I am pretty sure that I'll be playing GW2 when the time comes, and after playing around in the beta this past weekend, I have pretty well convinced myself that I'll be playing a Norn. I really liked how their whole spirits of the wild/great hunt story works with ranger as my preferred profession.
Anyway, after not thinking about playing a Norn until this weekend (and not having played the original Guild Wars for any kind of reference), I've now been reading everything I can about Norn over the last couple of days -- and while I've seen lots of places that say, "OMG Norns is huuge!" (or in some cases, "OMG certain anatomical features of Norns is huuge!"), I haven't seen anyone actually compare the size of the Norn models to those of the Humans.
So, I spent some time this weekend in making this:
(Click to make the image Norn-sized.)
What I did was make one of each gender of each race (Norn, Human) of each height extreme (max height, min height). Where possible, I chose the bald hairstyle; human women can't be bald, so I chose the hairstyle which seemed have the lowest vertical "poof".
Also, each character is a ranger. I'm not sure if different professions have different height limits, but I think it's reasonable to assume there won't be any great discrepancy in relative heights between races across other professions. (i.e. Norn guardians may be taller, but we can reasonably assume that human guardians might also be taller.)
The screenshots were taken at max camera distance, with the camera rotated down to ground level. As is evident in the image, each character was positioned immediately in front of the same section of wall (one of the buildings near the portal area in Lion's Arch).
The horizontal lines on the image are color-coded by race/gender combination:
- Blue = male Norn
- Green = female Norn
- Orange = male Human
- Pink = female Human
- Norn Male: 7'6"–9'1" (229–277 cm), avg = 8'4" (253 cm)
- Norn Female: 6'10"–8'3" (208–251 cm), avg = 7'6" (229 cm)
- Human Male: 5'6"–6'8" (168–203 cm), avg = 6'1" (185 cm)
- Human Female: 5'3"–6'5" (160–196 cm), avg = 5'10" (178 cm)
Also, sorry for not doing this for the other races. I might have if I had time this weekend, but I do think that the other races have unique features so as to not rely on height to contribute as greatly to their racial differentiation. Should have done it yourself if you cared!