New Race: Zhotunn (DENIED)

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BrakkUrGrath
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New Race: Zhotunn (DENIED)

Post by BrakkUrGrath » Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:42 pm

The Zhotunn
The Zhotunn may be related to the Jotun of Ancient Norse Mythology in that they are “destructive forces of nature” that have their origins in the ancient mysteries of prehistory. While the Jotun of Mythology were variously described as “giants”, Zhotunn are in fact not much larger than humans, though they tend to be wider and heavier.
While their origins may be among the glaciated mountains of the Scandinavian Peninsula, they have spread down as far as the forested plains of northeastern Eyrope in the region of Zhaltev.
Like Dwarves, Zhotunn have a distrust of magic, feeling that the warping of reality is a way to cheat the world. The Zhotunn prefer to deal with reality on its own terms, harsh and unforgiving as it may be.
Zhotunn are a barbaric people, tending to live in nomadic tribes that wander across the land, raiding what villages and farms they find for their necessities. They have no written language, no literature, and abstract thinking is somewhat difficult for them. They can count, but quickly lose count of more than “a few hands” and anything higher than 50 is an alien concept. They understand “put with” and “take away from” (addition and subtraction) and with some difficulty can visualize “grouping” and “sharing” (multiplication and division) but higher math is lost on them.
No-one is quite sure what the lifespan of the Zhotunn may be. They mature quickly, weaned from mother’s milk in just a couple of months and able to walk on their own in under a year, and can breed and are considered adults by the time they reach their tenth year. But their lifestyle is hard and their warlike nature brings them to usually die in battle by the time they’re 30. A Zhotunn who reaches 40 years is considered old.

Reference - Jötunn
A Jötunn in Norse mythology is a member of a race of nature spirits with superhuman strength. While sometimes referred to as “giants”, they are often actually described as having the same height as humans.
Jötunn (Proto-Germanic *etunaz) might have the same root as "eat" (Proto-Germanic *etan) and accordingly had the original meaning of "glutton" or "man-eater", possibly in the sense of personifying chaos, the destructive forces of nature.
The mountain range of southern Norway is called the Jotunheim Mountains.

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Re: New Race: Zhotunn

Post by Frug » Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:11 am

Looks good.
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