On the Shoulders of Heroes
Man is the dominant race in Bellög. Most towns and cities are inhabited by men. Their physical strength, resourcefulness and strong sense of community have made them widespread and successful.
Most men are rough, coarse people of the north. They grow above six feet, women are generally shorter. As men live all over the continent their appearance, clothing style, colourations and traditions vary widely. Generally however, men have a close sense of community and they tend to live in close proximity to each other. Even the most reclusive farmers go out to meet their neighbours at least a few times a year.
Artwork: Tim van Vugt
Man came by boat and foot from the south and found shelter under the pines of the northern woods. They quickly adapted to the land and found ways to work together. They started living together in small, makeshift villages which expanded to larger communities under the guidance of the priest of Ukko. With the aid of their dwarven brethren men moved from wooden to stone structures.
Humans live everywhere in the north and are still expanding rapidly as families split up into new communities. Most other races tend to see men as protectors. Human settlements quickly became commonplace in an otherwise sparsely populated world. Their tendency to seek out allies and opportunities helped them thrive in a mostly hostile world.
Males are dominant in human culture. Their leaders are called jarls and they are always male. While men take care of the heavy work on the land, women are mistress around the house, they care for food and children. Trade and community are both recognized as the cornerstones of society. Many men live in small families in rural villages. In autumn and summer women forage nuts and men hunt on the side. Copper, silver and gold coins are used for trade.
Only few men have the luxury of specializing in professions other than farmer or hunter, and these men can be found only in the cities. Specialists travel the countryside, freelancing, trading and seeking apprentices.
Most men worship Bellog’s common gods, although Ukko and Ilmatar find central places among gods. Elements and animals are prayed to as well. Although religion is not the most important part of a man’s daily live it is important. Men love to tell stories and pray around the fire and every household provides small sacrifices at dusk and dawn. Around holidays and birthdays special services are dedicated to the gods in shrines or small churches
- Medium: As Medium creatures, humans have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Human base land speed is 30 feet.
- 1 extra feat at 1st level.
- 4 extra skill points at 1st level and 1 extra skill point at each additional level.
- Automatic Language: One of the common languages. Bonus Languages: Any (other than secret languages, such as Druidic).
- Favored Class: Any, pick one at first level.