Heroes of Ribhus
The humans of Ribhus are many and varied. Other than appearance, and cultural differences, there is no difference between a human from one region compared to another. The below lists the physical attributes of the humans based on their home region. Attributes for all humans are the same as those found in the WoTC Player’s Handbook™ 4th Edition.
Xerxes: Natives of Xerxes have long narrow heads and angular facial features. Hair color is brown or auburn generally. Eyes are green, or blue. Males typically stand between 5’7” – 6’2” and weigh between 145# and 200#. Women stand between 5’4” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 95# to 150#. Native Xerxians are hard working pragmatic people. Some find Xerxians to be a little aloof and unfriendly at first.
Forstyd: Forstyd hosts a surprising variety of human looks but all have a solid core that makes them recognizable as natives of Forstyd. Forstydians tend to be big boned, solid folk. Their features are roundish and pleasant. Hair colors are generally dark with blond hair being rare and noteworthy. Eyes are almost always brown with a few examples of dark gray or black. Forstydians from the northern duchies tend to be paler in complexion and southerners are darker skinned. Males stand between 5’8” – 6’0” and weigh between 165# and 210#. Women stand between 5’4” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 120# to 165#. They prefer rules and guidelines and like to know what is expected of them and make very clear what is expected of others. Friendship and trust are assumed by most Forstydians, so betrayal is never forgotten, even if it is forgiven. Forstydians are intrigued by the life of the royal family and the Dukes. They love to discuss politics and trends. Taverns and Inns are often filled with locals expressing their opinions on any number of topics.
Free Cities: There are three free cities in Ribhus and their populous varies from city to city. They all come from sturdy stock similar to Forstydians in build but their features are more angular like the Xerxians. Hair color runs from straw colored to light brown in general. Eyes are blue, green or brown. Males stand between 5’8” – 6’2” and weigh between 150# and 200#. Women stand between 5’4” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 100# to 150#. There is a friendly rivalry between the three free cities and great cultural differences. The folk of Pandolyn are sailors and merchants. They are very similar to Rhimsteadians in attitude but are less obsessed with business and profit. They find a healthy balance between work and play. Pandolphians are pretty open and tolerant of other cultures on the surface but underneath they have a cultural arrogance that sometimes can put people off. They are proud of their city and its accomplishments. Randolyn is a city of constant festivals and parties. They work very hard for their money and play equally hard. There is a complex structure within Randolyn society and a person’s standing is extremely important. People higher in the social standing constantly trying to inch their way further up the social ladder while defending their position against those on a lower rung. Beneath the panoply of festivals lurks this darker, competitive society that can be treacherous. The city of Ironguard is filled with industrious, stolid citizens. As they border the hinterland of the north, they are the first line of defense for the Free Cities and the great cities further south. They take their role as defender very seriously. There are a great many laws in Ironguard and they are strictly enforced. The citizens of the society take their lawful philosophy with them when they travel. They are suspicious of strangers until their worth is proven. There are no more loyal people in the world than an Ironguard, once that trust has been made.
Northeast Ribhus (Rhimstead): The people of Rhimstead are very similar to Forstydians in appearance. In fact emigrants from Forstyd founded the city many centuries ago. As the epicenter of business in the lands however, they have mixed with almost every society and have lost some of their original stock. Rhimsteadians stand between 5’8” – 6’3” and weigh between 155# and 210#. Women stand between 5’5” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 115# to 150#. Hair color tends to be medium shades of brown but almost any other color is possible. Eye color is equally variable with blue and brown being the most common. Rhimstead is the largest city in the land and is filled with every sight, sound and smell imaginable. The city survives on a cutthroat free enterprise system. Profit equals survival and that is the general demeanor of all the citizens of Rhimstead and the surrounding land. They are generally friendly as long as you do not threaten their profit.
Southeast Ribhus (Kyrinn): The people of Kyrinn are descended from Rhimsteadians and Forstydians that have mated with the natives of the area in and around Brynal swamp. They tend to be smaller folk than the northerners but are very tough. Males stand between 5’4” – 5’10” and weigh between 125# and 150#. Women stand between 5’0” and 5’6” and weigh anywhere from 85# to 125#. The people of Kyrinn live in the fabled city of brass in the middle of Brynal Swamp. They have constructed a strange set of laws that accent freedom for the citizens and strict, harshly enforced rules for outsiders. Kyrinns are secretive by nature and somewhat untrusting. Some would say they are so untrusting because they are untrustworthy themselves. The general populous of the city does not fit that profile however. Most are friendly and courteous and show a real curiosity about other places. However, among the lower level officials there is a Machiavellian attitude to dispose of rivals by any means necessary. It is said that in Kyrinn, money can buy freedom from almost any crime. This attitude can sometimes get Kyrinns into trouble when they travel.
Ribhus Deep South: The Ribhus Deep South is populated by indigenous folk very different from the rest of the people in the world. Most are large and of very dark skin. Short black wiry hair is most common while eyes tend to be a little larger than other cultures and almost exclusively brown. The native people of the Deep South are tough and strong and have managed to retain cultural identity in the face of everything going on around them. The natives are tribal by nature so tend to be fiercely loyal to their own and distrusting of outsiders. Males typically stand between 5’7” – 6’2” and weigh between 160# and 250#. Women stand between 5’6” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 110# to 165#.
Central Ribhus (Sevest): The folk of central Ribhus are derived from nomadic stock and have the physical features of a people always on the move. Their skin color is medium to dark and they typically have long fine hair that is straw colored. Eye color tends to be light blue to dark gray. Men stand between 5’8” – 6’0” and weigh between 145# and 185#. Women stand between 5’5” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 95# to 145#. Although not as nomadic as they once were, the natives of the area in and around Sevest have a great love for travel and travelers. They are friendly outgoing folk that love to play host and guest whenever possible. They tend to be cautiously trusting and do not take offense easily. They are probably the most tolerant of other cultures of anyone in Ribhus.
Ezmarazian Desert: The people of the vast desert look and act like you would expect of a people living in one of the harshest environments in the world. They are swarthy and slight, in general with males having a pocked or wrinkled complexion. The women of this region are slightly lighter skinned with a smooth complexion. The eyes of these desert nomads are dark and almond shaped. Males stand between 5’5” – 5’11” and weigh between 125# and 175#. Women stand between 5’2” and 5’7” and weigh anywhere from 95# to 1356. This nomadic people are very untrusting of other people until their loyalty and friendship are assured. Even then, a certain distance is always maintained. There is a complex layer of laws and rules of conduct in the society that is not well documented. It is not unusual to be having a friendly conversation with one of these people and suddenly find bared steel at your throat because you have offended them in some manner. Males are very protective of females and seem the dominant gender. This is in fact not the case at all. The males are protective of females but generally defer to females when a decision is required. Adventurers from this area tend to bring this attitude along with them.
Far West: Out in the Far West live humans who are part of the world in which they live. Males stand between 5’8” – 6’2” and weigh between 160# and 250#. Women stand between 5’5” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 110# to 165#. The humans from the far west are wild and unfettered by large society. They have formed themselves into large clans that populate a particular area. Each clan usually maintains several small villages. Raids between clans are common. In general they are untrusting of outsiders as usually trouble follows adventurers.
Wild Country: Humans in the wild country are barbarians without any structure. They are encountered as family units that typically roam between several camps within a particular area. Typically males stand between 5’8” – 6’2” and weigh between 160# and 250#. Women stand between 5’5” and 5’9” and weigh anywhere from 110# to 165#.