The Kashardi ("Dust Barbarians")
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The Kashardi people; commonly called "Dust Barbarians," reside in the southern Erehui Valley and are one of the oldest ethnic groups on Corwyn.


The Kashardi are ethnically similar to the Thann, in appearance, culture, and tradition; although their speech in entirely unique. They are named for the ancient hero Kashar; who founded the Sultanate of Khem thousands of years ago.

They are separated from the harsh Sea of Sand by the Erehui and Redpeaks Mountains, and there is little contact between them and either the Thannish peoples of Eldara or the nomadic Vilzari.

Over the centuries, the Kashardi developed their own language, customs, and tribal structures. They have remained friendly with a few scattered dwarvish settlements of the mountains, but do not wish for contact with others. Kashardi both hate and fear the Vilzari for those desert nomads frequently raid their villages in the region for fresh slaves or simple plunder.

The Kashardi have little contact with the Thannish peoples of Eldara and Orel. Their customs and tribal structure are very different from the urban dwelling Thannish peoples of those kingdoms. The Kashardi are most famous for their love of beasts; most tribes have many wild beasts tamed as pets and guardians. These beasts include, tigers, panthers, and wild boars.

History


Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of these people; led by a famous hero named Kashar, founded the Sultanate of Khem and its magnificent city of Zangaro. The Kashardi peoples were also members of the Tekritian League; a political alliance long lost to history. Legends have it; that in its heyday, the Kashardi cities of Khadam and Zangaro were magnificent to behold. Today, those two ancient are only ruins; a grim legacy of the ancient Kashardi civilization.