At the time, I had in my mind an image of the race from the Dark Horse Conan comics; specifically the Hyperboreans first shown in “Ashes and Dust” (depicted at left).
They were tall, gaunt, and pale – but looked sufficiently inhuman to be “weird”. They also fit well with the pointy-headed Melnibonean armour styles suggested by early Moorcock covers and the AS&SH artwork. (Not to mention early Warhammer High Elf imagery.)
Lately, however, I’ve been having second thoughts. What if the Hyperboreans look like the Engineers from Prometheus?
Now I’m not thinking of buff body-builders. I ran across some newer pictures online of thin, robed Engineers:
Pretty badass, eh? I think I’ll go with this new imagery – alabaster skin, dark eyes, and hairless.
Hyperborean Half-Breeds will have a more natural skin tones and will grow hair on their heads (although probably with topknots or Hugo-Weaving style Elrond hairlines). They can pass among men without too much hassle.
This also presents the opportunity to treat Hyperborean Plate armour like the Giger-style biomechanical suits, if I wish…
What do you think?