All right, I know I’ve been neglecting the superhero comic a lot but I’ve been getting carried away in the world-building of a fantasy setting. I will revisit superheroes in time.
Meanwhile, I’ve been coming up with ideas for the djinnborn races and a couple other more alien creatures. Here’s a run-down of what I’ve got. Pictures and sketches will come soon.
I don’t have names for these races yet, so…Bear with me, I suppose!
Slightly shorter than average with softer, rounder features. Their builds tend to be a little slighter, but not much. They have blue skin and white hair and their eyes tend to be dark grey, though shades of blue and gold are not completely uncommon.
Aremshah is currently a feudal monarchy ruled by the caliph, an office that Osoron quickly finds himself thrust into. It is one of the largest nations in the world, and most of the fertile land in the world lies within Aremshah’s borders. Traditionally, it has been the largest source of food throughout the world. Its cities flourish and are more cosmopolitan than most, though the rural areas are less modern. However, the age of Aremshah’s system is beginning to show as other nations begin to outmatch its technology level. The recent coup attempt may be the first of many expressions of discontent with Aremshah’s slow development.
Lilac’s race is a representation of sexual dimorphism. Women are tall and willowy, with vibrant purple skin, shining golden hair, and glowing eyes. A faint nimbus clings to their forms at all times. Men are shorter, with goatlike hooves and a slightly satyr-like appearance.
This race is a mercantile parliamentary oligarchy. In the past, they were an aggressively expansionist society and once had an empire that spanned much of the world. In those days, the men spent most of their lives fighting and keeping peace while women ran the household, managed properties and businesses, and kept the rest of the empire running smoothly. These cultural norms continued after the empire collapsed. Now, most businesses and government bureaucratic functions are run by women, while the military, law enforcement, and security are managed by men. The lines have been blurring more and more recently, but the culture remains mostly segregated.
Three More Djinnborn Races
Three more races exist, but I haven’t given much thought to what direction I want to take their governments and cultures — yet. I’ve been educating myself on the basics of different government systems and will select three more system ideas to work with. So without further ado, the races:
- A race of hairless, golden-skinned people with dark brown eyes, pointed ears, elongated canines, and taloned fingers. Sorcerers of this race see their skin turn dark once their magic manifests and golden runes glow on their skin when they cast spells. I am considering making these people live in a meritocracy vaguely based on Confucian Chinese government.
- A race of dragon-like humanoids with large wings, sharp teeth, and carnivorous mien. These people cannot actually fly, but their wings are powerful enough to allow them glide on updrafts and powerful thermal currents. Because their overall demeanor currently comes across as more predatory, I think they may have a militaristic past (and possibly present!). Possibly, they are ancient of Lilac’s race — they could have played a major part in the shattering the Empire of Purple Amazons, or vice versa.
- A race of green-skinned humanoids with red eyes, forked tongues, and long, thin tails. These are the most recent addition to the list of djinnborn. So far I don’t have much for them. With their descriptions, it’s easy to make them have a more sinister culture, but I am going to consider this at some length.
Two Odd Men Out
Two more races exist outside the djinni legacy. They are more alien and most of the djinnborn have difficulty relating to them. Some live in places like Aremshah’s capital, but these are usually outcasts from their own societies. Official representation such as diplomatic envoys are rare and always attract attention.
The first is a race of bat-winged, gnoll-like humanoids. Like the draconic race, they can’t properly fly but they can glide on updrafts and thermals. They are extremely xenophobic and live in a communist-like society. Members of this race are either part of the greater whole or cut off like tumors. They have some cannibalistic and necromantic rituals that are the focus of their religion. They are not as savage as the “jungle pygmy” concept. Their civilization does have a certain culture, but their appearance, attitude, and practices make them viewed as fiends and savages by most djinnborn.
The second is a race of feathered naga-like creatures. These beings are not nearly as fleshed out, but as far as the djinnborn are concerned, they are also reclusive xenophobes.
So that’s it!
That’s an overview of the sentient races that live on this world. Over the next little bit, I’ll doodle up a few sketches to try and visually develop these folks.
Meanwhile, I’m gonna try and update this a little more regularly. It’ll benefit me to have a reason to draw regularly. The past couple months have been a serious slump and I’ll be glad to get back into the swing of some kind of regular updates. Once I figure out a good schedule, I’ll let you know!