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One of the most widespread and influential species in the world of Tyria. They are the dominant species on the continents of Tyria, Cantha, and Elona. The origin of humanity is unknown. The earliest mention of humanity is their settlement of the northern coastline of Cantha in 786 BE, however it is not clear if they arrived from elsewhere or originated in Cantha but did not have permanent settlements prior to that date.
Humans on the Tyrian continent
Humans first appeared on the Tyrian continent nearly 1300 years ago (the year 205 BE in the Mouvelian Calendar). Prior to their arrival, Tyria had been in balance under the control of a powerful serpent race. Humans quickly rose to prominence and the serpent race withdrew into the Crystal Desert and is now only known as the Forgotten.
Humans formed three powerful kingdoms: Ascalon (founded 100 BE), Orr (founded 2 AE) and Kryta (founded 300 AE). Unfortunately, their history has always been marred by conflict and struggle for dominance. Most recently, this was manifest by the Guild Wars which lasted for over 50 years and ended only due to the terrible threat of the Charr invasion.
The White Mantle
The people of Kryta are ruled by the White Mantle, who have replaced the old Krytan royal family.
The Lionguard were the elite guard of the deposed Krytan royal family. They have now been relegated to constables of the peace by The White Mantle.
The Shining Blade
A small group of Krytan rebels, known as the Shining Blade, seek to bring down the White Mantle.
The Ascalon Army
The Ascalon Vanguard
The Ebon Vanguard
Humans on the Canthan continent
Human settlement on the Canthan continent began around 1700 years ago. While it is said that their development were unhindered by the Forgotten, it is unclear if the two races were ever in contact.
The Celestial Ministry is the main bureaucratic organization in the Canthan government. The ministry has grown corrupt and inefficient, and the emperor is apparently unable to reform the bureaucracy.
The Xunlai, involved in Storage and tournament sponsorship, is presumed to originate in Cantha.
Luxons are one of two rival factions on the Canthan Continent. They are at perpetual war with the Kurzicks, and are not part of the empire led by the emperor, since they broke away from it. They live in the Jade Sea territory as well as the mountains and hills.
Kurzicks are the enemies of the Luxons. Like the Luxons, they separated from the empire and are their own sovereign entity. Much of their territory is located in the Echovald Forest.
Humans in Elona
Currently led by Spearmarshal Kormir, the Sunspears are an elite order dedicated to protecting the entire nation of Elona. Although their headquarters reside in Istan, they do not belong to any one province, and expect the freedom to travel wherever in Elona their protection is required.
The Kournan military
The wealthy and cultured province of Vabbi is ruled by three merchant princes.
Due to the ridiculously inhospitable nature of this region, humans do not reside here. Various forms of undead can be found here, however, and it is possible for the living to cross the Desolation with the aid of giant wurms. This was not always the case; the Desolation includes the ruins of human settlements such as Morah and Sahlahja.
The following creatures used to be human, or are descended from humans.
- The Druids
- Some Afflicted
- Some Demons
- Some or all Shiro'ken
- Some Undead
- The Wardens (suspected)
- All Juggernauts
- To see a full list of Humans see the Category:Humans.