Marks of Power
No one has seen a Dwarf for centuries; they retreated from the world of Man shortly after the King’s War. Their influence is still evident across Doman though; Dwarven hands built many of the great Human cities and the cunning adventurer can still find magical artifacts built by their Artificers. It is unknown what happened to the Dwarves. Rumors abound of a great Dwarven civilization that exists somewhere underground and that is where they remain to this day. No proof of this can be found though.
What was once the most powerful Race in Doman is now a small remnant of a once proud culture. Most Elves remain hidden in the forests of Glenfaddich, content to let the Humans do to themselves as they wish. Elves and their cousins the Eladrin are two sides of the same coin; Eladrin form the ruling class and live in cities like Tir Na Norag while Elves represent the more common folk who live closer to nature in the great forest.
The Human Race is by far the most common Race in Doman. Humans rule all of the Countries, save one, and their cities can be found across the entire continent.
Like the Elves, Gnomes are a Fey Race, children of “The Earthmother.” Unlike their cousins, however, they have not shunned the Human world and retreated to their ancestral homeland. Small Gnome communities can be found scattered across Doman and most cities have Gnomes living and working in them.
Half-Elves are extremely rare in Doman, still they exist. Many Humans admire the alien beauty of Elves and some Elves find Human passion very attractive. Occasionally members of the two Races consort and produce offspring. Unfortunately Half-Elves are more commonly the result of violence. In the ongoing war between Calaran and Glenfaddich, atrocities have been known to happen, this is where most Half-Elves come from. Because of this, life can be very hard for Half-Elves, they often find themselves on the outskirts of civilization, accepted by neither race.
Tribes of Orcs can be found in many places across Doman, mostly living underground or in mountain ranges. Because Orcs sided with the Warlock King during the King’s War, to this day many people hate and fear Orcs. Half-Orcs are almost always the result of violence. Racial hatred on both sides often results in Half-Orcs being killed at birth. Still, the rare Half-Orc does exist and such individuals undoubtedly have trouble finding a place in civilized lands.
Halflings are enigmatic nomads who make their way across Doman in their brightly colored wagons. It is considered ill fortune to run afoul of a Halfling, so while they are generally unwanted visitors wherever they set their stakes, no one ever tries to run them off. Halflings are unique from the other Races in that they have no patron God. Many believe that is because none of the Gods are willing to accept responsibility for creating them. Still the subject of where they came from is a hotly debated topic in certain scholarly circles.
Goliaths are what remain of the Dwarven forces that fought in the final battle of the King’s War. Unlike the Dwarves, however they did not disappear from Doman. Today they live as tribesmen in the mountains of Gontal. Savage and xenophobic by nature they are known to attack anyone who comes near their mountain strongholds.
Shifters were once Elves, but like the other King-Scarred Races they were forever changed by the Warlock King’s magic during the King’s War. Shifters can be found in most of the nations of Doman, living both in the cities and the wilderness surrounding them. The largest community of Shifters, however, lives on one of the larger islands of the Free Isles. There they have forged a strong sea-faring tradition and Shifter Pirates are some of the most feared sailors in Doman.
The Humans who were transformed by the Warlock King’s magic became Tieflings. Of all the King-Scarred Races, Tieflings have done the best job of integrating themselves into Human society, albeit as second-class citizens. Most Human settlements boast a Tiefling population that generally works as servants or performs other menial tasks that Humans do not wish to do themselves.
Dragonborn are relative newcomers to Doman. Little is known about them other than they appeared to the Magi in Dragonholt and begged for asylum from their native lands. Most Dragonborn choose to remain on the island where they serve as a small standing army for the Magi. A few rare individuals do leave Dragonholt to explore the rest of Doman however.
Devas form the ruling class of the Empire to the South. Although similar to Humans, their Immortality and use of Psionics set them apart from their more mundane cousins in Doman. Little is known about the Deva, especially why they suddenly made contact with the outside world after centuries of seclusion.
Kobolds are generally considered to be more of a nuisance than a threat. Unlike many of the other “Scrum” races they did not side with the Warlock King, although most people think that is because they were too cowardly to choose a side in the King’s War. They can be found in most large cities, existing on the fringe of Human society and living off their scraps. Kobolds originated in the lower foothills of the Wall but since Calaran has become a major power, they are all but extinct in thier former homeland.
This derogatory term is used to describe the more monsterous and savage sentient races of Doman. Scrum include the Goblinoids of the North, the Lizardmen of the Themulean swamps and the underground-dwelling Orcs to name a few. The majority of the Scrum races sided with the Warlock King so the few individuals who do attempt to enter “civilized” society generally face a great deal of adversity.