For non-hostile Chumen, see Chuno.
Chumen are the only category of enemy combatants in the Antaran Empire to visibly include women. Both genders have gauntlets visible on their forearms and their partly-bound hair straggles over their faces; their clothing is visibly tattered and torn. Male Chumen have dark hair and beards which look gray during combat. They wear dark ragged tunics and aprons over several layers of darker and lighter shirts and trousers. Female Chumen have orange hair and wear lighter brown ragged tunics over several layers of darker shirts and trousers, while female Chumen Mages have black hair and bloodstained clothing.
Chumen rove in groups of three to five, sometimes including Chumen Archers or Chumen Mages. While Chumen Archers are not visibly different from regular Chumen, Mages carry staffs.
Chumen may wear Leather Armor or Chainmail, carry Long Swords or Broadswords, and sometimes bear Banded Shields. Their equipment is occasionally Iced or Poisoned. Mages usually carry Quarterstaffs but occasionally have a Staff of Nightmares. Archers are usually found with Long Bows and regular Arrows.
Among the Chunese people, the term "Chumen" refers to visibly differentiated descendants of those who survived the magical disaster that created the Waste. These deformed or disabled descendants of Chunese survivors were often feared for their physical differences and had a reputation for being unbalanced. While many Chumen men and women have resided in Chunese towns for generations and are accepted in their communities, others live as outlaws.