The Hyur are a race not originally from Eorzea in Final Fantasy XIV, having migrated there and brought their technology with them. They are very similar to the humes of Final Fantasy XI and the Ivalice setting.
A hyur midlander is the representative of the player point of view in the intro of the game as well as the image of the Final Fantasy XIV cover and advertisement, on later information regarding the game, now the hyur takes the role of a warrior in trailers related to the Realm Reborn re-release of the game, also in the promotional illustration of Yoshitaka Amano for the 25th Anniversary of the Final Fantasy series the same hyur in warrior garments appears with other Final Fantasy heroes drawn with Amano's particular style.
Boasting the largest population in Eorzea, the hyur came from neighboring continents and islands in three great migratory waves. With them they brought a sophisticated technology and complex ethos tempered by the breadth of the outside world. They rapidly became a driving force behind cultural progress, and are now widely attributed with spearheading advances in Eorzean civilization.
One of the hyur's strengths is the staggering variety of languages and social institutions they exhibit. This is said to account for their firm conviction in individual freedoms, though it also results in a relative lack of solidarity and group cohesion.
Two distinct groups now exist among the hyur-highlanders, denizens of mountainous areas, and midlanders, who reside in lower elevations.
The midlander clan comprises over half of the total population of Eorzea's hyur. They have established themselves throughout every city in the realm and lead lives as diverse as their heritage, though they are marginally more common and prominent in Gridania than elsewhere (due in part to the fact that most or all of the Padjal are born from midlander families). Trained in letters from infancy, the midlanders are generally more educated than many of the other races and clans.
The Highlanders derive their name from a long tradition of inhabiting Eorzea's mountainous regions, particularly Gyr Abania and its proud city-state of Ala Mhigo. Compared to their Midland brethren, the Highlanders are noticeably larger in build. Although Highlanders were originally common in Ala Mhigo, the state's conquest by Garlemald has driven them all across Eorzea in great waves of refugees. The largest number of them can be found in and around Ul'dah, as the refugees were attracted by tales of Ul'danian wealth—only to learn of the other side of ruthless Dunesfolk business practices. Many are now found on the streets of Ul'dah, huddled outside its walls or in the refugee camp referred to (some would say mockingly) as "Little Ala Mhigo". However, the great Highlander diaspora did not just send them to Ul'dah, and they can be found more or less everywhere across Eorzea.
Originally only male highlanders were playable, but in A Realm Reborn females became playable characters as well, and generally received a distinct model from the midlander women (midlander models having been previously used to represent highlander women).
Naming conventions Edit
Hyuran names follow relatively simple European-inspired naming conventions, with most Eorzean Midlander names being "Anglic" in origin, while Highlander names have a more Germanic or Scandinavian feel to them.
Notably, a number of minor "Midlander" characters in A Realm Reborn come from the land of Doma on the continent of Othard; these characters have names based much more heavily on real-life Japanese naming conventions.
Starting attributes Edit
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The following table shows the level 1 attributes for each class a hyur can take:
- Despite the male CG Midlander's prominence in promotional materials, there is a second detailed CG model of a black-haired female midlander. This model has not been used in any other media or promotional material since the game's original launch, and was not featured in the game's original opening cinematic. The only other known high-detail CG model that is otherwise unused is that of the male plainsfolk lalafell.
- As of 2014, hyur is the most popular race of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, as 35% of the players are playing as a hyur.