The Amari
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Commonly known as "Northlanders," the Amari are one of the largest human ethnic groups found on Corwyn.


The largest Amari population is located within the Kingdom of Ammarind, followed by the Barrens, the Vast, and the Khorlann Steppes.

Substantial Amari minorities also exist in northern Alveron and southern Marundi.

APPEARANCE


Amari men and women are usually well-built and tall, with ruddy skin. Amari have predominantly brown or black hair, pale skin and bright eyes of brown, green, or grey.

OUTLOOK


Many Amari are intellectuals and artisans, but others are simple farmers and traders. Amari folk love culture, poetry, and reading. Amari believe their culture is the only bastion of civilization in western Corwyn. This belief chiefly derives from the fact that the Amari civilization is thousands of years old, and these pole founded the first northern human kingdom of Amar.

There are strongly held class and gender divisions set up in Amari society, with a person's station at birth playing a crucial role in how he or she is measured by Amari society. Although few Amari speak openly about a strict class based system in their society; most Amari live out their lives according to their station, risking social expulsion or even imprisonment if they do not adhere to societal norms. Amari dwelling in the kingdom of Ammarind view themselves as superior to all other other humans races and even to those Amari who dwell outside the kingdoms' borders.

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Another aspect of Amari culture is maintaining family honor and pride. Losing face is considered the worst of cultural sins, and most Amari would do anything to avoid such. Saving face demands that all Amari treat others as they present themselves, regardless whether such facades bear any resemblance to the truth. One a person or family loses face, they often lose their status and can be relegated to a lower social class within Amari society. Privacy is therefore a precious commodity, for it allows individuals to act as they wish without outside scrutiny, which could result in such social punishment. Amari men and women also place great importance on hospitality and manners. There are strictly defined rules and benefits for both guests and hosts. Guests cannot inflict harm on their guests, and are protected by a sacred tradition of guest right under the roof of their hosts once invited in.

The social classes of Amari society are in order from highest to lowest; The Ruling Class, the Advisers, the Military, the Clergy, the Merchants, the Artisans, the Laborers, the Farmers, and lowest, the Servant class. Only women are are allowed to marry above their social class and all such arrangements are strictly scrutinized within the Amari culture.

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AMARI CHARACTERS


Some Amari are drawn to adventuring in hopes of finding quick wealth that will allow them to return to a life of luxury, and thereby improve their social station. Other human races view Amari as avaricious, lazy, pampered, and arrogant. In truth most Amari seek nothing more than a lifestyle of comfort and the respect of their peers. Amari men and women can easily become characters of any player class, but most prefer to become rogues, clerics, and fighters

LANGUAGES


The Amari people speak Markesh as well as common, and there are eight major dialects. Markesh is one of the seven original dialects of western men, and the language of the Amari people of the Northlands region of Corwyn. This language is most commonly spoken throughout the realm of Ammarind, as well as southern Marundi, northern Alveron, and the regions of the Barrens, the Vast, and the Pale. Markesh is the one of the most widespread languages in common usage on the continent of Corwyn.

In addition to Markesh , many educated and noble Amari speak Rynnish, and Thaldain.

NAMES


Common male Amari names include: Alaric, Aldric, Amrik, Andrik, Cedric, Cyric, Edric, Elric, Haldric, Khedric, Maladric, Rodrik, and Thorik.
Common female Amari names include: Arianna, Azonia, Brianna, Dagmar, Ilvanna, Iskara, Lorelei, and Renora.

AMARI TRIBES


The Amari people are sub-divided into eight major ethnic groups, each centered around one of the eight original Amari Tribes of the Third Age:

  • the Amarazi
  • the Bhurghari
  • the Chassa
  • the Fuundi
  • the Makrani
  • the Nolani
  • the Orvasa
  • the Vandi