The Amari (Northlanders)
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First Appearing in the Third Age, these scattered tribes of horse nomads founded the great western kingdom of Amar. Their alignment is predominantly lawful, and their civilizations and populations are primarily located in the kingdom of Ammarind. The men and women of this ethnicity are also commonly referred to as ‘Northlanders.’ The Amari people are the dominant ethnicity in the Kingdom of Ammarind, but many can also be found found in the neighboring regions of southern Marundi, northern Alveron, and throughout the Barrens, the Pale, and the the Vast.

APPEARANCE


Amari are usually well-built and tall, with sharp angular features. Amari men and women 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. Iskari dwelling in the lands of Cyrendar view themselves as superior to all other other humans races and even to those Amari who dwell outside the kingdoms' borders.

Another aspect of Amari culture is maintain 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. Iskari 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 Iskari 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 Iskari as avaricious, lazy, pampered, and arrogant. In truth most Iskari 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.

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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.