Slender, agile, and athletic, the Anashim are somewhat shorter than humans, averaging about 5 feet in height and 100 pounds. Their complexions tend toward deep tans and olives. They have dark brown or black hair, and their eyes range from light to very dark green or brown, often with gold flecks.
Anashim mature somewhat more slowly than humans, reaching adulthood at about the age of 30. They then age at an even rate, reaching old age in their 600s and living into their 700s.
The Anashim have a reputation for superb archery skills and tend to excel in tasks requiring a high degree of dexterity. A highly intelligent and literate people, they hold their poets and playwrights in high regard and spend significant resources on their educational systems.
By far the more populous of the races of Ha’aretz, the Anashim fill the full range of the region’s occupations. Most serve as farmers, herders, fishermen, craftsmen, and the like. A strong army has been necessary through much of their history; consequently a great many adults have spent at least some time in the military. A seafaring race, the Anashim trade with their allies, the Dashar Elves, and with other areas that can be reached by the existing sea or overland routes. Major exports are Sidonian glassware, Tyrian purple dye, and the region’s legendary cedarwood, as well as fine craftswork, metalwork, and expert and magical weaponry made by the Order of the Amim-Kothar.
Somewhat surprisingly, given the degree of reverence with which they regard their giant Benim-El co-inhabitants, Anashim hold most of the executive positions in the governments of Zaphon and Ugarit. Benim-El do, however, commonly hold advisory positions through which they command a high level of influence over elite levels of government and over military endeavors.