Human Cultures

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Arcane, also Caerulan or Xanathruns, are the mysterious people of the mountain towers of Godsgate. They are extremely tall and pale with white or slightly blue-tinted skin. They are powerful sorcerers, and extremely reclusive. They claim descent from the steppes of Ikh Kuraltai, but they bear almost no resemblance to the barbarians from the plains.

Aureans, or Ashkai, are also known as the Sunset People, since they live in the warm Sunset Lands of Ashkai. They have dark coal-black skin and golden eyes. Most have jet black hair, though occasionally a child is born with golden hair, which is considered a blessing from God. The Aureans were composed of independent tribes until most of the land was united by the Hungering Lion tribe under worship of Il Ashaari. The Aureans are strong allies of the Godborn.

Barbarians encompass many of the people on the edges of civilization. These groups include the people who inhabit the hostile lands of the Ikh Kurultai, Broken Throne, Demon Wastes, Frozen Lands, The Shadowlands, and Dreamlands of Alchura. They vary wildly from one region to the next, and many breed with beastmen or worship dark gods, and manifest monstrous traits as a result.

Draconians, or Ryuki, are the people of the Dragon Empire far to the East. They are tall and thin with a sallow skin tone and brown or hazel eyes. Draconians often have little body hair, and all nobles and many other Draconians of both genders shave any hair they do have. Since they claim ancestry from dragons, nobles manipulate their appearance to be more draconic, with slit tongues or tattooed scales. Among the most powerful, sorcerous arts are used to appear more dragon-like.

Since they worship the Immortal Dragons, they emulate the dragon in their architecture, clothing, and culture, adorning themselves according to the color of their ancestral dragon (red, white, black, green, blue, gold, bronze, silver, brass, copper). Due to the constant war between the chromatic and metallic dragons, each dynasty is marked by a great emphasis on metallic or chromatic colors. The color of the ancestral dragon of the Emperor is always prominent in all state holdings.

Freemen, as they call themselves — also called Provincials, Heretics, or Northmen — are the people of the Free Cantons to the north of the Basilian Empire. Since Freemen are more likely to call themselves after their nationality first, they are known as Varangians, Batavians, Friesbergers, Bougainese, Averoignes, Kahlforters.

Most Freemen are tall with fair skin, dark hair and steel gray or hazel eyes. They are a hardy people, accustomed to long, harsh winters and bloody war in the summer.

Godborn, or Malakim, are the people of the powerful emerging empire of El Malaki. They have dusky or dark brown skin, and dark hair and eyes. The Malakim are descendants of the slaves of the sorcerer kings of Sin Siwal who ruled a great empire for thousands of years.

Their harsh existence in the desert, full of death and hardship, molds their culture to believe their God Il Ashaari would measure them on their behavior in the world. Honor and fierce devotion are prime among Godborn beliefs.

Imperials, or Basilians, are the people of the Holy Empire of Basilia. They have olive skin, brown hair and brown eyes. They have a short, slight build, and are expert warriors, quick with spears and deadly with bows.

Imperials view themselves as the rightful rulers of the western world. They are extremely disciplined, with heavily regimented lives, and have a tendency to look on other cultures as being short-lived barbarian cultures barely worthy of notice. This, however, does not prevent them from trading with the nations they aren’t currently at war with.

Inspired, or Tian-Jin, are the people of the former Mandarinate of Tian Wa. They are similar in appearance to the Draconians, with sallow skin, but they are somewhat shorter, and do not shave their hair or manipulate their bodies to appear draconic.

Since their occupation by the Dragon Empire, their culture has been subsumed by Draconian culture. The nobles that swore fealty to the Draconian Emperor follow the ways of the Dragon, and only the peasants follow the old ways. The exiled Celestial Kingdom of Kojian still preserves the culture of Tian Wa.

Islanders include the many different tribes among the Shattered Spine archipelago. They include the Tigalasi, Tulita, Kahikai, Honu, Manu, L’a, Moli, and Kohola. Their skin tones range from tawny to dark red, and have a wide variety between the various tribes. Some tribes heavily tattoo or brand their bodies after their totem spirits, but no custom is practiced by every tribe.

Raj, or Vidrans, are the diverse people of the Hundred Kingdoms of Aranvidru. They range from light brown to nearly black, and vary in height and frame. Their nations are divided along tribal lines, and they are heavily structured by caste and occupation.

Stygians, or Sin Siwali or Duskmen, are the slaves and soldiers of the Sorcerer Kings of Sin Siwal. Short and slight, they have dusky brown skin, brown hair and brown eyes. Sin Siwali culture is heavily controlled by the Sorcerer Kings, and the wastelands between the powerful city-states is overrun with monsters and bandits, so the Stygians rarely deal with outsiders.

The original inhabitants of the Shackled Stone are of Stygian descent, and no foreigners can join the secretive Deep Wardens.

Human Cultures

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