Vanguard - Preview @ GameSpot
GameSpot offers up a hands-on preview of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
The setting for Vanguard is the world of Telon, which has three distinct parts. Thestra is a more traditional setting for a fantasy story, while Qalia and Kojan have more of an Arabian and Asian feel to them. To populate these regions, there are 19 races of playable characters, split roughly evenly between the continents. While the usual suspects turn up--gnomes, elves, dwarves, and humans--there are a number of interesting, more original races included, too. For example, the vulmane, raki, and kurashasa are races derived from wolves, foxes, and leopard-like creatures, respectively.