The Saga of Night and Day
- Commoners, Nobles and Freemen
- The vast majority of humans on Telos are considered commoners. Most commoners on Telos live in strongshires or outland strongshires because of the relative safety that these communities provide.
- Very few humans on Telos are considered a part of the Isle’s nobility. In fact, the Isle’s only nobles are Barons and Councilmen, both of which are not far removed from the status of commoners. Most human noblemen have similar beliefs and values to the people of their home strongshire, which was responsible for electing or appointing them to represent the community’s interest.
- All humans who do not associate themselves with a strongshire or barony, are considered freemen. Nearly all humans who reside on the Sister Shores are freemen as strongshires only exist on the mainland.
- General Character
- Commoners’ general character is deeply influenced by the history of the Isle. In the earliest of times, during The Wizards’ Age, commoners were enslaved and oppressed by Magelords that wielded tremendous power. After The Swarming, commoners faced years of bloodshed and anarchy as the structure of the Isle’s civilization vanished and monsters ravaged the land. Decades of suffering hardened the commonfolk of Telos and the mutual need for protection drew them into tight groups. Nowadays, human commoners are generally cynical and suspicious, particularly of outsiders. They deeply value the bonds of family, which lie at the nucleus of the strongshire concept. Most are proud of their local communities and willing to fight to defend their stronshires.
- The character of freemen varies with regard to their particular circumstance.
- Humans’ wealth varies throughout the Isle. Commoners generally experience a solid level of prosperity due to the protection and military industriousness afforded by strongshires. Across the Circlet Sea, freemen have a greater chance to find fortune in the Citystates of the Sister Shores, though they also have a greater chance of facing poverty.
- Perceptions of the other races
- View of Elvenfolk: Most often, humans are distrustful of Elves. They associate elves with magic and thus think of them as underhanded and up to no good.
- View of Mainlund Dwarves and Dwarves of the Sister Shores: Human’s respect dwarven industriousness and fortitude. Though dwarves usually prefer to live in their own settlements, some live amongst humans and enjoy all the benefits of human society. Human’s are less likely to make strong distinctions between Mainlund Dwarves and Dwarves of the Sister Shores.
- View of Halflings: Generally, humans hold an indifferent view of Halflings. Usually, humans see Halflings as “little humans” and don’t feel threatened by the race because of their small stature. In turn, Halflings live freely among humans in their various settlements and enjoy all of the benefits of human society.
- View of Gnomes: Humans also hold a somewhat indifferent view of Gnomes. Humans’ sentiment regarding Gnomes is about the same as it is for Halflings. However, humans are more likely to think of Gnomes as weird and strange and are dubious of Gnomes propensity towards tinkering and magic. Like Halflings, Gnomes live freely among humans in their various settlements and enjoy all of the benefits of human society. That said, fewer Gnomes live among man than do Halflings.
- View of Half Orcs:
- View of Half Elves: