The World of Valeria: Annals of the Third Era
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“Men” here refers to the civilized humans of Valeria. They are the descendants of the men who built the Great Kingdoms of Valeria including Eremor, Ellinspaar, Thelanis, Ysban, Silvercrest, Linmoore, and the long-forgotten ruins of The Frozen North.
Humans in Valeria are widespread, can be found in most regions and, in general, are fierce and disagreeable, which can sometimes lead certain other folk to view them with contempt. They are renowned for their diversity and ambition, and although they lack specialization, they can excel in many areas. Despite all of this, the Men of Valeria are extreme xenophobes and often see themselves as the rightful heirs to the bounties of the Earth.
Theirs is a feudal society. Under their rulers of Old, they have developed or rediscovered the plough, the screw, the stirrup, the windmill, the hourglass and spinning wheel. Plate Armor and the compass are both known, but not common. Clothes are handmade.
Knighthood and its oaths and honors are held in high esteem by men, and nearly all human societies are built around the raising and training of knights. Eremor and its Knights are the most highly esteemed knights in Valeria and must uphold a tremendous Oath in order to join the ranks of knighthood.
The origin of humanity is something yet unknown. Although the elves can claim the primal war between Corellon and Gruumsh for their heritage and the dwarves claim to have been forged from the rocks of Abeir-Toril itself, humans have no unifying creation myth. However, they are certainly an ancient race, having originated since before written records exist.
Regardless of their precise origins, humans have been undeniably successful. While the most dominant folk of Valeria, humans are the most recent to obtain dominance. In spite of this strength, or perhaps because of it, humanity is an eternally fractured and divided folk, broken up into countless kingdoms and cultures. It is believed that this is in part because humanity, unlike most other folk, did not emerge as a whole but rather in several places at once, thereby resulting in its diversity.