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Humans are restricted. For every restricted character (including humans) you want to own, you must already have one unrestricted character.

In Elysia?, there are two types of human: Natives who were born and raised in Elysia, and Terrans[^Terrans are sometimes called phoenices (si. "phoenix") because they have left behind, or "burned", their old lives and connections to start fresh in, or for, Elysia. Although, "burning" a past life doesn't always mean literally leaving it; some Terrans are allowed to continue as if nothing ever happened (see Old Society? for more information), but the theme is still the same.^] who were born and raised on Earth? but who later found their way to Elysia by accident.

Physically, natives and Terrans are identical, but where the natives are accustomed to the intricacies of life in Elysia, Terrans often struggle to fit in. And where Terrans are used to being the dominant life form on their planet, they chafe at the restrictions placed on their "low class" species by the other races.

Sanctity & Secrecy

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For the most part, humans on Earth? never even realise that Elysia? exists. It's a secret that is carefully protected by Xanth's own laws out of a fear that the mass panic induced by Elysia's exposure would bring both realms to their knees and the brink of war.

The few Terrans who do learn of Elysia's existence usually do so by accident (a starving vampire who attacks mindlessly; a Therian who doesn't bother to look before morphing?; a Zanaryan who forgets to cover his wings, etc), and many of them come to fear or even hate the powerful inhabitants there. Some even make attempts to destroy these aliens and their realms, or use and abuse them to Earth's advantage.

To defend against this threat, and to make amends for the prejudices that led to Elysia's creation, the Old Society? was formed. Dedicated to keeping Elysia secret and safe, the human-run organsation and its subdivisions do all that is necessary to keep their Terran brethren from finding out about, or threatening to expose, the existence of non-humans.

However, on occasion, Terrans are accepted into Elysian? society. They are given a choice: Abandon their old lives and integrate or, less frequently, serve Elysia while remaining on Earth?. If they should ever do anything to expose non-humans, they die.

Politics

Humans don't have a leader of their own, nor are they permitted to form a structured government of any kind outside the Old Society?. No one likes to admit it, but for all intents and purposes they are second-class citizens in Elysia?, and exist there only on Xanth's good graces.

Nevertheless, individuals are permitted to seek political positions within Elysian society itself (so they may become the mayor of a town, for instance, or the Captain of a Town Guard?). In this way, they are afforded political representation and are not nearly as downtrodden as they might have been otherwise.

Allies & Enemies

Humans have no allies, in the strictest sense. Their presence is merely suffered by the other races, many of whom are long-lived enough to still remember stories told by their grandparents of the prejudices and struggles they suffered at Terran hands. Certainly, while native humans are afforded some respect and tolerance, Terrans coming to Elysia? often face a mistrust and racism that stems from eight thousand years of remembered fear.

Racial slurs: Weakling, human (just the word "human" can be used derogatively), Terran (especially demeaning since Elysians associate Earth with all things evil and bad), etc

Territories

Apart from Earth? (which is not actually an official claim since it's not considered an Elysian realm), humans have no official territory. They are allowed[^These days, human presence is an accepted fact and most Elysians don't think much about it. However, in the early days, few Elysians tolerated them living nearby so humans were more or less forced into camps and enclaves away from the non-humans.^] to live in most areas as they choose, and thus they are scattered far and wide across the Mainland? and Dardanos?, though few of them ever find their way into the Anyeli Empire? or Sylvan Territories?.

Population

  • Humans make up 11% of the overall population of Elysia?, which is staggering, really, considering the lingering prejudices and fears against them.
    • That makes 562,710 living in Elysia, the majority residing on small farms and in small towns in the east.
  • 17% of the people living on Dardanos? are human.
    • That's 35,870 humans spread across the continent on small farms.

Culture

Languages

Native humans usually speak Elysian, or the most common language in the area where they live. Terran humans, on the other hand, would bring their native tongue and struggle at first to understand Elysians.

Currency

Humans most often use xanthai or barter for goods and services, depending on where they live.

Calendar

Native humans use the Elysian Calendar, while Terrans obviously would be most familiar with the calendar of their homeland.

Religion & Philosophy

Surprisingly, humans in Elysia? are probably the most religious of all the races because, while the other species attribute Xanth as their Creator, many humans see Her as their saviour and teacher. This is also surprising in some ways, and some humans blame Her for the shoddy way they're often treated now, but the majority look to Her as a guiding light. She forgave their ancestors their trespasses against her Creations, She offered them a place in Her paradise and a chance to make amends, and as long as they remember the lessons of old She offers them her Favour?.

It was also a human, Danyel, who founded the Priesthood of Xanth? only a few years after her arrival on Earth?, and it was mostly humans who built the original temples and shrines. They later allowed these temples to fall into ruin out of a fear that She had abandoned them, but many humans still believe they walk in Her grace.

Education

Humans are not permitted to advance too much or too often, out of a fear that they might use their inventions to conquer Elysia? and wipe out their rivals. Only as long as they are kept simple and managable is their presence tolerated, so their education is lacking considerably when compared to Terran newcomers.

They don't have a formal education, either, any more than the Nymphs or the Therians do. Instead, they become apprentices or inherit a trade or craft from a parent, and often inherit the family business or farm once that parent has retired or passed away.

Daily Life

A Word on Half-Breeds

History

Humans originated on Earth?, and were locked on course to a bloody war with the dragons when Xanth arrived in circa 8,000 BC (0 XA). They gained Her (some say eternal) Favour? by declaring Her a god and building temples in Her honour, but as non-humans began to appear out of Her genetic experiments and the dragons' attempts to become human, their fears reached breaking point.

Rather than see them or her Children destroyed in war, She built Elysia? and moved the non-humans there -- but not before offering some humans the chance to move with them. So, while those who feared non-humans closed their minds and forgot, the more tolerant and open-minded of the species took up the opportunity to make amends and have been doing so ever since.

Skills & Weaknesses

Humans have no supernatural abilities, unlike the other races, but that doesn't leave them defenceless.

Skills:

Areas of Proficiency

Common skills/trades and common careers.

Related Pages

  • Acantha - (Newly discovered realm of the god Danae.)

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Races Humans Terrans Native Humans