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The Hollow Races.

By Endling
The eight (known) playable races in my mock survival game, The Hollow. It's a personal project I started a while ago, but haven't really updated much about outside of the races. This is the first time I've really tried making a world from the ground up, from races to civilization to cultures, and it's been a hellllll of a lot of fun. 

Each race is loosely based on the concept of a classic Hollywood monster or villain. From top to bottom, left to right..

- Zombies are the most populace race, as well as the most brash and reckless. Having such a short "life"span tends to make you rather callous about your own well-being. As a result, Zombies enjoy making the most of the time they have. Yes. They are a race of YOLO-zombies. And that's every bit as horrible as it sounds.

- Ghosts are well accustomed to life in the shadows, as shadow is what makes up most of their form. Their unique condition in corporeal limbo allows them to be masterful sneaks, thieves and assassins, though this inherent expertise is undercut by a sense of flighty mischief that seems to characterize their kind. 

- Mads view life and everything therein as an experiment waiting to happen. They are an inquisitive, curious, and blissfully unfettered by any sense of moral guilt. Extending their lifespan by any means necessary in order to further their terrible tests, the Mads could hardly be considered 'human' anymore. (Incidentally neither Mads or humankind have a problem with this.)

Vampire culture is a finely stitched tapestry of impassioned melodrama, the result of their frequent tendency towards boredom. Being the oldest of the Hollow races, they believe they've seen everything life and unlife alike have to offer, and are always on the lookout for new forms of entertainment.

- The Mummies are said to descend from the Primeval, a high court of ancient spirits responsible for the creation of the Afterlife itself. Each and every mummy, freshly arisen, is groomed to become a vessel for these spirits. They dedicate their existence to the study and cultivation of their arcane prowess, which they believe is the only path to attunement with the Primeval. As you might imagine with a culture that believes they are the sole intended for ultimate enlightenment, the Mummies are more than just a little stuffy.

- The youngest race of the Hollow, Frankens were brought into existence by a sect of intrepid Mads, who sought a solution for their waning defense ranks as well as a way to clean up the excess body parts cluttering up the realm, due to heavy military losses, spare parts brought home from the raids on human lands, and impolite Zombies who refuse to clean up after themselves.  Despite their servile nature, Frankens are remarkably intelligent, with a thirst for knowledge second only to the Mads that brought them life. 

- Not much is known about Lagunites, other than they are a diminutive, aquatic race of swampy fish things with a penchant for shiny baubles. Though the other Hollow have a loose sense of unity in the face of mankind, the Lagunite stands alone as an equal-opportunity treasure hoarder. Once a Lagunite has decided something belongs in its lair, whether that be junk, an artifact, or even a person, well.. nothing stands in their way. Nothing that isn't prepared to have a limb chewed off at the joint, anyway.

- Hailing from the mountainous region of the Hollow, Weres, by and large, prefer to keep to their own packs, as most of the other Hollow races have little tolerance for their infamous unpredictability. Despite a relatively low occurrence of madness amongst the Weres (typically from untrained youths or those who split from their Pack and go rogue), the few times it did occur were notorious enough to taint the general populace’s view of them.

..And that's all! Hope you guys like them. :] I'm curious, which do you think you'd play as, given the option?

EDIT: Yes there absolutely are other-gender options for each race! (Female zombies, male mummies, etc.) I love character customization in games, so that's a must! Maybe I'll do a sheet of all of them sometime in the future.  :]

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HopeDiamond3's avatar

Nice descriptions and character designs

FuzzyBunnyAD's avatar
So... What are the full capabilities of these races? Would we be doing the extremes of the races in other lore?
Would zombies be able to turn humans into zombies to add to their forces?
Would ghosts possess people? become poltergeists? Turn into wrathful wraiths?
Would Mads be able to usual weapons into their bodies? Would they resort to traditional weaponry and robot servants?
Would vampires be able to manipulate their blood? Would they be effectively immortal and partially invulnerable as well?
Would mummies be able to manipulate their bandages? Would they be capable of curses? Would they be able to enact the plagues of Egypt?
Would Frankens be able to harvest other creatures' parts to replace damaged or destroyed body parts? Would they be able to generate/conduct electricity?
Would Lagunites be able to manipulate water and creature hypnotizing siren songs?
Would Weres be able to control their transformations and heal quickly? Would they be able to turn humans into Weres as well?
There's so much potential and I have so many questions! ...One of those questions is, would you allow people to use these for their own projects? I have a story I'm writing that these would be perfect for.
I've always loved vamps 'n' weres... but this time, I'll go with the Lagunites (solitary type, love to swim, a hoarder.)
sevenofeleven's avatar

I would play as all classes if I could.
That's why I almost never finish any RPG game.

This would be good for a series of stories too.
mysteryxio's avatar
I love this, I would definitely play this game if you made it
joshua-mARTin's avatar
These designs are great!
Insanity-Man's avatar
This looks like an awesome idea for a video game.

I love the designs of the races, and the fact you used the classic horror monsters. 
TheRanger42's avatar
I like the use of old classic horror movie monsters as inspiration.
vapor9's avatar
Fascinating. I love monster races. Do tell more~ :3c Especially about game setting and rules.
blackjack419's avatar
this is so cool! i'd love to play as a swampy thing. underwater always seems like a good place for an rpg.
CorthateTheLast's avatar
Holy GOAT potential, Batman!
I would kill to play this!
(Incidentally, I also have a race of mummies in a world I'm designing. Excellent taste, compadre!)
raymoohawk's avatar
lagunites are so cute!
JacktheCat779's avatar
This looks like it is gonna be a fine game. I would definitely pick male Were. So can Weres be customized with different animal attributes? Like wolf parts,cat parts,bear parts,etc.?
FarrahAllen3D's avatar
You ever take any other steps with this?  It looks pretty boss, and sounds like you've put a lot of thought into it.
Is this really a game? In pc or console?
Magran's avatar
These are some sick designs! Love it. (And I'd totally play a Ghost)
Tostec's avatar
Mummies! Fack yrah sista!
i love it!!!! so cool, so clever. job well done. ;) i'd play that in a instant 
BurlyJim's avatar
Gotta love those franken. They look really sophisticated.
I could see these characters/types in a mini-game, like Krozmaster or Smallworld.
LegionGUA's avatar
The diversity and style of these characters / races somehow remind me of both Starbound as well as Wakfu / Dofus (in terms of character creation). Which, for a mock-up for a survival game, seems to be a good thing, isn't it? Great work. ^_^
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zJoriz's avatar
These descriptions are awesome. Oh, those lagunites are awesome too :worship:
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