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 Post subject: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:47 pm 
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Can someone explain to me, in very simple terms, what the various human ethnicities/cultures in the Forgotten Realms setting are suppose to be analogous of? I'm sure it is supposed to be obvious, but I'm just not picking it up. Treat me like an idiot if you want, I just want the answer.


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:20 pm 
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The cultures in Forgotten Realms are a bit less divorced from obvious real world analogues than the Greyhawk races, but further than say...Pathfinder's. So the following list is just a 'best guess'.

Calishites are Middle Eastern.
Chondathans are Western European.
Illuskans are Vikings.
Mulan are a cross between Asians and Mesopotamians.
Rashemi are a cross between Africans and North American Indians.
Tethyrians are a cross between Irish and Romani.
Chultans are a cross between Africans and Mayan/Aztecs.


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:36 pm 
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Kain Darkwind wrote:
Tethyrians are a cross between Irish and Romani.

Two pikeys for the price of one!


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:03 pm 
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Aren't Rashemi of russian/east european bent? I guess totem spirits account for african/american indian.


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:39 pm 
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Ah, I suppose they are that too, necromental, with a side of Amish thrown in there too.

I took African from their servitude to the Mulan of Thay, and their 'dusky' appearance.

As I said though...the Forgotten Realms aren't straight up analogues. Ed Greenwood was more akin to Gary Gygax on this accord.


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:35 pm 
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If they are mixed that's fine. I just want to know what to picture when books start using a half-dozen synonyms for brown.


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:32 pm 
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Oh, you meant just looks? I'm not really sure, honestly, other than Chult. I would use this site?


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 Post subject: Re: Forgotten Realms Humans
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:29 am 
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Well not JUST looks.

This site is...less helpful than I'd hope. A few fairly obvious analogues, but the stupid example picture doesn't really match the individual descriptions. More tawnies and duskies and JUST SAY WHAT THEY FREAKING ARE YOU STUPID OLD MAN.

This is why I went with archaic mostly real world type ethnic terms, but even that's a stupid pain in the butt. Next game every human is...I dunno...Hungarian?


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