A Guide to the Nations:


In Altearth we do not refer to races, we refer to the nations. The word comes from the Latin natio which means something like “a people.” Americans will get a good sense of the connotation if they think of the Iriquois Nation or the Sioux Nation. It can encompass a wide range of tribes within it, but a Sioux is not an Araphoe, nor do any of the Iriquois belong to the Nez Perce.

For these essays we will look at humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, ogres, orcs, trolls, and the various smaller folk collectively known as the fae. You can expect to find at least a paragraph on their appearance and character, their society, culture, politics, economy, and their use of magic.