Is Helhim good for beginners? Didn't see it on the list :P.
I don't feel like playing a turtling underwater nation, so not sure I'll play Atlatnis.
What do you think about the Apes (Kailasa) and the Great White Bull as a pretender. I remember picking the bull as my first pretender when I tried the game a few years back, and really enjoyed stomping with him.
This game gives me a RP vibe, so I imagine my army of apes worshiping a mindless bull :P