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Elves, Orcs, And Humans

Elves, Orcs, And Humans

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Published by Brandon S. Pilcher
My take on three classic fantasy races: elves, orcs, and humans.
My take on three classic fantasy races: elves, orcs, and humans.

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Published by: Brandon S. Pilcher on Jan 16, 2012
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Elves, Orcs, and HumansElves (
 Homo aelfus
)
y
 
Live in forests
y
 
Sub
races:
o
 
 N
orthern Elves: snow-white complexions, platin
u
m-
 b
lond hair, icy
 b
l
u
e eyes;favor s
ub
arctic conifer forests
o
 
G
old Elves: intermediate complexions, yellow-
 b
lond hair, dark 
 b
l
u
e eyes; favor temperate decid
u
o
u
s forests
o
 
D
ark Elves: olive-complexioned, honey-
 b
rown hair, green eyes; favor s
ub
tropical
 b
ayo
u
s
y
 
1
-
1.5
m tall, with males
 b
eing 30% larger than females
y
 
M
ore slender than orcs
 bu
t stockier than h
u
mans
y
 
A
ng
u
lar, narrow faces
y
 
Long, pointed ears
o
 
S
ex
u
ally dimorphic trait (males have longer ears)
o
 
A
ssociated with greater aggressiveness
y
 
C
arnivoro
u
s
o
 
H
erd deer, cari
 b
o
u
, and pigs
o
 
P
lants only ingested for medicine
y
 
 N
oct
u
rnal
o
 
Su
 perior night-vision to other races
o
 
C
annot see in color; grayscale vision
y
 
P
olygyno
u
s mating system (i
.
e
.
males mate with m
u
ltiple females)
y
 
P
atriarchal social organization (centered aro
u
nd an ³alpha male´)
o
 
C
an form complex ³civilized´ states, most of them monarchies
y
 
M
at
u
re q
u
ickly (sex
u
al mat
u
rity
 b
etween eight and ten)
o
 
S
hort lifespans (few reach past sixty)
Orcs (
 Homo orcus
)
y
 
Live in grasslands and deserts
y
 
B
lack hair 
y
 
Epicanthic eyefolds (gives the appearance of narrow/slanted eyes)
y
 
P
rominent cheek 
 b
ones and sq
u
are jaws
y
 
Sub
races:
o
 
T
u
ndra Orcs: pale skin, tall stat
u
re
o
 
P
rairie Orcs: rosy skin, intermediate stat
u
re
o
 
D
esert Orcs: coppery skin, shortest stat
u
re, arched/hooked noses
y
 
1.8
-2
.5
m tall, with males
 b
eing
1
0% larger than females
o
 
P
hysically stronger than other races
 
y
 
S
tocky
 bu
ilds
y
 
P
rominent
 b
row-ridges
y
 
C
arnivoro
u
s
o
 
S
harp teeth
o
 
 N
omadic h
u
nters
o
 
P
lants only ingested for medicine
y
 
M
ore ac
u
te vision (can see across greater distances) than other races
y
 
M
onogamo
u
s mating system
y
 
Egalitarian social str 
u
ct
u
re
o
 
G
ender eq
u
ality (weakly enforced gender roles; e
.
g
.
males and females share parenting responsi
 b
ilities)
o
 
T
ravel in
 b
ands
o
 
F
req
u
ent warfare and competition
 b
etween
 b
ands
o
 
S
ocial
 b
onds within a
 b
and are very strong
y
 
S
imilar life history to elves (mat
u
re q
u
ickly and die yo
u
ng)
y
 
Limited imagination (no decorative art or spirit
u
ality)
o
 
C
an still learn q
u
ickly
Humans (
 Homo sapiens
)
y
 
Live in the tropics
y
 
D
ark skin
y
 
B
lack hair 
u
s
u
ally has a woolly text
u
re
y
 
o
u
nded faces
y
 
Sub
races:
o
 
S
andpeople: wavy to c
u
rly hair, coppery to mahogany-
 b
rown skin, narrower facial feat
u
res (partic
u
larly noses); favor deserts
o
 
G
rasspeople:
T
ightly c
u
rled hair, very dark skin,
 b
road facial feat
u
res; tallstat
u
res; favor savannas
o
 
T
reepeople:
P
eppercorn hair, coppery to mahogany-
 b
rown skin,
 b
road facialfeat
u
res, short stat
u
res; favor rainforests and swamps
o
 
ockpeople: Wavy to tightly c
u
rled hair, very dark skin, narrower facial feat
u
res;favor hilly and mo
u
ntaino
u
s lands
y
 
1
-
1.8
m tall, with men
 b
eing
15
-20% larger 
y
 
Longer, more slender 
 b
ody proportions (especially lim
 b
s) than other races
o
 
B
etter at dissipating heat
o
 
F
aster r 
u
nners
y
 
Omnivoro
u
s
o
 
C
an
 b
e agric
u
lt
u
ral, pastoral, or h
u
nter-gatherers
y
 
M
ating systems vary from monogamo
u
s to polygyno
u
s; in the latter case, wealthier menhave more wives

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