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Inhabiting the Nine Worlds in the other-dimensional Asgardian system are six races of humanoid life forms. Each race is different and intelligent, but the most powerful race is that of the Gods. The Gods are the most human looking and believed to have inhabited Earth at one time only to move to Asgard sometime later. Norsemen and Germanic tribes used to worship the Asgardians nearly a millennium ago and that is why some of the names differ slightly like Wotan instead of Odin. Even though certain Gods are still interested in humanity such as Thor, the Asgardians do not have any more active worshippers or seek to have any. The gods possess superhuman abilities such as super strength and superhuman endurance. An average male god can lift up to 30 tons while an average female can lift up to 25 tons, but there are those that exceed these specifications. The Gods are also gifted with extremely long life, but are not immortal like the gods of Olympus. They are also immune to all terrestrial diseases and are highly resistant to conventional forms of injury.

The second race is that of the Giants that dwell in Jotunheim. They are also humanoid, but are more Neanderthal-like in body structure. Most stand up to 20 feet tall, but some can reach 30 feet. Giants usually lead a hunter/gatherer type of life, but will war with the gods on occasion because they are jealous of the gods’ superior abilities. Giants are usually classified by where they live: Frost Giants live in frozen areas, the oldest Frost Giant being Ymir, while those that live in the mountains are known as Storm Giants. Giants have also been known to reproduce half-breeds that look like gods such as Loki and Skurge, the Executioner.

Dwarves are another of the races that inhabit the realm of Asgard. Dwarves are small and stocky with an average height of 4 feet. Dwarves live in Nidavellir and maintain peaceful relations with the Gods. They tend to be either craftsmen or farmers and have created weapons for use by the Gods such as Mjolnir and the spear, Gungnir. However, it was Odin that enchanted these weapons with their magical properties.

The next race is that of the elves. The two types of elves that inhabit the land are the Light Elves and the Dark Elves. The Light Elves live in Alfheim while the Dark Elves live underground in Svartalfheim. Both species are similar in the respect that their body types can differ greatly in size anywhere from 4 feet to 8 feet, and have proportionally long limbs. Light Elves have lighter skin tones while Dark Elves are darker, and both are attuned to magic.

Trolls are yet another of the inhabitants of this dimension and are the least human of all the races. Trolls are massive creatures covered in hair with an orange skin tone. They average in at 7 feet making them taller than the gods, and they live in settlements scattered throughout the land. The trolls are incredibly strong, surpassing the strength of an average god, and puts them on similar ground with the Giants. However, certain trolls like Ulik can have strength equal to that of the Thunder God, Thor. Trolls usually work as miners and metal workers.

The last race of Asgard that lives in the realm of Muspelheim is that of the Demons. Demons are similar in size to the Gods, but are engulfed in fire. They tend to be nomads but will travel into other dimensions for the purpose of war. All Demons are the offspring of the fire demon who is said to come before the Gods, Surtur.

Because of the events of Ragnarok, all species in Asgard were destroyed, but with the reemergence of Mjolnir and Thor, some of the more prominent citizens once again grace the halls of a newly constructed Asgard with their presence. Before, Thor is done with his quest, he vowed to bring all of his fellow Asgardians home.

Contributors: Acotilletta2 and Jjonz