found in the west of the Sea of Parthea and often intermingled with the people of Gelade, Hortekans tend to be short, stout, and muscular. They usually have dusky skin, dark eyes, and thick black hair.
Once dominant in the Glass Sea and points east, Pyrynni are generally tall, slim, and amber-skinned, with eyes of hazel and brown. Their hair ranges from black to dark brown, but many of them shave off all of their hair. After the events of 155 CY, Pyrynni are very few in number.