Return of the Godspell
The history of Midlorr has been driven not by the gods and cosmic entities that seek entry into the world, but by those lesser beings that worship them. Although there is a wide variety of sentient life in Midlorr, the world has always been dominated by the seven humen races. The origin of the term “humen” is unknown, but has been one that the learned of the different races have used to describe their common heritage. Just as the origins of the term are unclear, so too are the origins of the humen races.
You may be wondering why the term “humen” with an “e” rather than an “a” is being used. To those native to other Mortal Coils “human” is a word reserved for a specific group of humanoids, namely the short-lived variety with a wide array of features but no true sub-types. In Midlorr, such beings are known as “sapiens” and, for the past 9200 years, sapiens have dominated the course of the world across the continent-realm of Drm. However, if the Cilidian is believed, the sapien race was the last race created by the saldrash. The above quote is one of seven different humen creation stories in the Fifth Axis; it, like the others, agrees that sapiens were the last race created. Both the weakest and the strongest of the races, sapiens have contested control of Drm with their brethren. Many of the races of Drm are familiar to those from other worlds. Elves and dwarves are known by the same names, while “halflings” are known as kin. However, Drm is host to races not found anywhere else in the known Cosmos. While one has managed to strive and be successful, the other has recently disappeared from the face of Midlorr.
However, humen are not the only races in Drm. Another humanoid race is the gnomes (which some scholars insist were created by dwarven and elven intermingling). There are plenty of monstrous humanoids and giants as well. In all cases, such creatures came into being as the result of foul curses or magical accident. There are even races that have been touched by the Cosmos itself, their forms composed of elements or Ideals from Beyond. For the sake of space, only the humen races and gnomes will be covered, but I encourage the wise to take time to learn as much as they can about these other races from sources outside this tome. Such may well save your life in the future.