As it seems unlikely it will ever see the light of day as a published product, I’ve decided to go ahead and publish my Homebrew Savage Worlds setting in piecemeal fashion here. It’s already happened to a certain degree. The Ravnivori Empire Pantheon posts and the ones with my space faring fantasy ship design rules are both from the document. Also from the document are the races in the Union of the Snake, Battle of the Sexes and the Mechanids from the Fauxbots posts.
I’m going to go ahead and complete out my races over the next few posts, starting with what most consider the core fantasy races that originate on the Ravnivori Homeworld, then exploring the stranger native races and finally some of the races they have discovered since reaching the stars.
For those who don’t know, the Ravnivori Empire is a Swords and Sorcery in Space setting. Sort of like Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets Star Wars.
There are now 2 of my novels about one particular agent of the Empire on Amazon.
Dwarves are native to the Ravnivori lands and the mountains that form the border between Almatia and Shan. However, these two branches of the race are distinctly different. Both respect tradition, duty, and martial prowess and they both societies have a clan structure. The similarities end there, however. Ravnivori clans are all distinct and often at odds with each other. Before uniting under the rule of the Ravnivori Empire they often warred with each other. Shan dwarves, on the other hand are united under the rule of a single Mandarin. Ravnivori clans are completely self-sufficient while the clans of the Shan are each specialized, its members performing one service for the nation for generations. Thus, family and loyalty are much more important to Shan dwarves than they are to Ravnivori Dwarves. Even the physical features of the two branches are different. Both are shorter than humans or elves, being between 4’ and 5’ tall, and both are have stocky builds and are heavier than either humans or elves. However, Shan dwarves are more slender than their Ravnivori cousins and very thin members of their race can pass for short humans. Ravnivori dwarves have pale skin, hair and eyes. Their hair is often blonde, light brown, or red. Their eyes are generally blue or green. Shan dwarves have golden skin, dark hair and dark eyes with epicanthic folds. All dwarven men grow thick, long facial hair. The Ravnivori wear full beards whereas Shan shave and trim theirs into various types of beards, mustaches and sideburns that display their clan affiliation. Ravnivori Dwarves favor heavy sturdy weapons such as axes and hammers. Their armor is some of the toughest and most impregnable in the world, but is also quite heavy and they often wield equally effective shields. Shan Dwarves use curved blades similar to their human counterparts, but they are generally much heavier and thicker. Hammers are less popular amongst them, but also used. They disdain the use shields and all of their weapons can be wielded with both hands. Their armor is lighter, though still relatively bulky and protective. Both types favor crossbows as distance weapons, though Shan Dwarves are also prone to use the black powder weapons that have recently been introduced in the Empire.
Low Light Vision: Dwarven eyes are accustomed to the dark of the underearth.
They ignore attack penalties for Dim and Dark lighting.
Slow: Dwarves have a Pace of 5”.
Tough: Dwarves are stout and tough. They start with a d6 Vigor instead of a d4.
Cultures: Dwarves are native to both Ravnivoria and Shan. They may choose either culture. Ravnivori dwarves are generally insular. Though there are a fair number of Ravnivori dwarves who venture out into the world to adventure or make their way in the larger world, the bulk of their clans not only do not mingle with the outside world but often do not mingle with each other. Shan dwarves, on the other hand, have a complex web of associations and alliances fostered through kinship and marriage between their clans. Ravnivori dwarves strive to retain their individuality. Shan dwarves strive to be a useful part of their clan. A recent addition to the dwarf population of the Ravnivori Empire is the Yoltsov clan.
Elves are native to both the lands of Ravnivorous and Almatia. They respect nature, learning and magic. They are a peaceful people, generally more than willing to remain in their secluded forest cities and spend their long lives in contemplation, thought and learning. However, when they wish, they make formidable warriors, uniting impressive magical skill and fighting puissance with equally impressive woodland abilities. Many young elves seek adventure by leading the life of a warrior. Despite existing on separate continents, all elves have similar physical forms. They are small compared to humans standing between 5’ and 5’6” tall with thin, willowy builds. They have pointed ears and almond shaped eyes. Hair, eye and skin color can vary widely amongst elves. Hair colors range from blue and black, through brown and red to blonde and even silvery. Eye colors include blue, green, brown, black and yellow. Skin color can be anything from pale pink to a deep mahogany brown. Unlike humans who once had very narrow skin, eye and hair colors in different areas, Elves of every skin tone, eye and hair color can be found in almost any community. Elves primarily use fast, elegant weapons such as longswords and rapiers. Elves disdain the use of shields, as most of them are ambidextrous and will use a weapon in both hands. Their armor is usually light, though, elven cavalry is known to use armor all the way up to plate on occasion.
Agile: Elves are graceful and agile. They start with a d6 in Agility instead of a d4.
All Thumbs: Elves have an inbred dislike of mechanical objects, and thus have the All Thumbs Hindrance. They shun most mechanical or items of any design.
Low Light Vision: The character’s eyes amplify light like a cat’s, allowing him to see in the dark. He ignores attack penalties for Dim and Dark lighting.
Cultures: There are Elves from both Ravnivoria and Almatia. They may choose either culture. Elves have also been discovered on Vel and some of these Elves have joined the Empire.
Humans are the dominant species in the Ravnivori Empire and on Retra, in general. They are also the only sentient species to occupy all three continents before the unification of the planet. Adaptable and outgoing in the extreme, these volatile creatures regularly try and do things members of other races don’t contemplate. True Ravnivori humans are tall with broad shoulders and long limbs. They have is very pale skin and their hair is usually blonde or red and straight or wavy. They generally have blue or green eyes. Alamatian humans are shorter and stockier than the Ravnivori with darker skin that ranges from olive colored to light brown. Their hair is generally darker, usually brown or black, though auburn is not uncommon. It varies from wavy to quite curly. Their eyes are similarly dark, usually brown or black with a few instances of hazel. Shan are the smallest of the human races, shorter and more slender than either of the other two types. Their hair is almost always black and very straight and their eyes are also black or dark brown. Human weapons and armor run the gamut from light to heavy, from elegant to crude.
Adaptability: Humans gain a free edge.
Cultures: Humans are the only race that originates from every continent on Retra. They may choose any culture. Ravnivori humans are known for their extremes of passion. They can go from being stern and foreboding to being loud and boisterous, often with no provocation in the opinions of others. Ravnivori feuds are legendary for their duration and ferocity as are their celebrations. One can have no more implacable foe and no better friend than a Ravnivori. It is not uncommon for them to occupy both roles at some point in a relationship. Almatian humans are somewhat easier going. While it is true that Almatian vendettas are the stuff of legend and often multigenerational affairs, Almatian humans see nothing wrong with enjoying life, relaxing and do so at every opportunity. A Ravnivori might shake an acquaintance’s hand and speak a few sentences when they meet on the street and a Shan will often simply bow and pass but an Almatian will start a conversation that lasts for minutes, if not hours. Even strangers receive warm greetings from an Almatian. Shan humans are much more serious and structured. Each person has a place and function in Shan society and thus in the universe as a whole. It is each person’s ultimate honor and goal to fulfill this function and most other activities are considered a distraction that should be avoided. Shan feel little need to associate with people not of their class. Humans have also been discovered on Vel and some of these Humans have joined the Empire.