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The Hollow Races. by Endling 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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LegionGUA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
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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finalknight0x3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Awesome style
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
These descriptions are awesome. Oh, those lagunites are awesome too :worship:
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PooLinG-WaTeRs Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lagunite! i love looting shiny things :drool:
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zircher Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2014
Lovely!  Looking forward to progress on this project.  [As to which race I'd play, the answer is simple: All of them!]
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4SteveNelsonMiloan4 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds awesome! I hope to see this in the future someday!
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llAngelusll Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMg i would love to cosplay the Weres Girl !! So adorable!!! <33
i would play her in the game too of course xD
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galacticpink Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mummies, full stop. Ancient Egypt nerd over here. XD
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Garjel-blah Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
I like how you've gone beyond classic Tolkien fantasy race selection, but still managed to stick to a familiar theme. Very clever
Don't know if you read comments, but i was wondering what inspired the lagunites. Are they like mermaids, or Cthulhu-esque fish people? Or was it something else?
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kickbutt4 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you customize your character majorly? You know not some presets ect. XD we all love things our way, that's when customization comes in XD
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TheAlexTucci Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
If you need someone to produce the game my company will gladly do it ~ Contact me at your leisure.
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meismine12 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Those look really cool and that is a game I would totally play! I would either be a Mad or a Lagunite, its hard to choose D:
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Name-With-Numbers Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
This sounds like a really cool idea for a game! I really appreciate the short historical bits you've done for each of them and more than a couple times, the way you wrote certain bits made me chuckle.

In response to the question, I'm trying to think of what I'd pick. I think it would be better if you gave some abilities or gameplay quirks, but I think from just the 'feeling' of each, I'd try a Franken or a Were. If I was part of the world, I'd like to think I'd match well as either, but I imagine the latter would fit better, since the Franken seems like he'd be more of a defense fellow. I generally like to pick speed or maneuverability over raw strength, so the unpredictable Weres might be better. 

If you get a chance to delve more into their traits gameplay-wise, I'd love to see! :D (Big Grin) And apologies for the long post!
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very fascinating
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TenPaints Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'd be a ghost hurhur
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lightning-in-my-hand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want a Lagunite for a pet!
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SycrosD4 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'd be a mummy, vampire, or ghost.
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Nicaris12 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
are you taking suggestions for new races because i'd love to see a hollow drider (spider lower half human upper) or naga (snake lower half human upper) but if you're just doing classical western monster types it's a great line up 
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GameKarim Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They Look awesome! I would Play as a ghost ^^ Becuz I like assassins and ghosts d:
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Draconoc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
I would play as a Mad.
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Relic007 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Im really excited for this game to come out :D
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WingedWolf717 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am IN LOVE with the lagunites! they just sound so amazing! i'd defenetly be one ;v;
and the weres are pretty badass too! ;D
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PrennCooder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
awesome
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OrlyCoffee Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow -bows down-
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Wolfpackersson09 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I have to admit that this does sound pretty cool, but I have to ask if this is for a potential MMO game?
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ConArtist-666 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If this ends up as an mmo you can take whatever I own
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X-Demo-xX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aaah, they're all so adorable! I'd totally play as a Ghost or Vamp!
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Florrosada12 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I might play as either the mummy or the vampire. 
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xDragonMuffins Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooow awesoooome. 8D

I'd totally play as a ghost though U.U
....or a Lagunite theY'RE SO CUTE!!!:iconsocute-plz:
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Alita19 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
i want to play this ;;A;;
omg, if you made a kickstarted im sure this would get funded 

Ending you always think of suck great story lines as well as character designs x3 
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NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
This is pretty cool, nice world building
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VSIS Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
If anything, a ghastly ghost would do.  It'd be fun to play some "pranks" on a few jerks that deserve it, and giving laughing frights to your loved ones isn't such a bad thing to do once in a while, especially when your grandparents are in on it!  ~(^-^)~ <(Ce la vie!)
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Darkspace244 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Vamp for fun-loving, mad for mad scientist hype!
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LunarsWolf Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, this is really cool. One of my oc's fits the Hollow category of the ghosts perfectly & another one of my oc's fits into the Mads too a T XD 
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Floyet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
j'adore xxxx
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devilturnip360 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hmmmmmm I like the idea of being a Mad.

the class suites me
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wolfman1214 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
I'd go with a Lagunite because they're adorable.

Ugh, why can't something like this be real? :c
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rikufangirl9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
I love the concept and different personalities you've given to each of the classes! I would love to see more references x3

And class I would love to play as is either ghost, vampire, were, or mummy!
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Digitalmindtaker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever thought about turning your creations like this into an actual video game, cause I wouldn't mind if you did and be one of the beta testers.
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I'd do a franken or a Mad fella.
Probably the latter because that's kinda like me (except I do have moral values.. somewhere)
And I like having a good engineering skill.
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Blowitch Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
That Ghost-girl!!!   I love it
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locotloki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Wow these look great! I would defiantly play a ghost. 
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Protaganist89 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I'd probably go with being a Zombie. Couldn't really decide on choosing another race without more info on how the game works. 
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Tim15 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
I'd play as a zombie. Also, i'm adding you to my watch list.
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NothingButSunshine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist
I like how every class are clearly different from one anothere especially the frankens, mummies and zombies since their all technically undead. If I had a chance I would definitely play this game.
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Follefarine Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Definitely a Lagunite or a Mad... :)
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KemonoApocalypse Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If I had to choose just one, I'd have to ditch my usual werewolf fangirling and go for the Mads.

Otherwise, I'd have one of each in both genders ahaha.
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missZoid Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
my goodness, these are all so wonderful! I would defiantly play, it looks like fun!
lets see, its so hard to decided. I think I would either want to be a zombie, a mad, a mummy, or a lagunite. Maybe the lugunite, it just looks like it would be aggressive, stealthy, and fun! X3
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ObsidianWasp Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
woooah...
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014   General Artist
Excellent work, great composition!~
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