Appearance: The Cro Magnon appear much like modern day humans being our direct ancestors from this time. Hair colour, eye and skin tone vary greatly. Cro Magnon are mainly right-handed.
Average height: The average Cro man stands at 5’8” to 6′. Women are smaller on average than the men, standing anywhere between 5′ to 5’6”.
Habitat: Open plains where their ability to run is at an advantage. The Cro Magnon migrated out of Africa approximately 65,000 years ago to colonise the rest of the world.
Strengths: Ingenuity, adaptability, ability to make sophisticated tools, hunting prowess.
Weaknesses: Tendency to cruelty and domination of the other species.
Beliefs: Like all species, the Cro Magnon believed that their species was created by powerful beings that came from the sky. In Cro Magnon stories, there were nine gods in all and these created all the races of man before abandoning them and retreating to a range of mountains whose freezing peaks are inaccessible to man. The gods taught the Cro Magnon and the other species to keep to their own. Any form of interaction or cross breeding was strictly Forbidden. Once the gods abandoned the people, approximately 70,000 years ago, a great cold swept the land and wiped out much of the population. Those that were left were isolated and began to sicken and die. The Cro Magnon had the foresight to see what was happening and turned their backs on the teachings of the gods who had abandoned them and began seeking out other peoples to diversify their dangerously narrow bloodlines. Following this, the Cro Magnon clans flourished once more, growing stronger and more numerous while the other species, who still clung to the tenets that the gods had laid down, continued to decline.
Culture: Cro Magnon clans revolved around a single male chief, usually the strongest male in the clan. The chief was marked by a carved, symbolic spearhead worn around the neck.
The Cro Magnon are not monogamous and one male may claim several females, this tradition may also have helped them overcome the period when so many individuals were wiped out. When a male decided to claim a female, he would lay down a challenge to the rest of the males in the clan. If there was no opposition, then female would automatically become his. If the challenge was answered however, the rival males would fight for the right to their chosen mate. The female would only be claimed by the winner of the fight and the strongest genes were passed on. Women desired only the strongest men and would often compete behind the scenes to attract the eye of the most desirable mates. It was rare for the chief to be challenged if he made a claim to a female.
The Cro hunted in sophisticated groups of males only. Females did not hunt.
Clothes were fashioned from animal furs and shelters constructed from hides.
The Cro Magnon were nomadic, settling in game-rich territories for a season before moving on. The best territories could be contested by another tribe and battles, though rare, could be bloody. As the latest glacial period extended its grip, however, the Cro Magnon tribes were pushed closer together in the ever shrinking territories. This situation gave rise to the need for the raknari, specially trained hunters and warriors whose sole purpose was to fight for the tribe and protect it from any threat. Raknari warriors were highly sought after as mates by the women of the tribe. It was considered a great honour by a woman to be challenged for by a raknari.
Legacy: The Cro Magnon were the most diverse of all the human species existing at the time. It is through their ingenuity, their ability to adapt and sometimes their cruelty that allowed them to survive and become the dominant species on the plant. Our direct ancestors.