Hyperboreans as Promethean Engineers

I did my very first Astonishing ACKS post over three-and-a-half years ago on the topic of Hyperborean Custom Classes.

HyperboreansAt 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?


Hyperborea HR

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 HugoWeaving receding 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?

Hyperborea HR


About K-Slacker

Gamer and 5th-level magic-user.
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5 Responses to Hyperboreans as Promethean Engineers

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  3. Brutorz Bill says:

    Awesome Idea!!

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