The Hüornen
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(pronounced Your-nan) The Hüornen; also commonly called; Snow Barbarians, are one of three Thaldain ethnic sub-groups.


The Hüornen reside in the Northern Wastes and the Thalar Islands. Their people are fiercely independent from the kingdom of Marundi, and there is much hatred between the two groups.

Ever since their people were defeated in a disastrous war two decades ago, the Hüornen have been at the mercy of the vengeful Marundians.

Today, most Hüornen eek out a living in the frozen tundra of the Northern Wastes and the northern regions of the Khorlann Steppes.

Due to the fact Hüornen men and women dress mostly in furs and seal pelts; they have the derisive nick-name of ‘Sealskins.’

Many of them are nomadic and travel from season to season, depending on climate conditions and availability of food.

The Hüornen are similar in appearance, coloring, and speech to the native peoples of Marundi, but their cultural differences are stark.

There is also a darker and far more violent group of these northern peoples; the Variags of the Thalar Islands, who use dragon-carved long-ships to raid northern settlements of Derianor, Iskandar, Orrek, and Marundi.

History


Back in the late Third Age, the Hüornen were the dominant race in the North. Their people founded the ancient city of Al-Enoth, and later a Hüornen lord named Algerd Marothë founded the Kingdom of Thalar.

After the terrible Storm of the North, Thalar and its capital were destroyed and the Hüornen people were scattered across the region, where they reverted to barbarism. Most fled into the Northern Wastes or the Thalar Islands, where they still reside today.

Role-Playing Guidelines:


+1 constitution, -1 Dexterity, +2 bonus against cold and cold-weather effects, suffer -2 penalty in warm or hot climates on all ability\skill checks\attacks.

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