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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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FuzzyBunnyAD Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
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.
Pluszaczek Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VirvaLinnea Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
I've always loved vamps 'n' weres... but this time, I'll go with the Lagunites (solitary type, love to swim, a hoarder.)
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016

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 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, I would definitely play this game if you made it
joshua-mARTin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
These designs are great!
Insanity-Man Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the use of old classic horror movie monsters as inspiration.
vapor9 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Fascinating. I love monster races. Do tell more~ :3c Especially about game setting and rules.
blackjack419 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
this is so cool! i'd love to play as a swampy thing. underwater always seems like a good place for an rpg.
CorthateTheLast Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
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 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Student
lagunites are so cute!
JacktheCat779 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Student General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015   Digital Artist
You ever take any other steps with this?  It looks pretty boss, and sounds like you've put a lot of thought into it.
kyong14 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
Is this really a game? In pc or console?
Magran Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
These are some sick designs! Love it. (And I'd totally play a Ghost)
Tostec Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mummies! Fack yrah sista!
Alaki66 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
i love it!!!! so cool, so clever. job well done. ;) i'd play that in a instant 
BurlyJim Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta love those franken. They look really sophisticated.
Dashutri Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
I could see these characters/types in a mini-game, like Krozmaster or Smallworld.
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. ^_^
finalknight0x3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome style
zJoriz Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
These descriptions are awesome. Oh, those lagunites are awesome too :worship:
PooLinG-WaTeRs Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lagunite! i love looting shiny things :drool:
zircher Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!  Looking forward to progress on this project.  [As to which race I'd play, the answer is simple: All of them!]
4SteveNelsonMiloan4 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds awesome! I hope to see this in the future someday!
MyriamMcFly 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
galacticpink Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mummies, full stop. Ancient Egypt nerd over here. XD
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?
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
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.
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:
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!
yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very fascinating
TenPaints Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'd be a ghost hurhur
Lightning-in-my-Hand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I want a Lagunite for a pet!
SycrosD4 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'd be a mummy, vampire, or ghost.
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 
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:
Draconoc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
I would play as a Mad.
Relic007 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Im really excited for this game to come out :D
WingedWolf717 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General 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
PrennCooder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
OrlyCoffee Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow -bows down-
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?
ConArtist-666 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If this ends up as an mmo you can take whatever I own
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!
Florrosada12 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I might play as either the mummy or the vampire. 
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:
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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