For good or ill, humans are the dominant race on Khorvaire and the most numerous on Sarlona. Adaptable and ambitious, humans have defined history in the recent age, and wherever Eberron’s fate goes in the future, humanity will undoubtedly be the guiding force.
Background and History
Humanity first arose on Sarlona. History fails to recount which of the continent’s many disasters first inspired humans to leave, but leave they did, setting out in primitive ships. The earliest explorers crossed the Sea of Rage, arriving in what are now the Lhazaar Principalities and Q’barra. Later expeditions traveled east across the Barren Sea, landing in the Demon Wastes, the Eldeen Reaches, and the Shadow Marches. Few of those colonies survived.
Once it established a foothold in Khorvaire, humanity could not be stopped. Ragged bands of explorers and pilgrims advanced across the continent, and settlements emerged. Towns became cities and cities formed nations before finally coalescing into the Kingdom of Galifar. T h e kingdom lasted for centuries until finally the Last War came, crippling humanity with over a century of warfare. Today, humans still control most of Khorvaire, although the peace between their nations is tenuous.
Humans claim most o f Khorvaire. Human populations dominate the Five Nations and the Lhazaar Principalities. Many human communities also thrive in Q’barra, portions of the Eldeen Reaches, and the Shadow Marches. Sarlona, humanity’s birthplace, is no longer governed by humans since the rise of the Inspired of Riedra. Nonetheless, humans still make up the majority of the population. Most of Khorvaire’s humans care little about Sarlona or the other continents, and few even know that Sarlona is the land of their forebears.
Humans bear more dragonmarks than any other race, although no one knows why. Perhaps it is because humans are somehow important to the Draconic Prophecy, or maybe it is simply because there are more of them. The human dragonmarked houses and their associated dragonmarks include House Cannith with the Mark of Making, House Orien with the Mark of Passage, House Deneith with the Mark of Sentinel, and House Vadalis with the Mark of Handling. [[House Tharashk] has the Mark of Finding and includes both humans and half-orcs.